Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program

Welcome to our Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine fellowship program accredited by the ACGME in April 2021. Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center is a 362 bed hospital located in South Bronx and part of the NYC Health & Hospitals corporation system. Our hospital is a busy inner-city public facility well known for its diverse patient population and very busy pulmonary and medical intensive care services.

Mission Statement                                                                                                                                      

Our program is to educate and effectively train fellows to be excellent physicians in the field of pulmonary and critical care medicine with emphasis on academic medicine as well as medical research. Our program will also foster a community-based experience and learning in pulmonary/critical care medicine that will better prepare our physicians who choose to pursue a career in community practice.

Program Goals and Objectives                                                                                                                

The goals and objectives of our program are designed and aligned with the ACGME core competencies. The fellows will be trained:                                                                            

To demonstrate adequate knowledge in the diagnosis and management of disorders relating to pulmonary    and critical care medicine.                                                                           

-To demonstrate practice and technical skills including advanced procedural skills necessary for evaluation  and management of pulmonary disease and critically ill patients in the settings of academic and community practices.                                    

-To apply best clinical practices to improve health outcomes and patient safety as a dedicated specialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine.


Applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited program in Internal Medicine. We currently use the Electronic Residency Application service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The program has a total of 6 fellows. Two fellows are accepted yearly. 

Diversity Statement

Our program serves a diverse patient population from around the globe. The program aims for a bias-free selection of fellows regardless of their race, sexual orientation, nationality and religion.


The program curriculum is designed to ensure that each fellow is provided with broad and comprehensive clinical training including research to create strong and well-rounded physicians for an exciting career in Pulmonary Critical Care and lifelong learning.

Lincoln Medical Center is the primary training site for the Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine program.  The Program is 36 months (3 years) of combined pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine training. It consists of at least 18 months of clinical rotations that includes core rotations in medical ICU, pulmonary consultations and electives in the non-medical ICUs and pulmonary subspecialties. Ambulatory Pulmonary clinic experience occurs throughout the 36 months of fellowship. Research is an integral part of the fellowship training.                                             

The training experience will consist of the following rotations with approximate durations as follows:               

A: Core Rotations

  • Medical ICU/CCU (11 months)
  • Pulmonary Inpatient/Consultative service (9 months)

B: Non-Core Rotations

  • Non-medical ICUs (4 months)
  • Interventional Pulmonology (3 months)
  • Sleep Medicine (1month)
  • Pulmonary Subspecialty rotations (1.5 months)
  • Anesthesia/Chest Radiology (1 month)
  • Research (4 months)

C. Outside Rotations:

  • CCU Lung transplant at Montefiore Medical Center, NY
  • Interventional Pulmonology (IP) at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell
  • Neuro-ICU at NYCHH/Bellevue Hospital, NY
  • Sleep medicine at NY Sleep Disorder Center

Didactic & Scholarly Activities                                                                     

Fellows are required for their fellowship educational experience to routinely participate in the following division conferences:

  • Introductory Core Curriculum Workshop and Lectures from July – September that includes simulation training in airway management, bronchoscopy/EBUS, thoracentesis/thoracostomy, tracheostomy care, ultrasound including POCUS.
  • Core Curriculum lecture series, Clinical Case conferences
  • Journal club, Grand Rounds, Tumor board interdisciplinary meetings
  • Morbidity and Mortality conferences, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety conferences
  • Ultrasound (POCUS) Conferences
  • Radiology and Pathology conferences
  • Research conferences including attendance of national clinical/translational research meetings like American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society (ATS).


Our program is covered by seven (7) core faculty members who provide comprehensive medical ICU (MICU) service and pulmonary outpatient and inpatient/consultative service that provide the fellows with the opportunity to have vast knowledge and skills in managing pulmonary/critical care patients. The MICU has dedicated and knowledgeable critical care nurses and 24-hour a day respiratory therapists that provide effective patient care and necessary support to our training fellows. Our facility also has a pulmonary function lab and state of the art bronchoscopy and EBUS from which our fellows have abundant opportunities to learn from. In addition, we have simulation laboratory available to argument the fellow’s education.


  • Riyad Basir, MD, Chief of Pulmonary/ICU
  • Nail Cemalovic, MD, Director of Critical Care Services
  • Manmeet Kaur Gujral, MD, Director of Stroke Center
  • Elie Hatem, MD
  • Maria Srinivasan, MD
  • Anna Shengelia, MD



If you have any questions or desire any other information, do not hesitate to contact:         

Program Coordinator: 

Ms. Ana Pena

email: penaa@nychhc.org

phone: 718-579-6682