Jefferson University Hospitals

Jane & Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute

Interstitial Lung Disease Program

Interstitial Lung Disease Program

The Interstitial Lung Disease Program within the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute — Jefferson Health and National Jewish Health offers the latest diagnostic and treatments for interstitial lung disease (ILD). 

The Program is staffed by physician experts who partner with thoracic surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, rheumatologists, and other specialists to provide multidisciplinary comprehensive care. This team is engaged in research to advance discovery of screenings, treatments and management of ILD.

Interstitial Lung Disease Types

ILD is a general term used to refer to disorders that affect the lung interstitium. The lung interstitium is the portion of the lung that sustains the airways, airspaces, and vessels, and can be disrupted by inflammation and/or fibrosis. If present, patients with interstitial lung disease develop chronic progressive shortness of breath and fatigue, which can be confused with asthmaCOPD and other respiratory disorders. These conditions are often difficult to diagnose and treat, and require a multidisciplinary approach in order to deliver best care.

There are over 200 distinct interstitial lung diseases, including:

  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Connective Tissue-related Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Drug-induced lung disease
  • Eosinophilic pneumonias
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis

Patient Education

If you have shortness of breath and a non-productive cough, you might have one of the more than 200 conditions called interstitial lung disease. This information might help you understand the condition:

What is Interstitial Lung Disease? (PDF)

For more education materials on respiratory conditions, visit our Patient Education section. 

Make an Appointment

If you would like to make an appointment, please call our office at 215-955-5161, or make an appointment online below. You may also speak with a call center representative at 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) for more information.


    Ross S Summer MD

    Jefferson Health Provider Jefferson University Physician
    Academic Title: Professor

    Critical Care Medicine
    Pulmonary Critical Care

    Office Locations

    211 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107