Program Leadership

Program Director, Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program 
Samira Shojaee, MD, MPH, FCCP

Division Chair, Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD

Program Director, Samira Shojaee, MD, MPH, FCCP

Dr. Shojaee

Dr. Shojaee received her medical degree from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. After completing residency training in Internal Medicine at Carilion Clinic in Virginia, she moved to New Hampshire to complete her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchock Medical Center. She moved back to Virginia to complete a fellowship in Interventional Pulmonology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and remained at VCU as faculty since September 2019. During her first years as Faculty, she completed her Masters in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she primarily focused on statistics and epidemiology. Her research is focused on pleural carcinogenesis, biomarkers of malignant and non-malignant pleural effusion, and lung cancer. Dr. Shojaee is the Recipient of 2018 Chest Foundation Grant in Lung Cancer, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. 

Samira Shojaee, MD, MPH, FCCP
Associate Professor 
Program Director, Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship

Division Chair, Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD

Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam

Patrick Nana-Sinkam MD, is Chair of the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Nana-Sinkam is a Professor of Medicine at VCU.

A native of Virginia, Dr. Nana-Sinkam received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College followed by an MD degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, where he served as Chief Medical Resident, and then completed a fellowship in Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. After completion of training, Dr. Nana-Sinkam served on the faculty at the University of Colorado and as Associate Director of the fellowship training program. Dr. Nana-Sinkam served as the Director of Mentorship for the Center for Faculty Advancement, Mentoring and Engagement at The Ohio State University. In this role, he led the implementation of formal mentorship programs in the College of Medicine and has demonstrated a deep commitment to fellow and faculty development. In addition, he served as Associate Director of Thoracic Center at the James Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Nana-Sinkam joined the faculty at VCU in 2016.

Dr. Nana-Sinkam’s research has focused on the molecular pathogenesis of lung cancer and identification of novel tumor biomarkers for early lung cancer detection and surveillance. He has been well funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes as well as by the National Cancer Institutes, and is currently Principal Investigator on two NIH R01 awards. Dr. Nana-Sinkam is the recipient of several research and teaching awards, including the CHEST/LUNGevity Award for Clinical Research in Lung Cancer and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Ohio State University. Dr. Nana-Sinkam is a member of the National Cancer Institutes Early Detection Research Network, and helped author the ACCP Lung Cancer Guidelines III (Molecular Biology of Lung Cancer). Dr. Nana-Sinkam has served as a member on a number of NIH study sections, and is an editorial board member for several scientific journals, including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine; Journal of Thoracic Oncology; Frontiers in Thoracic Oncology; and Lung Cancer Frontiers. Dr. Nana-Sinkam has published over 60 original scientific reports, 6 invited editorials/reviews, and 11 book chapters.

Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
Vice Chair, Department of Internal Medicine