Pulmonary Fellowship Research


The goal of the divisional research training is to allow fellows to pursue a project in their area of interest while providing them with a high-quality experience that fosters intellectual development. We are committed to providing whatever support is necessary to allow our fellows to be successful in their research careers.

First Year
Our first-year fellows have a “meet and greet” with our affiliated research faculty. That is a first contact so to speak. The Program Director meets with fellows to find in what direction the fellows research interests are leaning. At that point the fellowship committee meets and provides a list of potential mentors for the fellow to seek out. The fellow and mentor develop a concept/plan and present that to the fellowship committee at the beginning of the second year.

Second Year
The goal of the second year is for fellows to solidify a project and obtain preliminary data with the goal of presenting at a national conference, such as the ATS, ACCP, FASEB or SCCM.

At the beginning of this year, fellows and their mentors further develop the fellow’s research project in detail. The first month of the second year fellows participate in an intense biostatistics/epidemiology course. After that, the fellow is expected to go to the lab and learn the various techniques involved in accomplishing their research project, particularly required basic science laboratory techniques.

Third Year
The major goal of the third year research experience is to help the fellow make career decisions and aid in their career preparation.

During the third year, fellows continue work on their ongoing research projects with the expectation of presenting their continuing results at national conferences and completing a manuscript.

Our program has the advantage of access to the vast resources of Case Western Reserve University, not only the School of Medicine, but the entire research enterprise. Thus the opportunities are truly boundless. Below is a brief list of areas in which previous fellows have worked:

  • Immunology
  • Lung Cancer
  • Granulomatous Lung Disease
  • Muscle physiology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Control of Breathing
  • Inflammatory lung disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Genetics
  • HIV
  • Pulmonary vascular disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Quality Improvement