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Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellowship Program

Welcome to The Medical Center at Bowling Green! The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellowship Program is a three-year training program that provides a broad-based learning experience in all aspects of pulmonary disease.

The program is accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME – Program ID # 1492014001) and is approved for four (4) total training positions.

Program Staff

Kazimuddin, Nisar MD

Nisarfathima Kazimuddin, M.D.

  • Program Director

Karan Singh, M.D.

  • Associate Program Director
Dr. I Waheed

Irfan Waheed, M.D.

  • Associate Program Director
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Jodie Robinson

  • Fellowship Program Coordinator

program overview

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care fellowship training program located at The Medical Center at Bowling Green is 36 months in duration and provides advanced education allowing fellows to acquire competency in the subspecialty with sufficient expertise to act as an independent consultant.

The Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellowship Training Program is designed to provide advanced training to fellows to allow them to obtain competency in the specialty of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine with sufficient expertise to act as specialist consultants. This training is provided by both didactic instruction and direct patient care under the direct supervision of expert pulmonary and critical care faculty. Didactic instruction is provided in all areas of pulmonology and critical care as outlined in the specific topic areas required by the ACGME.

Direct patient care is provided in a facility that allows state of the art care of both inpatients and outpatients and in a community with a broad range of medical conditions. Through these activities, the fellowship training program provides the environment and resources to allow trainees to obtain competence in the six areas of Patient Care and Procedure Skills, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, Interpersonal Communication, Practice-Based Learning and Systems-Based Practice, as specified by the ACGME.

In addition, the faculty also provides an environment of inquiry and scholarship that involves research and teaching. Critical to the success of the program is a formal structure for frequent feedback and evaluation of performance. At the completion of training, trainees will be prepared to take their board certification exams in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care, and to practice in either academic or community settings.

Third Year Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellows

Ahmed Qadir, M.D., Pulmonary Medicine Fellow

Ahmed Qadir, M.D.

  • Rawalpindi Medical College

  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

  • Wayne State University

Steff, Rodney DO

Rodney Steff, D.O.

  • Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • University of Kentucky

Second Year Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellows

Arabiat, Mohammad MD

Mohammad Arabiat, M.D.

  • The University of Jordan

  • Advocate Christ Medical Center/University of Illinois Chicago

  • Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Casano, Harold Matos MD

Harold Casano, M.D.

  • InstitutoTecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud

  • Wyckoff Heights Medical Center- Internal Medicine Program

Henao Correra, Jose MD

Jose Correa, M.D.

  • Fundacion University San Martin Facultad de Medcina

  • Advocate Illinois Medical Center – Internal Medicine Program

Khan, Tahir MD

Tahir Khan, M.D.

  • Rawalpindi Medical College

  • Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Staten Island University – Internal Medicine Program


Fellowship Year – 1

  • Pulmonary – 4 months
  • Intensive Care Unit – 3 months
  • Night Float – 2 months
  • Surgical ICU – 1 month
  • Elective – 1 month
  • Research – 1 month

Fellowship Year – 2

  • Pulmonary – 4 months
  • Intensive Care Unit – 3 months
  • Night Float – 2 months
  • Surgical ICU – 1 month
  • Elective – 1 month
  • Research – 1 month

Fellowship Year – 3

  • Pulmonary – 4 months
  • Intensive Care Unit – 3 months
  • Night Float – 2 months
  • Surgical ICU – 1 month
  • Elective – 1 month
  • Research – 1 month

Ambulatory Clinic

Pulmonary Disease fellows are required to spend one half-day a week in the outpatient clinic for the follow-up of patients. All fellows are responsible for providing appropriate follow-up care to their continuity clinic patient panel including but not limited to lab test results, imaging studies, and procedures.

Western Kentucky Heart and Lung Associates (WKHL) will serve as the site for each of our fellows’ weekly half-day continuity clinic experience. The board-certified pulmonary and critical care medicine faculty within this group function as the core faculty for the fellowship program. The program is in compliance with all expectations required for our fellows’ continuity clinic experience located at WKHL. While in clinic, fellows will be under direct supervision, including our program director who will provide continued oversight of the educational experience at WKHL. Each fellow will scheduled at least six patients per continuity clinic session.

Clinical Research

Fellows are also given the opportunity to participate in other scholarly activity opportunities including abstracts, posters, and presentations given at national or regional meetings. All research conducted must be meaningful for the health-system and the community and should be published and/or presented at a medical conference. Interested Pulmonary Disease fellows are allowed to engage in clinical research activity under the direction of a faculty mentor. All research and clinical trial projects offered for resident participation must be vetted through the Western Kentucky Heart and Lung Research Foundation and Educational Trust (Foundation).

The Foundation was established as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research and continuing medical education and now collaborates with Med Center Health to work towards the accomplishment of our research and educational goals. This multi-disciplinary committee will evaluate the trainee’s research project, make recommendations for improvement, and assist the trainee with submission of the proposal to The Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board, as necessary.

It is toward that purpose the Foundation offers an annual Cardiology Symposium located in Bowling Green. The Symposium features internationally known speakers in the field of cardiology. During this event, all cardiovascular fellows, residents and medical students have the opportunity to present scholarly activities.

Lastly, all Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care fellows at The Medical Center at Bowling Green are scheduled to give formal lecture and teaching presentations throughout the academic year. Each lecture must be at least an hour in duration. These lectures, provided on a rotational basis, are attended by faculty, pulmonary fellows, medical students and other ancillary staff. Topics are assigned to each fellow by the Program Director. In addition, each fellow will lead two to three journal club meetings choosing a topic from one of the main pulmonology related journals.


Medical School

Fellowship candidates must have a certificate of completion from one of the following:

  • Medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), or
  • Medical school in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)

Medical Licensure

Applicants must be eligible to obtain a Kentucky Medical License.

Residency Training

Applicants must have successfully completed three years of postgraduate training in an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited program in Internal Medicine and be board eligible or board certified. 

USMLE/COMLEX Examinations

Applicants must have passed all Steps of the USMLE or the COMLEX equivalent. 


The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship Program will not discriminate against any individual based upon race, color, race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, uniformed service, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, social or economic status, or whether the person is a smoker or nonsmoker, as long as the person complies with University and affiliated hospital policy concerning smoking.

preferred qualifications

This program selects from eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

The program’s preferred qualifications include:

  • USMLE scores of 250 and above on each step or COMLEX scores of 550 and above on each step
  • No failures on any step of the USMLE or COMLEX
  • Completion of an accredited Internal Medicine Residency program no more than five years prior to anticipated fellowship program start date

Application and Matching Services

The Pulmonary Disease Fellowship Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). All applications are processed through ERAS®. All other applications will not be accepted.

Applications Must Include the Following:

  • The common ERAS® application form;
  • USMLE scores or COMLEX equivalent;
  • ECFMG report and certificate for international medical graduates including US applicants attending medical schools outside the US;
  • Official medical school transcript;
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE);
  • Two letters of professional reference;
  • One letter of professional reference from the residency program director in internal medicine; and
  • Personal statement.

Appointments are made through the Pulmonary Subspecialty Match Program sponsored by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Specialty Matching Services (SMS). All candidates must register through the SMS. 

international medical graduates

Eligible international medical graduates must have a current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) at the time of application. Note that completion of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) board-eligibility in Internal Medicine are required for ABIM board-eligibility and certification in Pulmonary Disease.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) Cardiovascular Disease Program accepts applications from internal medical graduates who are holders of a Green Card (permanent resident) and individuals who are prepared to have a J-1 visa sponsored by the ECFMG. This program does not support H-1 visas.

Applications from candidates who do not meet these requirements will not be considered. 

interview process

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted via email. Interviews will be scheduled between September 1 and October 31. If you are extended an invitation for an interview, we encourage you to contact our offices as soon as possible. Interviews are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Please note there is a limited number of applicant positions that can be accommodated on any given interview day.

On the day of your interview, you will meet with the program director, program staff, core faculty, and tour our facilities.

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