Interventional pulmonology is a rapidly evolving field with a focus on lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies, airway disorders and pleural disease.

The mission of Duke Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship is to train the leaders in the field by exposure to high volume of complex cases, multi-disciplinary and thoughtful approach, and cutting edge research. It is a one-year program which is fully accredited by American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (AABIP) and Association of Interventional Pulmonology Program Directors (AIPPD). It is offered to physicians who have completed Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship in a US accredited program, and are eligible for medical license in North Carolina.

To Apply

Please go to to apply using IPFAS.

Duke Interventional Pulmonology participates in NRMP match.

For more information, contact

Kamran Mahmood, MD, MPH 
Fellowship Director

Traci Womble
Program Coordinator


The program was started by Momen M. Wahidi, MD, MBA in 2003, who is the director of Interventional Pulmonology. Kamran Mahmood, MD, MPH is the director of Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship since 2013. Other faculty include Scott L. Shofer , MD, PhD, who is the Director of Interventional Pulmonology at Durham VA Medical Center. Coral Giovacchini, MD, is the Director of Interventional Pulmonology at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Michael Dorry, MD, is the interventional pulmonologist at Duke University and Duke Raleigh Hospitals.

Areas of Focus

Thoracic Oncology
Duke Cancer Center is a comprehensive cancer center which serves North Carolina and neighboring states. We take care of patients with diagnosed and undiagnosed lung masses and nodules, and offer the cutting-edge diagnostic bronchoscopy including endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), navigation bronchoscopy, and cone-beam CT guided bronchoscopy. We also offer therapeutic bronchoscopy procedures which include rigid bronchoscopy, airway stents, airway ablative therapies like electrocautery, argon plasma coagulation and laser, cryotherapy and photodynamic therapy.

Thoracic Oncology

Complex Airway Disorders
Duke is one of the leading lung transplant centers in the US. Interventional Pulmonology offers support to lung transplant patients with anastomosis dehiscence and airway stenosis. In addition, we offer comprehensive care to patients with other complex airway disorders, like tracheobronchomalacia, granulomatosis with polyangitis, post-intubation and idiopathic tracheal stenosis. We also perform percutaneous tracheostomy in patients on prolonged mechanical ventilation. In addition, we offer bronchoscopic lung volume reduction using various valves for patients with advanced COPD.

Complex Airway Disorders

 Pleural Disease
Interventional Pulmonology team takes care of benign and malignant pleural disorders. We offer thoracentesis, chest tube placement, indwelling pleural catheter placement and medical pleuroscopy for pleural biopsy.

Pleural Disease


Duke Interventional Pulmonology is at the forefront of research in thoracic oncology, complex airway disorders and pleural disease. A list of publications and current research projects is available. The current area of focus includes:

  • Lung transplantation
    • Airway complications
    • Pleural disease
  • Rigid bronchoscopy and EBUS outcomes
  • Bronchoscopy training
  • Tunneled pleural catheter management
  • Malignant pleural effusion diagnosis
  • Endoscopic lung volume reduction and bronchoscopic targeted lung denervation for COPD
  • Cryobiopsy for ILD
  • Procedure safety


Annual Conferences
Duke Interventional Pulmonology holds several national conferences every year. These include:

The conference faculty include world’s leading experts, and participants from all over U.S. attend these conferences.

Annual Conferences
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Didactic Conferences
Interventional Pulmonary faculty and fellows are also involved in several didactic conferences:


Inpatient Procedure Suite and Operating Room in Duke Medicine Pavilion

Duke Medicine Plaza

Outpatient Procedure Suite in Duke South

Duke Clinic

 Outpatient Clinic in Duke Cancer Center

Duke Cancer Center

Previous Fellows

Previous graduates of the Duke Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship are leading successful programs throughout the U.S.

  • 2007: Scott L Shofer, MD, PhD
    • Director, Pulmonary Fellowship at Duke University
    • Director, Interventional Pulmonology, Durham VA Medical Center
  • 2011: Kamran Mahmood, MD, MPH
    • Director, Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship at Duke University
    • Co-Director Bronchoscopy Unit, Duke University
  • 2012: Neil A Ninan, MD, MBA
    • Director, Interventional Pulmonology, Touro Infirmary, LA
  • 2013: A Christine Argento, MD
    • Director, Interventional Pulmonary, Northwestern University, IL
  • 2014: Ellen Volker, MD
    • Director, Interventional Pulmonology, National Jewish Hospital, CO
  • 2015: Mary Elmasri, MD
    • Interventional Pulmonology, CO
  • 2016: Ralitza Martin, MD
    • Interventional Pulmonology, Atlanta, GA
  • 2017: Edward Kessler, MD
    • Chicago Chest Center, IL
  • 2018: Coral Giovacchini, MD
    • Director, Interventional Pulmonary, Duke Raleigh Hospital
    • Interventional Pulmonology, Duke University
  • 2019: Luke Seaburg, MD
    • Virginia Mason Hospital, WA
  • 2020: Kristen Glisinski, MD
    • National Jewish Hospital, CO
  • 2021: Michael Dorry, MD
    • Interventional Pulmonology, Duke University