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Shaheen Islam, MD, MPH

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Rabih Bechara, MD

The mission of our fellowship program is to train future leaders in the field of Interventional Pulmonology. Our program provides the trainees with all the necessary tools that prepare them to establish a multidisciplinary academic and community-based Interventional Pulmonology program. We invite you to explore the exceptional Clinical and Research opportunities offered by our combined program.

 

Shaheen Islam, MD, MPH and Rabih Bechara, MD

Interventional Pulmonology Program Directors

Clinical Opportunities

Advanced Airway Program

Our program is considered the regional referral center for patients with malignant and benign airway disorders. The entire scope of endoscopic interventions including diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for patients with benign and malignant airway involvement are available.

Advanced Airway Techniques

The advanced bronchoscopic procedures we offer include:

  1. Flexible and rigid bronchoscopy
  2. Robotic bronchoscopy
  3. Navigational bronchoscopy
  4. Fiducial markers placement
  5. Narrow band imaging
  6. Endobronchial ultrasound (radial and linear)
  7. Cryotherapy
  8. Peripheral Cryo-biopsy
  9. Argon plasma coagulation
  10. Photodynamic therapy
  11. Balloon dilation and bronchoplasty
  12. Airway stenting
  13. Percutaneous tracheostomy
  14. Transtracheal oxygen catheter placement
  15. Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction and valve placement

Pleural Disease Program

Patients with pleural effusions are evaluated comprehensively at our program.

Pleural Disease Techniques

We offer a comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to patents with pleural diseases that include:

  1. Medical/surgical thoracoscopy
  2. Chest ultrasonography
  3. Ultrasound guided thoracentesis
  4. Tunneled pleural catheter placement and management
  5. Chest tube placement
  6. Chemical pleurodesis

Patient are evaluated and followed in the in-patients and out-patients setting in our dedicated interventional pulmonology clinics.

Advanced COPD/Asthma Program

Through a multi-disciplinary approach, patients are evaluated for potential Bronchial thermoplasty, Trans-tracheal oxygen catheters placement and Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction with valve placement.

COPD and asthma management


Multi-disciplinary Thoracic Oncology and Lung Cancer Screening Program

Our fellow and faculty participate in weekly multi-disciplinary evaluation of patients with lung nodules and/or lung cancer.  The team consists of Thoracic oncologist(s), Thoracic radiologist, Thoracic surgeon(s), Pathologist, and Interventional Pulmonologist(s).

Research Opportunities

Our fellows will be participating in PI-initiated and sponsored research trials involving advanced diagnostics and therapeutic interventions in interventional pulmonology.  In addition, they will also participate in the ongoing trials of the Thoracic Oncology Program.  The research team is supported by coordinators assigned through the Research Trials Office at the university.

Contact Information

Interventional Pulmonology Program
Attention: Robin Loy, RN
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
1120 15th street, BB-5513
Augusta, Georgia 30904
roloy@augusta.edu
rbechara@augusta.edu