About the Program

This one-year fellowship training program is aimed at providing a comprehensive exposure to all aspects of advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative procedures in pulmonary medicine. At this time, we are able to offer only one position per year.

Knowledge of pulmonary and pleural diseases including lung cancer diagnosis and management of benign and malignant complex airway diseases is an essential foundation during the process of achieving competency with procedure skills. There will be formal didactics as well as opportunities to attend clinical presentations and educational conferences.

The fellow’s training will occur at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and University Hospital East.

Our goal is to ensure that the fellow is fully trained and competent with the use of various diagnostic and therapeutic armamentariums that are available for the care of patients with complex airway, lung and pleural diseases.


Clinical and Procedural Training

Clinical training will involve patient evaluation of presenting complaints, assessment and formulation of treatment plan and patient follow-up. The fellow will also be afforded the opportunity to care for patients seen in our Interventional Pulmonary Clinic two half-days per week.

We treat a high volume of patients with benign and malignant airway, lung and pleural diseases. The fellow will be trained in the use of several interventional pulmonary procedures used for diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative purposes.

At the start of each academic year, there will be an opportunity for hands-on simulation training for some of the complex procedures used.

Fellow evaluation will encompass the above.



Scholarly activity: The fellow will be given one day per week to formulate and work on scholarly pursuits. The fellow is expected to participate in a scholarly activity project and to present an abstract, case series or original work at a national conference meeting. The fellow will receive a monetary allowance to help offset some expenditures (i.e. registration, travel, room, etc.) associated with this presentation. The fellow is expected to submit at least one manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal prior to completing fellowship training. 

Curriculum: We believe that knowledge is an important pre-requisite for achieving procedural competence. The following is a sample of topics and procedures that the fellow is expected to comprehend and display competency in performing prior to the completion of fellowship training.

  1. Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic flexible bronchoscopy
  2. Complex airway management
  3. Management of benign and malignant airway obstructions
  4. Management of chronic tracheostomy
  5. Management of benign and malignant pleural diseases
  6. Medical thoracoscopy
  7. Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy
  8. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) – TBNA
  9. Microendoscopy (cellvizio)
  10. Narrow band imaging
  11. Auto fluorescence bronchoscopy
  12. Nd-Yag laser
  13. Spray cryotherapy (TruFreeze)
  14. Argon plasma coagulation
  15. Electrocautery
  16. Contract cryotherapy
  17. Endobronchial brachytherapy
  18. Rigid bronchoscopy
  19. Balloon bronchoplasty
  20. Metallic and silicone airway stent placement (flexible and rigid)
  21. Bronchial thermoplasty
  22. Endobronchial valve placement
  23. Pleuroscopy (pleural biopsy and pleurodesis)
  24. Pleural catheter placement (pleurx)
  25. Use of pleural manometry
  26. Thoracic ultrasound in managing pleural disease
  27. Ultrasound guided critical care procedures
  28. Percutaneous tracheostomy
  29. Transtracheal oxygen catheter placement
  30. Foreign body retrieval (with rigid or flexible bronchoscopes)
  31. Interpretative skills and use of 3D CT images in airway management


Didactics: formal lectures, journal club and conferences

Formal and informal didactic learning will occur throughout the fellowship training year. Formal didactics will occur at least once per month.

Other learning opportunities include case conferences (including literature review), Interventional Pulmonary Journal Club and a joint journal club with the Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program.

The fellow is expected to participate and attend in the weekly Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Conference. This conference is well attended by the following disciplines: thoracic surgery, interventional radiology, oncology, radiation oncology, pathology and interventional pulmonary.

The fellow is also expected to participate in the monthly Multidisciplinary Airway Conference. This conference is well attended by the following disciplines: thoracic surgery, ENT and interventional pulmonary.

Application Process

  • MD or DO
  • Eligible for an Ohio training certificate or permanent medical license
  • Hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • Successful completion of a pulmonary and critical care fellowship in an ACGME-accredited program prior to the start of the Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship
  • Demonstrate competency in basic pulmonary and critical care procedures, including basic bronchoscopy, airway management and thoracentesis. Any additional experience in advanced bronchoscopic or pleural procedures will be looked upon favorably
  • Candidates in practice with advanced training are also encouraged to apply

Application documents

The following is a list of the required documents necessary to complete the application for our Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. After review of completed applications, candidate may be invited for an interview at The Ohio State University beginning in September 2017 for the position that starts in July 2018.

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Personal statement
  3. Procedure log (a summary of procedures is preferred)
  4. USMLE scores
  5. Three letters of recommendation (one from the director of your pulmonary and critical care fellowship program)
  6. Recent color photo of the candidate (2x2)
Completed applications for the July 2018 Interventional Pulmonology (IP) Fellowship must be received prior to October 2, 2017.

Apply now

We will use the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) to facilitate matching of individuals applying for the fellowship. Please refer to the NRMP website to register and for additional information about the IP match dates and deadlines.

Kelli Banks
Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Coordinator

Interventional Pulmonology Fellow

Interventional Pulmonology Fellow

Prarthna Chandar, MD 2018-2019 Fellow

MD: Government Kilpauk Medical College
Residency program: Maimonides Medical Center (India)

Clinical interests: Pulmonary, critical care, Interventional Pulmonology
Research interests: Endobronchial valves, medical thoracoscopy
Hometown: Chennai, India
Past Fellows

Past Fellows

Alejandro Sardi, MD 2015-2016 fellow

MD: Albert Einstein Medical Center
Employer: Emory St. Joseph's Hospital

Harsh Shah, MD 2011-2015 fellow

Shah MD: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Larry Ladi, MD 2014-2015 fellow

MD: Drexel University
Employer: Knox Community Hospital, Mt. Vernon, OH

Muralidhar Kondapaneni, MD 2013-2014 fellow

MD: University of Louisville
Employer: Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL

Abdulgadir Adam, MD 2012-2013 fellow

MD: Wayne State University
Employer: Group Practice, Berkley, Michigan

Umair Gauhar, MD 2011-2012 fellow

MD: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Employer: University of Louisville

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