Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program


The academic interventional pulmonology (IP) fellowship at the University of Chicago offers training in conjunction with national and international experts in bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy, and all aspects of interventional pulmonology.  In close collaboration with faculty from oncology, thoracic surgery, otorhinolaryngology, anesthesia and critical care medicine, the interventional pulmonology service is actively involved in the diagnosis, management and research of patients with histologically malignant and benign central airway disorders, pulmonary nodules and pleural disorders. Bronchoscopic procedures are also offered to manage patients with asthma, emphysema, massive hemoptysis, foreign body aspiration, mediastinal disorders, post lung transplant complications, interstitial and infectious lung disorders.

Brief overview of the core curriculum

  • Structured competency-oriented curriculum: during the course of this academic one year IP fellowship, trainees will master materials from the AABIP’s educational resources and WABIP’s Bronchoscopy Education Project including but not limited to use of validated assessment tools, reading materials, videos, checklists, and patient-centered exercises in order to gain factual knowledge, technical skills and experience. They will participate in and conduct original research, teach in a variety of settings, and actively engage in multidisciplinary management teams.
  • Procedures offered include: rigid bronchoscopy with laser assisted mechanical dilation/debulking, photodynamic therapy, silicone, hybrid and metal stent insertion; flex-rigid pleuroscopy and rigid thoracoscopy for pleural biopsies or pleurodesis; bronchoscopy-guided percutaneous tracheostomy; EBUS-guided TBNA, electromagnetic navigation, high frequency radial probe EBUS for peripheral nodules and for central airway wall structure assessment, autofluorescence bronchoscopy, and other flexible bronchoscopic interventions such as endobronchial valve placement for prolonged air leak, APC/electrocautery, cryotherapy, foreign body removal, and balloon dilation.
  • Responsibilities: in addition to their apprenticeship – style hands-on learning, trainees will study the Essential Bronchoscopist© series of books; participate in onsite and online courses pertaining to flexible, rigid, and EBUS bronchoscopy; demonstrate procedural skill and knowledge acquisition using assessment tools and checklists; conduct and publish original research, author a review article or book chapter on an IP topic; contribute to patient-centered exercises focused on problems commonly encountered in bronchoscopy; and lecture to various audiences within the University of Chicago Medical system.


Septimiu Murgu, MD, FCCP, Diplomat of the AABIP

Associate Professor of Medicine, Co-director of Bronchoscopy

Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program Director

The University of Chicago Medicine

5841 S Maryland Ave, MC 6076

Chicago, IL 60637