The Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program at the Mount Sinai Hospital of the Icahn School of Medicine is designed to train a qualified applicant in all aspects of interventional pulmonology (IP). This unique fellowship allows our fellow to begin their career with the skills needed for career success. Starting in July 2022, we will train one IP fellow per year in a one-year fellowship.
The role of the Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program in the diagnosis and management of pulmonary malignancies has been essential to the success of the multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program. Under the direction of Timothy Harkin, MD, the Department of Pulmonology introduced a wide complement of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the past several years. These include endobronchial ultrasound, navigational bronchoscopy, ablative technologies (argon plasma coagulation, electrocautery, and cryotherapy) and airway stenting.
The addition of a second IP board-certified faculty member Udit Chaddha, MD, brought us the new skills of thoracoscopy and rigid bronchoscopy, key tools in the management of advanced pleural disease and complex airways. It also allowed us to expand our program to a second procedure site at Mount Sinai West. Our complement of advanced procedures was enhanced by the addition of robotic bronchoscopy in 2021, which is fully integrated within the Thoracic Oncology Program.
There is strong clinical support for the IP program outside our division as we closely collaborate with key faculty in the Departments of Thoracic Surgery, Otolaryngology and Anesthesia, and as exemplified by the academic appointments of both IP faculty members in the Department of Thoracic Surgery. In 2021, Mount Sinai has added two new programs: the Lung Transplant program and the novel Tracheal Transplant program. The patients attracted by these two programs require routine consultation and frequent procedures by the IP team.
Why Choose Our Program
Mount Sinai has a long history of excellence at the forefront of clinical pulmonary medicine. The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine has recently added to its strengths through the creation of the Respiratory Institute in alliance with National Jewish Health of Denver, CO, creating a highly regarded regional and national referral system.
We believe that Mount Sinai is perfectly poised to provide a uniquely rounded experience to train fellows in IP, offering a diverse mix of patients, clinical problems, and multidisciplinary exposure. In recognition of the success of the Mount Sinai IP Program, the Association of Interventional Pulmonology Program Directors recently granted accreditation for an Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship.