Professor of Medicine
Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine

Professor of Medicine

Professional Bio

Otis Rickman, DO, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is an internationally recognized Interventional Pulmonologist, and is the founding director of the VUMC Interventional Pulmonology program. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Interventional Pulmonology, and a co-author of the standards use to accredit interventional pulmonology fellowship programs.

Dr. Rickman completed both residency training in internal medicine and fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Immediately after fellowship training, he joined the faculty of Mayo Clinic as an Assistant Professor. After completion of training, he joined the Interventional Pulmonary group and served as Program Director of the Critical Care Fellowship. He joined the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care and the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University in 2009, where he served as Director of Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology.

Dr. Rickman is one of only approximately 300 Diplomates certified by the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology and the American Thoracic Society.

Dr Rickman’s sub-specialty interests include interventional pulmonology and thoracic oncology. He performs the full spectrum of diagnostic, therapeutic, and palliative airway procedures for patients with lung cancer or suspected lung cancer. His practice extends from smoking cessation counseling, early detection with endoscopic treatment to palliative airway procedures to alleviate symptoms in the patient with advanced lung cancer.

Under the leadership of Dr. Rickman, the Interventional Pulmonology program has grown to be one of the premier clinical and academic programs in the world. Since 2009 the procedural practice volume has tripled, external funding for research secured, clinical trials started and completed, and scholarly productivity has grown tremendously.


DO - Oklahoma State - 1998
Residency - IM - Mayo Graduate School - 2001
Fellowship - Pulmonary & Critical Care - Mayo Graduate School - 2004