El Camino Hospital and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation are collaborating with the UC San Francisco Fellowship Program to offer the first interventional pulmonology fellowships on the West Coast.
Interventional pulmonology is an emerging field within pulmonary medicine that focuses on the use of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat patients with lung cancer, airway disorders and pleural (lung) diseases.
Ganesh Krishna, M.D., an interventional pulmonologist at PAMF and El Camino Hospital, serves as director of the fellowship program and chairman of the fellowship search. The joint interventional pulmonology program is among the 15 nationwide that provide diagnostic and therapeutic services and cutting-edge treatment in pulmonary medicine.
“Being selected to run this fellowship program represents a powerful step forward in our vision for our medical organizations,” Krishna said. “We have established an advanced program with high-quality, forward-thinking medical care. Being part of the national resident matching program puts PAMF and El Camino Hospital on the national map of contemporary medical academic work.”
The National Resident Matching Program matches medical school students, residents and fellows with their preferred specialties based on a rank order list. There are 14 fellowship positions available in interventional pulmonology nationally.
“The matching program is prestigious and competitive, so fellowships in our field are very rare,” Krishna said. “We are pleased to be the first IP fellowship training center on the West Coast and to help train future pul- monology experts.”
The first fellow selected was Eric Seeley, M.D., from UCSF. He started in mid-March and will work side-by-side with Krishna for one year. Already certified in critical care and pulmonology, Seeley will perform procedures and care for patients under Krishna’s supervision at El Camino Hospital and PAMF in Mountain View. Once Seeley completes the program, it will accept one fellow each year, selected through the national search.
The collaborative fellowship program is an intensive one-year educational immersion involving outpatient and inpatient treatments, from diagnosis to a range of minimally invasive procedures. Upon completion of the fellowship, physicians will be qualified to treat respiratory conditions with the most current techniques and minimally invasive technologies.
Krishna has trained and proctored other doctors in interventional pulmonology both nationally and internationally.
The local program offers 26 different procedures, including bronchial thermoplasty and inReach electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy. As part of providing optimal care, the programs collaborate closely in the outpatient and inpatient settings.
Krishna is also collaborating with Fogarty Clinical Research to conduct a clinical trial evaluating the investigational use of the RePneu Lung Volume Reduction Coil for patients experiencing symptoms of emphysema. The chronic, debilitating disease causes irreversible damage to delicate lung tissue, leading to shortness of breath and reduced capacity to manage activities of daily living, leading to diminished quality of life.