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 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 (minimum 18 months clinical training, 18 months research).  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?

  • Consistently recognized as a top 20 pulmonary medicine program by US News and World Report
  • 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

Please read on to learn more about our clinical and research training.




Meredith Pugh, M.D., M.S.C.I.

Program Director






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William Lawson, M.D.

Associate Program Director






Michael Beasley

Program Coordinator