About the Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program

The Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Program is fully accredited by the American Council on Graduate Medical Education. The fellowship is a three year fellowship that includes clinical training in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, thoracic imaging, and invasive thoracic procedures.

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

Training occurs in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the VCU Medical Center and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Fellows spend about two-thirds of their time at VCU and one-third of their time at the VA Medical Center. Training is provided through didactic lectures, bedside teaching and patient care, and individual study.

The program has a 50-year tradition of training excellence and its fellows are consistently recognized as the best teachers. Both clinical and basic research training are elements of the program.

Mission

The mission of the program is to ensure fellows:

  • Develop an understanding of the scientific and clinical principles of pulmonary and critical care medicine.
  • Develop the clinical and procedural skills required for the practice of pulmonary and critical care medicine through direct observation and management of both inpatients and outpatients with a variety of pulmonary disorders and critical care illness.  There will be supervision and evaluation by qualified faculty in these encounters.  The fellow will be given graded authority and responsibility based on their performance.
  • Are exposed to opportunities in basic science and/or clinical research to foster better understanding of these fields and their integration in clinical practice and/or to develop a career in academic medicine.
  • Have an environment that fosters practice-based learning and the development of teaching skills.
  • Are instructed in and follow the principles of medical ethics and professionalism.
  • Develop an understanding, awareness and responsiveness to the principles of systems-based practice.

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

The Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of excellence in patient care, education and research.  The fellowship program is an integral part of this mission, and the division is dedicated to continuing to provide the highest quality training in a challenging yet supportive atmosphere.  Graduates from our program have successfully pursued careers across the country in academia, private practice and industry.  Both our faculty and fellows have been consistently recognized for their excellence in clinical care, teaching and research both locally and nationally.  Our primary training sites include the VCUHealth System (aka VCU Medical Center and/or Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and the VCU School of Medicine) and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.

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Curriculum

Conferences

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 Lisa K. Brath, MD

Lisa K. Brath, MD

Program Director

 Lisa K. Brath, MD

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

Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD

Division Chair

Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD

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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VCU Faculty

VAMC Faculty

  • Daniel E. Bechard, MD - Chief of Medical Service
  • Seth E. Brant, MD
  • Frederick L. Glauser, MD
  • Peter M. Lee, MD
  • Leonard C. Moses, MD

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


Class of 2020

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Niall D. Crowley, MD
Medical School:  Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Residency:  Internal Medicine ǀ University of Maryland

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Rachel D. Guthrie, MD
Medical School:  Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency:  Internal Medicine ǀ Riverside Methodist Hospitals (OhioHealth)

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Sean R. K. Murney, MD
Medical School:  Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency:  Internal Medicine ǀ Riverside Methodist Hospitals (OhioHealth)

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Trevor M. Taylor, MD
Medical School:  Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Residency:  Internal Medicine ǀ Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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

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

Amanda V. Johnson
VCU Department of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, VA 23298-0509 
Phone: (804) 828-9726
Email: Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org