Department of Medicine

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program

The Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program at Montefiore Einstein focuses on high-quality clinical training in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse patient population with a faculty that cultivates a supportive learning environment to foster clinical and scholarly curiosity, preparing our fellows for successful careers in academics and private practice.

Divya Reddy, MBBS, MPH, Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program

Why our program could be right for you

The three-year Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program at Montefiore Einstein trains fellows for thriving careers in academic medicine or private practice through a strong foundation in clinical practice and research. Dedicated research curriculum and elective time encourages fellows to develop a strong understanding of the practical aspects of research methodologies and the implementation of data-driven protocols to improve patient care. As a faculty, we are passionate about the fields of pulmonary and critical care medicine, and we pride ourselves in being truly invested in our fellows and their futures. Our fellows leave the program confident about performing advanced pulmonary and critical care procedures and capable of providing science-driven, patient-centered care.

What sets Montefiore Einstein apart

At Montefiore Einstein, we are guided by a mission to heal, to teach, to discover and to advance the health of the communities we serve. Comprising 11 member hospitals and more than 300 specialty care sites, Montefiore Health System provides highly specialized, coordinated care for diverse populations in the New York region, across the country and globally.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, home to nearly 1,000 students in its MD, PhD and combined MD/PhD programs, is one of the nation’s preeminent centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. Through the joint efforts of Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Einstein is able to advance research and accelerate discoveries, benefiting patients and ensuring access to state-of-the-art healthcare for all.  

  • Montefiore’s medical specialties ranked as top 1% in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) recognized as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine ranked a top 50 “Best Medical School for Research in the Country, 2023” by U.S. News & World Report 
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Einstein $201M+ in research funding in 2022, placing Einstein in the top 50 among 142 schools of medicine
  • 700+ clinical trials 
Catherine C. Skae, MD, Vice President and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education at Montefiore Einstein

Representing one of the top 10 largest medical and surgical training programs in the country, Montefiore Health System and our Albert Einstein College of Medicine provide postgraduate clinical training to more than 1,400 residents and fellows per year. Clinicians across Montefiore Einstein’s numerous educational programs actively mentor and cultivate a new generation of healthcare leaders. 

Our mission to improve access and quality of care for our diverse community draws residents and fellows from top medical, dental and PA schools from around the world. We develop and expand programs designed to advance teamwork, communication and decision-making, and our progressive focus on comprehensive care provides an ideal training ground for our residents and fellows.

To make the process of working and training at Montefiore Einstein more seamless, we offer a variety of services for our house staff, physician assistants and interns, including assistance with credentialing and orientation, institutional resources, visas, contracts, HR documents, payroll, notary services and specialty training and certifications. 

Montefiore Einstein by the numbers

7.7 million+

patient interactions annually  

1.1 million+

patients annually, representing the largest network in the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley


specialty care locations, with more coming soon



Moses Campus

Montefiore Einstein’s flagship Moses Campus provides the highest level of care for the most severe cases, offering tremendous clinical learning opportunities to our fellows. The 726-bed hospital is the primary home of our training, where fellows are exposed to complex patients with COPD, asthma, interstitial lung diseases, bronchiectasis and pulmonary infections in those immunocompromised. Fellows also rotate through the campus’s Medical, Surgical, Cardiothoracic and Neuroscience Intensive Care Units and sharpen their basic and advanced critical care medicine skills by caring for complex patients following heart, lung, liver, kidney and stem cell transplants, as well as complex neurosurgery patients.

Jack D. Weiler Hospital, Einstein Campus

Adjacent to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, our Einstein Campus is the second-largest in the Montefiore Health System and offers tertiary care medical services to the community it serves. Our pulmonary consult services support the 431-bed hospital, and our critical care service provides care for patients within the medical and surgical intensive care units. We also offer outpatient services at this site, including subspecialty clinics such as COPD, asthma, bronchiectasis, post-COVID, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer and interventional pulmonary medicine.

Jacobi Medical Center

Jacobi Medical Center provides healthcare for roughly 1.2 million Bronx and New York City area residents. It is one of the 11 acute care hospitals of NYC Health + Hospitals and a partner in the North Bronx Healthcare Network with the North Central Bronx Hospital. As one of the largest medical facilities in New York City, Jacobi houses the Bronx's only Burn Unit and Level 1 Trauma Center. Fellows rotate through the Medical Intensive Care Unit, the Pulmonary Consult and the Trauma service during their three-year fellowship.

During their time at Jacobi, the fellows gain experience practicing in a resource limited environment while caring for a diverse population, both ethnically and socioeconomically. The exposure to unique disease pathologies is unparalleled.

Reka Salgunan, MD

Associate Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program

A world-renowned faculty

Michelle Ng Gong, MD, MS

Chief, Pulmonary Medicine
Chief, Critical Care Medicine
Director, Critical Care Research
Professor, Critical Care Medicine
Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health

Daniel Fein, MD

Director, Inpatient Pulmonary Services
Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Wakefield Campus
Director, Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Wakefield Campus
Associate Professor, Pulmonary Medicine

Chirag Shah, MD

Clinical Director, Outpatient Pulmonary Programs
Associate Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Lew Eisen, MD

Clinical Director, Critical Care Medicine
Professor, Medicine

Divya Reddy, MBBS

Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program
Medical Director, Bronchiectasis and Nontuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) Disease Program
Associate Professor, Medicine

Reka Salgunan, MD

Associate Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program
Associate Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, JMC
Assistant Professor, Medicine

Sarah Sungurlu, DO

Associate Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Medicine

David Prezant, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Fire Department of the City of New York
Professor, Medicine

Ali Sadoughi, MD

Director, Interventional Pulmonology and Bronchoscopy
Assistant Professor, Medicine

Krystal Cleven, MD

Medical Co-Director, Asthma Center
Assistant Professor, Medicine

Simon Spivack, MD, MPH

Professor, Medicine
Professor, Genetics
Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health

Ariel L. Shiloh, MD

Director, Critical Care Medicine Consult Service
Director, Critical Care Ultrasonography
Professor, Medicine

A challenging and innovative curriculum

Our curriculum allows fellows to leave our program capable of providing science-driven, patient-centered care, confident in performing even the most advanced pulmonary and critical care procedures. 

Inpatient pulmonary training

During their three years of training, our Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows train at each of our hospital sites, where they gain exposure to New York’s diverse patient population. Each site offers a different pathologic and socioeconomic demographic, which allows trainees to build their respective diagnostic and therapeutic styles. Fellows become proficient in various procedures necessary for pulmonary medicine, such as bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound and various pleural-based interventions. 

Interventional Pulmonary (IP) Program

Montefiore Medical Center has a robust and experienced Interventional Pulmonary Program, capable of performing basic and advanced bronchoscopic and pleural procedures in our newly constructed, state-of-the-art bronchoscopy suite on the Moses Campus. Faculty work very closely with the medical oncologists and thoracic surgeons to provide top-notch lung cancer care to our patients and are heavily invested in training our fellows to be outstanding proceduralists.

Critical care training

Our ICU Without Walls offers Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows a unique opportunity to work with a particularly ill patient population and develop the art of critical care triage on the consult services. Trainees can also head physician teams and direct patient care in our Cardiothoracic, Neurologic, Surgical and Medical ICUs, where they have the chance to advance their skills as future teachers and leaders. During their training, fellows become proficient in critical care procedures, such as intubations and management of difficult airways; central, arterial and dialysis lines; and point-of-care ultrasonography.

Ambulatory training

Fellows work at one of our three major outpatient facilities for the duration of their three-year fellowship. Each site offers a different style of outpatient pulmonary medicine, allowing trainees to feel empowered in their independent clinical decision-making skills and appreciate continuity of care with their patients. Additionally, fellows can spend time in Montefiore Einstein’s growing subspecialty clinics, including our Pulmonary Hypertension, Sleep Medicine, Asthma, COPD, Bronchiectasis, Thoracic Oncology and Lung Transplant clinics. 

Research training

Several faculties within the Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine are involved in translational, epidemiological, clinical trials and outcomes and health disparities research. During the first year of fellowship, fellows are encouraged to meet and discuss interests and projects with prospective research mentors. Some fellows also opt to supplement their research skill-set by taking graduate-level courses in bioinformatics, public health, statistics, programming and epidemiology. During training, fellows are expected to present their scholarly work at national meetings and are encouraged to prepare a manuscript and publish their research findings.

Current Fellows

Class of 2026

L to R: Rohan Badlani, MD., Andrew Beckman, MD., Hyo Min Lim, MD., Brian Louie, MD., Suraj Nagaraj, MD.

Class of 2024

L to R: David Schecter, MD., Kyle Swartz, DO., Ankit Kushwaha, MBBS., Ankita Krishnan, MBBS., Rahul Nair, MD.

Class of 2025

L to R: Jayanth Vatson, MD., Rahul Pawar, MBBS., Amy Suhotliv, MD., Ryan Fiter, MD., Gerardo Eman, MD

This program has an extensive range of diverse clinical experiences, amazing faculty, and many procedural opportunities. Learning how to manage a broad spectrum of complicated cases has been empowering and inspiring.

Vicky Chiang

Former Academic Chief, Attending Physician, Jacobi Medical Center

An unmatched diversity of experience

As a premier academic medical center serving the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Montefiore Einstein offers its postgraduate trainees comprehensive exposure to a broad diversity of patients and pathologies. During their three years of fellowship training, fellows work hard honing their clinical acumen and academic skillset while developing long lasting bonds with their co-fellows and faculty.

Montefiore is a special place. We take pride in providing a well-rounded fellowship training experience that includes clinical practice, research and education to mold future leaders, clinician educators and physician-scientists.

Michelle Ng Gong, MD, MS

Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, Chief of Critical Care Medicine

Live and work close to the best of everything

The Bronx, New York City’s northernmost borough, is a culturally rich neighborhood placed at the intersection of Manhattan and its surrounding regions. Our postgraduate trainees typically live in hospital housing or off-site in nearby Riverdale, Lower Westchester or Manhattan, and have access to an unmatched diversity of experiences beyond the program itself. 

In the Bronx, with its ample parks and gardens, you’ll learn first-hand why it’s known as “the City’s Greenest Borough.” The neighborhood offers plenty of local food, art, sports and culture, and is just a subway ride away from Manhattan’s famed theaters, museums and attractions. 

As a resident of the Tri-State region, you’ll have unmatched access to the city’s cultural offerings, not to mention the bounty of outdoor excursions that are available just beyond. Day-trips and weekend excursions to the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Long Island or New Jersey provide ample opportunities for swimming, hiking, biking, skiing and other seasonal activities. 

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Fellowship application information

We’re seeking fellows who will shape the future of healthcare.

Our Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program accepts four to five fellows per year. Applicants must submit all materials through ERAS. Fellowship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews conducted from early September to late October. Please note, all applications must include the following:

  • A complete Common Application form
  • A personal statement emphasizing your professional goals in the field of pulmonary and critical care 
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from the program director or department chair of your current program
  • Copies of all National Board, Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX) and United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification, if applying as a foreign medical graduate
  • A Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) or Dean’s Letter
  • Photo (optional)

Montefiore Einstein recognizes that having a diverse and inclusive institution is critical to success, and we reaffirm our fervent commitment to fostering a culture in which diversity is a central tenet.

Have questions? Get in touch.

Divya Reddy, MBBS, MPH
Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program

Sarah Sungurlu, DO
Associate Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program

Reka Salgunan, MD
Associate Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program

Lynette Bradberry
Program Coordinator
Tel: 718.920.6054
Fax: 718.652.8354

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