AABIP IP Fellows Reading List


Editors: Niral Patel, Audra Schwalk, Colleen Keyes, Ali Musani, Ashutosh Sachdeva

Authors: Sammar Alsunaid, Or Dekel, Arthur Romero, Christina MacRosty, Nagendra Madsi, Roshen Mathew, Niral Patel, Audra Schwalk

Current Edition: August 2020

Previous Edition: April 2013


The American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (AABIP) Fellows’ Recommended Reading List was first written in April 2013. This was initially meant to be a selected list of resources for interventional pulmonary fellows to review during the 1-2 year long fellowship in advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy, pleural procedures, and therapeutic bronchoscopy procedures. At the time of initial development, there were limited resources for review and only a few textbooks that provided a comprehensive review of procedures with underlying supportive evidence. This reading list was posted on the AABIP website and freely available to anyone interested in these subjects. Since then, the field of interventional pulmonology has grown rapidly, both domestically in the United States as well as internationally. This has led to a notable increase in both the quantity and quality of literature available to trainees, as well as Pulmonologists, interested in expanding their clinical repertoire. However, this increase in literature is not equally balanced. There are more well-designed research studies than were previously available, but there are also many case reports/series and retrospective reviews. While there is a role for academic literature in all forms, it can be difficult for those without sufficient experience in these subjects to prioritize these different studies.

This update to the 2013 Reading List was meant to serve as both an update and as a spiritual successor with a more ambitious goal. Whereas the first iteration included a list of categorized references, this current iteration contains the references as well as brief summaries describing the key educational points of each article included in the list. The primary audience for this revised reading list includes: interventional pulmonary fellows, pulmonary fellows, pulmonary-critical care fellows, and practicing pulmonologists seeking to expand their expertise. Additionally, key segments of this reading list may be utilized for board review for the pulmonary boards, critical care boards, interventional pulmonary boards, and the AABIP Certificate of Advanced Qualification in Advanced Diagnostic Bronchoscopy (CAQ). Topics were distributed to the authors of each section and these individuals were responsible for performing a literature review and identifying key articles under the supervision of an experienced interventional pulmonologist. The final contributions were compiled and reviewed by volunteers and the AABIP Education Committee. All articles were published within the most recent 10 years, with exceptions being made for ground breaking/landmark articles. The articles were categorized by article type and then summarized. Landmark articles and clinical trials were summarized in a PICO format with “background” and “take home” sections. Review articles and case series were described with a summary paragraph. The updated reading list has been created with plans for updates and revisions being performed and published every two years. Future iterations will continue to have a formalized review process. The current iteration is reviewed and approved by the authors as well as the AABIP Education Committee with the fundamental goal of making this knowledge freely accessible to all interested parties.

Table of Contents

Topic Contributors:

  • Sammar Alsunaid (University of Maryland, Mentor: Ashutosh Sachdeva)
    • Navigation and Robotics
    • Tracheostomy
    • PEGs
  • Or Dekel (Memorial Sloan Kettering, Mentor: Robert Lee)
    • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Christina MacRosty (UNC, Mentor: Jason Akulian)
    • Bronchoscopy Basics
    • Bronchoscopy Complications
  • Nagendra Madsi (Cooper University, Mentor: Wissam Abouzgheib)
    • Airway Stents
    • T-tubes
    • Fistula Management
  • Roshen Mathew (University of Arkansas, Mentor: Nikhil Meena)
    • Linear Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
    • Heat and Ablative Therapies
    • Microdebrider
    • Brachytherapy
    • Cryotherapy
  • Niral Patel (University of Colorado, Mentor: Ali Musani)
    • Surgical Lung Volume Reduction
    • Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction
    • Anesthesia and Bronchoscopy
    • Lung Nodule Management
  • Arthur Romero (UCSF, Mentor: Eric Seeley)
    • General Interventional Pulmonology
    • Rigid Bronchoscopy
  • Audra Schwalk (MD Anderson, Mentor: Georgie Eapen)
    • Pleural Disease and Management