Sue Ravenscraft - MD

Sue Ravenscraft - MD

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My Areas of Practice

In the outpatient clinic I see a wide variety of pulmonary patients with a special interest in asthma and COPD. I also see patients with sleep disorders with a focus in sleep apnea. In the inpatient setting I see patients in the Intensive Care Unit as well as other areas of the hospital. I have a previous research interest in mechanical ventilation and am the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). In the ICU, we have an ongoing commitment to quality, as well as improving the patient and family experience. I also have had a longstanding interest in medical education. I currently help teach second year medical students at the University of Minnesota and we help train both Critical Care Fellows from Hennepin County Medical Center and Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows from the University of Minnesota. I participate as a speaker in several continuing education courses and am a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. 

General Information

Gender: Female

Accepting New Patients: Yes


Practices at

3931 Louisiana Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Education & Certifications

BA: College of St. Thomas (University of St Thomas)
St. Paul, MN

Certification: American Board of Pulmonary Disease
1992, 2002

Certification: American Board of Critical Care Medicine
1991, 2001, 2010

Internal Medicine: Chief Resident, Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN

Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship: University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Internal Medicine Residency: Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN

Certification: American Board of Sleep Medicine

Research & Publications


1. Ravenscraft SA, Marini JJ. Radiation-induced lung injury. Pulmonary and Critical Care Update 1990; 5(28)

2. Ravenscraft SA, McArthur CD, Path MJ, Iber C. Components of excess ventilation in patients initiated on mechanical ventilation. Crit Care Med 1991; 19:916-925.

3. Nahum A, Ravenscraft SA. Extracorporeal support. Pulmonary and Critical Care Update 1991; 7(4).

4. Ravenscraft SA, Marinelli WA, Johnson T, Henke CA. Profound hypoxemia precipitated by positive end-expiratory pressure: Induction of an intracardiac shunt. Crit Care Med 1992; 20:434-436.

5. Ravenscraft SA, Burke WC, Marini JJ. Volume cycled decelerating flow ventilation: An alternative form of mechanical ventilation. Chest 1992; 101 (5):1342-1351).

6. Marini JJ, Ravenscraft SA. Mean airway pressure: Physiologic determinants and clinical importance. Part I: Physiologic determinants and measurements. Crit Care Med 1992; 20(10):1461-1472. 

7. Marini JJ, Ravenscraft SA. Mean airway pressure: Physiologic determinants and clinical importance. Part II: Clinical implications. Crit Care Med 1992; 20(11):1604-1616. 

8. Nahum A, Burke WC, Ravenscraft SA, Marcy TW, Adams AB, Crooke PS, Marini JJ. Lung mechanics and gas exchange during pressure control ventilation in dogs: Augmentation of C02 elimination by an intratracheal catheter. Am Rev Respir Dis 1992; 146:965-973.

9. Nahum A, Ravenscraft SA, Nakos G, Burke WC, Adams AB, Marcy TW, Marini JJ. Tracheal gas insufflation during pressure control ventilation: Effects of catheter position, diameter, and flow rate. Am Rev Respir Dis 1992; 146:1411-1418.

10. Ravenscraft SA, Kubo SH, Olivari MT, Shumway SJ, Bolman RM, Gross CR, Hertz MI. Resolution of pulmonary function test abnormalities after successful heart transplantation. Chest 1993; 103(1):54-58.

11. Ravenscraft SA, Burke WC, Nahum A, Adams AB, Nakos G, Marcy TW, Marini JJ. Tracheal gas insufflation augments C02          clearance during mechanical ventilation. Am Rev Respir Dis 1993;148(2):345-351.

12. Nahum A, Ravenscraft SA, Burke WC, Adams AB, Nakos G, Marini JJ. Effect of catheter flow direction on C02 removal during tracheal gas insufflation in dogs. J Appl Physiol 1993;75(3):1238-1246.

13. Burke WC, Nahum A, Ravenscraft SA, Nakos G, Adams AB, Marcy TW, Marini JJ. Modes of tracheal gas insufflation: Comparison of continuous and phase specific gas injection in normal dogs. Am Rev Respir Dis 1993;148:562-568.

14. Chandra A, Coggeshall JW, Ravenscraft SA, Marini JJ.  Hyperpnea limits the volume recruited by positive end-expiratory pressure. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1994;150:911-7.

15. Niknam J, Chandra A, Adams AB, Nahum A, Ravenscraft SA, Marini JJ. Effect of a nasogastric tube on esophageal pressure measurements in normal adults. Chest.  1994;6(1): 137-141.

16. Nahum A, Chandra A, Niknam J, Ravenscraft SA, Adams AB, Marini JJ. Effect of tracheal gas insuffiation on gas exchange in canine oleic acid-induced lung injury. Crit Care Med 1995;23:348-356.

17. Nahum A, Ravenscraft SA, Niknam J, Chandra A, Adams AB, Marini JJ. Inspiratory tidal volume sparing effects of tracheal gas insufflation in dogs with oleic acid-induced lung injury.  J Crit Care 1995;10:115-20. 

18. Nahum A, Shapiro R, Ravenscraft SA, Adams AB, Marini JJ. Efficacy of tracheal gas insufflation in oleic acid-injured dogs. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1995; 152:489-495.

19. Ravenscraft SA, Shapiro RS, Nahum A, Burke WC, Adams AB, Nakos G, Marini JJ. Tracheal gas insufflation: Catheter effectiveness determined by expiratory flush volume. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1996;153:1817-1824.

20. Leatherman JW, Ravenscraft SA. Marked hyperinflation with low measured auto-PEEP during mechanical ventilation of patients with severe asthma: Hidden auto-PEEP. Crit Care Med 1996; 24:541-546.

21. Ravenscraft SA. Tracheal gas insufflation: Adjunct to conventional mechanical ventilation. Respir Care 1996; 41:105-111.

22. McKibben AW, Ravenscraft SA. Pressure controlled and volume cycled mechanical ventilation. Clin Chest Med 1996; 17:395-410.

23. Nahum A, Ravenscraft SA, Adams AB, Marini JJ.  Distal effects of tracheal gas insufflation:  changes with catheter position and oleic acid lung injury.  J Appl Physiol 1996;81:1121-7.

24. Broccard AF, Shapiro RS, Schmitz LL, Ravenscraft SA, Marini JJ. Influence of prone position on the extent and distribution of lung injury in a high tidal volume oleic acid model of acute respiratory distress syndrome. Crit Care Med 1997;25: 16-27.

25. Ravenscraft SA, Lupo VR. Asthma Management during pregnancy. The Bulletin. Institute for Research and Education HealthSystem Minnesota 1997; 41:59-68.

26. Ravenscraft SA, Lupo VR. Asthma: Management during pregnancy. Seminars Respir Crit Care Med 1998;19:231-241. 

Professional Associations & Awards

  • American College of Physicians
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Minnesota Thoracic Society
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Minneapolis Society of Internal Medicine
  • Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
  • Chair, Critical Care Committee, Methodist Hospital
  • Executive Medical Council 


Although I enjoy the diversity and challenge posed by all aspects of pulmonary (lung) medicine, I have a special interest in the management of severe asthma. My personal interests include gardening, golf, skiing and reading fiction.