The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Maryland Medical Center have enjoyed a long relationship of jointly training fellows in Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases. Our University of Maryland Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship NIH/NHLBI Track was formed in 2015 with the first fellow starting in July 2015. This track prepares fellows to become successful physician-scientists and/or clinical investigators at academic medical centers. 

Research Training

The curriculum is designed to have fellows in this track complete all their required clinical training at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Shock Trauma Center in the first 18 months of their 3-year fellowship. This is followed by 18 months of research in the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at NIH in Bethesda, MD under the supervision of Dr. Kenneth Olivier and his section of well-established investigators. The program transitions fellows from competent clinicians to emerging physician-scientists by giving them 18 months of protected time in a research-rich environment. In addition, the NIH/NHLBI has the option to appoint the fellow for an additional fourth year of fully supported training as a research fellow to continue their mentored research and prepare either for the submission of a Career Development Award for NIH extramural funding or an Associate Clinical Investigator award for NIH intramural funding. This collaborative track would enable fellows that are superbly trained clinically and given a solid foundation in research in pulmonary diseases to pursue careers as physician-scientists. 


Sample Curriculum

Rotation  Year 1  Year 2  Year 3 
University MICU  3 months     
University Consults  2 months     
 Pulmonary Consults at NIH 1 month     
VA MICU/Consults  2-3 months     
Transplant  1 month     
Trauma Anesthesia  1 month     
Pulmonary Electives (Chest Radiology/Ultrasound)  2 months  2 months   
Midtown ICU    1 month   
Trauma ICU/Neuro ICU    2-3 months   
Research @ NIH (Bethesda, MD)    6 months  12 months 
VA Pulmonary Clinic  1/2 day  weekly  1/2 day  biweekly  1/2 day monthly 
FPO Faculty/Fellow Clinic    1/2 day  weekly  1/2 day once or twice weekly 
VA Lung Mass Clinic  1/2 day weekly
(6 weeks)


Program Director: Nirav G. Shah, MD

Associate Program Director: Kathryn Robinett, MD

Key Faculty at the National Institutes of Health: 

Kenneth Olivier, MDStewart Levine, MDJoel Moss, MD

Program Coordinator: Suzanne Ventura

Application Process

Please apply through ERAS and choose the UMMC NIH/NHLBI Track.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us using the emails listed above or call us at 410-328-4527.