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Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship

The Department of Pediatrics' Division of Pediatric Pulmonogy is pleased to partner with Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach to offer one of the few pediatric pulmonology fellowship training programs in California.

The program, directed by Dr. Eliezer Nussbaum at Miller’s, has been in existence for more than 25 years and has attracted outstanding candidates from the United States and internationally.

The pulmonary fellowship offers tailored, innovative research projects for fellows, as well as a thorough and comprehensive program in pediatric and pulmonary medicine.

We also offer a special track for candidates interested in pursuing a career in academic pediatrics. This candidate will have a research focus in exercise physiology in children and will be eligible for a master's degree in Clinical Science at UC Irvine.

The research interests of fellows include such topics as air pollution and asthma in children, immunological aspects of lung disease, exercise and the impact of immunity and growth factor in children. Research is done under the direction of Dr. Dan Cooper. The six faculty members of the pediatric pulmonology program are supported by research faculty members, primarily at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, with the support of National Institutes of Health and local grants.

One of the greatest strengths of the fellowship program is its strong interaction with dual board-certified pediatric allergists/immunologists/pulmonologists who contribute to teaching and research for the pulmonology fellows.

The fellowship program at Miller Children’s Hospital/UC Irvine School of Medicine is accredited and situated in a renewed facility that is considered the largest children’s hospital in California and the seventh largest in the United States. 

The pediatric pulmonary fellowship program at Miller Children’s Hospital/UC Irvine began in 1979 with the arrival of Dr. Eliezer Nussbaum from Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The facility incorporates one of the largest NICUs in California and the nation at large.

Research is a major component of this program and is directed by Dr. Dan Cooper, one of the leading pediatric exercise physiologists in the world. Cooper, professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering, also serves as director of the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and associate dean for Clinical and Translational Science.

The pediatric pulmonary fellowship program incorporates the following components:

  • Fully accredited and nationally recognized cystic fibrosis center
  • General pediatric pulmonary outpatient center, fully approved by CCS and MediCal, where the pediatric pulmonary fellows are exposed to the entire spectrum of pediatric respiratory disorders from infancy through 20 years of age (examples of conditions seen include:  bronchial asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, chronic lung disease, congenital anomalies, neuromuscular disorders, sleep disorders, and immune disorders)
  • Allergy and immunology
  • Home ventilator clinic
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Sleep center
  • Pulmonary function testing lab with leading-edge technology — a one-stop lab that includes:

    • Comprehensive cardiovascular-pulmonary-metabolic evaluation capabilities
    • Exercise tolerance testing
    • Infant pulmonary function testing
    • Provocation challenges
    • Exhaled breath nitric oxide evaluation
    • High-altitude oxygen testing
    • Continuous/computerized oxygen saturation testing
  • Extensive infant and pediatric laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy services
  • Inpatient admission/consultation services
  • Active basic and clinical research (including study design and teaching methodology)
  • Structured academic courses and workshops in pediatric physiology and lung mechanics.

A unique feature of the program is its emphasis on a transitioning the adolescent patient to adulthood. The pediatric pulmonary fellowship program emphasizes the clinical and research aspects of pediatric respiratory disorders and provides teaching and guidance to UC Irvine pediatric residents, students and fellows. It also provides extensive technological support with leading-edge equipment.

Our goal is the education of future leaders in academic and clinical pulmonary medicine. We incorporate basic clinical research in an environment supported by outstanding faculty and a leading-edge investigative facility. The program is designed to prepare and expose the fellows to all relevant aspects of pediatric pulmonology and research, so that by the conclusion of the third year, the fellow is able to integrate clinical practice with academic and research investigation — and be prepared to take the American Boards in the subspecialty of Pediatric Pulmonology. 

The 36-month fellowship program is proportionately and appropriately divided into 50 percent research/investigative activity, about 25 percent rotation in the outpatient facility and about 25 percent rotation in inpatient service.  The training is designed to develop the fellow’s competence in clinical diagnosis, pathophysiology and the treatment of respiratory disorders in infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

For more information about applying to our pulmonary fellowship program, please contact:

Angel Arvizu (for Dr. Eliezer Nussbaum, Pulmonary Fellowship Director)
Pulmonary Fellowship Coordinator
2801 Atlantic Ave., ground floor
Long Beach, CA 90806