Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Division Chair
Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD

Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD

Chair, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Professor of Medicine

BA William College, Williamstown, MA (1990)
MD Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Internship and Residency

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Chief Resident - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Fellowship University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Thoracic malignancies, COPD, Epigenetics, Biomarkers, microRNA


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.

Program Director
Lisa Brath, MD

Program Director, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Professor of Medicine

BS Texas A&M University (1984)
MD University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
Internship and Residency Internship and Residency: Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia
Fellowship Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
General PCCM, Medical Education

Lisa K. Brath, M.D. is Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Fellowship, and the Medical Director of the Unique Pathogens Unit at VCU Health . She is also a Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Brath earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. Dr. Brath received her M.D. from the Unixversity of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. She then completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in PCCM at MCV Hospitals/VCU Health System. She joined the PCCM division in 1996.

She has been recognized for her expertise both as a clinician and an educator, and has been honored to receive awards for both. She received the MCV Physicians Distinguished Clinician Award, the VCU Leadership in GME Award, as well as numerous teaching awards from the internal medicine housestaff and department. She has also been named to multiple local and national “top doc” lists.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 980050
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0102