Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
3459 Fifth Avenue,
628 NW
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Academic Office: (412) 692-2210
Comprehensive Lung Center (Patient Care and Referral): (412) 648-6161

Kathleen O. Lindell, PhD, RN

Kathy Lindell PhD RN

Research Assistant Professor
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dorothy P. & Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease
UPMC Montefiore Hospital - NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-624-7225
Fax: 412-624-1670
Assistant: Terri Heinrich


Kathleen Oare Lindell, PhD, RN, serves as the Executive Director for the SUPPORT Program at the University of Pittsburgh Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Lindell is a graduate of the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing where she received her Diploma in Nursing. She received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Her early nursing career began as a critical care nurse in the Medical ICU and Emergency Department at St. Francis Hospital, faculty in St. Francis Nursing School, and later as Nurse Manager of the St. Francis Emergency Department. After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a pulmonary nursing focus, she was the clinical nurse specialist at the PENN Lung Center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. She developed the PENN Quit Smoking Program while at PENN Lung Center, becoming the tobacco cessation program for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In 2000, Kathy returned to the University of Pittsburgh to be Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nursing Manager for the newly developed Simmons Center. Kathy is active within the American Thoracic Society, currently serving on the Planning Committee for ATS. Previously she served on the Board of Directors, Chair of the Nursing Assembly, and as the Inaugural Chair of the Patient and Family Education Committee. Currently she is on the Board of Directors for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and also serves on the PFF Medical Advisory Board. Kathy is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Acute & Tertiary Care, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Lindell’s nursing focus has been on caring for patients with lung disease. More recently, she has focused on patients with interstitial lung disease, particularly patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and their care partner. She has also participated in several clinical and research projects about asthma, smoking cessation, oxygen therapy, and IPF.

Academic and Research Interests

Dr. Lindell’s program of research is directed toward improving the quality of life for patients with advanced lung disease, specifically Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and their family caregivers. This research focus developed from experience working to improve support available to patients with IPF and their caregivers, assuring patients and caregivers are aware of the most recent education available to improve their knowledge, and engaging in advocacy efforts to increase awareness of this disease. Currently she is involved in research efforts to improve palliative care preparedness of patients with life-limiting illness and their family caregivers.

Lindell text book

Section Editors: 
Kathleen Ellstrom, Kathleen Lindell, Anne Perry

Kathy contributed two chapters "Interstitial Lung Disease" and "Tobacco and Other Substance Abuse"

Key Publications

Lindell, KO, Liang, Z, Hoffman LA, Rosenzweig MQ, Saul MI, Pilewski JM, Gibson KF, Kaminski N. (2015).  Palliative Care and Location of Death in Decedents with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Chest;147(2):423-429. PMID: 25187973 PMCID: PMC4314817.

Lindell, KO (2014). Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Palliative Care for Uncommon Disorders. Hospice & Palliative Nurses’ Association, ISBN 978-1-934654-39-2.

Lindell KO, Chlan LL, Hoffman LA. Nursing perspectives on 24/7 intensivist coverage. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010 Dec 1;182(11):1338-40. PMID: 21123747

Lindell KO, Olshansky E, Song MK, Zullo TG, Gibson KF, Kaminski N, and Hoffman LA, Impact of a disease-management program on symptom burden and health-related quality of life in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and their care partners. Heart Lung. 2010 Jul-Aug;39(4):304-13. Epub 2009 Nov 20.

Lindell, K. O., Erlen, J.A., & Kaminski, N. (2006). ESSAY Lessons from our Patients:
Development of a Warm Autopsy Program
. PLoS Med, 3(7), e234.

Lindell, K.O. & Jacobs, S. S. (2003). Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: New guidelines for diagnosis and management demand a fresh approach to nursing care. American Journal of Nursing, 103, 32-42. CE Feature.

Lindell, K.O. & Mazzocco, M.C. (1990). Breaking bronchospasm’s grip with MDI’s.
(CE article). American Journal of Nursing. 34-39.

Additional publications can be found on PubMed.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography.

News and Media


Drs. Jim Uhrig, Kathy Lindell, and Kevin Gibson discuss lung transplantation on KDKA.

Dr. Lindell was honored in the Leadership section of the Summer 2009 edition of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Magazine. You can read her article on page 18-19 here.


IPF Summit 2011: From Bench to Bedside | Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
"Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis and How to Improve Quality of Life"

Hershey IPF Support Group and The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation