Meet the Program Directors

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Shaheen Islam, MD, MPH

  • Division Chief
  • Interventional Pulmonology Program Director


Interventional Pulmonology Fellow

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Steven Allen , MD

  • Interventional Pulmonology Felllow

Clinical Opportunities

Advanced Airway Diagnostic & Therapeutic Interventions

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:

  • Flexible and rigid bronchoscopy
  • Robotic bronchoscopy
  • Navigational bronchoscopy
  • Fiducial markers placement
  • Narrow band imaging
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (radial and linear)
  • Cryotherapy
  • Peripheral Cryo-biopsy
  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Balloon dilation and bronchoplasty
  • Airway stenting
  • Percutaneous tracheostomy
  • Transtracheal oxygen catheter placement
  • Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction and valve placement


Advanced 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:

  • Medical/surgical thoracoscopy
  • Chest ultrasonography
  • Ultrasound guided thoracentesis
  • Tunneled pleural catheter placement and management
  • Chest tube placement
  • 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 & 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 Us

Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program

1120 15th St., BB-5513, Augusta, GA 30904

Robin Loy, RN