Interventional Pulmonology

Interventional Pulmonology at Emory University offers advanced techniques and procedures that have dramatically changed the approach to diagnosing, staging, and treating lung cancers, as well as pulmonary nodules, benign airway disease, and pleural diseases. The Interventional Pulmonology Program is the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind in the state of Georgia and offers a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. 

The program was established to provide patients with access to the latest, minimally invasive, state-of-the art diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to treating lung and pleural diseases.  As one of the first programs in the country, the Emory Interventional Pulmonology program has experienced significant growth since its establishment. It has three fellowship-trained interventional pulmonologist on staff with access to provide a full range of interventional services at three major academic hospitals in Atlanta. 

Research and Recognition

In addition to exceptional clinical care and education, the members of the Interventional Pulmonology program are dedicated to the growth of the field. Research is a significant part of the advancement of the field. Research studies examining the clinical indications and patient outcomes of interventional procedures are important, especially as new medical devices are frequently introduced to the market. The program consistently presents original research at national and international meetings for the American College of Chest Physicians, American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, and the American Thoracic Society.

Emory University offers a one year fellowship in Interventional Pulmonology. The Interventional Pulmonary fellow is expected to be knowledgeable in all on-going IP-related research studies and to contribute where necessary. Through this experience, the fellow will gain valuable experience in designing and performing literature review prior to IRB submission, conducting clinical research and analyzing research data.  The fellow is also expected to produce and present at least one IP-related research study at a national conference or for publication.  Visit the Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship page for additional information regarding the Emory University Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship. 

For questions about enrolling your patients in on-going clinical research studies, please contact Melanie Williams, Patient Care Coordinator for Interventional Pulmonology at 404-778-5734.

 

Clinical Staff


berkowitz David Berkowitz, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of Interventional Pulmonology
Emory University Hospital
david.berkowitz@emoryhealthcare.org

Dr. Berkowitz completed his medical residency at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, and his pulmonary-critical care fellowship training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  He completed an additional one year of Interventional Pulmonary fellowship training at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA, before returning to Emory to join the Interventional Pulmonology program in 2009.

Keriann Van Nostrand Keriann M. Van Nostrand, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine 

Alejandro Sardi

Alejandro H. Sardi, MD 

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Interventional Pulmonologist, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Dr. Sardi graduated with honors from medical school in 1998 at the “Los Andes” University School of Medicine in Merida, Venezuela. He completed Internal Medicine training in the Central University of Venezuela in 2003 and at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia in 2007. His fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine was completed at Albert Einstein Medical Center in 2010 and in Interventional Pulmonology at The Ohio State University in 2016.  He joined Emory St. Joseph's Hospital in 2016 and directs the Interventional Pulmonary program there. 

Brittany Jones, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Brittany completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Medical College of Georgia in 2007 and worked as a nurse in the intensive care unit at Emory University Hospital Midtown until completing her Masters of Science in Nursing from Emory University in 2011. She joined the Interventional Pulmonary team in 2011 and assists in program research.


Deborah Caughman

Deborah Caughman

Deborah completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Science at Georgetown University. She then attended Medical College of Georgia and completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Deborah joined the Emory Interventional Pulmonary team in 2015.  She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. 

Melanie Williams

Melanie Williams

Melanie completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at Auburn University. She has spent her career in the medical field for the past five years  She has now become part of the Emory Interventional Pulmonary team, dedicated to providing exceptional service to our patients.