Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Program Overview

The Jane & Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute and the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia house an outstanding fellowship program in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine.  This program has a long-standing tradition of excellence and a reputation for graduating superior clinicians, outstanding educators, and innovative researchers. The program is supported by the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, established in 1824, and is one of the largest private medical colleges in the United States.

Armed with a new partnership with National Jewish Health (Denver), new facilities, a growing faculty and staff, new research space, and expanding training opportunities, we aim not only to prepare qualified individuals as proficient clinicians with critical rigor, but to tailor training to fit candidate needs to ensure success in any career path of their choice.  We understand medicine will not advance without discovery through research, and this justifies our renewed interest in providing trainees exposure to a strong clinical trials enterprise and translational research experiences to enhance scholarship and chances for success in academia.  Accordingly, fellows will be trained to critically review scientific literature as well as design and execute clinical and/or translational research.  

By the end of the training period, fellows will be skilled in:

  • Team-based and patient-centered care
  • Managing difficult pulmonary diseases and general critical care problems
  • Performing complex bronchoscopy and related procedures
  • Critical care procedures and ultrasound
  • Conducting clinical trials or basic science research

This is a three-year program (with optional additional years for research) leading to eligibility for board certification in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. The majority of the training experience is at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and its University Hospital, which is located in Center City Philadelphia.

This highly flexible program enables individuals to achieve his or her personal training goals while fulfilling requirements for board certification in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. The division claims 100% pass rate for graduating fellows in both ABIM pulmonary and critical care medicine. The first 12 months are devoted primarily to clinical training, with time divided between pulmonary medicine, medical and surgical critical care, chest radiology, anesthesia and the pulmonary function lab.

The remaining requirements for board certification in pulmonary medicine and critical care are arranged to suit individual training goals throughout the second and third years. A number of elective clinical rotations focusing on specialized areas of interest in pulmonary medicine and critical care are also offered. Our division offers multidisciplinary research training opportunities in several areas of lung biology ranging from the study of lung development and aging to acute and chronic lung injury, while emphasizing disease modeling, genetic engineering, metabolic interventions.  Specific features of the clinical training program and the research training program are available. It is emphasized that the training experience is designed to help the trainee develop a scholarly approach to clinical problems and to laboratory or clinical investigation. Acceptance into the fellowship training program is very competitive, with over 500 applicants for five slots per year. 

Third Year Fellows

Vincent Chan, MD
Elie Fares, MD
Mary Kathryn Hurst, DO
Mark Mallozzi, MD
Lindsey Morris, MD

Second Year Fellows

Timothy Crisci, MD
Jesse Johnson, MD
Christopher Missak, DO
Vani Mulkareddy, MD
Christopher O'Hara, MD

First Year Fellows

Ibukun Fakunle, MD
Abdul Kazi, MD
Nathaniel Rosal, DO
Saikou Saidy, MD
Courtney Townshend, MD
Jose Zabala Genovez, MD (Critical Care Only)

Name   Current Position
Kathleen Biblowitz, MD 2021-2022 Christiana Medical Center, Christiana, DE
Ryan Commins, MD 2021-2022 Medstar Health, Columbia, MD
Matthew Flamenbaum, DO 2021-2022 University of Albany, Albany, NY
Zak Hindi, MD 2021-2022 Parallon - Nashville Shared Services, Nashville, TN  
Aaron Kaye, MD 2021-2021 Allina Health Center, Minneapolis, MN
Richard Loynd, DO 2021-2022 TPQVO Health System, Chattanooga, TN
Brandon Menachem, MD 2021-2022 Pulmonary Hypertension Fellowship at Duke University Hospital
Rakhshanda Akram, MD 2020-2021 Abingon Jefferson, Philadelphia, PA
Brian Chwiecko, MD 2020-2021 Reading Hospital, Reading, PA
Alan Gandler, MD 2020-2021 Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA
Daniel Kramer, MD 2020-2021 Thomas Jefferson Univ Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Pooja Pandit, MD 2020-2021 Private Practice, Washington DC
Mrinalini Venkata Subramani, MD 2020-2021 Cleveland Clinic, Transplant Fellowship
Edgar Guzman-Suarez, MD 2019-2020 Palmdale Regional Medical Center, Pulmdale, CA
Robert Hilton, MD 2017-2020 Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center
Phue Khaing, MD 2017-2020 George Washington Medical Center
Christopher McGrath, MD 2017-2020 Thomas Jefferson Univ Hospital
Carl Nieweld, MD 2017-2020 Geisinger Health System
Hassan Shahid, MD 2017-2020 Day Kimball Hospital
Justin Herman, MD 2016-2019 Reading Hospital
Ena Gupta, MD 2016-2019 Albert Einstein Medical Center
John Madara, MD 2016-2019 Abington Medical Center
Michael Lake, MD 2016-2019 Abington Medical Center
Dina Khateeb, MD   2016-2019 Mt. Sinai Medical Center – Palliative Care Fellowship
Gautam George, MD  2015-2018 Full-time Faculty, Thomas Jefferson Univ Hosp, Philadelphia, PA 
Christoph Hutchinson, MD  2015-2018 Internventional Pulmonary Fellowship, UPENN Philadelphia, PA 
Mitchell Jacobs, MD  2015-2018 Private Practice, Ben Salem, PA 
Yanhong Zhang, MD, PhD  2015-2018 Pulmonologist, Crozer Chester, PA