Amit Banga, MD, Class of 2014

Assistant Professor of Medicine – UT Southwestern Medical Center

During my interview at Cleveland Clinic, I was introduced to the concept of a ‘track system.’ Although I had been interested in lung transplantation, for the first time I was compelled to look beyond my training and consider my long term career interests. In my first year, I made the decision to pursue lung transplantation as a career specialization. A ‘front loaded’ schedule with opportunities to rotate across multiple areas of specialization aided me in this process. My core rotations permitted me to interact and work with several faculty members in the division and to identify my ‘track’ mentor early on. It also gave me insights that were valuable as my program director, mentor and I customized the latter half of my fellowship schedule. During this process, I was able to start planning my research projects before the end of my first year of fellowship and was presenting papers at conferences and submitting manuscripts for publications by the end of second year, all of which helped me immensely during the job interviews during my final year.

Many fellowship programs associated with academic medical centers are replete with rich clinical and research opportunities for trainees. What differentiates the program at Cleveland Clinic from others is that Cleveland Clinic helped me to focus on what I wanted while still providing excellent clinical training in all aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine. They also supported and guided me in my clinical and research aspirations, something that I feel contributed to where I am today.

Notable Career Accomplishments since arriving at Cleveland Clinic:

  • 2012: Travel Award - Assembly of Environmental and Occupational Health, American Thoracic Society , New York NY
  • 2013: Abstract Scholarship- Assembly of Allergy, Immunology, and Inflammation, American Thoracic Society, New York NY
  • 2013: Young Investigator Award - American College of Chest Physicians, Chicago IL
  • 2014: $25,000 intramural grant - Research Program Committees, Cleveland Clinic Foundation: Role of mast cell in allograft dysfunction after lung transplantation

Mani Kavuru, MD, Class of 1989

Professor of Medicine
Division Director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Director, Jane & Leonard Korman Lung Center at Jefferson
Co-Director, Jefferson Center for Critical Care Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University & Hospital

I am a pulmonary and critical care clinician educator with a long-standing interest and experience in a variety of lung disorders, translational research, and multi-center clinical trials. I am currently the Division Director for Pulmonary and Critical Care at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. I have been a principle investigator on a variety of clinical trials over 20 years ranging from asthma, sarcoidosis, sepsis, ARDS and pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. I have participated in a variety of NIH-funded consortia [e.g., Sarcoid Genetic Analysis (SAGA) consortium, Rare Lung Disease Consortium] and a variety of RO-1s as a co-investigator or a PI on the parent trials. I have authored or co-authored over 100 original publications.

I trained at Cleveland Clinic for both categorical internal medicine as well as pulmonary/critical care medicine. At Cleveland Clinic, I blossomed from being a pure clinician to a clinician scientist largely because of the environment of supportive faculty mentors, a spirit of excellence, and an internal drive to contribute. Scholarship was well modeled by most colleagues in their respective areas and I was encouraged to find my niche(s). Having trained in the fellowship, I later returned to join the faculty. As a faculty member, I was consistently challenged to raise my bar to new levels, write, and present at national meetings. I was on faculty at Cleveland Clinic for 14 years, where I was the director of the PFT lab for 10 years and was instrumental in starting the Sarcoidosis Center of Excellence. I often reflect on my years at Cleveland Clinic as my home where I grew up and had incredible friends and colleagues.

Notable Career Accomplishments since arriving at Cleveland Clinic

  • 2003 – Cleveland Clinic Pulmonary Fellowship Alumnus Award
  • Over 40 awards for grant funding/support
  • Multiple invited lectures nationally and internationally

Roberto Machado, MD, Class of 2003

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program, University of Illinois at Chicago
Director, Outpatient Program, University of Illinois at Chicago

I received outstanding training at Cleveland Clinic. The breadth of clinical training opportunities in pulmonary and critical care medicine is unparalleled. In addition, the ability to engage in scholarly activities ranging from teaching, basic, translational and clinical research prepares fellows to excel in academic medicine. I am extremely grateful to my fellowship mentors who were equally passionate about delivering exceptional patient care while conducting high impact research in pulmonary and critical care medicine. These experiences prepared me extremely well to pursue a career as a physician scientist.

Notable Career Accomplishments since Arriving at Cleveland Clinic:

  • Three Bench to Bedside Awards from National Institutes of Health in 2005, 2007, 2008
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research Areas of Excellence Research Award, University of Illinois Chicago in 2012
  • Invited speaker at multiple national and international conferences
  • Chair positions and membership on multiple committees within the American Thoracic Society, National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • Member of the Task Force for the Clinical Classification of Pulmonary Hypertension, 5th World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension in Nice, France 2013
  • Executive committee, steering committee, and data safety and monitoring board positions for multiple device and drug trials
  • Member of the Institutional Review Board and Campus Research Board at University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Study Section member for NHLBI Respiratory Integrative Biology and Translational Research
  • Multiple NIH and Industry Grants including an R0-1 focused on vascular-targeted genomic and genetic strategies for acute chest syndrome and K-23 focused on carbon monoxide therapy for severe pulmonary arterial hypertension

Gustavo Heresi, MD, Class of 2008

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve
Medical Director, Pulmonary Thromboendarectomy Program
Coordinator, Third Year Medical Student Pulmonary and Critical Care Rotation

What makes the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic special is the endless opportunities available to develop your career into whatever it is that you prefer. The variety and complexity of clinical care is impressive. You will have at least one world expert for almost any particular area of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine available to answer any question you may have. This environment allowed me to build a strong set of clinical skills and to currently lead a complex clinical program. The research activities and infrastructure are cutting-edge and readily available to you. Midway through my fellowship I started working in clinical and translational projects under superb mentorship. These efforts lead me to successfully apply for an NIH K23 award. I have focused my research efforts on my specialty interests, including risk prediction and non-invasive biomarkers of pulmonary arterial hypertension, treatment of pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary embolism and right ventricular failure in the ICU, and diagnosis and treatment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

Notable Career Accomplishments since Arriving at Cleveland Clinic:

  • Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program Award in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in 2009
  • 2011: $25,000 intramural grant from the Cleveland Clinic Research Program Committee in 2011 focused on Insulin Resistance in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Young Investigator Award from the American College of Chest Physicians in 2012
  • Teacher of the Year Award for the Cleveland Clinic Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship Program in 2014
  • NIH/NHLBI K23 award in 2014 focused on Insulin Resistance in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension