Cardiovascular Medicine IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE

Advanced Fellowships

Cardiac Electrophysiology

The Arrhythmia Service offers both Research and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowships.

The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship program is accredited by the ACGME and meets the requirements for American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Certification in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. The program provides outstanding clinical training in the management of arrhythmias and syncope, electrophyiologic testing, radiofrequency ablation, and implantation of arrhythmia and resynchronization devices. Furthermore, the fellowship provides excellent opportunities for non-accredited research and is designed to prepare fellows for careers in academic cardiac electrophysiology.

Separate Research Fellowships in Cardiac Electrophysiology also are available and focus on new techniques for arrhythmia diagnosis and management, with opportunities for collaboration with Bioengineering and other disciplines within cardiovascular medicine.

Individuals interested in these fellowships should call (650) 723-7111. Questions may be directed to , Director of the Arrhythmia Service and Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship.

Interventional Cardiology

The Stanford Interventional Cardiology Section offers two-year advanced fellowships, one year, ACGME accredited, of intensive clinical training in invasive therapeutics and possible additional one year of non-accredited research.

Fellows are strongly encouraged to develop an independent research program with financial support. This focus may range from basic science to purely clinical research. Faculty from not only interventional cardiology but also from within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine may act as mentors.

The clinical training involves not only angioplasty and stenting but also advanced techniques in atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound, and other devices. The training is demanding, and a high level of performance is expected. We do not currently offer training in peripheral interventions.
We accept US and overseas-trained fellows, but for foreign-trained fellows the proper visa and other documentation is required (see section on non-US applicants). They must be USMLE-certified and speak fluent English. Prospective overseas applicants should visit the ECFMG website for further information.

To apply, please send a letter of intent including the planned years of training and intended research plan. In addition, a CV and three letters of recommendation should be sent. You may download an application here. The application should be returned to:

David Lee, MD
RE: Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
Stanford University Medical Center
Interventional Cardiology H-2103
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305-5218

If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 650-725-2621 option 2.

Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation

A one year multidisciplinary advanced fellowship in heart failure and transplantation is administered through the Division under the direction of Drs. Sharon Hunt and Kiran Khush. The program provides advanced training in the fields of advanced heart failure, ventricular assist devices, and cardiac transplantation The fellowship is currently funded for three fellows per year and involves rotations at Stanford University Medical Center and at the Kaiser Northern California heart failure and transplant referral center in San Jose.

OUR FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM IS ONLY OPEN TO APPLICANTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED OR ARE COMPLETING A GENERAL CARDIOLOGY FELLOWSHIP AT AN ACGME-ACCREDITED PROGRAM. No exceptions will be made. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. We will start accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year in the fall of 2013. At this time, we are unable to sponsor J1 visas for non-US applicants, with the exception of applicants from Canada.

For further information, please contact Dr. Kiran Khush at kiran@stanford.edu. TheAdvanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation fellowship utilizes a paper application available here. This application should be returned to:

Kiran Khush, MD
RE: Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Fellowship
Falk Cardiovascular Research Center
300 Pasteur Drive, CVRC 263
Palo Alto, CA 94305-5406

Cardiovascular MRI

Overview

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University seeks fellows for research and clinical training in cardiovascular MRI. Ideally, applicants will have training in or knowledge of cardiovascular disease, as well as initial experience with cardiovascular imaging. They should also be willing to dedicate 1-2 years toward this advanced fellowship. The cardiovascular MRI program is directed by Phillip Yang, MD with a particular interest in myocardial and ischemic heart disease imaging. Michael McConnell, MD oversees the MRI research in atherosclerosis/vascular imaging. Both are attending physicians on the Clinical Cardiothoracic MRI Service (joint with Radiology) and in the Stanford echo lab.

Research/Clinical Fellowship

Fellows are expected to develop and perform research projects under the supervision of Drs. McConnell and Yang. All fellows will be able to participate in regular MRI research meetings, as well as frequent seminars and several courses on MRI, medical imaging, and molecular imaging. For fellows eligible for obtaining a California medical license (see www.medbd.ca.gov), formal clinical training in cardiovascular MRI is available through the joint clinical service.

Major areas of research interest include:

  1. Animal and human imaging of atherosclerosis, including cellular imaging of vascular inflammation, high-field contrast-enhanced plaque characterization, and high-resolution coronary imaging;
  2. Animal and human myocardial imaging, including stem-cell imaging and tracking, rapid stress imaging, and assessment of peri-infarct ischemia; and
  3. Real-time MRI, including valvular imaging, stress/perfusion imaging, and MRI-guided interventions.

The majority of these projects are in close collaboration with imaging scientists in Electrical Engineering, in addition to scientists in vascular biology, cardiac surgery, molecular imaging, and radiology.

Resources

Stanford has broad resources in MRI and imaging technology. In the hospital, there are two 1.5T clinical systems as well as a 0.5T interventional system. There is a 100%-research 1.5T system in Electrical Engineering and a 3T system with interventional capability installed in the cardiovascular research building. The Lucas Center has 1.5T, 3T, 7T whole-body systems and a 4.7T small-bore animal system. Finally, there is a University small-animal imaging facility with bioluminescence, fluorescence, ultrasound, microPET, microCT, microSPECT/CT, and planned 7T MRI systems.

 

Advanced Cardiac Imaging Rotation

Course Objectives:

  1. To provide senior cardiology fellows additional exposure to advanced cardiac imaging techniques, including echocardiography (Echo), cardiac MRI (CMR), and cardiac/coronary CTA (CCT).
  2. To provide a practical, evidence-based approach to using multimodality cardiac imaging in cardiovascular medicine.
  3. To prepare senior cardiology fellows for the increasing emphasis of advanced imaging and multimodality imaging on the ABIM cardiovascular medicine examination.

Senior cardiology fellows will dedicate 4 weeks to obtaining increased exposure to the acquisition and reading of CMR, CCT, and Echo studies. The period of July-December: will train 3rd and 4th year fellows (CMR/CCT/Echo mix tailored to each fellow’s interests) and January-June will train 2nd year fellows.

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Adult Congenital Heart Disease

A two year multidisciplinary advanced fellowship in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) will be administered through the Divisions of Cardiovascular Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Adult Congenital Heart Program at Stanford, a joint initiative between Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) and Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC).  This fellowship is designed to train leaders in the field of ACHD.  The program provides advanced training in the field of ACHD, high risk pregnancy, and exposure to pulmonary hypertension, cardiac imaging, electrophysiology, diagnostic and interventional catheterization, advanced heart failure and transplantation, and cardiac surgery in the adult patient with congenital heart disease.  The fellowship is currently funded for one fellow every two years.

The American Board of Medical Specialties has suggested two core pathways for entry to ACHD subspecialty training: 1) adult cardiology and 2) pediatric cardiology.  This fellowship is only open to applicants who have completed general adult or pediatric cardiology fellowships at an ACGME-accredited program.  The proposed fellowship at Stanford will provide an intensive experience in clinical care through 18 of the 24 months of the training period.  This fellowship offers core training in ACHD through 9 dedicated months in ACHD outpatient and inpatient service and 5 months in ACHD imaging and catheterization.  There is the opportunity for the specific trainee to supplement his/her training in pediatric or adult cardiology through electives at LPCH and SHC.  Six of the remaining months will be devoted to research, either basic or clinical.  Stanford provides a rich educational environment which includes weekly conferences in the divisions of cardiovascular medicine and pediatric cardiology that focus upon embryology, cardiac pathology, congenital heart disease, noninvasive imaging, electrophysiology and EKG, diagnostic and interventional cardiology, ventricular assist devices, cardiac transplantation, vascular medicine, and cardiac surgery.  There is a weekly cardiology and cardiac surgery conference, ACHD clinical conference, monthly ACHD EP conference, monthly maternal fetal medicine conference on ACHD and quarterly ACHD journal club.  There is also a quarterly Bay Area ACHD conference.

Fellows are strongly encouraged to develop an independent research project.  This focus may range from basic science to clinical research.  Faculty from not only the adult congenital heart program but also within the Divisions of Cardiovascular Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology may act as mentors.

For further information, please contact administrative coordinator, Maria Tirador at tmaria@stanfordmed.org

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Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation

A one year multidisciplinary advanced fellowship in heart failure and transplantation is administered through the Division under the direction of Drs. Sharon Hunt and Kiran Khush. The program provides advanced training in the fields of advanced heart failure, ventricular assist devices, and cardiac transplantation The fellowship is currently funded for three fellows per year and involves rotations at Stanford University Medical Center and at the Kaiser Northern California heart failure and transplant referral center in San Jose.

Our fellowship program is open to applicants who have completed or are completing a general cardiology fellowship. All fellowship positions for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 have been filled. We will start accepting applications for 2015-2016 in the fall of 2013 At this time, we are unable to sponsor J1 visas for non-US applicants, with the exception of applicants from Canada.

For further information, please contact Dr. Kiran Khush at kiran@stanford.edu. TheAdvanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation fellowship utilizes a paper application available here. This application should be returned to:

Kiran Khush, MD
RE: Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Fellowship
Falk Cardiovascular Research Center
300 Pasteur Drive, CVRC 263
Palo Alto, CA 94305-5406

Vascular Medicine Training Program

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The K12 Vascular Medicine Program intends to train leaders in academic vascular medicine.  Individuals that complete this program will have proficiency in the care of patients with vascular disease.  They will be leaders in translational vascular research, bringing new insights, therapies, devices and diagnostics to vascular care.
Trainees will achieve proficiency in the inpatient and outpatient vascular practice, and non-invasive vascular diagnostic laboratory. They will become familiar with catheter-based endovascular intervention, vascular surgery, vascular pathology and other related disciplines. During their training, they will participate in mentored clinical research, and have formal didactics in clinical protocol design, biostatistics, and data management as well as legal, ethical and regulatory issues that attend clinical research.

The Program consists of:

For further information, please visit vascularmedicine.stanford.edu or contact John Cooke at john.cooke@stanford.edu. This fellowship utilizes the same application as the general cardiology fellowship, which can be found under "Application Procedures" and should be returned to

John Cooke, MD PhD
RE: Vascular Medicine Fellowship
Falk Cardiovascular Research Center
300 Pasteur Drive, MC 5406

 

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