Our pediatric pulmonary training program provides residents with the background to diagnose and manage pediatric patients with acute and chronic respiratory disorders, including those that are life threatening, and prepares residents to conduct research in this field. The program emphasizes normal pulmonary physiology in pediatric patients and correlation of pathophysiology with clinical disorders. The training is designed to develop the subspecialty resident's competence in the clinical diagnosis, pathophysiology, and medical treatment of respiratory disorders in pediatric patients.

The overall goal of the pediatric pulmonary residency program is to train highly qualified physician scientists who will contribute substantially to this field through exemplary patient care, original research, and teaching. The residents will achieve this goal through the following objectives:

  • Proficiency in the clinical diagnosis and medical treatment of acute and chronic respiratory diseases including those that are life threatening in infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

  • Proficiency in the selection, performance, and evaluation of procedures necessary for the morphologic and physiologic assessment of pulmonary diseases;

  • Developing a comprehensive knowledge of the pathophysiology of pediatric respiratory disorders through self-study and formal course work, lectures and seminars offered as part of the training program;

  • Acquiring effective teaching and communication skills;

  • Understanding the psychosocial aspects of respiratory diseases, develop skills in counseling and become knowledgeable of the ethical issues related to respiratory diseases;

  • Developing the administrative skills necessary to operate a pediatric pulmonology facility including knowledge of staffing needs, unit management, program development, and grant proposals;

  • Acquiring the necessary research skills to design, conduct, evaluate and prepare for publication a clinical or laboratory research project through experience, mentoring and formal courses in research design, biostatistics, and epidemiology.

Program Overview

Recognized by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties in 1984, pediatric pulmonology advances knowledge of acute and chronic respiratory diseases afflicting infants, children and adolescents. Pediatric pulmonology fellowship training focuses on clinical care, scholarly activity, and teaching as an advanced, three-year, subspecialty program beyond general pediatric or medicine-pediatric residency training. Candidates are eligible for the Pediatric Pulmonology Subboard Examination of the American Board of Pediatrics following successful completion of the program.

Clinical care is provided for children with a remarkable variety of lung diseases and breathing disorders, such as asthma, sleep-disordered breathing, apnea, central hypoventilation, cystic fibrosis, ciliopathies, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung diseases, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, chronic respiratory insufficiency, thoracic tumors, and congenital lung anomalies. Fellows have the opportunity to learn and perform bronchoscopic techniques, including bronchoalveolar lavage and biopsies, and gain understanding of pulmonary function studies, blood gas measurements, allergy testing, and overnight polysomnography. A significant portion of training consists of scholarly activity, during which fellows develop and hone skills necessary to be successful as effective subspecialists, advocates, clinical investigators, and pulmonary scientists.

Our Team

Wynton Hoover, M.D.

Wynton Hoover, M.D.

Fellowship Program Director

Brett Turner, M.D.

Brett Turner, M.D.

Associate Fellowship Director 

Jennifer Guimbellot, M.D.

Jennifer Guimbellot, M.D.

Assistant Fellowship Director 

Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones

Fellowship Program Coordinator

ljones@peds.uab.edu

The UAB Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship is not 
offering observerships at this time.