Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Program

 

The heart failure, transplant and mechanical circulatory support program has undergone rapid growth in the past few years.  We are projected to complete 40-50 adult heart transplants and 50-80 ventricular assist device implants in 2013.  Post-transplant outcomes have been excellent.  A full range of mechanical support devices including Impella 2.5 and 5.0, TandemHeart, Centrimag, Thoratec pVADs, HeartWare H-VADs and HeartMate II are implanted.  Vanderbilt is an approved destination therapy Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) center.

We are an ACGME accredited site for Subspecialty training in Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation.  Two fellowship positions are available each year, rotating between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Nashville Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center, one of only five national VA heart transplant centers.

We offer a one year clinical fellowship or a two year clinical and research fellowship geared towards developing an academic career in Heart Failure and Transplantation.  The fellowship will be comprised of a year of structured clinical training in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation in conjunction with a year of research of suitably qualified applicants.  Clinical training will be comprised of extensive exposure to inpatient and outpatient management of heart failure, cardiac transplantation; short- and long term mechanical circulatory support; ambulatory experience with rotations in congenital heart disease, inherited heart disease, palliative care, and pulmonary hypertension as well as exposure to transplant immunology and donor procurement services.

A broad range of research options are available, drawing on the strengths of Vanderbilt in basic, translational and clinical research, including bioinformatics and pharmacogenomics.

For applicants who have completed a categorical fellowship in Cardiology, this fellowship will satisfy the requirements for Hearlth Failure and Transplantation Subspecialty training as specified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  The deadline for 2014 applications:  September 30, 2013, though we strongly recommend submitting your application as early as possible - fellowship positions may be filled prior to the deadline.

 

Specific requirements for candidates:

Completion of three years of a Cardiology fellowship program prior to starting the Heart Failure and Transplant  fellowship.

 

Please use our online application form to apply for this specific fellowship.  Your application and reference letters should be addressed to Henry Ooi, MD,  Associate Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Training and sent to the attention of Charlene Thompson at the address listed below.  Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Please send the following with paper applications:

  • Three Letters of  Recommendation  (one preferably by program director)
  • Personal  Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation / Dean's Letter
  • Wallet Size Color Photograph
  • USMLE  Transcript  -  Transmitted by the NBME  (For International Medical Graduates only)
 

Our Online application form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or higher.                                     Click here to download the free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

Advanced Heart Failure Faculty:

 
Daniel J. Lenihan, MD
Director
Henry L. Ooi,  MD
Associate Director
Allen J. Naftilan,  MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mary E. Keebler, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Thomas G. DiSalvo, MPH, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Rebecca R. Hung, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Douglas B. Sawyer, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Kelly H.Schlendorf, MD, MHS
Assistant  Professor
Mark A. Wigger, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

 

Contact Information:
Charlene Thompson, Fellowship Coordinator
charlene.m.thompson@vanderbilt.edu
Office:  (615)  936-1743
Fax:      (615)  936-2029
              
Address Correspondence to:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Cardiovascular Medicine  Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Fellowship Program
383 Preston Research Building
2220 Pierce Avenue
Nashville, TN 37232-6300

 

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