Educational Experience

The Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship curriculum is structured to provide well-rounded training in all aspects of the specialty. Each fellow spends twelve full months continuously training on the interventional pulmonology clinical service where fellows will obtain expertise in interventional procedures. In addition to clinical service, fellows spend time in both the interventional pulmonary and thoracic oncology outpatient clinic settings. An original research project relating to the field of interventional pulmonology suitable for presentation at an international meeting is also an expected component of the training program.

Procedural Skill Obtained:

Advanced bronchoscopy (diagnostic and therapeutic)

  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound-guided -TBNA (radial and convex probe)
  • Endoluminal therapies
    • Laser
    • Electrocautery
    • Argon plasma coagulation
    • Cryotherapy
    • Microdebridement
  • Airway stents
    • Silicone
    • Self-expanding metallic
    • Dynamic Y
    • Hybrid
  • Balloon tracheobronchoplasty
  • Bronchial valve placement for prolonged air leak and lung volume reduction for emphysema
  • Navigational Bronchoscopy

Procedures for Pleural Disease

  • Thoracic ultrasound
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic percutaneous needle/core biopsy
  • Tube thoracoscopy/pleural catheter, non-tunneled
  • Tunneled pleural catheter
  •  Pleuroscopy, pleural biopsies and pleurodesis


  • Percutaneous dilational tracheotomy
  • Transtracheal oxygen catheter