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Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship Program Overview

Welcome to the LSU Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship in New Orleans.  Our fellowship program was established more than 40 years ago at Charity Hospital and one decade later merged with the Ochsner fellowship program.  For over 30 years our program has thrived as a combined effort of LSU Health Sciences Center and Ochsner Health System.  Our two main training sites are University Medical Center New Orleans, the flagship hospital of the LCMC Health System, across the street from the LSU School of Medicine, and Ochsner Medical Center, the quaternary care flagship hospital of Ochsner Health System, overlooking the Mississippi River.

Our fellowship program has 14 ACGME approved positions and attracts outstanding young physicians from across the country to train in New Orleans.  We prepare our fellows to pursue their passions and support their growth into superb clinicians, educators, and/or researchers.  We are known for the esprit de corps of our fellows, for our outstanding faculty, for our engaging Thursday afternoon conferences, and for clinical excellence.  LSU pulmonary/critical care fellows are highly respected in our training sites and set the standard for professionalism.

Our clinical training exposes fellows to a comprehensive curriculum while caring for a diverse community.  Our critical care experience is fast-paced with high patient turnover, high acuity, and with the opportunity to make new, urgently needed diagnoses and provide evidence-based care.  Our fellows have a leadership role in the intensive care unit as clinicians and educators.  Pulmonary medicine training occurs in inpatient and outpatient consultative rotations, general pulmonary clinics, and specialty clinics devoted to pulmonary hypertension, mycobacterial disease, interstitial lung disease, lung transplantation, neuromuscular respiratory disease, HIV related pulmonary disease, and allergy.   We have strong procedural training opportunities, and our fellows graduate with extensive experience in airway management (60-150 endotracheal intubations) and advanced bronchoscopy (40-60 EBUS procedures). 

To develop the fundamental skills to appreciate, interpret, and contribute to scholarship in medicine, our fellows participate in mentored research projects; approximately 3 months are available each year for scholarly activity. Finally, the LSU Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship trains physician-citizens.  Through our Global Pulmonary Health Scholars exchange program, we have sent fellows to Turkey, Brazil, India, and Vietnam for international exposures to comparative health systems, pulmonary diseases, and professionalism.  With support from the American Thoracic Society, we have sent fellows to ATS Hill Day in Washington DC to learn about the physician voice in government, and this year two fellows served on the Louisiana Governor's COVID-19 Racial Disparities Task Force.

We are proud of our fellowship program, our current fellows, and our more than 100 graduates.


Stephen Kantrow, MD,  Program Director (skantr@lsuhsc.edu)

Derek Vonderhaar, MD,  Associate Program Director - Clinical (derek.vonderhaar@lochsner.org)

Matt Lammi, MD, MSc,  Associate Program Director - Research (mlammi@lsuhsc.edu)

Cecilia Estep, MJ,  Program Coordinator (cestep@lsuhsc.edu)



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Looking for the Allergy/Clinical Immunology Fellowship Program?

The Allergy/ Clinical Immunology Fellowship Program is a joint program with the Section of Pediatric Allergy/Immunology in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. Candidates who are board-eligible or certified in Pediatrics or Internal Medicine may apply for this two-year program. For more information please contact Hanh Rimmer at 504-894-6851 or hmonju@lsuhsc.edu.