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 Paul J Wang, MD, 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 Transplant Cardiology

A one year multidisciplinary advanced fellowship program in heart failure, heart transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support 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.

More information about the Avanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship including the application procedure is available here.

Cardiovascular MRI


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. Dr. Yang is an attending physician 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 Dr. 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, 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.


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.


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 Joyce Hages at

ACHD fellowship applications are accepted from June 1 to August 14 for the planned start July 1.

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