Clinical training in advanced lung disease and lung transplantation

About the Program


Our one-year Transplant Pulmonology Fellowship offers hands-on experience managing the comprehensive care of lung transplantation. This fellowship includes care for patients with advanced lung disease, evaluation of potential transplant candidates, and the entire spectrum of care for lung transplant recipients.

The program is a collaboration between The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Transplant Center and the nationally ranked Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Fellows are active members of the multidisciplinary lung transplant team, working closely with colleagues specializing in pulmonary medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, infectious disease, pathology, anesthesia and critical care.

Our fellows participate in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient transplant care. By the end of their program year, they gain clinical expertise in:

  • Assessing patients with end-stage lung disease
  • Evaluating their eligibility for lung transplant
  • Managing their medical needs through the transplant period
  • Providing lifelong post-transplant care
Fellows also benefit from exposure to groundbreaking research and the opportunity to work with experts in their fields. We’re one of only 20 centers in the country chosen to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) through the NOVEL trial. Our pulmonary care program, which includes experts in COPD, interstitial lung disease and cystic fibrosis, is ranked among the top 20 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Application Process

The Transplant Pulmonology Fellowship Program offers one position per year.

Prerequisites

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 Transplant Pulmonology Fellowship
Application Documents

Applicants must provide the following materials:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from the director of your pulmonary and critical care fellowship program)
  • Recent color photo of the candidate (2x2)

This fellowship does not use the National Residency Match Program.

Please submit the required materials to: Kelli Banks Kelli.Banks@osumc.edu

Curriculum


Clinical and Academic Structure

Inpatient lung transplant service (4-5 months):

  • Inpatient rounds
  • Consults
  • Inpatient procedures
  • Observe procurement and transplant surgeries
  • Observe Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP), if available
  • First call during the day (nursing, floors, consultants)

Outpatient clinics (3-4 months):

  • Attend 2-3 lung transplant clinics per week (held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons)
  • Outpatient bronchoscopies
  • Tissue typing lab and pathology
  • Can include clinic time in our advanced lung disease clinics

Electives tailored to fellow’s areas of interest (2 months):

  • Transplant infectious disease consult service
  • Pediatric lung transplant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio
  • Advanced lung disease management, including COPD, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension
  • HLA lab
  • Pulmonary rehab
  • Organ procurement organization
  • Social work/psychology

Academic time (2 months):

  • Opportunities for research/quality improvement project
  • Opportunities for Masters-level classes, such as immunology, biostatistics, research design and grant writing (organized by The Ohio State University’s semester schedule)

Evening and Weekend Call

  • Weekend call/rounding: One weekend per month
  • Weeknight call: Once per week

Other Requirements

  • Attend lung transplant Patient Selection Committee (PSC) meetings
  • Attend weekly lung transplant research meetings
  • Attend weekly Comprehensive Transplant Center (CTC) grand rounds

Research

All Transplant Pulmonology fellows are encouraged to pursue a scholarly project within their area of interest. This could include conducting clinical, basic science or translational research, or completing Masters-level classes.

Contact

Stephen Kirkby, MD
Director, Transplant Pulmonology Fellowship Program
Stephen.Kirkby@osumc.edu

Submit application materials to:

Kelli Banks
Transplant Pulmonology Fellowship Coordinator
Kelli.Banks@osumc.edu
614-292-6563

 

Current Fellow

Current Fellow

Molly Howsare, DO 2018-2019 fellow

Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, Pennsylvania)

Residency: Internal Medicine, St. Elizabeth Health Center (Youngstown, Ohio)

Fellowship: Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Louisville

Clinical interests: Lung transplantation, cystic fibrosis and critical care

Transplant Pulmonology Fellowship Team

David Nunley

David Nunley, MD

Professor, Medicine Medical Director, Lung Transplant Program
Bryan Whitson

Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Surgery Co-Director, COPPER Lab Director, Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support
Stephen_Kirkby

Stephen Kirkby, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine Director, Transplant Pulmonology Fellowship