Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Division
Our large UK College of Medicine Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine division provides expert teaching and clinical care in the academic outpatient, consultative, and critical care arenas, and promotes research, education, and scholarship within the diverse fields of pulmonary medicine and critical care to the Bluegrass region. We are proud to provide the following ACGME-accredited fellowship opportunities:
- Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
- Critical Care Medicine
- Cardiology Critical Care Medicine
- Nephrology Critical Care Medicine
- Palliative Critical Care Medicine
- Interventional Pulmonary Medicine
Our fellowships are guided by two important missions:
- Developing well-rounded, compassionate, expert clinicians with the clinical, procedural, teaching, and leadership skills necessary for excellence in diverse academic and non-academic careers.
- Providing fellows at all phases of training with personalized career development, mentorship, and support within a warm and welcoming community.
Our Vision and Values
We see medicine as a calling and the academic environment as an unparalleled privilege. We aim to put the “fellowship” back into fellowship by fostering community through a variety of methods, including innovative didactic education styles, out-of-work social and educational activities, and a fellow-driven curriculum. UK Chandler Hospital serves as a quaternary referral center for the state of Kentucky, where it is the #1 rated institution by US News and World Report. We aim to make the most of this unparalleled educational opportunity, serving the “sickest of the sick”, valuing the diversity of a wide referral population, and developing expertise in the full spectrum of pulmonary and critical care pathophysiology served here.
Our faculty hail from a variety of background and fields, which is a key asset to our programs. Nephrology-critical care, emergency medicine-critical care, sleep medicine, and traditional pulmonary-critical care are just some of our histories. Faculty are academically active, expert educators who value fellow development and mentorship.
We are proud of our fellows and the skills they develop. At graduation, they are skillful clinicians, expert proceduralists, master educators, and confident team-leaders.
Our department, division, and wider university and health-care communities value diversity, equity, and inclusion. On the wards, we encourage patient-centered language, the nonjudgmental treatment of substance use disorders, and consideration of social determinants of health.
Our Program Directors
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine: Dr. Erin Camac, DO, FCCP
Dr. Camac hails from Philadelphia, Pa., where she both trained and served as faculty at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, an institution known for the famed Temple Lung Center. A multiple award-winning educator, she served as core faculty and as an associate program director for Temple’s large internal medicine residency program. With the American Thoracic Society, she is an academically-active educator at the international level.
Dr. Camac is interested in the clinical care of interstitial lung fisease (ILD) patients, the development of future medical educators through medical education scholarship, and educational innovation. Outside interests include loud electric guitar, live music, natural history, role-playing games, and science fiction / fantasy.
Critical Care Medicine Programs: Dr. Michael Powers, MD
Dr. Powers attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University and completed his training at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. He had the distinctive pleasure of serving as a core faculty member and as an associate program director for the Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the world’s largest military hospital, where he received numerous teaching awards. He also had the unique opportunity to practice medicine in a variety of austere overseas venues before joining the faculty at UK in 2021.
Dr. Powers’ clinical interests are wide-ranging, and include airways disease and pulmonary physiology, and he is passionate about medical education. He enjoys watching or participating in sporting events, outdoor activities such as hiking, and exploring new places with his 2 young children.
Interventional Pulmonary Medicine: Dr. Ashish Maskey, MD
Ashish P. Maskey is a specialist in pulmonology, critical care medicine and interventional pulmonology, a relatively new and upcoming field. He also serves as an assistant professor of internal medicine at the UK College of Medicine.
Dr. Maskey completed a residency in internal medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., followed by a fellowship in pulmonology and critical care at the Cleveland Clinic. He then received an additional year of training in interventional pulmonology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Dr. Maskey uses minimally invasive techniques such as endobronchial ultrasound and electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy to aid in the diagnosis of lung nodules and staging of lung cancer. He also performs rigid bronchoscopy, laser, electrocautery, argon and cryotherapy for airway narrowing/obstruction. He manages pleural diseases and perform Denver drains, pleurodesis and medical thoracoscopy. He also manages tracheotomy tubes.