Dr. Otis B. Rickman grew up in southeast Oklahoma. After graduation from Hugo High School in 1989 he went on to attend Oklahoma State University where he received a B.S in Biological Sciences in 1993 and then his D.O. degree in 1998. He then completed both residency training in internal medicine and fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Mayo Clinic. Immediately after fellowship training, he was appointed to the faculty of Mayo Clinic as an Assistant Professor in 2004. As a junior faculty member he was trained in interventional pulmonology. After completion of training he joined the Interventional Pulmonary group and served as Program Director of the Critical Care Fellowship. Dr. Rickman joined the Division of Allergy/Pulmonary and Critical care and Department of Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University in August of 2009 where he serves as Director of Bronchoscopy. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. 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 clinical expertise lies primarily in interventional pulmonology and thoracic oncology. He is trained and performs the full spectrum of diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative airway procedures for patients with lung cancer or suspected lung cancer. This extends from smoking cessation counseling, early detection with endoscopic treatment all the way to palliative airway procedures to alleviate symptoms of the patient with advanced lung cancer.