About the Program

About the Program

Welcome to the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. We appreciate your interest in our program, and invite you to take a look around to learn a little more about us.

One of the major goals of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine is to prepare physicians for careers in academic medicine. The overall goal of our fellowship is to provide fellows with a complete well-rounded training program designed to enhance their clinical skills, scientific knowledge and provide the tools necessary to develop their research skills.

A strength of our fellowship training program is the balance we provide in terms of clinical training, research opportunities and our educational curriculum.

Clinical training and research activity experience

Our fellowship program provides a flexible curriculum that can be individualized to meet the career goals of each participating fellow.  The program offers between 18-24 months of clinical training and 12-18 months of research activity depending on a fellow’s goals, with most fellows electing to pursue between 14-18 months of research or scholarship time. For those desiring 18 months of protected time for research, enrollment on T32 Training Grant is encouraged. The majority of the inpatient clinical training occurs during the first year, with research time distributed between the second and third years.  These months are typically scheduled as follows:

First year: 

  • One month research, 11 months clinical service
Second year:
  • Clinician Investigator Pathway: nine months research, three months clinical service
  • Clinician Scholar Pathway: eight months of research, four months clinical service
  • Clinician Specialist Pathway: six months research, six months clinical service
Third year:
  • Clinician Investigator Pathway: eight months research, four months clinical service
  • Clinician Scholar Pathway: five months of research, seven months of clinical service
  • Clinician Specialist Pathway: six months research, six months clinical service

Outpatient experience

In addition to the inpatient experience, fellows maintain an outpatient continuity clinic throughout their fellowship training, with additional outpatient clinic experience in sub-subspecialty programs such as pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, interstitial disease, etc.

Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

The fellowship program consists of a minimum of 18 months of clinical exposure, the majority of which occurs during the first year. We have a large and diverse patient population and currently have eight core clinical rotations per month. In addition to these rotations, F2s rotate with the surgical critical care team and F3s rotate with the thoracic surgical critical care team and the neurologic critical care team.

Night call is fulfilled via a night float rotation. When not on night float, fellows have no overnight call responsibilities. F1s do approximately two weeks of night float, F2s four weeks and F3s four weeks. Two fellows split a four-week block of night float and when not on service, that block the fellow has no clinical responsibilities except for his or her own continuity clinic. Night float and all clinical rotations are structured to comply with ACGME duty hour guidelines.

Sub-Subspecialty Programs Both patient care and research components

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis (adult)
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Interventional pulmonology
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary transplantation
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sleep medicine
  • Tuberculosis
  • Surgical critical care
  • Thoracic surgery critical care
  • Cardiovascular surgery critical care
  • Neurologic critical care

First Year (Clinical Year)

The first year fellow is exposed to the entire spectrum of pulmonary and critical care illnesses through time spent at OSU University Hospital on the medical intensive care unit (MICU) service; at University Hospital, James Cancer Hospital and Ross Heart Hospital on the pulmonary consult services and transplant service; and at OSU East Hospital on the pulmonary and critical care consult service.

The fellow will rotate among the core service rotations and each fellow will spend approximately the same amount of time on the various rotations. In addition, first year fellows also spend two weeks in the sleep medicine clinics.

Pulmonary medical school

A unique feature of our fellowship is that we have a month-long orientation program in July of F1 year developed by our program director, which we call Pulmonary Medical School.

No first year fellow takes any call in July and they are not formally assigned to a service. 

First year fellows spend July:
  • Reviewing the basics of pulmonary physiology
  • Learning basics of pulmonary and critical care medicine
  • Spending time in our simulator lab with interactive sessions aimed at mastering the basics of bronchoscopy, airway management, chest tubes and other essential procedures

When not in class or in the simulator lab (half day most days), F1s spend time on the core rotations learning the specific requirements of each rotation and fully participating in the care of the patients.

The goal of this month is to allow the first year fellows to review the basics of pulmonary and critical care physiology and clinical medicine, begin to learn the essential procedural skills required of a pulmonologist and get acclimated to the hospital or program before being placed on service or on call.

Second and Third Years

During the second and third years, the primary focus of training is on research projects and fellows also complete the remaining seven months of their 18 month clinical requirement. This will include core rotations as described above, as well as rotations with the surgical critical care, thoracic and neurologic critical care teams.

Research Experience

Research Experience

Research Experience

The goal of the division’s research training is to allow fellows to pursue a project in their area of interest while providing them with a high quality experience that fosters intellectual development. We are committed to providing whatever support is necessary to allow our fellow to be successful in their research careers.

First Year

The research training process begins approximately in January of the first year which is a designated research month. First year fellows:
  • Meet with the program director to discuss their research interests
  • Review the potential projects submitted by faculty mentors, both inside and outside of the division, which are housed on the shared drive in a designated pulmonary research folder
  • Arrange to meet with various faculty to discuss potential projects and have serial meetings with the program director until reaching a decision on what project and mentor they wish to choose 
  • Rank their choices of desired projects

Mentors rank their choices of fellows and the Fellowship Committee reviews these lists to ensure an optimal "match" of fellow to mentor. Once a primary mentor is chosen, the fellow is also assigned two additional mentor-level faculty who with the primary mentor compose a mentor panel for that fellow. The fellow meets with this panel at least quarterly during years two and three to review their research progress and to offer advice to facilitate their research project.

The fellows’ actual research experience (time) will begin in the second year. First year fellows are not expected to do any research. First year fellows are expected to submit one clinical manuscript during their first year.

Second Year

The goal of the second year is for fellows to develop a project and obtain preliminary data with the goal of presenting at a national conference, such as the ATS, ACCP, FASEB or SCCM.

At the beginning of this year, fellows and their mentors develop the fellow’s research project. During this time fellows begin to learn the various techniques involved particularly required basic science laboratory techniques.

Clinical research

For fellows pursuing clinical research, OSU has a formal training program for clinical research. The program consists of didactic course work integrated with a research project. At the conclusion of the two-year program, fellows will receive a Masters in Clinical Research and are expected to have written a research grant. There is also a clinical research MPH program that may be better suited for some fellow’s research projects.

All F2 fellows will take some graduate level courses in clinical research, such as statistics, clinical trial study design, ethics, etc.

Third Year

The major goal of the third year research experience is to help the fellow make career decisions and aid in their career preparation.

During the third year, fellows continue work on their ongoing research projects with the expectation of presenting their continuing results at national conferences and completing a manuscript.

All fellows are expected to have one or more research publications during their fellowship. Fellows are also expected to write a research grant during their third year regardless of whether they are in basic science or clinical research.

Our division has a T-32 training award from the NIH so there is the opportunity to fund fellows who may need additional time to complete their research proposals.

Training and Procedures

Training and Procedures

Training and Procedures

Our Critical Care Training program offers the unique ability for fellows to experience caring for critically ill patients within various models of ICU structure. Training in pulmonary medicine occurs via several venues. Learn more about the programs below.

Critical Care Training

Critical care training is made up of a total of nine and a half months – six months in the MICU and three and a half months in the non-medical ICU. Our Critical Care Training Program offers the unique ability for fellows to experience caring for critically ill patients within various models of ICU structure. 

Four 12-bed medical intensive care units:

Three general medical ICUs in University Hospital. Two of these units are staffed in the traditional academic model with an attending, a fellow, two residents, two interns and medical students. One of these units is staffed in a collaborative model with an attending, critical care nurse practitioners and occasional residents and students.

One ICU dedicated to the care of patients with hematologic and oncologic disorders in the James Cancer Hospital. This unit is staffed in a collaborative model with an attending, a fellow, critical care nurse practitioners and occasional residents and students.

Ohio State University East mixed ICU

18-bed mixed ICU, primarily staffed by hospitalists, one pulmonary or critical care faculty member and one fellow consulting on all MICU and CCU patients. The fellow gets to experience a wide range of critical care models which require different levels of involvement and team dynamics.

Fellow responsibilities on all ICU rotations include:
  • Overseeing the execution of the ICU patient care management plan
  • Guiding ventilator management
  • Performing or supervising critical care procedures (such as intubation, bronchoscopy, venous central line placement, arterial line placement, pulmonary artery catheter placement and interpretation, tube thoracostomy and chest tube management)
We also have monthly critical care ultrasound sessions in the ICU staffed by ER and pulmonary and critical care faculty which are intended to allow interested fellows to become proficient in all aspects of critical care ultrasound.

Non-medical ICU Training

Non-medical ICU training occurs via the following rotations:
  1. F2s spend one month as part of the SICU CC team, caring for all surgical patients including trauma patients
  2. F3s spend one half month caring for all post-operative cardiac patients in the ICU
  3. F3s spend one half month caring for all critically ill neurologic patients in the neurologic ICU
  4. Fellows also see surgical critical care patients in a consultative manner when on consult rotations at University Hospital and OSU East Hospital
  5. The surgical critical care fellows also rotate in the fourth floor MICU as part of our cross-disciplinary training in critical care

Pulmonary Medicine Training

Training in pulmonary medicine occurs via several venues:

Inpatient pulmonary consult services
  • See approximately 800-900 consults per year
  • Includes all aspects of pulmonary consultative medicine
  • Two consult teams (one based in the James Cancer Hospital, one based in the Ross Heart Hospital) each with a faculty, fellow and 0-2 residents or students
The two consult teams alternate days of accepting new admissions from the University Hospital. The majority of the patients are pulmonary in nature but there are critical care consults and ventilator management for patients requiring mechanical ventilation on cardiology services in the Ross Heart Hospital, in the James Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and in the University Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit. We only provide consultative service for these ICUs and are not responsible for the primary care of these patients.

Through these experiences the fellow will be exposed to the entire spectrum of pulmonary procedures including:
  • Chest tube placement and management
  • Pleural catheter placement
  • Pleurodesis and bronchoscopic procedures (such as bronchoalveolar lavage, transbronchial and needle biopsies, cryotherapy, stent placement and brachytherapy)
Pulmonary and critical care consult service

The pulmonary and critical care consult service at OSU East provides exposure to a wide spectrum of pulmonary patients. OSU East is a secondary hospital with a combination of private practice services and traditional academic services. This experience exposes the fellow to a different patient population and healthcare system than OSU University Hospital.

Lung transplant and cystic fibrosis

All fellows spend two weeks during their first year rotating on the adult cystic fibrosis service at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. During this time, they attend all outpatient cystic fibrosis clinics and complete a core curriculum. Additional elective time is available during the F2 and or F3 year for those fellows who are interested. 

All fellows spend one month on the lung transplant service. This is a combined inpatient and outpatient experience designed to encompass all aspects of care for this patient population. The fellows attend pre-transplant evaluation clinics, post-transplant clinics, round on the inpatient service and participate in all related procedures for the month. Additional elective time on this service or in the outpatient transplant clinic is available for those fellows who are interested.  

Outpatient pulmonary medicine training

Training in outpatient pulmonary medicine occurs via fellow clinics which are located in the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza. Fellows maintain a outpatient clinic one half day per week throughout their fellowship. Clinics are only cancelled during the non-medical ICU rotations in SICU, cardiac and thoracic surgery.

Fellows will have a continuity clinic in general pulmonary medicine for 23 months. In addition, they spend two weeks in their first year in the sleep medicine clinics. The final 12 months of clinic will be done in six month blocks in a variety of the sub-subspecialty clinics.

Fellows will choose which three sub-subspecialty clinics they wish to rotate through from the following programs:
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary transplantation
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • TB
  • ILD
  • Lung cancer
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Sarcoid
  • Interventional pulmonary
  • Other programs that can be modified to the fellow’s interest


Over the last several years, graduating fellows have performed approximately 250-300 bronchoscopic procedures including transbronchial biopsies, transbronchial needle aspirations and bronchoalveolar lavage, 10-20 chest tubes and 50+ intubations including use of glidescope and intubating bronchoscope, as well as thoracentesis and central venous catheters (both with and without ultrasound guidance).

We also have a growing Interventional Pulmonology program and fellows can achieve competency in performance of endobronchial ultrasound guided TBNA, argon plasma coagulation (APC), cryotherapy, flexible stent placement, medical thoracoscopy, rigid bronchoscopy, and indwelling pleural catheter placement.

Fellows assist and have the opportunity to become proficient in placement of percutaneous tracheotomies in the MICU. Fellows also have the opportunity to achieve competency in critical care ultrasound imaging.

How to Apply

Application Process


  • MD or DO
  • Be eligible for an Ohio training certificate or permanent medical license
  • Have successfully completed three years of US postgraduate training by the time of entry into the fellowship program
  • Hold U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or current ECFMG certificate
    • We cannot support H1-B visas and preference will be given to US citizens or applicants with a Green Card due to the eligibility requirements of the T32 

Application documents

The following is a list of the required documents necessary to complete the application for our Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship.

  1. USMLE Step 1, 2, 3 or COMLEX Scores
  2. A letter from your residency program director (submitted via ERAS)
  3. Three reference letters (submitted via ERAS) – one must be from a pulmonary or critical care faculty member or pulmonary and critical care fellowship program director
  4. A recent photograph of the applicant

Interviews are conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., during the months of August through October. Invitations to interview will begin to be sent our the week of July 31st.

  • Monday, August 28
  • Tuesday, August 29
  • Thursday, September 7
  • Monday, September 18
  • Tuesday, September 19
  • Thursday, September 21
  • Monday, October 2
  • Tuesday, October 3
  • Thursday, October 19
  • Tuesday, October 24

Apply now

Jennifer Rindler

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
201 Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute
473 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Divisional Conferences

Conferences and Benefits

Conferences and Benefits

There are several pulmonary and critical care specific conferences scheduled each week, which cover both clinical practice and research topics. All of the fellows attend these conferences.

Fellows must attend at least 70% of conferences over their three-year fellowship in order to be eligible for graduation. The overall goal of our conferences is to foster learning and engender discussion about topics pertinent to the practice of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. 

We strongly believe in teaching based on the principles of evidence-based medicine, defined as the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. Our conferences include the following:

Research Conference

The Research Conference will be held weekly on Monday or Tuesday. 

This conference will include clinical, translational and basic science presentations by pulmonary, critical care, allergy and sleep faculty from OSU and visiting lecturers from outside institutions. Senior pulmonary, critical care and allergy fellows will also present their research project at this conference prior to graduation.

Fellows Case Conference

Fellows Case Conference will be held twice monthly on Monday or Tuesday. There will be conferences scheduled on alternate days depending on the schedule of other didactics. This conference will be given by two fellows and will include a case presentation and evidence based review of a clinical question.

MICU Ultrasound Rounds

MICU Ultrasound Rounds will occur monthly in the MICU with Dr. Bahner (EM) and Dr Adkins (PCC/EM).

This conference covers the use of ultrasound for evaluation of the critically ill patient, hemodynamic assessment, evaluation of pulmonary abnormalities and procedures. It will include hands-on evaluation of ICU patients.

Resident Chest Conference

The quarterly Resident Chest Conference is a fellow-led conference for the OSU internal medicine residents. F2s will give presentations outlining basic interpretation of CXR and CT chest imaging. Case-based questions will also be included in these presentations.

Pulmonary Conference

Pulmonary Conference is a multi-format conference organized by the chief fellow and program director. It involves a set series of rotating topics over a three-year period, conforming to the ACGME topic requirements. There are didactic lectures given on a variety of topics focused the clinical management of sub subspecialty patients. These will be given by faculty from the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and other departments on the medical center campus. Topics in allergy, asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, interventional pulmonology, lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary transplantation, sarcoid and sleep medicine will be covered.

Interstitial Lung Disease Case Conference

Interstitial Lung Disease Case Conference is a bi-montly multi-disciplinary case conference where imaging, pathology and general management of ILD patients are discussed. This conference is led by Dr. Allen (PCC), Dr. Shilo (pathology) and Dr. Ghosh (radiology).

Sarcoid Case Conference

Sarcoid Case Conference is a twice montly multi-disciplinary case conference where imaging, pathology and general management of sarcoidosis patients are discussed. This conference is led by chief fellows Dr. Crouser (PCC) or Dr. Amin (PCC), Dr. Shilo (pathology) and Dr. Ghosh (radiology).

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Journal Club

Wednesday’s Journal Club is organized by a selected fellow with a faculty mentor. Recent publications pertinent to pulmonary and critical care medicine are reviewed. The goal of this exercise is to teach fellows how to critically review research articles, and will utilize the JAMA criteria on reviewing the medical literature. Particular attention will be given to review of clinical trials in regard to study design and statistical analysis. 

The fellows will be expected to learn the principles of study design, power analysis, statistical comparison of parametric and non-parametric measures, confidence intervals, relative risk and life table and survival analysis. The fellow will also gain experience in different methods of data presentation and the applicability of medical research to patient care.

Internal Medical Grand Rounds

Internal Medical Grand Rounds, held weekly, includes reviews of topics pertinent to both pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Pulmonary Noon Report

Pulmonary Noon Report is held intermittently throughout the year. It is an informal clinical conference where the fellows discuss current interesting cases being cared for on the consult/ICU service or in outpatient clinic. Specific management issues regarding difficult or interesting cases will be discussed. Faculty can also present cases for input or discussion.

Critical Care Conferences

The Friday Critical Care Conferences are organized by the chief fellow and involve a set series of rotating topics specified by the program director, and conforming to the ACGME topic requirements over a three year period. 

There are didactic lectures given on a variety of topics given by faculty from both pulmonary and critical care, as well as other departments on the medical center campus. This is a joint lecture with surgical, anesthesia, and neuro critical care fellows.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Reading List

Visit the American Thoracic Society website for the current ATS Reading List. This list is reviewed by the ATS Training Committee and updated annually.

Our Fellows

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows

Lana Alghothani, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: Critical care and end of life care
Research interests: Critical care outcomes
Hometown: Upper Arlington, Ohio

Bio: Lana Alghothani grew up in Upper Arlington, Ohio. A lifelong buckeye, she attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in biology and Arabic and a minor in Spanish. After graduating cum laude with honors from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, she completed an internal medicine residency there and stayed on as a fellow in 2015.

During her fellowship, Lana has worked with Drs. Diaz and Nana-Sinkam investigating the exosomal microRNA content of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of individuals with HIV and emphysema. She also serves on the ERT/code blue and diversity task force committees. Lana takes pride in sitting on the College of Medicine’s Admissions Committee, and has participated in its various activities, including Women in Medicine and MD Camp. She also has been invited several times as a panelist discussing diversity in medicine. 

Outside of medicine, Lana enjoys spending time with her family, exploring different parts of the world and cooking various cuisines. She has a special affection for coffee and often outscores her brothers when it comes to sports trivia.

Bryan Hay, MD

MD: University of Kansas
Residency program: Vanderbilt University
Clinical interests: Sepsis, ARDS, pulmonary vascular disease
Research interests: Clinical outcomes, ARDS, clinical education
Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

Bio: Bryan Hay was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. He graduated with distinction from the University of Kansas with a BS in biochemistry before also attending the University of Kansas for medical school. After graduation he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he completed an internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University. After residency, Bryan started his fellowship at The Ohio State University in 2015.

Bryan has presented original research on pulmonary hypertension, ARDS and pulmonary fibrosis at several international conferences. He is currently working with Megan Ballinger investigating the role of macrophages in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis. Physician leadership is another area of interest. He has served on various multidisciplinary councils throughout his training and currently sits on the Medical Critical Care Operations Council and the Pharmacy, Therapeutics and Drug Utilization Formulary Committee at OSU.

Outside of work, Bryan is an avid sports fan and craft beer enthusiast. He also enjoys exercising, traveling and discovering everything Columbus has to offer with his family.

Steven Campbell, MD

MD: University of Kentucky
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: Quality improvement measures in the ICU 
Research interests: Pulmonary hypertension
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Sheri Shimizu-Saito, MD

MD: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Residency program: ­­­­­University of Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program

Clinical interests: Asthma, COPD
Research interests: Asthma, COPD, clinical outcomes research in critical care
Hometown: Pearl City, Hawaii

Michael Wert, MD

MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: Sepsis, ARDS and cystic fibrosis
Research interests: Code blue quality improvement, medical and resident education, cystic fibrosis
Hometown: Pittsburg, PA

Ryan Westman, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: Critical care, interstitial lung diseases
Research interests: Critical care, interstitial lung disease
Hometown: Park Ridge, IL

Avi Cooper, MD

MD: Harvard Medical School
Residency program: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Clinical interests: Critical care, general pulmonary
Research interests: Medical education
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

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Stephen Doyle, DO, MBA

MD:  Kansas City University
Residency program:  University of Kansas

Clinical interests: Sepsis, critical care, COPD
Research interests: Sepsis, critical care, COPD, medical education, quality improvement
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Derrick Herman, MD

MD: University of Cincinnati
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Van Le, MD

MD: Boston University
Residency program: ­­­­­Lahey Clinic

Virgil Secasanu, MD

MD: University of Central Florida
Residency program: University of Colorado

Clinical interests:  Interventional pulmonology, critical care
Research interests: Bioengineering, medical device development, pleurodosis, interventional pulmonology
Hometown: Cumming, GA

Joanna Tsai, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: Critical care, end of life care, sepsis, lung cancer
Research interests: Clinical outcomes, sepsis, lung cancer
Hometown: North Potomac, MD

Elie Homsy, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children's Hospital (Med-Peds)

Clinical interests: Ultrasound, critical care, pulmonary hypertension
Research interests: Pulmonary hypertension
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon 

Arindam (AJ) Singha, MD

MD: State University of New York Upstate
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


Jennica Johns, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Fellowship Program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Hospice and Palliative Medicine) 

Kevin Patterson, MD

MD: Michigan State College of Human Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: COPD, critical care
Research interests: Medical education, clinical outcomes 
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Michigan


Megan Conroy, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Clinical interests: Critical care, sepsis, general pulmonary medicine
Research interests: Medical education, quality improvement, critical care
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland


Ryan Story, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: Vanderbilt University

Clinical interests: Critical care
Research interests: Point of care ultrasound, critical care 
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA



Fellowship awards and honors programs

Program awards

Our fellowship was chosen as one of the inaugural recipients of the American Thoracic Society's Best Practices in Fellowship Training Program.

We have also participated in and received funding for several education oriented projects including those centered on simulation training, communication skills and career practice management skills.

Fellow Awards

Chief Fellow

At the beginning of each academic year, a senior fellow is chosen to serve as Chief Fellow by the Fellowship Committee. This honor is reserved for a fellow who has demonstrated excellence in their training and who is also recognized for their teaching and leadership skills. The Chief Fellow organizes the clinical schedule, the didactic conferences, and sits on the Fellowship and Division's Clinical Operations Committees.

Current and past chief fellows:
  • Lana Alghothani, MD (2017-18)
  • Bryan Hay, MD (2017-18)
  • Andra Fee-Mulhearn, DO, MPH (2016-17)
  • Carleen Risaliti, MD (2016-17)
  • Will Healy, MD (2015-16)
  • Adam Manko, MD (2015-16)

The Kempe Award

This award was created in 2017 and has been named after a former pulmonary/critical care fellow who is remembered for his ability to remain calm under pressure and who never hesitated to help a colleague in need.

The recipient of this yearly award is a pulmonary/critical care fellow who exemplifies an eagerness to help others – both patients and colleagues alike and who possesses a true love of learning in order to better care for others. In a phrase, when you’re “stuck in the trenches,” this is the person that you are hoping to have by your side.

  • Edwin Jackson, Jr., DO

Buckeye Leaf Awards

Throughout the year, outstanding efforts by individual fellows are recognized by the monthly awarding of a Buckeye Leaf(s). The Buckeye Leaf is a traditional award at The Ohio State University, prominent on the helmets of our football players. Fellows receive a Leaf for outstanding efforts in patient care, research, & education. Nominations come from faculty, patients and others within the Medical Center. At the end of each academic year, the fellow(s) with the most Buckeye Leaf awards is recognized as the Outstanding Buckeye at the end of the year Fellow Appreciation Dinner.

Past outstanding Buckeyes:


  • Carleen Risaliti, MD (first place)
  • Lana Alghothani, MD (second place)
  • Michael Wert, MD (third place)
  • Andra Fee-Mulhearn, DO, MPH (first place)
  • Carleen Risaliti, MD (second place)
  • Vince Esguerra, MD (third place)

Faculty Teaching Awards

The Buckeye Adult Lung Award (BAL)

At the end of each academic year, the fellows select an individual faculty member for recognition for his/her outstanding efforts in fellowship education.

Past BAL Awardees:

  • Shailesh Pinto, MBBS

  • Nitin Bhatt, MD

Housestaff Awards

James N. Allen Award for Excellence in Pulmonary Medicine

Chosen by the Pulmonary/Critical Care faculty and fellows recognizes the resident who best embodies the practice of pulmonary medicine as exemplified by Jim Allen, MD.
  • Arindam Singha, MD (2016-17)
  • Derrick Herman, MD (2015-16)

Critical Care Excellence Award

Chosen by the Pulmonary/Critical Care Faculty, Fellow and MICU nursing staff, recognizes a resident who demonstrates excellence in the practice of critical care medicine.
  • Christopher Gordon, DO (2016-17)
  • Jennica Johns, MD (2015-16)

Visiting Professor Lectureship

Chief Fellow Visiting Professor Lectureship

Each year, the current chief fellow(s) invite a leader in pulmonary or critical care medicine to present innovations to the field and educational updates. Distinguished lecturers that have participated in the Chief Fellow Visiting Professor Lectureship include the following:

Dr. Dale Needham
Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Presented: "Early Rehabilitation in the ICU: Moving Back to the Future"
Year Visited: 2016-2017

Dr. Gerard Silvestri
Professor of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina
Presented: "Developing an academic career: An accident waiting to happen or methodical road to success"
Year visited: 2015 - 2016

Dr. David Schulman
Associate Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Presented: "Adapting Simone's Maxims: Academic Advancement and Career Satisfaction for the Clinician Educator"
Year visited: 2014 - 2015

Dr. Jesse Roman
Chairman, Department of Medicine, The University of Louisville
Chief, Medical Service, University of Louisville Hospital
Presented: "Lung Tissue Remodeling: Implications for Health and Disease"
Year Visited: 2013 - 2014

Dr. Lisa Moores
Division Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Presented: "All Physicians Lead: Changing the Framework of Leadership Development"
Year visited: 2012 - 2013

Dr. Patricia Kritek
Associate Medical Director, Critical Care
University of Washington
Presented: "Effective Feedback: Getting Beyond "Great Job!"
Year visited: 2011 - 2012

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