Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship

Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship

Program Directors: Drs. Tanya Wiese & Umair Gauhar
Program Coordinators: Laura Hollifield/Lindsay Ramser

Phone - 502-852-5842
E-mail -

The University of Louisville's Division of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine is proud to offer a one-year fellowship opportunity in Interventional Pulmonology.

Interventional Pulmonology is rapidly expanding and the demand for fellowship trained physicians is on the rise. The ideal candidates are those interested in advanced training in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of airway and pleural disorders.

Our program will provide a unique learning opportunity, that is both clinical and research oriented. We have a high volume of patients that are seen in a variety of academic and non-academic settings.

Only those that have completed a pulmonary critical care fellowship program will be eligible to apply.


The Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program at the University of Louisville will participate in the Association of Interventional Pulmonary Program Directors (AIPPD) match process for the 2015-16 academic year.

Applicants should go to for more information on how to register for the match process and apply to UofL’s Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program.


  • Completion of an ACGME accredited Pulmonary, Critical Care fellowship program in good academic standing
  • Successfully passed all three (3) USMLE exams
  • Board eligible in Pulmonary/Critical Care
  • Board and board certified in Internal Medicine
  • Demonstrated  research and clinical interest in interventional pulmonology

No H1-B or J-1 Visa Applications Accepted


  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation/Dean's Letter
  • Color Photograph (wallet size)
  • Transcripts of all three (3) USMLE Exams
  • CV

Applicants need to have or must obtain a Kentucky Medical License prior to the start of the Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship.

For additional information please contact:

Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program
Attn:Lindsay Ramser
University of Louisville Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Disorders Medicine
550 S. Jackson Street
Ambulatory Care Building, A3R40
Louisville, KY 40202



The overall aim of the interventional pulmonary (IP) fellowship is to develop a clinical investigator with expertise in the management of complex airway and pleural disorders. The role of the fellow is to train as a subspecialist in the field of interventional pulmonology and to satisfy the recommendations of the American College of Chest Physicians.

The fellow will obtain clinical experience and become proficient in IP technical skills under direct supervision of the IP faculty at the core teaching hospitals (University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Norton Hospital, Brown Cancer Center, and the Veterans Administration).

The IP fellow at all times will be under the supervision of the IP faculty and will be directly supervised in endoscopy and will act as a consultant under the direction of the IP attending and will perform the initial consultation and make specific recommendations.

All consultations will be reviewed and countersigned by the IP faculty.

The IP fellow is expected to write orders to be reviewed by the supervisory faculty.  In addition to in hospital consultation and performance of IP procedures, the fellow will evaluate patients under faculty supervision at the IP clinics and attend lung cancer tumor boards.

The IP fellow will spend two (2) weeks rotation with thoracic surgery, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology. They will also spend eight (8) weeks rotating a clinical staff in pulmonary critical care.


If there are additional pulmonary fellows rotating, then the IP fellow assumes the supervisory role of the junior fellow. To be competent as an IP fellow the candidate should have performed as a primary operator a minimum of:

Advanced bronchoscopy
(diagnostic and therapeutic)

  • Rigid bronchoscopy - 20
  • Autofluorescence bronchoscopy - 5
  • Endobronchial ultrasound-guided - 50
  • TBNA (radial and convex probe)
  • Endoluminal therapies
  • Laser - 15
  • Electrocautery - 15
  • Argon plasma coagulation - 15
  • Cryotherapy - 10
  • Brachytherapy - 5
  • Photodynamic therapy - 10
  • Airway stents silicone, (silastic/metallic/dynamic Y/hybrid) - 20
  • Balloon tracheobronchoplasty - 20

Procedures for pleural disease

  • Thoracic ultrasound - 10
  • Thoracentesis - 10
  • Thoracic percutaneous needle/core biopsy - 10 each
  • Tube thoracoscopy/pleural catheter, non-tunneled - 10
  • Tunneled pleural catheter - 15
  • Percutaneous pleural biopsy - 5


  • Percutaneous dilational tracheotomy - 20
  • Transtracheal oxygen catheter - 10
  • Navigational bronchoscopy - 20
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty - 5
  • Document