St. Elizabeth'sServices and Clinical CentersPulmonary Research


The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine is focused on clinical and translational research and the development of new devices and technologies, often times in collaboration with industry partners. Due to our reputation, research facilities, patient volume and our commitment to improving the lives of our patients, we are intimately involved with the development and testing of multiple new devices and drugs in pre-clinical and Phase I, II, and III human clinical trials. With interests in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, interstitial lung disease, and lung cancer, our physicians are uniquely qualified to bring the latest advancements in research to our patients.

The following is a partial list of active clinical trials open for enrollment (click on the protocol titles to be directed to each study’s respective webpage):

Pulmonary Fibrosis

Principal Investigator: Dr. Peter LaCamera
Goal: To evaluate the efficacy of FG-3019 in slowing the loss of forced vital capacity (FVC) and the progression of IPF along with the safety and tolerability of FG-3019 in these subjects.


Principal Investigator: Dr. Samaan Rafeq
Goal: To investigate the safety and effectiveness of the Pulmonx EBV for treating emphysema symptoms as compared to a standard medical therapy program alone. It is hypothesized that after placement of the EBV, lung function will be improved as compared to standard medical therapy alone.


Principal Investigator: Dr. Samaan Rafeq
Goal: To evaluate the short- and long-term benefit and safety of bronchial thermoplasty for the treatment of severe persistent asthma.

The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine has a dedicated Research Office to help patients through the process of enrolling into a study. Please contact Arthur Dea, CCRP, at 617-789-2078, or Katherine Herrick at 617-779-6792, if you would like to learn more about pulmonary research, potentially enroll into one of these active trials, and/or be added onto the pulmonary registry for future studies. You may also email for additional information.

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