Thank you for your interest in the Interventional Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship Program at Cooper University Hospital. Our program is one year in length and accepts two fellows per year.

Interventional Pulmonary (IP) Medicine is a subspecialty of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine focused on advanced diagnostic and therapeutic thoracic procedures, as well as a multi-disciplinary approach to the evaluation and management of complex airway, pleural and other thoracic diseases. Upon successful completion of an IP fellowship, physicians will be proficient in the performance of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopic and pleural procedures. The trainee will also acquire the knowledge and skills required to recognize, investigate, and manage patients with intrathoracic malignant and non- malignant diseases including central airway obstruction, mediastinal/ hilar adenopathy, lung nodules/masses and pleural diseases.

Cooper University Hospital is the largest academic medical center (594-bed) and only level 1 trauma center in southern New Jersey. The medical center serves the needs of a broad patient population consisting of primary, secondary and tertiary medical care. Consumers and physicians recognize the system as being South Jersey’s leading medical center. In annual surveys assessing the region’s medical care, Cooper’s physicians are frequently recognized as “Top Doctors” in their fields. These world-class physicians are the teachers with whom you will interact during your educational experience.

The Section of Interventional Pulmonology is part of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine which is a component of the Department of Medicine. The Department of Medicine at Cooper University Hospital (CUH) is comprised of 11 divisions and employs 193 full-time faculty members committed to delivering the finest care to patients as well as to providing the best education for our next generation of physicians.

Cooper University Hospital is the major clinical site of Cooper Medical School of  Rowan University (CMSRU), which opened its doors to the first class of medical students in August 2012. All faculty and fellows are intimately involved in the education of CMSRU medical students.  Interventional pulmonology faculty hold academic appointments at CMSRU and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The following pages provide specific information about cardiovascular disease training at Cooper. We invite you to take the time to explore our program.

Ziad Boujaoude, MD, FCCP 
Program Director
Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program 
Associate Professor of Medicine
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Wissam Abouzgheib, MD, FCCP
Section Head
Interventional Pulmonary
Assistant Professor of Medicine  
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Melvin Pratter, MD, FCCP
Division Head
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine  
Professor of Medicine 
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University