Office of Institutional Advancement

Jane & Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute – Jefferson Health + National Jewish Health

Jane & Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute

By combining Jefferson’s experienced pulmonary care physician-scientists with the world-class expertise of National Jewish Health, the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute – Jefferson Health  + National Jewish Health is taking personalized medicine to the next level. Inspired by our patients, this joint mission is galvanizing innovative research and forward-thinking education at Jefferson, creating new ways of caring and paving the way for the future of respiratory health.

From the Docs

Jesse Roman, MD
Chief executive officer
Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute

Pulmonary fibrosis, essentially scarring of the lungs, affects millions of people worldwide and is a major source of distress. In the United States alone there are upwards of 150,000 patients whose condition is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis—the source of their suffering is unknown.

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Ross Summer, MD
Associate Director of Research
Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute

“The lung is the only organ that's continuously exposed to the outside, 12 breaths-a-minute, multiply that by 60 for an hour, times 24 hours, 365 days-a-year,” says Ross Summer, MD, professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine in the  Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute – Jefferson Health  + National Jewish Health.

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Lung Disease Programs of Excellence

More breakthroughs, better outcomes

The Lung Disease Programs of Excellence bring together the unparalleled clinical strengths and expertise of Jefferson and National Jewish Health across the gamut of disease areas. The result—more breakthroughs, better outcomes, and the best possible quality of care for our patients and their loved ones.

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Interventional Pulmonology
  • Critical Care
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Pulmonary Infections
  • Pleural Diseases



Moving discoveries from bench to bedside

The Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute – Jefferson Health  + National Jewish Health is home to a collaborative, translational research model that pairs basic scientists with clinical teams to ask the right questions and move discoveries quickly from bench to bedside.

Our world-class researchers are pursuing bold new avenues of study, including genetic determinants of airways disease, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, lung inflammation, tobacco-related disorders, and lung development. They are exploring the molecular mechanisms that underpin pulmonary disorders in order to identify pathways for intervention, armed with the latest techniques, diagnostics, and disease models—and with the support of talented collaborators.


How You Can Help

Unlocking our full potential

Philanthropy is the foundation upon which our key priorities—clinical care, education, and research—stand, serving as a vital catalyst for trailblazing work that is leading to better treatments, more hope, and even cures.

Today, with the support and partnership of benefactors like you, we have an extraordinary opportunity to redefine the standard of respiratory care, education, and research at Jefferson and far beyond.

This is the future of respiratory care, and it’s powered by you.

To learn more, contact Larry Slagle, Director of Development, at 215-955-6658 or