Fellowship Program


Dima Ezmigna
Dima Ezminga, MD
Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program at the University of Florida is structured to help produce the next generation of exceptional pediatric pulmonologists through fostering personal motivation, creativity, diversity of experience, scholarly activity and team work.

The program offers a unique educational experience, as fellows are exposed to the full spectrum of pediatric pulmonary diseases. This includes caring for children with asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic lung disease of prematurity, congenital lung anomalies, airway abnormalities, interstitial lug diseases, neuromuscular diseases, ventilator dependency, sleep related breathing disorders and lung transplant.

Fellows have amble opportunities to be proficient in performing and interpreting diagnostic procedures such as lung function testing, infant lung function testing, impulse oscillometry, airway challenge, exercise testing, exhaled nitric oxide measurements, laryngoscopy, bonchoscopy and transbronchial lung biopsy.

There are numerous basic, clinical and translational research opportunities which enable fellows to build a successful academic career. Clinical services through the program are not fellow-dependent, and the rotations are uniquely structured to maximize the educational experience. Fellows also have the opportunity to conduct an extra year of sleep medicine through its accredited fellowship program.

Program Contacts

For more information about our Fellowship Program, call (352) 273-8398.


Academic Excellence Social Commitment

The purpose of this three-year training program is to educate the Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellow in the entire breadth of the discipline of pediatric pulmonology and to foster a lifelong commitment to the promotion of children’s health care. The Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellow will acquire cognitive knowledge, technical skills, and interpersonal skills through didactic lectures, small group conferences, audiovisual media, individual instruction, independent reading, and direct patient care.

Upon successful completion of the training program, the Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellow will be fully prepared for the sub-specialty practice of pediatric pulmonology. The department of pediatrics and the division of Pediatric Pulmonology are firmly committed to helping each Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellow recognize her/his full academic, clinical, and personal potential within an intellectually stimulating and emotionally supportive environment.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellowship Program in Pediatrics is to “provide educational experiences in the diversified field of Pediatric Pulmonology in an intellectual environment conducive to learning the exemplary practice of Pediatric Pulmonology”. This is accomplished by providing an organized, progressive educational experience with increasing patient care responsibilities over a three year period in a setting which has a diverse patient population and a teaching staff with professional ability, enthusiasm and a commitment to teaching. We strive to have an appropriate balance between structured educational activities including didactic lectures and clinical learning and patient care responsibilities. The teaching staff also serves as role models for the Pediatric Pulmonary sub-specialty fellow to develop his/her interpersonal skills and to participate in ethical decision making. Faculty and sub-specialty fellows are expected to display attitudes and behaviors that demonstrate commitment to patients, their families, and the highest level of care. Working with the health care team, which includes Nursing, Social Service, Child Life, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Psychology and Nutritional Service is emphasized. The curriculum of the Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellowship Program meets the guidelines of and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

Current Fellows

Second Year

Mohammed Al-Humiari, MD, MS

Phone: (352) 273-8380


First Year

Joseph Russo, MD, MS

Phone: (352) 273-8380

Joseph Russo