Lung Rescue Unit

In our Lung Rescue Unit, you receive comprehensive, intensive, 24-hour care from our expert lung specialists. We provide advanced treatment for patients with acute lung injuries. Our lung team works together to provide the care you need, including specialized pre-transplant treatments.

Advanced Care for Lung Disease at the University of Maryland

Our Lung Rescue Unit uses research and the latest technology to provide advanced treatment for our patients with complex respiratory illnesses. In addition to our experienced lung specialists, you can participate in the School of Medicine’s Program in Lung Healing. Through this program, you have access to clinical trials and the latest medical devices and procedures.

We offer a range of innovative treatment options, including ECMO, to help patients who have life-threatening lung disease. In our Lung Rescue Unit, our lung disease specialists collaborate in order to plan the most successful treatment for you. Our team includes experts from many different fields of lung care. This range of expertise ensures that we are providing you with the most accurate, effective care possible.

The Lung Rescue Unit staff includes:

  • Pulmonologists
  • Nurses
  • Infectious disease experts
  • Critical care specialist
  • Surgeons

Meet our team.


In our Lung Rescue Unit, our specialists may place you on ECMO. The job of ECMO is to take over your lung function, removing carbon dioxide from your lungs and allowing them to heal. We often use ECMO as a bridge to transplant, healing patients enough so they can be candidates for a lung transplant procedure. Learn more about ECMO.


The Hemolung® is a respiratory dialysis system. Previously, intensive respiratory therapy was limited to one option, a ventilator. However, a ventilator requires you to be confined to your bed. In addition, ventilator-associated complications may prevent you from becoming a lung transplant candidate. The innovative Hemolung is a catheter-based device that slowly removes carbon dioxide from your blood. While using Hemolung, you can get up, walk around and eat as normal.

Like ECMO, the Hemolung can act as a bridge to transplant, ensuring you are healthy enough to undergo a lung transplant procedure. Learn more about our clinical trials.

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