Heart-Lung & Lung Transplantation Fellowship


Fellowship Leadership

Gundeep Dhillon, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Heart-Lung & Lung Transplantation

Laveena Chhatwani, MD, MSc

Director, Heart-Lung & Lung Transplantation Fellowship

Application Process

To apply for Stanford's Heart/Lung & Lung Transplantation Fellowship, please complete our application, linked here

For additional information or assistance, contact our fellowship coordinator Elizabeth Peña (epena28@stanford.edu).

The fellowship is focused on clinical training and research in heart-lung and lung transplantation with the Division of Pulonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine. The program is designed to prepare trainees for academic careers in transplantation. Direct supervision and teaching is provided by the medical and surgical faculty of the Heart-Lung and Lung Transplantation Program. The duration of the fellowship program is one year.

Our fellowship in Heart-Lung and Lung Transplantation started at the beginning of this field marked by the world’s first heart-lung transplant performed by Dr. Bruce Reitz at Stanford on March 9, 1981. Over the last 40 years, approximately 40 fellows have successfully completed the fellowship. Most program graduates are now accomplished faculty members including medical directors at lung transplant programs worldwide.

Overview of Training in the One Year Fellowship

    1. The fellowship in Heart-Lung and Lung Transplantation will provide 12 months of clinical training specific to the care of patients who are recipients of our candidates for heart-lung or lung transplantation.

    2. The transplant fellow will attend four half days of post-transplant continuity clinics per week and one half day of pre-lung transplant clinic in addition to care of hospitalized patients who are lung transplant candidates or recipients.

    3. Fellows will attend education conferences in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine, as well as conferences specific to transplantation.

    4.  Fellows will receive continuing training in the Core Competencies as defined by the ACGME.

    5. Primary mentoring of the transplant fellow will be the responsibility of the Heart-Lung and Lung Transplantation Fellowship Director, in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine.

    6. Fellows are encouraged to participate in research or other scholarly pursuits during the one-year clinical fellowship.

Clinical Responsibilities

The clinical service includes:

1.     Evaluation, education, and selection of candidates for heart-lung or lung transplantation, and the follow-up of patients awaiting transplantation. These functions are performed principally at the weekly pre-transplant clinic and at weekly conferences attended by the medical, surgical, radiology, psychiatric, and social services staff. Patients are referred from across the nation and represent an exceptional variety of lung and heart pathophysiology.

2.     Inpatient and outpatient management and long-term follow-up of transplant recipients. Key components include the management of multi-drug immunosuppressive regimes, surveillance for and treatment of infection and allograft rejection, and management of transplant-related complications such as organ dysfunction, and transplant related malignancies.

Specific activities include:

·       Four post-transplant clinics per week, through which the transplant medical team provides both primary and transplant-related care.

·       Inpatient management, including critical care and ward management of transplant recipients.

·       Frequent bronchoscopic examinations of diagnosis of infection and allograft rejection.

·       Interpretation of pulmonary function tests.

·       Review of all heart and lung biopsy specimens.

·       Supervision and teaching of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellow rotating on the transplant service.

Prerequisite Training

Candidates who are board certified/ board eligible in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine - at least three years of ACGME training. Equivalent experience in related areas may be given consideration. Selection of candidates is based upon their performance in residency and fellowship, letter of reference from their training programs or colleagues who can attest to their qualification, and personal interviews with Stanford faculty.

Required Application Materials

  1. Current CV
  2. Copy of Dean's Letter
  3. Copy of Medical School Transcript and Certificate
  4. At least 3 original letters of recommendation. Please include a letter from the director of your PCCM fellowship program.
  5. Copies of actual USMLE scores
  6. ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  7. Translations of any of the above listed items from FMGs.
  8. Recent Photograph/jpeg
  9. Visa Status. At this time, we are only able to sponsor J1 visas. 

Contact Information:

Elizabeth Peña
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Email: epena28@stanford.edu 

Mailing Address:
Stanford University Medical Center
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive, Rm H3143
Stanford, CA 94305-5236