Our Program

Our Program

The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Program is a one-year training program, which begins July 1 and concludes June 30. At the end of the program, the fellow will qualify to serve as a medical director of a UNOS certified heart transplant program and be eligible for certification in the subspecialty, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship is an approved Graduate Medical Education Council (GMEC) program at Cleveland Clinic, and a newly accredited fellowship subspecialty program of the ACGME. Our training and goals meet or exceed the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the American Society of Transplantation (AST) training guidelines. Our training program began in 1995 and well over 60 national and international fellows have completed the program since its inception. Currently there are five-six positions for this one-year program. Interested individuals should have completed their formal cardiovascular training.

The program consists of the following training venues:

  1. Outpatient clinic
  2. Heart failure ICU
  3. Post-heart transplant/LVAD ICU and nursing floor
  4. Cardiac catheterization and biopsy lab
  5. Research

The Section of Heart Failure consists of 13 full-time heart failure/transplant cardiologists, four nurse clinicians, seven transplant coordinators, six research nurses and additional support staff. Annually, we perform 50-60 heart transplants, 50-70 ventricular assist devices, 8-10,000 heart failure outpatient visits, over 1,000 hospital admissions and over 1,000 endomyocardial biopsies. Additionally, active programs in ventricular remodeling surgery and advanced heart failure surgery are present at Cleveland Clinic.

Teaching Staff Education


Core Curriculum Rotations

The core curriculum rotations include the HF ICU (directed by Dr. Mazen Hanna), cardiac Catheterization lab focusing on endomyocardial biopsies and diagnostic right heart catheterizations (directed by Dr. Karen James), LVAD and post-transplant inpatient service (directed by Dr. Maria Mountis), and the Outpatient rotation (directed by Dr. Eileen Hsich). In addition, there are regularly scheduled didactic sessions covering the core curriculum.


The fellow is expected to pursue research interests and projects to which adequate time is made available for protocol design and implementation, research, data analysis and writing. There are numerous research protocols that are active or in the planning stages, providing a broad-spectrum clinical research portfolio for heart failure patients. Research has been proudly presented by fellows at the AHA, ACC, ISHLT and the ATC. Dr. Wilson Tang leads our research rotation.


  • Research: Heart Failure research meetings are held monthly to discuss basic and clinical research programs. Basic scientists and clinicians participate.
  • Program Director: Twice a month fellows will meet for one hour with the Program Director (or his designee) for interactive patient-based educational sessions.
  • Journal Club: Once every month, fellows organize and participate in a Journal Club where recent articles/topics of interest are discussed with the entire HF section, directed by Dr. Eiran Gorodeski.
  • PCC: Once a week a fellow will present a current complex case and article associated with the Patient Care Conference.
  • General: Fellows are encouraged to attend the daily and weekly conferences associated with the general cardiology fellowship and the cardiology section.
Application Process

Application Process

Application Process

Candidates should begin the application process far enough in advance of the program’s July 1 start date, ideally 12-18 months, thus taking into consideration any special requirements, i.e., visa or travel concerns. Candidates can apply by forwarding a CV with photo, completed application, personal statement and four letters of recommendation to:

Download the application

Cleveland Clinic
c/o David O. Taylor, MD
Program Director, Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology
9500 Euclid Ave., J3-4
Cleveland, OH 44195

Contact: Iva Strollo
Program Coordinator
Phone: 216.444.2492
Fax: 216.445.6193
Email: strolli@ccf.org