UCLA Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship


















































































































































































One of the Pulmonary Division's primary missions is to provide state-of-the-art research training in pulmonary and critical care medicine, with the goal of producing the next generation of physician-scientists. We have a strong track record of graduates who have gone on to have successful careers in clinical, basic, and translational research.

All fellows are expected to demonstrate productive use of their research time, including submission of abstracts for national conferences, writing original research papers or review papers, and giving research presentations at Pulmonary Grand Rounds.


  1. Basic Investigator Option

  2. The basic investigator option is for fellows interested in mechanisms of lung disease or critical illness. It is supported by a training grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH). Admission to this program and support for this grant are highly competitive. While conducting research in the laboratory of a mentor in one of the basic science departments in the Division, fellows have the option of enrolling in the Ph.D. program in a graduate school discipline through STAR, during which they take graduate courses in biological chemistry, immunology and molecular biology as appropriate.

    This program's facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories in molecular biology, cell biology, and immunology with extensive collaborative relationships on campus and nationwide. In the Division, active research programs include examining mechanisms of allograft dysfunction and chronic rejection following lung transplant, iron metabolism in mediating anemia of chronic disease, effects of marijuana on lung biology, pulmonary host defense against viral and bacterial pathogens, bioinformatics, and molecular mechanisms underlying lung cancer pathogenesis.

  3. The Clinical Investigator Option

  4. The clinical investigation program is for fellows wishing to pursue careers in clinical research. Fellows are encouraged to obtain a Master's of Clinical Research (MSCR) degree through the STAR program. Alternatively, fellows interested in health services research may also choose to pursue a Ph.D. of health services through STAR. Depending on the trainee's research interest, fellows study in such fields as physiology, epidemiology or health services research while developing their research program. Many mentors are available in these areas. Facilities and programs available for clinical training include the pulmonary function research laboratory, the medical intensive care unit, the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute and CTRC (clinical translational research center), the UCLA School of Public Health, the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research and the RAND Corporation in nearby Santa Monica. Ongoing investigations include clinical trials for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension, the utilization and outcomes of critical care, and novel therapies for asthma and COPD.

Fellows are required to present talks within the Division at least once during each research year and are encouraged to present at UCLA-interhospital conferences, regional and national meetings. This experience is considered an important part of the training program. In addition, an interdisciplinary group of mentors is available to assist the fellows with career planning, choice of courses and appropriate laboratory experience.

For further information about research and training opportunities available to our fellows, prospective applicants are invited to contact Heather Draper with inquiries:

Heather Draper
Fellowship Program Coordinator, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship
Email: hdraper@mednet.ucla.edu