Septimiu Murgu, MD

Pulmonary Medicine (Pulmonology), Critical Care Medicine, Interventional Pulmonology | More

Professor of Medicine

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.


Septimiu Murgu, MD, is a highly skilled interventional pulmonologist. Dr. Murgu has specific expertise in minimally invasive techniques, such as bronchoscopic and pleural procedures, to diagnose and treat patients with central airway disorders. Dr. Murgu’s specialty extends to a wide range of central airway disorders, including tracheal stenosis, tracheobronchomalacia, excessive dynamic airway collapse and airway obstruction from cancer. He also performs laser-assisted mechanical dilation of airway strictures, airway stenting and bronchoscopic treatments for benign and malignant airway lesions using photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy and electrosurgery techniques.

With Dr. Murgu’s extensive knowledge of airflow dynamics, nomenclature and classification systems of tracheal stenosis, tracheobronchomalacia (the weakening of the trachea and bronchi) and excessive dynamic airway collapse, he has the experience, knowledge and skill to deliver long-term success for his patients.

His clinical and research interests include minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for patients suffering from benign and malignant airway obstruction. In his research, Dr. Murgu is evaluating the safety and outcomes of multimodal bronchoscopic interventions for patients suffering from benign and malignant airway obstruction. He published articles on the role of bronchoscopy for molecular testing, diagnosis of lung nodules, and therapeutic bronchoscopy for central airway disorders. Additionally, he authored a best-selling textbook on bronchoscopy as well as written numerous book chapters and clinical guidelines pertinent to the management of patients with lung cancer.

Dr. Murgu is also actively involved in creating education projects for physicians to enhance their treatment techniques. With this new curriculum, physicians learn by using simulation technology, interactive step-by-step instructions and problem-based teaching which create an engaging and authentic learning environment. His contributions to the field of procedure-related training has been recognized by his peers and professional societies.


Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy


  • Saint Francis Hospital


  • University of California Irvine Medical Center

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
  • Chair, CHEST/AABIP/AIPPD panel for “The Use of Tracheostomy during COVID-19 Pandemic” Expert Panel Report
  • Chair of Education Committee for the American College of Chest Physicians
  • President -Elect of the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
  • Member of the Program Committees for the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer programs and CHEST
  • Editor for the World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology Newsletter
  • Distinguished CHEST Educator designation (top 4% of international faculty)
  • Geoffrey McLennan Memorial Award for Advancements in Interventional Pulmonology
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2003

Board Certifications

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken

  • Romanian
  • English