The Program

The ECMO program is a one year (12 months) program. This is a new program that started in July of 2022.

Goals and Objectives

This program seeks to meet the regional or national need for a forecast of shortage of surgeons with experience in implantation and management of extracorporeal membrane oxygenator to support patients with advanced heart failure and/or advanced lung failure.

The program will focus on all aspects of ECMO support, including patient selection / exclusion criteria, techniques for implantation of all forms of ECMO support (veno-arterial, veno-venous, veno-arterial-venous, peripheral vs central cannulation), daily management, and strategies for weaning of ECMO and decannulation, with strong emphasis on identification and treatment of complications.

Specific education will be related to technical aspects of the quickly evolving field of ECMO, including cannula and circuit components of ECMO circuit, different types of ECMO consoles.

The goals can be divided into 3 areas:

  1. Pre-operative assessment,
  2. Intra-operative,
  3. Post-operative management.

For preoperative period the fellow will be involved in the assessment of patients with advanced heart and/or lung failure who are being considered for ECMO support.

Intra-operative exposure involves assisting or performing operations with direct supervision related to insertion and removal of ECMO cannulas with percutaneous as well as open techniques

Post-operatively the fellow renders direct care to the patient under the supervision of the cardiac surgical staff and in collaboration with critical care intensivist, cardiologists, and pulmonologist. Through the course of the fellowship the fellow will be exposed to the management of cardiogenic shock, and advanced lung failure. The management of these patients also includes involvement in management of vasoactive and anti-coagulation strategies, and monitoring of these therapies.


Outpatient Clinic: ECMO is a therapy most frequently established on emergency basis, so that patients are usually evaluated at Cleveland Clinic Florida Heart Vascular & Thoracic Institute for follow up after hospital discharge.

Inpatient hospital: Clinical activities in the hospital involve surgical procedures related to initiating/maintaining/concluding ECMO support. In addition to the operating rooms, additional surgical interventions might be performed in the Emergency Room, the Intensive Care Unit, or Cath Lab, if required.

Post-operative activities involve participation of postoperative care of patients in the Intensive Care Unit and Stepdown Unit.

Educational Conferences

The fellow will participate of regular conferences, including Advanced Heart Failure Selection, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Tall Rounds, Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Meetings, Cath Lab Conference, Temporary Mechanical Circulatory Support Program Reports, ECMO Journal Club, and Advanced Heart Failure Journal Club Lectures.


The trainee will be expected to be involved in a minimum of two research projects, produce at least one manuscript for submission for peer review publication, and participate in presentations within Cleveland Clinic Florida (i.e. Grand Rounds) as well as regional and national meetings. Trainee will participate in regularly scheduled lectures related to surgery, heart failure, cardiovascular disease, and lung failure.


Evaluation of fellow with feedback to fellow given on a regular basis. Evaluation of staff and program occurs at least twice per year.



Program Director

Nicolas Brozzi, MD

Nicolas Brozzi, MD

Teaching Staff

Jose Navia, MD
Jose Navia, MD
Director of the Heart and Vascular Center, Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Raul Rosenthal, MD
Raul Rosenthal, MD
Regional Director

Senior GME Coordinator

Lauren Eadeh
2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Weston, Florida 33331
Phone: 954.649.7453
Email: eadehl@ccf.org



To apply, please complete and submit the following documents:

  • Fellowship application
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement addressing your interest in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and career goals
  • Three Letters of Recommendation, including one from your Residency Program Director

Prerequisite Training/Selection Criteria: Eligible candidates should have successfully completed an accredited, or the equivalent to a, general surgery training program. Previous experience in cardiothoracic surgery is desirable. Selected candidates must be able to obtain a Florida medical license to train within our program. International medical graduates presenting ECFMG certificate would be eligible for participation.