Cleveland Clinic is offering a non-accredited, one-year fellowship in Interventional Pulmonary Medicine. As one of the leading international pulmonary and critical care programs, Cleveland Clinic's Respiratory Institute performs more than 3,000 diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopic procedures each year.

Program Overview

Trainees in our fellowship program will gain experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with complex airway disorders, pleural disorders, lung nodules and mediastinal adenopathy with the use of minimally invasive techniques. You may perform any of the following advanced invasive diagnostic and therapeutic pulmonary procedures:

  • Endobronchial laser therapy
  • Endobronchial electrocautery
  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Cryotherapy
  • Airway stent insertion
  • Dilatation techniques
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Transbronchial needle aspiration
  • Electromagnetic bronchoscopy
  • Autofluorescence and narrow band imaging bronchoscopy

Fellows will work closely with our Interventional Pulmonary Medicine staff and faculty from the Taussig Cancer Center (Oncology and Radiation Oncology), Radiology (Thoracic Radiology and Interventional Radiology), Thoracic Surgery and Otolaryngology (ENT).

In addition to your rotation at Cleveland Clinic, Interventional Pulmonary Medicine Fellows will gain additional experience in pleural disease at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

World-class Facilities

Due to our growth in patient volumes, we opened the most technologically-advanced bronchoscopy suite in the world, Patricia L. and Thomas P. Brundige Bronchoscopy Suite, in 2010. The suite includes three rooms fully equipped for all types of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, integration with radiology PACS, rapid on-site cytopathology work station, and ultrasound-guided thoracentesis service.

How to Apply

How to Apply

For more information, contact our Interventional Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship Training Program Director, Francisco Aécio Almeida, MD, MS, or Program Coordinator, Candice Hankins, at 216.444.7523 or [email protected].

Current & Previous Fellows

Current & Previous Fellows

Class of 2019-2020

Brian Shaller, MD
Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
Current position:
Interventional Pulmonary Medicine Fellow

Class of 2018-2019

Carlos Aravena Leon, MD
Residency: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Pulm/CCM Fellowship: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Current position: Interventional Pulmonary Medicine Fellow

Class of 2017-2018

Hanine Inaty, MD
Residency: Tufts University, Boston, MA
Pulm/CCM Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Current position: Pending

Class of 2016-2017

Benjamin Young, MD
Residency: University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Pulm/CCM Fellowship: University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Current position: Medical Director, Bronchoscopy and Assistant Professor, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Class of 2015-2016

Laura Frye, MD
Residency: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
Pulm/CCM Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Class of 2014-2015

Satish Kalanjeri, MD
Residency: Pennsylvania Hospital – Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Pulm/CCM Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Current position: Chief of Interventional Pulmonology, Harry S. Truman VA Hospital, Columbia, MO
Assistant Professor, Harry S. Truman Memorial VA Hospital and University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Class of 2013-2014

Abdul Alraiyes, MD
Residency: Case Western Reserve University, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Pulm/CCM Fellowship: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Current position: Medical Director of Interventional Pulmonology and Critical Care, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Chicago, IL
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago, IL 

Class of 2012-2013

Sonali Sethi, MD
Residency: Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ
Pulm/CCM Fellowship: St. Vincent's Hospital, New York, NY
Current position: Staff Physician, Interventional Pulmonary Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, OH

Class of 2011-2012

Wissam Jaber, MD
Residency: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Pulm/CCM Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Current position: Assistant Professor, Emory University