Interventional Pulmonology

Tracheal Stenosis treated with an electrocautery knife at NJH 

Interventional Pulmonology Program at the University of Colorado is the only University based, teaching hospital Interventional Pulmonology Program in the state of Colorado. This program offers a wide variety of patient services including lung cancer screening, nodule clinic, smoking cessation, multidisciplinary clinics with our thoracic surgery and ENT surgery team in complex airway diseases, multidisciplinary clinic with thoracic oncology program in lung and thoracic malignancies, interventional pulmonary clinic and a wide variety of state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopic, pleural and airway procedures.

Our state-of-the-art hybrid interventional pulmonology suite offers a two-in-one, operating room and bronchoscopy suite facility which allows wide range of procedure ranging from simple bronchoscopies under conscious sedation to advance therapeutic rigid bronchoscopies and medical pleuroscopy in one place. 


Endobronchial valves placed for a persistent bronchopleural fistula at CU



Tracheal Stenosis treated with an electrocautery knife at NJH

Some of the common procedure routinely performed in our IP program include:

  • Minimally invasive lung cancer diagnosis and staging
    • Navigation Bronchoscopy and Endobronchial Ultrasound
  • Airway recanalization with laser, cryotherapy, and electrocautery
  • Airway stent placement and rigid bronchoscopy
  • Airway valve placement
  • Foreign body removal
  • Treatment of tracheal stenosis and trachebronchomalacia
  • Medical pleuroscopy and indwelling pleural catheter placement
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty

Dr. Musani

Dr. Musani

The University of Colorado IP Program is run by a nationally and internationally renowned Interventional Pulmonologist with more than 20 years of experience in IP. Dr. Ali Musani is a board-certified interventional pulmonologist with a vast experience in complex airways and pleural procedures. Dr. Musani is the former president of the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology and serves on the Board of Regents of the World Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. He has authored numerous research publications in the area of interventional pulmonology and authored text books and edited journals on the topic of IP.

Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program:



Ali I. Musani MD, FCCP

Director, Interventional Pulmonology Program and Fellowship
Vice Chair, Global Health. Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Director, Complex Airway Pillar of the Center for Lung and Breathing
Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver


Akrum Al Zubaidi

Assistant Director


Ellen Volker

Assistant Director

How to Apply for UC-NJH IP fellowship Program:


We participate in IPFAS, NRMP



Please contact Cheryl Loudd with any questions (


Three letters of recommendations

A personal statement

Your updated CV

USMLE scores

Copy of your IM and pulmonary board certificates (critical care or any other board certification if available)


Interview and selection Process:   (University of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer)

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