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Interventional Pulmonology Research


  • George Cheng, M.D. Ph.D. completed his Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Combined Pulmonary Critical Care Training Program and his Interventional Pulmonology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he also completed his Internal Medicine residency training. He earned his medical and doctoral degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine.
  • Keriann Van Nostrand, M.D. completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Following that, she pursued a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the same institution, serving as the Didactic Chief Fellow and later as the Chief Fellow. She further specialized in Interventional Pulmonology through a fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. She is the Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program Director and has a research focus in clinical education in Interventional Pulmonology. 
  • Niral Patel, M.D. completed his Internal Medicine training at Henry Ford, Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship training at Yale University and Interventional Pulmonology training at University of Colorado/National Jewish Health. He is leading the bronchoscopic volume reduction program at UCSD and has research interest in multiple areas of Interventional Pulmonology.  
  • Jorge Munoz, M.D. received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and went on to complete his IM residency at New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center. He completed a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at Stanford University, followed by Interventional Pulmonology fellowship at Harvard BIDMC-MGH.  Besides clinical work, he has a keen interest in research, teaching, and leadership, notably initiating a diversity council at Stanford University Hospital and contributing to community outreach and advocacy for under-represented groups in the medical field.
  • Russell Miller, M.D. completed his Internal Medicine residency and Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. He then completed his Interventional Pulmonology fellowship at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine.


  • Grant Senyei, M.D., UCSD Pulmonary Critical Care fellow
  • Brian Tran, M.D., Navy Pulmonary Critical Care fellow
  • Gene Cho, UCSD undergraduate
  • Eric Lu, UCSD undergraduate
  • Lyndsey Hightower, UCSD undergraduate
  • Moreen Matti, UCSD undergraduate
  • Needhi Sharma, UCSD undergraduate
  • Meenakshi Singhal, UCSD undergraduate

Group Research Focus

  1. Interventional Pulmonology
  2. Advanced Bronchoscopy
  3. Pleural Disease

Individual Focuses

  1. George Cheng — Medical devices, Innovative technologies. His work on 3D printing-guided personalized airway prostheses, SLIPS-augmented bronchoscopes, and elastin-based photocurable elastic glue as surgical suture replacement have resulted in multiple patents and manuscripts!
  2. Keriann Van Nostrand — Medical Education
  3. Niral Patel — Bronchoscopic volume reduction
  4. Jorge Munoz — Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  5. Russell Miller — Pleural disease, Novel devices, Disruptive technologies

Recent Publications

  1. Cheng GZ, San Jose Estepar R, Folch E, Onieva J, Gangadharan S, Majid A. Three-dimensional Printing and 3D Slicer: Powerful Tools in Understanding and Treating Structural Lung Disease. Chest. 2016 May;149(5):1136-42. PubMed PMID: 26976347.
  2. Sunny S*, Cheng G*, Daniel D, Lo P, Ochoa S, Howell C, Vogel N, Majid A, Aizenberg J. Transparent antifouling material for improved operative field visibility in endoscopy. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Oct 18;113(42):11676-11681. PubMed PMID: 27688761.
  3. Annabi N, Zhang YN, Assmann A, Sani ES, Cheng G, Lassaletta AD, Vegh A, Dehghani B, Ruiz-Esparza GU, Wang X, Gangadharan S, Weiss AS, Khademhosseini A. Engineering a highly elastic human protein-based sealant for surgical applications. Sci Transl Med. 2017 Oct 4;9(410). PubMed PMID: 28978753.
  4. Senyei GD, Cheng G. Steerable guiding sheaths in peripheral bronchoscopy. Transl Lung Cancer Res. 2021 Nov;10(11):4053-4056. doi: 10.21037/tlcr-21-732. PMID: 35004238; PMCID: PMC8674611.
  5. Cheng GZ, Liu L, Nobari M, Miller R, Wahidi M. Cone beam navigation bronchoscopy: the next frontier. Journal of Thoracic Disease. 2020;12(6):3272-3278. PMID: 32642250
  6. Peralta AR, Chawla M, Lee RP. Novel bronchoscopic management of airway bleeding with absorbable gelatin and thrombin slurry. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2018;25(3):204-11. PMID: 29351111.
  7. Diaz-Mendoza J, Debiane L, Peralta AR, Simoff M. Tracheal tumors. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2019;25(4):336-43. PMID: 30973357.
  8. Priebe R, Duong D, Simoff M, Diaz Mendoza J, Debiane L, Peralta AR, Cohen A. Use of a covered self-expanding metal airway stent for severe dynamic collapse within a bronchial aortic graft conduit in a post-lung transplant patient. Resp Med Case Reports. Accepted March 15, 2021. DOI:
  9. Yang J, De Cardenas J, Nobari M, Miller R, Cheng G. Narrative review of tools for endoscopic ultrasound-guided biopsy of mediastinal nodes. Mediastinum. 2020 Dec 30;4:34. doi: 10.21037/med-20-25. PMID: 35118302; PMCID: PMC8794368.
  10. Gilbert CR, Miller RJ. Pleural Drainage Strategy After IPC Placement: A Focused Clinical Review. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2021 Apr 1;28(2):160-167. doi: 10.1097/LBR.0000000000000751. PMID: 33538529.
  11. Miller RJ, Chrissian AA, Lee YCG, Rahman NM, Wahidi MM, Tremblay A, Hsia DW, Almeida FA, Shojaee S, Mudambi L, Belanger AR, Bedi H, Gesthalter YB, Gaynor M, MacKenney KL, Lewis SZ, Casal RF. AABIP Evidence-informed Guidelines and Expert Panel Report for the Management of Indwelling Pleural Catheters. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2020 Oct;27(4):229-245. doi: 10.1097/LBR.0000000000000707. PMID: 32804745.