The Fellowship in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine offers remarkable exposure to a variety of patients and array of technologies, all in a supportive patient- and trainee-centered environment.  We accept 4 trainees each year and commit to developing them as physicians and as teachers.  

Fellowship Structure

As trainees will sit first for the Pulmonary Disease board exam and later for the Critical Care Medicine board exam, the first half of the clinical training is weighted towards Pulmonary Medicine with a shift in the second half towards Critical Care.  Throughout the fellowship, trainees participate in our Critical Care and Pulmonary/Critical Care conferences and journal clubs.

The pulmonary experience includes outpatient time in continuity and disease-specific clinics, inpatient pulmonary consultation, and procedural time in the bronchoscopy suite with the Interventional Pulmonology service.  Our academic medical center, situated in northwest Louisiana 200 miles from the next nearest medical school, serves a large area with a diverse population; as a result, fellows see a wide spectrum of diseases at various stages.  Trainees graduate with a broad-based education in the diagnosis and management of pulmonary diseases, including procedural skills that greatly exceed ABIM minimum requirements.


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Office of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Vicki Gallagher

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Program Director
Prathik Krishnan, MD 

Program Administrator
Emily Bartlett 
Email:  (318) 675-5967



Critical Care education occurs in multiple ICUs at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.  Trainees care for patients in two Medical ICUs, the Surgical ICU, the Burn ICU, the Neuro ICU, and the telemedicine ICU, with electives available in the Trauma ICU and Pediatric ICU.  As part of their training, fellows perform advanced procedures, including percutaneous procedures such as tracheostomy and gastrostomy tube placement, continuous renal replacement therapy prescription and administration, and ECMO.

In addition, we offer a wide range of electives that will help fellows position themselves for their future careers.  Standard options, such as Anesthesia, Sleep Medicine, CT Surgery, Ultrasound/ Echocardiography, and Chest Imaging are complemented by time with Allergy/ Immunology, ENT, and other specialties.

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The Clinical Experience

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
The main campus/ academic medical center in Shreveport is a Level 1 Trauma Center, Regional Burn Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, and houses a full range of ICUs.  In this setting, trainees care for patients with a wide range of critical illness, including traumatic, surgical, neurologic, and obstetrical and gynecologic emergencies.  The intensivists provide a full range of therapies, including ECMO and CRRT.  The center also serves as a regional referral center for a variety of pulmonary diseases, as it is the home of the Interventional Pulmonology and Thoracic Oncology program, Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, and evolving Advanced Lung Diseases Clinic.

PAM Health Specialty Hospital of Shreveport
Located on the main campus, this Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospital serves many of our post-short term acute care patients. PAM Health specializes in rehabilitation of adult and geriatric patients with severe cardiopulmonary illnesses, including lung fibrosis and pneumonia. Rotations in the LTAC setting give trainees additional experience in the post-ICU experience, including strategies for chronic ventilator weaning and addressing the complications of ICU stays.


Where are they now? Present and Past Fellows


Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Medicine