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 program at Cleveland Clinic, and an 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 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 12 full-time heart failure/transplant cardiologists, four nurse clinicians, ten transplant coordinators, six research nurses and additional support staff. Annually, we perform 50-60 heart transplants, 50-70 ventricular assist devices, 8,000-10,000 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, cardiac catheterization lab focusing on endomyocardial biopsies and diagnostic right heart catheterizations, LVAD and post-transplant inpatient service, and the outpatient rotation. In addition, there are regularly scheduled didactic sessions covering the core curriculum.


The fellow is expected to pursue research interests and develop a Quality Improvement Project 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.


  • Research: monthly. Heart Failure research meetings are held monthly to discuss basic and clinical research programs. Basic scientists and clinicians participate.
  • Roundtable: twice monthly. Fellows meet with Dr. Taylor, Associate Director, for one-hour interactive patient-based educational session.
  • Journal Club: monthly. Fellows will organize and participate in a Journal Club where recent articles/topics of interest are discussed with the entire HF section.
  • Patient Care Conference (PCC): weekly. 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 can begin the application process 18 months prior to the intended start date by forwarding a CV with photo, completed application, personal statement, ECFMG (if applicable), USMLE steps completion, copies of medical school graduation, internal medicine graduation and general cardiology graduation along with four letters of recommendation to:

Download the application

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

Contact:Millie Cuevas
Program Education Coordinator
Phone: 216.636.6932
Fax: 216.445.6174
Email: cuevasm@ccf.org