About the Program

This one-year fellowship training program is aimed at providing a comprehensive exposure to all aspects of advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative procedures in pulmonary medicine. At this time, we are able to offer only one position per year.

Knowledge of pulmonary and pleural diseases including lung cancer diagnosis and management of benign and malignant complex airway diseases is an essential foundation during the process of achieving competency with procedure skills. There will be formal didactics as well as opportunities to attend clinical presentations and educational conferences.

The fellow’s training will occur at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and University Hospital East.

Our goal is to ensure that the fellow is fully trained and competent with the use of various diagnostic and therapeutic armamentariums that are available for the care of patients with complex airway, lung and pleural diseases.

Hear from a former Interventional Pulmonology fellow about her experience at Ohio State

Clinical and Procedural Training

Clinical training will involve patient evaluation of presenting complaints, assessment and formulation of treatment plan and patient follow-up. The fellow will also be afforded the opportunity to care for patients seen in our Interventional Pulmonary Clinic two half-days per week.

We treat a high volume of patients with benign and malignant airway, lung and pleural diseases. The fellow will be trained in the use of several interventional pulmonary procedures used for diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative purposes.

At the start of each academic year, there will be an opportunity for hands-on simulation training for some of the complex procedures used.

Fellow evaluation will encompass the above.


Scholarly Activity
The fellow will be given one day per week to formulate and work on scholarly pursuits. The fellow is expected to participate in a scholarly activity project and to present an abstract, case series or original work at a national conference meeting. The fellow will receive a monetary allowance to help offset some expenditures (i.e. registration, travel, room, etc.) associated with this presentation. The fellow is expected to submit at least one manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal prior to completing fellowship training. 
 We believe that knowledge is an important pre-requisite for achieving procedural competence. The following is a sample of topics and procedures that the fellow is expected to comprehend and display competency in performing prior to the completion of fellowship training.

  1. Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic flexible bronchoscopy
  2. Complex airway management
  3. Management of benign and malignant airway obstructions
  4. Management of chronic tracheostomy
  5. Management of benign and malignant pleural diseases
  6. Medical thoracoscopy
  7. Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy
  8. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) – TBNA
  9. Microendoscopy (cellvizio)
  10. Narrow band imaging
  11. Auto fluorescence bronchoscopy
  12. Nd-Yag laser
  13. Spray cryotherapy (TruFreeze)
  14. Argon plasma coagulation
  15. Electrocautery
  16. Contract cryotherapy
  17. Endobronchial brachytherapy
  18. Rigid bronchoscopy
  19. Balloon bronchoplasty
  20. Metallic and silicone airway stent placement (flexible and rigid)
  21. Bronchial thermoplasty
  22. Endobronchial valve placement
  23. Pleuroscopy (pleural biopsy and pleurodesis)
  24. Pleural catheter placement (pleurx)
  25. Use of pleural manometry
  26. Thoracic ultrasound in managing pleural disease
  27. Ultrasound guided critical care procedures
  28. Percutaneous tracheostomy
  29. Transtracheal oxygen catheter placement
  30. Foreign body retrieval (with rigid or flexible bronchoscopes)
  31. Interpretative skills and use of 3D CT images in airway management

Didactics: formal lectures, journal club and conferences

Formal and informal didactic learning will occur throughout the fellowship training year. Formal didactics will occur at least once per month.

Other learning opportunities include case conferences (including literature review), Interventional Pulmonary Journal Club and a joint journal club with the Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program.

The fellow is expected to participate and attend in the weekly Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Conference. This conference is well attended by the following disciplines: thoracic surgery, interventional radiology, oncology, radiation oncology, pathology and interventional pulmonary.

The fellow is also expected to participate in the monthly Multidisciplinary Airway Conference. This conference is well attended by the following disciplines: thoracic surgery, ENT and interventional pulmonary.

Our Faculty

Jennifer McCallister, MD - Program Director

Christian Ghattas, MD - Assistant Program Director 

Alberto Revelo, MD

Jasleen Pannu, MD

Application Process

  • 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 Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship
  • Demonstrate competency in basic pulmonary and critical care procedures, including basic bronchoscopy, airway management and thoracentesis. Any additional experience in advanced bronchoscopic or pleural procedures will be looked upon favorably
  • Candidates in practice with advanced training are also encouraged to apply

Application Documents

The following is a list of the required documents necessary to complete the application for our Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship.

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Personal statement
  3. Procedure log (a summary of procedures is preferred)
  4. USMLE scores
  5. Three letters of recommendation (one from the director of your pulmonary and critical care fellowship program)
  6. Recent color photo of the candidate (2x2)

Candidate may be invited for an interview at The Ohio State University beginning in September 2020 for the position that starts in July 2021.

Apply now

We will use the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) to facilitate matching of individuals applying for the fellowship. Please refer to the NRMP website to register and for additional information about the IP match dates and deadlines.

Christian Ghattas, MD
Associate Program Director, Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program 
Assistant Professor 

Tina Olsson
Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Coordinator

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