Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program


The University of Pittsburgh has offered fellowship training in cardiovascular medicine for over 4 decades. Throughout, UPMC has made it a priority to provide broad, high quality training in cardiovascular medicine. As the science and practice of cardiology have evolved, so too has the training offered to our fellows. Fellows have extensive exposure to state of the art cardiovascular imaging, interventional and electrophysiological techniques, while remaining grounded in the disciplines of history taking and physical diagnosis. Clinical rotations are performed alongside accomplished faculty valued for their teaching skill, and are supplemented with an extensive series of lectures and conferences covering all major areas of cardiovascular medicine. A meaningful research effort is mandated for all fellows, and may be taken in any of a number of clinical, basic or translational areas.

A special emphasis is placed on ensuring that each fellow establishes a mutually beneficial relationship with a faculty mentor. This relationship most commonly centers on supervision of the fellow’s research project, but also importantly includes career counseling and other support of the fellow’s development. Another distinguishing feature of the program is an effort to tailor each fellow’s schedule to his or her needs. While aspects of the training program’s structure must be adhered to, ample elective time is provided to allow fellows to pursue individual interests.

The Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh offers:

  • Outstanding clinical training that is designed to create master clinicians
    • Large, diverse patient population
    • Experienced and dedicated faculty clinician-educators
    • Intensive experience in multi-disciplinary inpatient care
    • Longitudinal outpatient experiences in both the University and VA hospitals
    • Additional subspecialty training fellowships are available in electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and transplant, and cardiovascular imaging
  • Exceptional training and mentorship in both clinical and biomedical research that is designed to prepare fellows for a career in academic medicine
    • Nationally recognized basic science, translational, and clinical research programs in:
      • Cardiovascular Outcomes
      • Electrophysiology, including advanced mapping and ablation techniques, novel pacemakers and defibrillators, machine learning applications, and translational genetics
      • Cardiovascular Imaging, including cardiac MRI, advanced echocardiography, cardiac CT, nuclear cardiology including SPECT and PET, and advanced molecular imaging
      • Pulmonary Hypertension and Pulmonary Vascular Disease
      • Vascular Disease
      • Cardiac Critical Care Medicine, Cardiac Arrest and Cardiogenic Shock, including the use of mechanical circulatory support
      • Advanced Heart Failure, including Ventricular Assist Devices and Cardiac Transplantation
      • Advanced Percutaneous Coronary Interventions, including Chronic Total Occlusion
      • Transcatheter-based Cardiovascular Procedures, such as transcatheter aortic valve repair, edge to edge mitral and tricuspid valve repair, mitral valve replacement, left atrial appendage closure, interatrial closure devices, and alcohol septal ablation
      • Translational Genetics, including Inherited Cardiomyopathies and Inherited Arrhythmias
      • System-Wide Quality Assurance and Improvement
      • Medical Education
      • Cardiac Amyloidosis and Cardio-Oncology
      • Women’s Heart Disease and Cardio-Obstetrics
      • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
      • Palliative Care
      • Social Determinants of Health
    • Experienced, successful, and dedicated faculty mentors
      • 40 MD and PhD faculty members
      • Over $11 million in research funding
    • Opportunity for appointment to prestigious NIH T32 translational training grants
    • Training in biostatistics, epidemiology, laboratory methods, study design, and many other areas is available
    • Advanced training leading to an MPH or MS degree is available
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