Cardiovascular Medicine

Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program

The General Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship is a comprehensive three-year program designed to provide the skills required for a successful leadership career in both academic and clinical practice. Our state of the art Heart Center under the Heart and Vascular Institute allows us to provide unparalleled clinical training throughout the three years of fellowship and allows for our fellows to leave as the best trained cardiologists in the country. The challenging cases, procedural volume, dedicated faculty, and the academic strength of our fellows ensure that our trainees receive a comprehensive education in all aspects of cardiovascular medicine. The core curriculum is designed to provide a strong clinical foundation in cardiovascular medicine in the first year of training. The second and third year experience builds upon that foundation to enhance the scope of knowledge and skills by allowing more time for dedicated electives, research, and supervisory roles. The structure of our fellowship provides the opportunity for each fellow to tailor their experience to their specific interests and goals.

Cardiovascular Medicine Fellows

Bryan Baranowski, MD leads cardiovascular medicine fellows on patient rounds in the coronary intensive care unit (CICU)

Research is an integral component of our training program. The majority of fellows graduating the program present at premier national meetings and publish in peer reviewed journals. Our success in research is evident by fellows receiving a variety of research awards and grants on an annual basis. Didactic conferences and research meetings are an integral component of the educational experience. For those interested in enriching their research education during their fellowship, we provide a variety of resources including formal biostatistics courses, advanced degrees (i.e. MPH), and training at our clinical research institute; all of which are supported by our program.

The program meets all requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Diseases. To qualify, you must have completed an internal medicine residency in the United States.

Cardiology Fellows Cardiology Fellows

Cardiology fellow, Jason Lappe, MD reviews a cath film with staff cardiologist, Robert Hobbs, MD

First Year
Cath Lab 3 mo.
Echo Lab 2 mo.
Coronary Care Unit 1 mo.
Consult Service 1 mo.
Stress Lab 1 mo.
Valve Hospital
1 mo.
Heart Failure
1 mo.
EP Consult Service 1 mo.
Vacation 1 mo.
Second Year
Cath Lab 2-3 mo.
Echo Lab 1 mo.
Coronary Care Unit 1 mo.
Heart Failure 1 mo.
Cardiac Imaging 1 mo.
EP Lab 1 mo.
Electives 3-4 mo.
Vacation 1 mo.
Third Year
Cath Lab 1-3 mo.
Echo Lab 2 mo.
TEE 1 mo.
Congenital 1 mo.
Electives 4-6 mo.
Vacation 1 mo.

James Thomas, MD, staff cardiologist, Section of Imaging, reviews echo films with Cardiology fellow, Junyang Lou, MD

Learn about our current fellows

Richard Brunken, MD, is Director of Molecular Cardiac Imaging and a staff cardiologist in the Department of Nuclear Medicine in the nuclear reading room with Cardiology Fellow Dilusha William, MD. Fellows have experience with different types of stress testing, involving both PET and SPECT.

During weekly noon conferences, fellows learn about a variety of topics

Our program strives to provide the best educational opportunities for fellows training in cardiovascular medicine. As such, we have outlined the following specific educational goals of the program:

  1. Provide outstanding training in all aspects of current clinical cardiology.
  2. Teach evidence based approaches to diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease.
  3. Provide an environment of continuous life long learning.
  4. Ensure a commitment to scholarship either in the basic or clinical sciences for fellows and faculty.
  5. Allow for a caring and compassionate environment for patients, fellows, faculty, and their families.
  6. Sponsor excellence in delivery of care, educational methodology, and mentored research.
  7. Attract and nurture the future leadership of cardiovascular medicine.

Our noon conference schedule for general fellows is an 18-month rotating curriculum that covers a wide range of topics within cardiovascular medicine. This allows for our fellows to be well prepared for clinical practice and sit for national board exams.

Application Process

We participate in the NRMP match. All applicants must apply through the ERAS website. We do not accept any applicants not participating in the match. All applicants must have completed an internal medicine residency program within the United States.

Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Contact Information

Core Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Lois Adamski
Cardiology Education Coordinator

Venu Menon, MD
Program Director Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship

Subspecialty Programs

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program
Samir Kapadia, MD
Program Director, Interventional Cardiology
Carol Marountous

Heart Failure Transplantation
David Taylor, MD
Program Director Heart Failure Transplantation
Iva Strollo

Electrophysiology and Pacing
Thomas Dresing, MD
Program Director, Electrophysiology and Pacing
Del Laura Hicks

Cardiac Imaging
Leonardo Rodriguez, MD
Program Director, Cardiac Imaging
Iris Vega

Marcelo Gomez, MD
Program Director, Vascular Medicine
Debbi Birk

For a Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship application, contact

Deadline for application is August 15th

For All Subspecialty applications contact the appropriate Program Directors.

Reviewed: 08/15

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