Fellowship Programs

The Texas Medical Center is privileged to have several world-class institutions in close proximity thus providing a unique educational opportunity. As the nation’s top cancer center, and in keeping with the MD Anderson mission of excellence in education, we sponsor various educational programs designed to enhance the training of physicians in the care of patients with cancer.

We are a major affiliate institution for the U.T. Houston Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship program, and fellows spend about a third of their time here at MDACC, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting.  We also have an affiliation agreement with the Baylor College of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program that provides an opportunity for elective rotations here at UTMDACC. Educational experiences are offered in both the inpatient and out patient setting. Georgie Eapen, MD, Director of Educational Programs, coordinates educational programs.

Rotating Pulmonary Fellowship

Rotating Pulmonary Fellowship trainees function as consultants in pulmonary medicine at UTMDACC under the direct supervision of UTMDACC faculty. The subspecialty trainee is given the opportunity to attain competence in the diagnosis and management of pleuropulmonary manifestations of neoplastic diseases.

This expertise includes interpretation of radiographic and nuclear medicine imaging studies, and competence in pulmonary procedures including diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy. In addition to assessment of general pulmonary diseases, the trainee gains valuable and extensive experience in malignant diseases of the chest including:

  • lung cancer
  • mediastinal masses
  • metastatic lesions of the lungs
  • malignant pleural disease
  • management of the solitary pulmonary nodule

In addition, trainees develop expertise in the diagnosis and management of immunocompromised patients (including bone marrow transplant populations) and indications/contraindications/ complications of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in the treatment of neoplastic diseases. Trainees occasionally perform consultations in the critical care environment, although the bulk of consultative activity occurs on medical and non-medical wards. As such, trainees interact with oncology specialists from all disciplines of surgery, gynecology, and medicine.

In the outpatient setting, trainees on the out patient consult service develop expertise in outpatient evaluation and management of pulmonary diseases by attending the daily pulmonary clinic with the supervising faculty member. All the issues and clinical conditions described above are evaluated albeit in the outpatient setting. Trainees additionally gain experience in the pre-operative evaluation of high risk patients, including cardiopulmonary exercise testing and regional ventilation perfusion lung scanning.

Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship

The Department of Pulmonary Medicine offers a one-year fully funded Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship. As one of the earliest interventional pulmonology fellowship programs, we offer a uniquely national and international patient referral base along with state of the art facilities and equipment. Designed for providing additional training for fellows that have completed a pulmonary fellowship, the program focuses on the development of skills vital to a career as an interventional pulmonologist.

Fellows learn under the direct supervision of one of three interventional pulmonologists. With over 2000 procedures per year, all types of airway and pleural procedures are performed routinely including rigid bronchoscopy and pleuroscopy. Clinical research and scholarly activity is strongly encouraged and up to 25% protected time may be granted. Fellows participate in the weekly multidisciplinary thoracic oncology meetings in concert with thoracic surgeons, medical oncologist, radiologists and radiation oncologists.

For further information regarding any of the programs outlined, please contact geapen@mdanderson.org