Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Research

The Divisions of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at MSSL, MSW and MSBI provide ample opportunities for clinical, epidemiological, quality improvement, medical simulation, medical education and basic science research. Our faculty and fellows are engaged in a broad-range of investigations, with opportunities to collaborate with investigators throughout the Mount Sinai Health System.

During the first year of training, fellows meet with the Program Director to identify research and career interests and to establish a research mentor. Research projects are then integrated over three years with up to 6 months in dedicated research time during the third year.

All fellows complete our Quality Improvement (QI) Curriculum. This program provides a foundation in the science of QI and the application of principles to improve quality, patient safety and value in health care. Fellows develop and lead individual and group QI projects in pulmonary or critical care.

Resources for research include IRB guidance and availability of statistical support, system-wide research symposia and system-wide research education seminars. Fellows receive support to present their work at national, local and regional conferences.

Our faculty and fellows are engaged in a broad range of investigations as detailed below.

The faculty in our division are actively involved in a number of research projects including:

  • David Steiger, MD: short and long-term outcomes of pulmonary embolism; use of an age-adjusted d-dimer on evaluation for pulmonary embolism; outcomes of submassive PE with initiation of a multidisciplinary PE response team; outcomes of patients receiving high-flow nasal cannula for acute respiratory failure
  • Paru Patrawalla, MD: effectiveness of point-of-care ultrasound training; relationship of educational outcomes to patient outcomes; simulation education; outcomes of patients receiving high-flow nasal cannula for acute respiratory failure
  • Mirna Mohanraj, MD: innovations in medical education, novel curriculum development, simulation education and training, innovations in medical education, trainee well-being, bioethics
  • Janet Shapiro, MD: quality improvement and safety, hypothermia in cardiac arrest, ethics, simulation training
  • Edward Eden, MD: outcomes in COPD, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, advances in the therapy of bronchiectasis, innovations in medical education
  • Patricia Walker, MD: cystic fibrosis clinical trials and outcomes research; COPD outcomes and readmission rates
  • Mary O’Sullivan, MD: smoking cessation, asthma outcomes, ACOS, asthma and obesity, role of roflumilast in asthma
  • Gerard M. Turino, MD: COPD pathogenic mechanisms, elastin degradation as a biomarker in COPD, asthma and cystic fibrosis and hyaluronon as a COPD therapy
  • Raymonde Jean, MD: sleep disorders in critical illness, obesity in the critically ill, critical care outcomes, acute respiratory failure
  • Albert Miller, MD: PFT findings in patients with HIV; occupational health outcomes
  • Gopal Narayanswami, MD: critical care ultrasonography, EBUS, procedural education
  • Keith Rose, MD: medical simulation, medical education, surgical outcomes, death certificate improvement, diaphragmatic changes in critical illness
  • Joseph Mathew, MD: critical care outcomes, critical care ultrasonography, airway management, simulation training
  • Andre Sotelo, MD: simulation training, medical education, enteral nutrition
  • Susannah Kurtz, MD: medical simulation, medical education, sepsis, death certificate improvement
  • John Cardasis, MD: simulation training, early mobility, ventilator weaning strategies
  • Young Im Lee, MD: ultrasound assessment of the diaphragm in intubated patients; hyponatremia in critical illness
  • Adil Shujaat, MD: patient outcomes and QI for pleural procedures, bronchoscopy

Please click here for a list of publications and presentations from our fellows.