Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program at Cooper University Hospital. Our program is one year in length and accepts one fellow per year. We are accredited by the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology

Interventional Pulmonology (IP) 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 Health Care is the leading academic health system in South Jersey and the only hospital in the Delaware Valley that provides trauma care for both adults and children. Cooper includes South Jersey’s only Level I Trauma Center, Children's Regional Hospital, our Level II Pediatric Trauma CenterMD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, four urgent care centers, and more than 100 outpatient offices throughout South Jersey and Pennsylvania. Cooper has more than 7,000 employees, including more than 1,250 nurses and 630 physicians in more than 70 specialties. As an academic medical center, Cooper offers patients quality health care from primary care to specialty care in one or more of its premier Institutes and Centers of Excellence. 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 interventional pulmonology training at Cooper. We invite you to take the time to explore our program.

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

Wissam Abouzgheib, MD, FCCP
Section Head, 
Interventional Pulmonology
Cooper University Health Care
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

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