Pulmonary/ Critical Care Fellowship Program
Welcome to the LSU Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship in New Orleans. Our fellowship program was established more than 35 years ago at Charity Hospital and one decade later merged with the Ochsner fellowship program. For over 25 years our program has thrived as a combined effort of LSU Health Sciences Center and Ochsner Health System. Our two flagship training sites are University Medical Center New Orleans, a new 446 bed state-of-the-art hospital across the street from the LSU School of Medicine, and Ochsner Medical Center (main campus), a 473 bed quaternary referral hospital overlooking the Mississippi river.
Our fellowship program has 13 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 notably diverse population. 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, HIV lung disease, lung transplant, neuromuscular respiratory disease, and allergy. We have developed strong procedural training opportunities, and our fellows graduate with extensive experience in high-risk procedures (75-150 endotracheal intubations) and advanced bronchoscopy (50-75 EBUS procedures).
To develop the fundamental skills to appreciate, interpret and contribute to scholarship in medicine, all of our fellows participate in mentored research projects. On designated rotations, a weekly research conference provides a venue for work in progress presentations and exposure to scientists doing clinical and basic research and developing projects for extramural funding.
Finally, the LSU Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship trains physician-citizens of the world. Through our Global Pulmonary Health Scholars exchange program, we have sent 8 fellows to Turkey, Brazil and Vietnam for 2-4 week international exposures to comparative health systems, pulmonary diseases and professionalism. Two fellows travel to India this year. In addition, with support from the American Thoracic Society, we have sent two fellows to ATS Hill Day in Washington DC to experience the role of the physician voice in government.
We are proud of our fellowship program, our current fellows and our more than 100 graduates. We work to make the training experience richer every year.
Stephen Kantrow, MD
Program Director 2009-current
David Taylor, MD
Program Director 2001-2009, Department Chair, Ochsner Pulmonary Critical Care
Carol Mason, MD
Section Chief, LSU Pulmonary/Critical Care&Allergy/Immunology
Mark Gele, MBA
Program Coordinator, LSU Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Applicants must apply via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) web site. This application may be found at:
International Medical Graduate Applicants to be considered for an interview, they must be ECFMG-certified at the time of application and have J-1 Visa.
Additional information is available through the Section Office or from Mark C. Gelé, Fellowship Coordinator, (504) 568-4634.
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 Kelly Allerton at 504-896-9800 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellows train in two large outpatient services. The Allergy Clinic at LSU Interim Hospital is held once a week, providing fellows the chance to care for many adult asthma patients and individuals with other allergic disorders. The second clinic is held twice weekly at the Morial Asthma and Allergy Clinic (Lions/LSU Clinic) and serves private patients. In addition to caring for patients, this clinic offers fellows experience in skin testing for inhalant allergens and food, insect sting, and drug allergies. Pulmonary function testing is also conducted, as are challenge procedures for foods and preservatives.
Fellows are encouraged to attend several weekly conferences the Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology offers, the Friday noon journal club meeting, the Friday morning joint LSU/Tulane conference, and the Tuesday morning clinical conference.
Fellowship Training Program Selection Policy
The candidates should preferably be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident. Under exceptional circumstances, candidates with other types of visa status may be excepted. The candidates should have completed their residency from an ACGME accredited training program in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or a combined MED/PED program and be board eligible. However, exceptions may be made in the case of individual circumstances.