Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

About the Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program

Fellows' Perspectives on the Program

“Our faculty are all excellent clinicians who are sincerely interested in helping the fellows grow into their role as leaders in managing the healthcare team.”

Adam Kaiser, MD

Welcome to the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Fellowship program website.  The fellowship is accredited by ACGME as a three year combined program that provides state-of-the-art training in both pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.  We are incredibly proud of our fellows and our program, and are fortunate to be part of an amazing Department of Internal Medicine and outstanding medical campus at VCU.  Our fellows rotate through both the VCU Medical Campus, a quaternary academic medical center serving most of Virginia, as well as the Richmond VAMC, a tertiary care VA hospital with a new state of the art ICU.  Both campuses have advanced simulation facilities that supplement bedside training in bronchoscopy, airway management, bedside ultrasound, and critical care procedures.   

Our fellows receive outstanding clinical and scholarly training in both pulmonary and critical care medicine, benefiting from direct experience, training, and mentorship in our comprehensive and advanced subspecialty programs including the Interventional Pulmonary Program, Pulmonary Hypertension Center of Excellence, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program, Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic, and Multisystem Sarcoid Clinic, and Severe Asthma Clinic.  

Our division has been expanding the last few years under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam, adding new faculty in advanced ILD, interventional pulmonary, critical care medicine, ethics, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, and advanced asthma.  Similarly, our fellowship program has expanded from a total of 12 fellows (4 per year) to 15 fellows (5 per year).  While that growth is exciting and has truly expanded the opportunities for our fellows, we have not lost what made us so special in the first place:  a truly rich and diverse clinical experience with opportunities from research and mentorship all set in a rich, supportive, and diverse learning climate.  Our fellows are indeed part of our division, and that collegiality remains a large part of who we are.  It might also all add up to why both our fellows and our division consistently wins the department teaching awards year after year.  We’re also extremely fortunate to have Dr. Patricia Sime, an internationally known and respected researcher in ILD, as our DOIM Chair and member of our division.  Her leadership and strong support in innovation, service, education and research is inspiring.  

Finally, all of this happens in the setting of a city increasingly recognized by Forbes, Lonely Planet, NY Times, US News and others as one of the top best places to live and visit.  Marked by an affordable cost of living, diverse neighborhoods, a vibrant food and beverage scene, good weather and outstanding parks, Richmond is also a short day trip to the beach, the mountains and DC.  It’s not hard to see why so many people fall in love with the city and never leave.  We hope you’ll take a look and come join us.

Welcome from the Program Director

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Welcome from the Program Director

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of excellence in patient care, education and research and the fellowship program is an integral part of this mission.  Centered at Virginia Commonwealth University, the division and the program have a long tradition of excellence dating back to its early days as The Medical College of Virginia.  We also benefit from our association with the Richmond VA Medical Center, with the two places combining to provide a wealth of both clinical and scholarly opportunities.  The mission of the fellowship is grounded in helping to create the next generation of leaders in our field, both in academic medicine and private practice.  Our fellows have successfully pursed careers across the country in both academics and private practice.  We foster an educational environment that respects and builds upon the individual career aspirations of our fellows.  While difficulty to tell from a static webpage, the collegiality and diversity in the division, the department and the institution as a whole is truly palpable in person, and is consistently one of the values that our fellows and faculty alike say sets us apart from almost anywhere else they’ve been.  I know it’s a big reason that I came here and never left.  

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Curriculum

Conferences

All fellows are expected to actively engage in scholarly activities. These activities can be in basic research, translational research, clinical research, health outcomes research, and/or educational research. Essential to success is providing the tools necessary to foster the fellows’ intellectual development as investigators.  As a sign of our commitment to the scholarly efforts of the fellows, the Department of Internal Medicine has designated funding which is set aside specifically to offset the travel cost for fellows who are presenting their work at regional, national, and international scientific and academic meetings.  The commitment to our fellows is evident by the fact that our department chair, Dr. Patricia Sime, personally meets with all fellows in advance of presenting at national and international meetings to offer additional mentorship and guidance.  The PCCM Division helps foster and mentor these scholarly activities under the umbrellas of four “research firms”: critical care, pulmonary, quality/safety, and education.  Each of these are led by key faculty and include fellows, APPs, and residents.   

It goes without saying that a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship is a demanding three years. But it also goes without saying that we are committed to your well-being, resilience and all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Without a visit, it’s difficult to really grasp the fun and the camaraderie that our division is known for and compliments our dedication to education, patient care and scholarship. I’m convinced it is part of the reason we have been recognized as the best teaching division for too many years to count. We’ve worked hard to create a schedule that balances work and life, maximizing weekends off to enjoy all that Richmond and the region have to offer. As is typical, we offer 3 weeks paid vacation, time off for conference attendance, and juggle the schedule to make sure everyone has some time with family and friends during the holidays.

GME Resident & Fellow Well-Being
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All About VCU, VCUHealth, and RVA
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Lisa K. Brath, MD

Program Director

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Lisa K. Brath, MD

Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine

Email: lisa.brath@vcuhealth.org

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Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD [View Image]

Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD

Division Chair

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Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD

Division Chair

Internal Medicine

Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine

Email: patrick.nana-sinkam@vcuhealth.org

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Class of 2024

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Masoud Faridnia, MD
Medical School:  State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Residency:  Virginia Commonwealth University Health System


Dr. Hess [View Image] 

Kathryn Ann Hess, MD
Medical School:  Tufts University Maine Medical Center
Residency:  Virginia Commonwealth University Health System


Dr. Hosse [View Image]

Robert Edward Hosse, MD
Medical School:  Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
Residency:  LSU Internal Medicine Program in Baton Rouge


Dr. Khan [View Image]

Behram Khan, MBBS
Medical School:  University of Queensland School of Medicine
Residency:  Ochsner Clinic Foundation


Dr. Mclaughlin [View Image]

Jessica McLaughlin, DO
Medical School:  Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus
Residency:  Inova Fairfax Medical Campus


Class of 2023

Dr. Dyer [View Image] 

Jared Dyer, DO
Medical School:  Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Residency:  Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


Dr. Frisbee [View Image] 

Jason Frisbee, DO
Medical School:  West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 
Residency:  University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville


Dr. Hrustanovic-Kadic [View Image] 

Meliha Hrustanovic-Kadic, MD
Medical School:  University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
Residency:  University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY


Dr. Nguyen [View Image]

Michael Nguyen, MD
Medical School:  Northeast Ohio Medical University
Residency:  Summa Health System/NEOUCOM Program


Dr. Rusher [View Image]

Thomas Rusher, MD
Medical School:  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine
Residency: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA


Class of 2022

Dr. Gross [View Image]

Angelique Gross, MD
Medical School:  Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA
Residency:  Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


Dr. Logothetis [View Image]

Kathryn Britt Logothetis, MD
Medical School:  University of South Carolina School of Medicine 
Residency:  Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


Dr. MacMillian [View Image]

Andrew MacMillian, DO
Medical School:  Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
Residency:  Riverside Methodist Hospitals (OhioHealth) Program


Dr. Montalvo [View Image]

Mario Montalvo, DO
Medical School:  Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus
Residency:  Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


Dr. Swank [View Image]

Zulma Swank, DO
Medical School:  Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus 
Residency:  University Hospital/University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH


Class of 2021

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Katlyn Baxter, DO
Medical School:  Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency:  Riverside Methodist Hospital


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Michael Jerome L’Heureux, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Residency:  Virginia Commonwealth University


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Andrea Katherine Mytinger, MD
Medical School:  Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Residency:  University of New Mexico Hospital


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Kevin Michael Swiatek, DO
Medical School:  Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency:  Riverside Methodist Hospital


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Alumni

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant should be an MD, DO, or MBBS with three or more years of Internal Medicine residency training in an ACGME-accredited training program. A pass on USMLE Step 3 is a mandatory prerequisite for acceptance as a fellow.

How to Apply

The Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine fellowship training program at VCU is a participant in the NRMP match. All applications will be accepted through ERAS and follow ERAS deadlines.

Required Documentation

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE score reports
  • Medical school transcripts
  • MPSE
  • A personal statement
  • 4 letters of recommendation, including one from your program director
  • A photograph

If applicable, please provide the following:

  • ECFMG certificate
  • Medical School Diploma (with translation if necessary)

Application Timeline

We will review applications from July 15 through August 31. Invitations to interview will likely be issued during this time frame.

Interview Information

Fellows' Perspectives on the Program

“The number of breweries and restaurants in Richmond surprised me, and there are so many outdoor activities, mountain biking, kayaking, and all the river sports that earned us the title of Best River Town from Outside Magazine.”

Ennis James, MD

We typically interview on Mondays and Fridays beginning shortly after 7 a.m. and ending around 3 p.m. Generally, and interview day consists of the following activities:

  • Attend one of our weekly conferences
  • Tour our facilities
  • Meet with the program director
  • Enjoy lunch with the fellows
  • Tour the research labs
  • Interview with several faculty members

Attention:  In support of our applicants, we will be flexible in providing virtual and on-site fellowship interview opportunities.  We understand that applicants may have restrictions on travel during this time.  Our interview schedule may change as we approach the late summer and fall.  We appreciate your patience and understanding; we will absolutely work to accommodate all applicants as best possible during the COVID pandemic.

Program Director

Lisa K. Brath, M.D. 
Box 980050
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0050
Phone: (804) 828-9071
Email: lisa.brath@vcuhealth.org

Associate Program Director

Catherine Grossman, MD 
Phone: (804) 828-9071 
Email: catherine.grossman@vcuhealth.org

Fellowship Coordinator

Stuart Bowden
VCU School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, VA 23298-0509 
Phone: (804) 828-3510
Email: Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org

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