About the Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program
Welcome to the Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program. VCU Medical Center is home to state’s largest and most comprehensive interventional pulmonology (IP) subspecialty service. The physicians who lead the center are among a very small group in Virginia who are board certified in Interventional Pulmonology, and together, with an outstanding staff and consulting physicians, provide the highest quality of care one can expect in the region.
This growing service uses advanced endoscopic techniques of both the airway and the pleural space for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Our experienced team, led by Wes Shepherd, M.D., works in close cooperation with other specialists at VCU Medical Center, to assure treatments are coordinated and communication with patients and referring physicians is clear.
- The broadest array of diagnostic and therapeutic options in one setting
- One of the highest procedure volumes of programs in the U.S.
- One of only a few programs in the U.S. with three fellowship trained interventional pulmonologists
- Uniquely tailored care plans for each patient
- Easily arranged outpatient referrals, inpatient admissions and transfers
- New patients seen within one week
- Research protocols for patients to consider
- Experienced physicians:
Wes Shepherd, MD, FCCP: Virginia’s first fellowship trained Interventional Pulmonologist
Samira Shojaee, MD, MPH, FCCP: Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Director, Fellowship
trained Interventional Pulmonologist
Peter Lee, MD, MHS, FCCP; Fellowship trained Interventional Pulmonologist
Tammy Foster, RN; Interventional Pulmonology Nurse Navigator
This year of training allows our graduates to enter the field prepared to manage a broad spectrum of diseases and their associated interventional pulmonary procedures. Our graduates are qualified to start or join an Interventional Pulmonology Program.
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Peter M. Lee, MD
The authors reply: Healthcare provider awareness and use of intraosseous devices for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Lee PM, Acquah S. Crit Care Med 2017 Jan;45(1):e117-e118
Lee P MJ. Evolution of lung cancer screening, Chapter 3. In: Parker MS, Groves RC, Kusmirek JE, Gharai LR and Shojaee S, editors Lung Cancer Screening. ISBN 9781626235137.
Lee PM, Malhotra R, Shojaee S, Shepherd R. Therapeutic Strategies and Ventilatory Management during Interventional Rigid Bronchoscopy for Malignant Central Airway Obstruction. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016 Apr;13(4):574-5. PMID: 27058188
Lee PM, Lee C, Rattner P, Wu X, Gershengorn H, Acquah S. Intraosseous versus central venous catheter utilization and performance during inpatient medical emergencies. Crit Care Med. 2015 Jun;43(6):1233-8. PMID: 25768683
Lee P MJ, Tofts R PH, Kory P. Lung ultrasound interpretation Chapter 9. In: Point of Care Ultrasound, Soni N ed., Elsevier, 2014.
- Tofts RP, Lee PM, Sung AW.. Interventional pulmonology approaches in the diagnosis and treatment of early stage non small cell lung cancer. Transl Lung Cancer Res. 2013 Oct;2(5):316-31. PMID: 25806251
Wes Shepherd, MD, FCCP
Criner GJ, Delage A, Voelker K, …Shepherd RW…et al. Improving Lung Function in Severe Heterogenous Emphysema with the Spiration® Valve System (EMPROVE): A Multicenter, Open-Label, Randomized, Controlled Trial AJRCCM. Published on 31-July-2019 as 10.1164/rccm.201902-0383OC
Shepherd RW, Radchenko C. Bronchoscopic ablation techniques in the management of lung cancer. Ann Transl Med 2019. Doi10.21037/atm.2019.04.47
Pathak V, Shepherd RW, Hussein E, and Malhotra R. Safety and feasibility of pleural cryobiopsy compared to forceps biopsy during semi-rigid pleuroscopy. Lung 2017, 195:371-375 PMID 28353119
Reshko L, Shepherd RW and Weiss E. Long-Term Safety and Stability of Gold Coil Fiducial Markers in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Image-Guided Radiotherapy. Int J Radiol Radiat Ther 2017, 3(1) 00049. DOI: 10.15406/ijrrt.2017.03.00049
Wahidi MM, Reddy C, Yarmus L, Feller-Kopman D, Musani A, Shepherd RW, Lee H, Bechara R, Lamb C, Shofer S, Mahmood K, Michaud G, Puchalski J, Rafeq S, Cattaneo SM, Mullon J, Leh S, Mayse M, Thomas SM, Peterson B, Light RW. Randomized Trial of Pleural Fluid Drainage Frequency in Patients with Malignant Pleural Effusions-The ASAP Trial. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Nov 29. [Epub ahead of print]
Shepherd RW. Bronchoscopic pursuit of the peripheral pulmonary lesion: navigational bronchoscopy, radial endobronchial ultrasound, and ultrathin Bronchoscopy. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2016 May;22(3):257-64. doi: 10.1097/MCP.0000000000000273. PMID: 26974127
Wahidi MM, Herth F, Yasufuku K, Shepherd RW, Yarmus L, Chawla M, Lamb C, Casey KR, Patel S, Silvestri GA, Feller-Kopman DJ. Technical Aspects of Endobronchial Ultrasound Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report. Chest. 2015 Sep 24. doi: 10.1378/chest.15-1216. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26402427
For a complete list of publications from Wes Shepherd, MD, FCCP, please click here.
Samira Shojaee, MD, MPH, FCCP
K. Davidson, S. Shojaee. Managing Massive Hemoptysis. Chest. 2019 Jul 30. pii: S0012-3692(19)31386-8. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.07.012. PMID: 31374211
R. Lentz, S. Shojaee, H. Grosu, O. Rickman, L. Roller, J. Pannu, Z. DePew, L. Debiane, J. Cicenia, J. Akulian, C. Walston, T. Sanchez, K. Davidson, N. Jagan, S. Ahmad, C. Gilbert, J. Huggins, H. Chen, R. Light, L. Yarmus, D. Feller-Kopman, H. Lee, N. Rahman, F. Maldonado; Interventional Pulmonary Outcomes Group. The Impact of Gravity vs Suction-driven Therapeutic Thoracentesis on Pressure-related Complications: The GRAVITAS Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial. Chest. 2019 Nov 9. pii: S0012-3692(19)34190-X. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.10.025. PMID: 31711990
S. Shojaee, I. Singh, I. Solsky, P. Nana-Sinkam. Malignant Pleural Effusion at Presentation in Patients with Small-Cell Lung Cancer. Respiration. 2019 May 23:1-5. doi: 10.1159/000499372. PMID: 31121583
S.Shojaee, N. Rahman, K. Haas, R. Kern, M. Leise, M. Alnijoumi, C. Lamb, A. Majid, J. Akulian, F. Maldonado, H. Lee, M. Khalid, T. Stravitz, L. Kang, A. Chen. Indwelling Tunneled Pleural Catheters for Refractory Hepatic Hydrothorax in Patients with Cirrhosis: A Multicenter Study. Chest 2019 Mar;155(3):546-553. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.08.1034. PMID: 30171863
S. Shojaee, M. Khalid, GJ Kallingal, Le Kang, N. Rahman. Repeat Thoracentesis in Hepatic Hydrothorax and Non-hepatic Hydrothorax effusions: A case Control Study. Respiration. 2018 Jul 10:1-8. , DOI: 10.1159/000490001, PMID: 29991046
S. Shojaee, P. Nana-Sinkam. Recent Advances in Management of Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. F1000Res. 2017 Dec 6: 2110 (doi: 10.12688/f100research.11471. 1). PMID: 29259780
S. Shojaee, N. Voelkel, L. Farkas, M. De Wit, H. Lee. Transforming Growth Factor Beta Rise in Pleural Fluid Following Tunneled Pleural Catheter Placement. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2013 Oct;20(4):304-8. PMID: 24162112
For a complete list of publications from Samira Shojaee, MD, MPH, FCCP, please click here.
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- Peter Lee, MD, MHS, FCCP
- R. Wesley Shepherd, MD, FCCP - Director, Interventional Pulmonology
- Samira Shojaee, MD, MPH, FCCP - Fellowship Program Director
Class of 2021
Javeryah Safi, MBBS
Medical School: Sui School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Residency: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
Class of 2020
Evgeni Gershman, MD
Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine, New York, NY
Residency: Beilinson Hasharon-Rabin Medical Center, Petah Tikva, Israel
Class of 2019
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Program, Dallas, TX
Class of 2018
Christopher Radchenko, MD
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine - Netherlands, Antilles
Residency: University of Missouri - Kansas City, MO
Fellowship: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Class of 2017
Deepankar Sharma, MD
Medical School: Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
Residency: Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University/ Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Fellowship: Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC
Class of 2016
Peter Lee, MD
Medical School: St. George University School of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Isreal Medical Center, New York, NY
Fellowship: Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Isreal Medical Center, New Yor, NY
Class of 2015
Vikas Pathak, MBBS
Medical School: Nepal Medical College, Kathmandu, Nepal
Residency: Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Jacobi), Bronx, NY
Fellowship: Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Class of 2014
Ehab Hussein, MD, PharmD
Medical School : Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
Residency: Internal Medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH
Fellowship: Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Class of 2013
Samira Shojaee, MD
Medical School : Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
Residency: Internal Medicine at Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA
Fellowship: Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Class of 2012
Ashutosh Sachdeva, MBBS
Medical School: Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Dehli, New Delhi, India
Residency: Internal Medicine at Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, India; Internal Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Fellowship: Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at St. John Hospital Medical Center, Detroit, MI; Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Class of 2010
Rajiv Malhotra, DO, MS
Medical School: TOURO University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vellejo, CA
Residency: Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Fellowship: Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
The applicant should be an MD or MD equivalent (DO) 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.
Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems can only support J-1 visas.
- Curriculum Vitae
- USMLE score reports
- Medical school transcripts
- 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)
How To Apply
The Interventional Pulmonology fellowship is a participant in the NRMP match and follows their deadlines for the Subspecialty matching service. Applicants should use the Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Application System (IPFAS) available at http://aippd.org
The program will be accepting applications starting July 15th and will continue to review and accept applications through November 1. Invitations to interview will likely be issued during this time frame.
Interview days typically begin around 8 a.m. with breakfast and a program overview. From there, the day consists of interviews, a tour of the MCV hospital and campus, and lunch. We will wrap up by about 2:30 p.m. with a question and answer session with the program director.
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.