Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Welcome

Welcome to the Vanderbilt University Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Program Website.  The goal of the PCCM fellowship is to produce expert clinicians with exceptional research training, qualifying them to be productive, competitive academic researchers.  Our graduates pursue diverse clinical and academic faculty positions, and we believe our program provides exceptional training to develop this generation’s leaders in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center is currently ranked in the top 10 of NIH funded universities and the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine is ranked 4th among Departments of Medicine nationally for NIH research funding.  Our division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine is consistently recognized as one of the best by U.S. News and World Report, and our 78 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 offer a three-year integrated program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  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.  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.

Clinical training

Fellows work at two training sites located on the same campus in Nashville, Tennessee.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is an 850 bed tertiary care center with a Level 1 trauma center and multiple specialty centers that serves the middle Tennessee area.  VUMC has a 34 bed state-of–the-art medical ICU housed in the Critical Care Tower, built in 2011.  An inpatient pulmonary service, pulmonary consultative service, and sub-specialty pulmonary services (cystic fibrosis, lung transplantation, pulmonary hypertension, interventional pulmonology) provide inpatient and outpatient training experiences for fellows.  The Nashville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center is located adjacent to VUMC and is a 334 bed acute care and referral center serving eligible veterans from middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky, and northern Alabama.  The 12 bed combined MICU/CCU was renovated in 2014.  The VA inpatient pulmonary consult service, outpatient urgent pulmonary care and longitudinal pulmonary clinic, and bronchoscopy service provide additional training for fellows.  All VA faculty have academic appointments within the Vanderbilt division of Allergy/Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine.  Our fellows and faculty are consistently recognized as some of the best teachers in the health system.

Research training

Within our division, we have 75 current funded grants, and three training grants (T-32) to allow for additional research training for fellows interested in investigative careers. All of our fellows engage in dedicated research during their 18 month research period during fellowship.  Approximately half of our fellows elect to pursue additional research training during fellowship, many of whom complete advanced degrees available through the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, including the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (M.S.C.I.) or Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) programs.  The division has diverse basic and clinical/translational research in the fields of lung injury, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary vascular disease, asthma, lung cancer, ARDS, sepsis, and delirium.

Please read on to find out additional details about our PCCM fellowship training program.  We participate in the ERAS program through the AAMC.  For more information or questions about our program, please contact:

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William Lawson, MD

Program Director








Meredith Pugh, MD, MSCI

Associate Program Director





Michael Beasley

Program Coordinator