Welcome to the Vanderbilt University Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Program Website.  The goal of our PCCM fellowship is to produce expert clinicians with exceptional research training in order to prepare our graduates to be academic physicians.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center is currently ranked in the top 10 of NIH funded universities and our Department of Medicine is ranked 2nd among Departments of Medicine nationally for NIH research funding.  Our division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine division faculty lead diverse clinical and research programs that create a strong training environment for our fellows.  We hope that you will explore the unique aspects of our training program below.

Program overview

We accept six fellows per year in the three-year Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program, and offer additional fellowship training as needed to develop investigative careers. Additionally, we accept three fellows per year in the two-year Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program, and one fellow into our one-year Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program.  About half of our fellows elect to stay for a 4th year of research training, and we allow considerable flexibility for training in subspecialty areas of pulmonary depending on a fellow’s individual career goals.  The first year of the program is focused on clinical medicine and patient care.  In the second and third years, fellows receive intensive training in clinical and/or basic biomedical research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and oversight by a research advisory committee.  Clinical training during the 2nd and 3rd years occurs during MICU rotations and during continuity and specialty clinics.  Our fellows are known as outstanding teachers and educators throughout the Medical Center, and we place a strong emphasis on developing educator skills during fellowship through our divisional conferences and various opportunities for teaching in the residency and medical school programs.  A longitudinal critical care and pulmonary didactic curriculum runs throughout all years of fellowship training, and fellows actively participate in divisional research conferences and journal clubs. 

Why choose Vanderbilt for fellowship?

  • Diverse clinical training at two sites on one campus
  • Nationally recognized research expertise in ILD, thoracic malignancies, pleural disease, pulmonary hypertension, delirium, ARDS and critical care medicine
  • Multiple training grants to support an optional 4th year to enhance research and subspecialty training
  • Collegial and diverse faculty
  • Nashville is a great place to live and raise a family

"Dr. Meredith Pugh"
Meredith Pugh, MD, MSCI
Program Director


"Dr. William Lawson"
William Lawson, MD
Associate Program Director



"Mr. Michael Beasley"
  Michael Beasley
  Program Coordinator