Dr. Souvik Chatterjee became the program director of the fellowship program of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine effective January 1, 2022. Dr. Chatterjee succeeds Dr. Hank Fessler, who has stepped down after 16 years of dedicated service and commitment to the program.
Dr. Fessler has trained over 150 fellows and graduates, and the fellowship program thrived during his tenure with the addition of personalized training plans for each fellow, monthly newsletters for fellows and alumni, a faculty teaching award and a monthly dinner and career development lecture series. His leadership is highly regarded, and he has been recognized with many educational awards including the Professors Award for teaching in the clinical sciences, Outstanding Educator Award from the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Program Directors and Outstanding Educator lifetime achievement award from the American Thoracic Society. We are grateful that Dr. Fessler will remain engaged in the division following stepping down.
Dr. Chatterjee has worked closely with Dr. Fessler, beginning when he completed his pulmonary fellowship here, and again when he returned to Hopkins as faculty after completing a critical care medicine fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in 2018. He also completed his internal medicine residency here at Hopkins and served as an assistant chief of service. He is an outstanding teacher and administrator, and has already created enhanced training within the program with the procedure bootcamp, airway experience at JHBMC, mechanical ventilation curriculum and palliative care training. He is a career medical educator, recognized for his bedside teaching skills with the faculty teaching award bestowed by the fellows last year. We are confident the program will continue to thrive under the leadership of Dr. Chatterjee.