Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship

Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship

The three-year Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship trains fellows for pediatric pulmonology careers.

The Nationwide Children’s Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship strives to develop excellent clinicians who are well prepared for a successful career in academic medicine. Trainees with a strong background in hospital and outpatient based pediatric care who have excellent collaboration and communication skills will thrive in our program. Trainees can expect to work with patients and colleagues from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, preparing them to work in an increasingly heterogeneous world. Ultimately, our faculty is eager to support the development of future colleagues who have a love of our specialty and are confident in their ability to provide outstanding patient care and promote innovation in the field during their future careers.

The three-year Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship is structured as follows:

  • 18 months clinical experience

    • Six months of inpatient service

    • Six months of consult service

    • Six months of “focused” experience including

      • One month of sleep medicine

      • Five months of elective study – options include respiratory therapy, pharmacology,  allergy/immunology, pediatric transplant, radiology/pathology studies, palliative care and others

  • 18 months dedicated to research

  • Distribution of month to month scheduling flexible, to meet needs and priorities of fellow

  • Time and funding allotted for national meetings

Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow has met the training requirements for Pediatric Pulmonology certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

What You Need to Know

Pulmonary Training

  • US News Badge PulmonologyRemarkably varied patient population cared for in both hospital and outpatient settings

  • Inpatient and outpatient care experiences allow development of expertise identifying and treating common, and rare, clinical challenges seen in the Cystic Fibrosis population
  • Pulmonary inpatient service cared for on pulmonary specialty floors – with respiratory therapy and experienced nursing support

  • Pulmonary consult service follows patients referred from wide breath of services, including ENT, general pediatrics, hematology/oncology, critical care, gastroenterology, psychology and others – reflecting the breadth and depth of Nationwide Children’s Hospital itself

  • Pulmonary Fellow’s Clinic allows fellows to follow their own patient populations (comprising a spectrum of clinical issues, from complex patients often identified during hospital stays, as well as more “straightforward” patients referred by local primary care physicians)

  • Diverse patient populations include patients with:

    • Cystic fibrosis

    • Infantile wheezing

    • Asthma control issues

    • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia

    • Chronic mechanical ventilation

    • Neuromuscular disease

    • Thoracic dystrophy disorders

    • Complex pulmonary/airway disorders

    • Aspiration syndromes

    • Pulmonary malformations

    • Pulmonary disease related to immunocompromised states

    • Many others

  • State-of-the-art diagnostic techniques

    • Flexible bronchoscopy with dedicated lab and respiratory therapists

    • Infant pulmonary function testing

    • Controlled ventilation HRCT

    • Aggressive and innovative radiology department supports multiple other diagnostic and therapeutic endeavors

    • Pediatric Pulmonary Sleep Laboratory

    • Bronch simulator

Research Training

  • Research pursuits ranging from clinical to bench, along with scholarly activities focused on educational or public health pursuits supported. Advanced degree programs (MS, MPH, etc.) are available for completion during this fellowship.
  • Wide range of research pursuits readily available via ties with:
  • Scholarly Oversight Committee actively involved in guiding progress, along with research mentor

Faculty and Fellows

Application and Selection

Applications for the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program must be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Program (ERAS), which opens for participation in July of each year.  

We Require:

  • USMLE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Personal statement (in one page convince us that you would be a great pulmonary fellow!).  

When your completed application has been received and reviewed, you will be notified of the action taken and if you will be offered an opportunity to interview for a fellowship position. Nationwide Children’s Pulmonary Fellowship Program participates in the NRMP match process. Interviews will be conducted starting in August for the fall match cycle.

Requirements for Application:

If you have specific questions, please contact the program director:

Stephen Kirkby, MD
Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Dr.
Columbus, OH 43205


For more information, please contact:

Stephen E. Kirkby, MD
Program Director

Lisa Ulrich, MD
Associate Program Director

Beth Bogedain
Program Coordinator