Danish Ahmad, MD

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Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Treatment Focus

Lung Cancer screening 
Pleural Diseases
Pulmonary Nodules 


Key Awards


Top Doctors 2024

Pulmonary Disease

Treatment Philosophy

I am excited to be a part of the excellent team at Fox Chase Cancer Center. The Pulmonary section at the institution provides compassionate, high quality team based care for our patients.  As an Interventional Pulmonologist, I specialize in the care of patients with abnormalities within and around the lungs.  Oftentimes, patients come to see me after an abnormal CT scan of the chest reveals nodules within the lungs or enlarged lymph nodes. In these cases, it is my job to figure out the cause of these findings. 

In other cases, patients come to see me when they start to become short of breath. Again, these problems arise from within or around the lungs. In these cases, I can perform minimally invasive procedures such as bronchoscopies to help alleviate these symptoms. My team and I can also help with abnormal fluid that can build up around the lungs and make breathing harder. By removing the fluid through minimally invasive techniques we can make our patients feel better in a short time. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of our patients by helping with their breathing. 

Clinical Locations

Educational Background

  • University of Maryland 2003-2007 BS, 2007 College Park, MD Physiology/Neurobiology
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine 2007- 2011 MD, 2011 Baltimore, MD
  • Residency, Internal Medicine Drexel University College of Medicine Philadelphia, PA 6/2011-6/2014
  • Fellowship, Pulmonary Critical Care Drexel University College of Medicine Philadelphia, PA 7/2014-6/2017
  • Fellowship, Interventional Pulmonary Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO 7/2017-6/2018


  • AABIP, Interventional Pulmonology, 2018
  • ABIM, Critical Care Medicine, 2017
  • ABIM, Pulmonary Disease, 2016
  • ABIM, Internal Medicine, 2014


  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
  • Society for Advanced Bronchoscopy

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2024
  • American Thoracic Society, Abstract Scholarship
  • Impact of Outlier Status on Patient Outcomes in a Medical Intensive Care Unit, 2016
  • Drexel University College of Medicine, Chief Pulmonary Critical Care Fellow, 2016-2017
  • Drexel Internal Medicine Research Day, Second Place Award
  • Real World Experience of Lumacaftor-Ivacaftor at an Urban Cystic Fibrosis Center, 2016
  • University of Maryland, Semester Academic Honors, 2003-2006
  • University of Maryland, Honors Scholarship, 2006
  • University of Maryland, Honors Citation, 2005
  • University of Maryland, Dean’s Scholarship, 2003

Selected Publications


  •  Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2020-present
  •  Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, 2018-present


  • Kalil AC, Patterson TF, Mehta AK, Tomashek KM, Wolfe CR, Ghazaryan V, et al. Baricitinib plus Remdesivir for Hospitalized Adults with Covid-19. New Engl J Med 2021; 384 (9): 795-807.
  • Haouzi P, Zamir A, Villarreal-Fernandez E, Stauffer D, Ventola L, Ahmad D, et al. Mechanics of Breathing and Gas Exchange in Mechanically Ventilated Patients with COVID-19 Associated Respiratory Failure. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2020; 202 (4): 626-628.
  • Chang Q, Bascom R, Toth J, Ahmad D, Higgins WE. Autofluorescence Bronchoscopy Video Analysis for Lesion Frame Detection. Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2020: 1556-1559.
  • Ahmad D, Moeller K, Chowdhury J, Patel V, Yoo EJ. Impact of outlier status on critical care patient outcomes: Does boarding medical intensive care unit patients make a difference? J Crit Care 2017; 44: 13-17.

Book Chapters:

  • Shifren A, Russell TD, Witt C, Ahmad D, Anderson A, Mehta S, et al. Pulmonary Diseases. Crees Z, et al. (Ed.), The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, 36th edition, (p 297-385). New York, USA: Wolters Kluwer
  • Ahmad D, and Yoo E. (2020). Asthma in Pregnancy. Lapinsky and Plante (Ed.), Respiratory Disease in Pregnancy, (p 67-72). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  •  Ahmad D, Joseph K, and Halpin C. (2016). Nutrition and Indirect Calorimetry. Hoag (Ed.), Oncology Critical Care, (p 145-158). Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Publications.

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