The Division is at an inflection point with an accelerated growth phase. The Division, one of only four academic Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine programs in North Carolina offering a three-year fellowship, has a broad-based faculty with interests and expertise in all aspects of the specialty including, outpatient consultative care, Medical Critical Care, and all procedural aspects of the specialty, including interventional pulmonology and medical thoracoscopy.

Mark Mazer, MD
Division Chief
Director of MICU

2014 Graduation Ceremony

     The graduation ceremony for the Department of Internal Medicine residents and fellows was held at the ECHI Conference Center on Thursday June 12, 2014. Among the graduates were five of our fellows: Stephen Gegick, Yassir Rahman, Khalid Saadah, Ramzy Rimawi, and Badih Kabchi all of whom will be missed. We wish them all good luck as they start their careers. There were several awards announced at the graduation ceremony: Critical Care Intern of the Year: Deepinder Grewal, MD, Critical Care Residents of the Year: Aneil Rao, MD and Ruba Sarsour, MD, Pulmonary Resident of the Year: Samuel Durret, MD, Division Teacher of the Year is Mark Bowling, MD, and Division Educators of the Year are Keith Begelmen, MD and Wayne Trainor, RRT. The next day, at the Division Graduation Party, Vishal Mungal was recognized for his hard work as Chief Fellow.

Welcome New Incoming Fellows

Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Medicine Fellows
Al-Janabi, Mohammed Ghazi; Chalise, Som Nath;
El-BakushAmal Sadeg; Rizwan, Muhammad Zahid

Critical Care Medicine Fellows
Ritchie, Michael Kirkland, Shah, Kaushal Bharat


Gegick S, Coore HA, Bowling MR. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: epidemiology, management, and impact on North Carolina. N C Med J. 2013 Sep-Oct;74(5):411-4. Review.

Brown C, Bowling M. Methemoglobinemia in bronchoscopy: a case series and a review of the literature. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2013 Jul;20(3):241-6.

Putnam B, Elahi A, Bowling MR. Do we measure pleural fluid pH correctly? Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2013 Jul;19(4):357-61.

Rimawi RH, Mazer MA, Siraj DS, Gooch M, Cook PP. Impact of regular collaboration between infectious diseases and critical care practitioners on antimicrobial utilization and patient outcome. Crit Care Med. 2013 Sep;41(9):2099-107.

Rimawi RH, Mazer MA. Expanding the pool of healthcare providers to perform penicillin skin testing in the ICU. Intensive Care Med. 2014 Mar;40(3):462-3.

Rimawi RH, Ramsey KM, Shah KB, Cook PP. Correlation between methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal sampling and S. aureus pneumonia in the medical intensive care unit. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 May;35(5):590-3.

Barna BP, Huizar I, Malur A, McPeek M, Marshall I, Jacob M, Dobbs L, Kavuru MS, Thomassen MJ. Carbon nanotube-induced pulmonary granulomatous disease: Twist1 and alveolar macrophage M1 activation. Int J Mol Sci. 2013 Dec 6;14(12):23858-71.


Mark Bowling, MD
Teacher of the Year
2013 - 2014

Mungal-Vishal- web

Vishal Mungal, MD
Chief Fellow
2014 - 2015

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