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GME : Fellowship : Pediatric Pulmonology

Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship

Melodi Prizada, MD, Program Director
Program Director's Message

The fellows of the Pediatric Pulmonary Division are an integral part in the care of infants and children with pulmonary disorders at Winthrop-University Hospital. They are involved in the diagnosis and management of children with a vast array of respiratory diseases in the intensive care units, the general pediatrics units, and in our outpatient offices. The fellows actively participate in the education of the pediatric residents and medical students in both structured didactic sessions as well as informal patient discussions. The Pediatric Pulmonary fellows work closely with the gastroenterologists, neonatologists, allergy/immunologists, surgeons as well as the general pediatricians in a multidisciplinary setting.



  • Rich case mix that includes patients with asthma, bronchiolitis, chronic lung disease of infancy, apnea, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, immunodefiencies, sleep disorders, neuromuscular diseases, and ventilator-dependant patients
  • Hands-on experience in the PICU and NICU including ventilator management of acute and chronic respiratory failure
  • Fiberoptic bronchoscopy training for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric respiratory disease
  • Pulmonary function laboratory and Sleep Disorders laboratories for clinical investigations and patient evaluations
  • Access Winthrop-University Hospital'sCardioPulmonary Research Institute where fellows can learn state of the art techniques of molecular biology and they can have access to faculty doing research on basic mechanisms of lung injury, apoptosis, formulatory of new antimicrobials, and the interactions of respiratory viruses with the lung
  • Housing and complimentary meals



The fellowship is a three-year program that in the first year is heavily weighted towards developing clinical acumen and in the second two years is devoted towards pursuing the fellow's research interests. There are twice weekly conferences within the division and the fellows are invited to participate in the adult pulmonologists conferences. The close interaction with the house staff, other pediatric fellows and at research conferences allows ample opportunity to perform and collaborate on sophisticated and significant basic science and clinical research. An introduction to research course is offered to help fellows develop their ability to ask, answer, and analyze research questions. Our present group of fellows have recently presented their research findings at international conferences.


Rotations in Months

Service/Consults Research CF PICU Elective* Vacation
PGY 4 8 1 1 1 1 1
PGY 5 3 7 1 - 1 1
PGY 6 2 7 1 - 2 1
Totals 13 15 3 1 4 3

*electives may include radiology, allergy/immunology, sleep, ENT, or other rotation approved by the director


Key Faculty

  • Melodi Pirzada, MD, Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program
    Research Interest: Childhood asthma, bronchiolitis
  • Jon Roberts, MD , Attending, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
    Research interests: Management of asthma throughout the Hispanic community
  • Mary Cataletto, MD, Associate Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine. Director of Children's Sleep Services
    Research interests: Sleep Apnea
  • Kathy McKillop-CPNP, Pediatric Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner
    Research interests: compliance issues in chronically ill children
  • Leonard Krilov, MD, Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease; Director, Cardiopulmonary Research Program
  • Jeffrey Kazzaz, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Department of Medicine
    Research interests: Apoptosis
  • William Bryson-Brockman, PhD, Coordinator, Behavioral Sciences.
    Research interests: Doctor/Patient Relationships

For further information, contact:

Denise Nalini
Academic Program Coordinator

Winthrop-University Hospital
259 First Street
Mineola, NY 11501

Tel: (516) 663-3832
Fax: (516) 663-3826

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