Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program

The Division of Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine offers a one-year fellowship in Interventional Pulmonary Medicine. Our program is designed to develop and train interventional pulmonologists in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy, tracheostomy and advanced minimally invasive pleural procedures.

Program Overview

Trainees in our fellowship program will gain experience and become proficient in the performance of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopic, pleural procedures and percutaneous tracheostomy tube placement. The trainee will acquire the knowledge and skills required to recognize, investigate, and manage large airway obstructions, intrathoracic malignant and non- malignant diseases and pleural diseases. The fellow will develop advanced expertise in all aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy and in Thoracic Oncology.

The Interventional Pulmonology fellow will actively participate in the weekly multidisciplinary thoracic oncology conference.

The fellow will be required to complete at least one original research project and is encouraged to present at a national meeting during his or her fellowship year.

To read more about Interventional Pulmonology at UNC, please visit our page here


Candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine. Applicants must be board certified in Pulmonary Medicine and board eligible in Critical Care Medicine. Applications are accepted through the Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Application Service (IPFAS) at

Applicants are selected exclusively through the National Residency Matching Program. All candidates must register through Specialties Matching Service (SMS). To register go to: National Resident Matching Program. It is anticipated that one fellow will complete the program annually.

Program Director

Jason Akulian, MD MPH


Melissa Lawrence
CB# 7020, 130 Mason Farm Road
4th Floor Bioinformatics Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
919-966-2533 (Phone)
919-966-7013 (Fax)

Recent Graduates of Program and Post-fellowship Positions

Adam Belanger, 2017 - Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill
David Chambers, 2018 - Assistant Professor of Medicine, Louisiana State University (LSU) at Shreveport