Program Director:
Program Coordinator: Grace Garrott

NOTE: In alignment with the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD), our national professional society, and to ensure a uniform interview process that is equitable to all applicants, our fellowship interviews for applicants in 2021-2022 will be held exclusively virtually. We will not offer in-person site visits.

Learn more about our training programs 

Third-Year Fellows

Sravya Brahmandam, M.D.

Sravya Brahmandam, M.D.
  • Medical school: University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH
  • ResidencyWright State University Affiliated Hospitals, Dayton, OH
  • About SravyaBorn in Illinois, brought up in Ohio, and now in Kentucky for fellowship. As a tennis player, one might find me with a tennis racket at nearby tennis courts. I enjoy watching sports especially tennis, basketball, and football. In my spare time, I thoroughly enjoy watching various language movies together with my family. I plan to improve my culinary skills while I do my fellowship at UofL.
  • Hobbies: Gardening, puzzles, classical dance, singing, reading books
  • Favorite Restaurant in Louisville: Figuring out delicious Indian, Italian, and Mexican food in town.
  • Research interests: COPD, Sleep, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension

Christina D. Salmon, M.D.

Christina D. Salmon , M.D.
  • Medical School: Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Residency: NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, Brooklyn, NY
  • About Christina: I was born and raised in Guayaquil, largest city on the west coast of Ecuador. I moved to the U.S. four years ago and lived in New York City for residency and now Louisville! I like to watch movies/Broadway shows, outdoor activities and sports. I like to cook, eat and travel!
  • Hobbies: Photography, heater/ballet, soccer
  • Favorite Restaurants in Louisville: Still trying them out!
  • Research interests: PAH, Point-of-Care Ultrasound


Matthew J Taylor, D.O.

Matthew J Taylor, D.O.
  • Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, IA
  • Residency: University of Iowa-Des Moines/UnityPoint Health Affiliated Hospitals, Des Moines, IA
  • About Matthew: I grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and spent the last several years in Des Moines, IA. I got married in medical school to my lovely wife who is also a family practice doctor, and we try our best not to be nerdy. I am a big Chicago spots fan including the Cubs and Bears! I am very excited to join a soccer league in Louisville.
  • Hobbies: Road biking, board games, travel (27 countries and counting), and soccer
  • Favorite Restaurants in Louisville: I am still looking for my favorite Chicago style pizza place
  • Research interests: High flow nasal cannula and infectious disease in the ICU

Benadin "Dino" Varajic, M.D.

  • Medical SchoolUniversity of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Residency: University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY

Second-Year Fellows

Sruti Brahmandam, M.D.

Sruti Brahmandam, M.D.
  • Medical school: Northeast Ohio Medical School, Rootstown, OH
  • Residency: University of Louisville Hospital
  • About William: Originally from Ohio and came to Louisville for residency. I have been enjoying the vibrant culture of Louisville, and I am excited to continue my training here. I love experimenting in the kitchen and hope to create new recipes. I also enjoy watching movies and spending time with my family.
  • Hobbies: Sketching, tennis, cooking, experimental baking, classical Indian arts
  • Favorite Restaurant in Louisville: El Mundo, Time for Thai, Grapeleaf
  • Research interests: COPD, Ultrasound, Sleep, Lung Cancer, Health Disparities

William C. Linville, D.O.

William C. Linville, D.O.
  • Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA
  • Residency: University of Louisville Hospital
  • About William: I grew up in a small town in Ohio, completed med school in Pennsylvania, and came to Kentucky for residency and fellowship. If I'm not working then you can find me spending time with my wife, dog, or video games. I love ICU and look forward to teaching the residents during my time at UofL.
  • Hobbies: Video games, lifting, hiking, and cars/motorcycles
  • Favorite Restaurant in Louisville: Game - you have to try the kangaroo burger!
  • Research interests: COPD, Sepsis


Belissa M. Ramos-Chaves, M.D.

Belissa Ramos-Chaves, M.D.
  • Medical school: Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Residency: Florida State University/Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, FL
  • About Belissa: I was born and raised in Puerto Rico but I have grown up in so many places. I did Medical School in the Dominican Republic, moved to Florida for residency, and am now in Kentucky for the best fellowship in the world, pulmonary and critical care. I consider myself a very calm person with a lot of energy if that makes sense.
  • Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, road biking, gym, and Netflix
  • Favorite Restaurant in Louisville: Yet to figure out, but La Bodeguita de Mima makes me feel at home
  • Research interests: Interventional Pulmonology, ICU, Pulmonary Hypertension and Lung Cancer

First-Year Fellows

Zachary S. Baird, D.O.

Zachary S. Baird, D.O.
  • Medical school: The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
  • Residency: Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • About Zach: Born and raised in a rural town in southern Ohio. Completed most of my training in Columbus, OH and then moved to Louisville, KY for fellowship. I am enjoying the friendly atmosphere and rich history of Louisville. I moved here with my fiancée as well as our dog and cat. In our free time we love to travel and check out local restaurants.
  • Hobbies: Hiking, running, traveling, cooking, and theater
  • Favorite Restaurant in Louisville: Still have so many to try! But Taco Luchador is currently at the top of the list
  • Research interests: Point of Care Ultrasound, Pulmonary Hypertension, and COPD

James A. Bradley, M.D.

James A. Bradley, M.D.
  • Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
  • Residency: University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY
  • About James: Originally from eastern Kentucky, I moved to Louisville for medical school and married my wife. Since then, I have stayed here for residency and fellowship. My wife and I have three beautiful daughters and we enjoy taking them to the zoo, local farms, parks, and teaching them how to swim.
  • Hobbies: Running, swimming, working out, home remodeling, reading, kayaking, cooking
  • Favorite Restaurants in Louisville: South End BBQ is #1. First Watch, Simply Thai, Taco Luchador, Havana Rumba, The Café, Mark's Feed Store are also all great and worthy of multiple trips
  • Research interests: Pneumonia, sepsis, shock, mechanical ventilation


Robert M. Hoerner, M.D.

Robert M. Hoerner, M.D.
  • Medical School: Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • Residency: University of Utah Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT
  • About Robert: I am originally from the Greater St. Louis area and completed college and medical school in St. Louis. Then I moved to Salt Lake City for residency and moved back to the Midwest to Milwaukee to work for a year as an academic hospitalist. I am excited to return to training in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Louisville. I am a big St. Louis sports fan with the Cardinals and Blues.
  • Hobbies: Gym/lifting, hiking, cooking, documentaries, comedy shows
  • Favorite Restaurants in Louisville: Feast BBQ
  • Research interests: ILD, PHTN, POCUS

Patrisha M. Shelley, D.O.

Patrisha M. Shelley, D.O.
  • Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus, Spartanburg, SC
  • Residency: UF Health Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
  • About Trisha: I was raised in a small town in South Carolina. I remained in South Carolina for medical school, moved to Florida for residency and here I am in Kentucky for fellowship. When I'm not at work you can find me hanging out with my dog, Kirby. I love to travel, I plan to go on at least one big trip a year for the rest of my life. My last trip was to Japan, highly recommend.
  • Hobbies: Hiking, reading, hanging out with my fur-baby, trying all the restaurants around Louisville
  • Favorite Restaurants in Louisville: Too many to pick from and so many more to try!
  • Research interests: PH, ILD, interventional pulmonology

Sleep Medicine Fellow

Emilee J. SurVance, D.O.

Emilee J. SurVance, D.O.
  • Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV
  • Residency: Homer Stryker School of Medicine Division of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Kalamazoo, MI
  • About Emilee: I was raised in rural Southern Indiana on a small farm with seven siblings. My mother was a nurse and I began considering medicine at a very young age. I am so thankful for the wonderful people that have guided my journey. Being a doctor has been the most amazing and fulfilling experience.
  • Hobbies: I love gardening, hiking, sports and travel. I'm an avid lover of the outdoors and enjoy seeing and experiencing new places.
  • Favorite Restaurants in Louisville:Texas Roadhouse
  • Research interests: I am especially interested in sleep disorders among children with neuromuscular diseases.  This high risk population has some established concerns about sleep and sleep disorders and I hope to help improve awareness among providers to improve treatment and quality of life in these children.