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Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Fellowships Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship

Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship

The mission of our yearlong Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship, offered through NYU Langone’s Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, is to train physicians in the most advanced interventional pulmonology care, while encouraging them to pursue active academic careers.

Overseen by Samaan Rafeq, MD, section chief of interventional pulmonology, and Jamie L. Bessich, MD, interventional pulmonology fellowship director, our faculty aim to transform this specialty, widening its focus to include an academic and scientific emphasis in addition to clinical practice. To that end, our interventional pulmonology training program adds a wide range of basic, translational, and clinical research opportunities to its comprehensive clinical and didactic training.

Our faculty look forward to your application and to training you as part of the next generation of interventional pulmonologists.

Clinical Training for Fellows

During clinical training, fellows become proficient in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy, in addition to the latest airway management techniques and diagnostic and therapeutic pleural procedures.

Fellows learn bronchoscopic management of advanced emphysema, severe asthma, lung cancer, nonmalignant airway disorders, malignant pleural effusions, and pneumothorax.

During your fellowship, you collaborate closely with a multidisciplinary team of physicians that can include medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists, and pathologists to diagnose patients and develop treatment plans. You work in various patient care settings, including NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Perlmutter Cancer Center, as well as NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

Didactic Training for Fellows

Your didactic training includes a biweekly complex case conference that alternates with an Interventional Pulmonology Journal Club.

You are required to attend a weekly, multidisciplinary thoracic oncology cancer tumor board, as well as a weekly pulmonary division case conference and Pulmonary Grand Rounds.

Fellows attend a “boot camp” at the beginning of their fellowship year that provides them with an introduction to interventional pulmonology procedures using simulation and hands-on training. The course, held at rotating locations, is offered by the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (AABIP).

Research Opportunities for Fellows

Fellows have opportunities to pursue their interests in innovative basic, translational, and clinical research under the guidance of leading experts in the field.

We expect you to present results of scholarly work at national conferences, where you have opportunities to network with interventional pulmonologists regarding potential research and employment opportunities.

How to Apply

Our program accepts one fellow per year. You are expected to have completed your training in pulmonary and critical care medicine before the start of our interventional pulmonary fellowship.

Apply for our interventional pulmonology program through the Association of Interventional Pulmonology Program Directors (AIPPD) using its Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Application System.

Fellowship Faculty

Our faculty members are leaders in the field of interventional pulmonology.

Samaan Rafeq, MD
Section Chief, Interventional Pulmonology

Luis F. Angel, MD
Director, Lung Transplantation Program

Jamie L. Bessich, MD
Fellowship Director

Vivek Murthy, MD
Associate Fellowship Director

Daniel H. Sterman, MD
Director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

Contact Us

For questions about applying to our Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship, please contact Alicia Brewster, MPA, fellowship coordinator, at or 212-263-2315.