Fellowship ProgramCardiology


Dear Prospective Fellows:

Welcome to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, our Cardiology Division has three distinct cardiology fellowship programs - General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, directed by Drs. Wissam Khalife, Umamahesh Rangasetty and Khaled Chatila, respectively. These three programs provide our fellows with outstanding educational experience.We plan to add a Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program within the next 2 years.

We have been passionate for fellow education–for the last 120 years. Our first medical school building–"Old Red" was opened for medical education in 1891 immediately after the opening of John Sealy Hospital in 1890. We believe that one of our most important duties is to educate, train, and mentor future cardiologists.

Our faculty, consisting of 16 academic cardiologists with outstanding track record in education, clinical care, and research, daily interacts with over 20 fellows on UTMB's enviable 84-acre campus that houses more than 70 buildings.

Our outpatient cardiology training occurs in one of our several outpatient clinics on main campus and in our outreach clinics. Our inpatient training is conducted in John Sealy Hospital, the University Hospital of UTMB Health and in affiliated hospitals in the community. The John Sealy Hospital houses the state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories, as well as echo lab, heart station, and cardiac rehabilitation facility. Training in Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac CT Angiography, and Cardiac MRI is also available at John Sealy Hospital. Research training is offered. Robust basic science research is conducted at the Cardiology Research Laboratory at the Medical Research Building (MRB) while clinical research is conducted at John Sealy Hospital and outpatient clinics, supported by full-time clinical research coordinators. As is shown in our Daily Activities, we have a highly systematic and interactive educational system to develop fellows as competent cardiologists. The appropriate balance between didactic learning and direct patient care is maintained as Sir William Osler said "He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all."

We invite you to learn more about us through the web site. We hope that you will eventually decide to join us to learn, be mentored, professionally grow, and prepare yourself for the exciting future as competent cardiologists.

For more information regarding Graduate Medical Education (GME), all programs offered at UTMB, application information, resident salary, and other helpful resources, please visit our GME website, www.utmb.edu/gme

For Prospective Cardiovascular Disease Fellows

Wissam Khalife, MD, FACC, MAACWelcome to the University of Texas Medical Branch Cardiovascular Disease Program. The program is a three year program that is designed to offer highly qualified applicants, with a strong clinical and investigative background, the opportunity to experience comprehensive training in clinical and academic cardiology. In accordance with all ACGME and COCATS (Core Cardiology Training Symposium) guidelines and requirements, the cardiology program actively strives to train fellows to establish the highest standards of aptitude and proficiency in the diagnosis and management of all aspects of cardiac care. Currently, five to six fellows are accepted each year to the general Cardiology Fellowship Program at UTMB.

Training Overview

All cardiology fellows will develop their competence in basic and clinical knowledge through core clinical rotations in all arenas of cardiology including cardiac consultation, coronary care unit, invasive cardiac procedures, imaging procedures, electrophysiology, heart failure/transplant, and ambulatory cardiology. A remarkable array of patient populations with diverse pathologies will allow the fellows to attain an expertise in the care of acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases with arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, infectious and inflammatory heart disease, pulmonary vascular disease, valvular heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease. Electives to further refine extensive skills in subspecialty disciplines such as interventional cardiology and electrophysiology are available, but certification in these fields will require further training beyond the general fellowship. In addition, fellows are encouraged to engage in clinical or basic investigative research during their general training, for which ample opportunities are available. A variety of didactic education is also integrated into the clinical program in order for the fellows to enhance and develop essential skills for the practice of cardiology and academic careers in the future.

General Cardiology Faculty and FellowsThese didactic seminars include weekly Cath conferences, weekly Core Lecture Series, weekly State of the Art Research conferences, weekly Journal Club, monthly Echo and Multimodality conferences, monthly EKG conferences, monthly Fellows Board Review conferences, and monthly Cardiology Morbidity and Mortality conferences. At the completion of the training program, fellows will achieve the level of clinical knowledge and proficiency to meet the requirements for board certification in Cardiovascular Diseases, as determined by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston General Cardiovascular Disease fellowship program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and has 5 first-year positions available. All interested applicants must submit their application through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

The application deadline is July 31st. Training begins July 1st. However, our Institutional Orientation begins as early as the last two weeks of June.

Application Requirements:

Your ERAS application is considered complete when we have received all of the following:

  • ERAS Application
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School transcript
  • All three USMLE Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS & 3 transcripts and if applicable, ECFMG status report
  • Current list of publications, presentations and research submitted via ERAS
  • Three to four letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be from the IM Program Director
  • Successful completion of ACGME accredited Internal Medicine Residency Program

International Medical Graduates (IMG) should note that completion of an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and ABIM board-eligibility in Internal Medicine is required for ABIM board-eligibility and certification in Cardiovascular Disease. Our program accepts applicants sponsored on J1 clinical visas from the ECFMG.

If you have additional questions please contact Victoria Garcia, Program Coordinator, at vrgarcia@utmb.edu.

 

For Prospective Interventional Cardiology Fellows

Umamahesh Rangasetty, MD Welcome to the site of Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals and The Methodist Hospital. The program is a one-year program which continues to accept applications from highly qualified physicians who are board-eligible in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Basic requirements are the completion of a three-year Cardiology fellowship program and full training in cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography. Currently, two(2) fellows are accepted each year.

The purpose of this ACGME-accredited training program is to produce outstanding interventional cardiologists who excel in all six (6) areas of core competencies in interventional cardiology–(a) patient care,
(b) medical knowledge, (c) practice-based learning and improvement, (d) interpersonal and communication skills, (e) professionalism, and (f) systems-based practice. At the end of the training program, the fellows are expected to be fully capable of independently performing coronary and peripheral interventional procedures. The training program views professionalism to be one of the most important attributes of interventional cardiologists and encourages the fellows to strive for and attain the highest level of professionalism that lasts a lifetime. Training takes places everywhere on the campus–in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, coronary care unit, step-down unit, outpatient clinic, conference rooms, offices and homes of interventional faculty, off-campus restaurants, and others. Program Director and interventional faculty are determined to be highly accessible to all interventional fellows and to mentor and coach interventional fellows to be outstanding interventional cardiologists.

IV Fellows PageResponsibilities of clinical interventional cardiology fellows include the evaluation and care of all patients referred for interventional procedures and the direct participation in all of those procedures under the supervision of the senior interventional cardiologist. Fellows can anticipate participation in 300 procedures including complex coronary and peripheral interventions, and interventions on structural heart diseases. Our program offers spectacular training on complex coronary and peripheral interventions. We are a certified Medicare TAVR program. Fellows will be expected to actively participate in clinical trials related to interventional cardiology. Fellows will be expected to review incoming referrals for interventional procedures and to communicate with referring physicians in a timely fashion. Fellows are also encouraged to complete a research project suitable for publication in a peer review journal. Fellows are required to make themselves available to the hospital within 20 min of the activation of the cardiac catheterization laboratory when they are on call. Fellows are also required to complete assigned didactic courses on the web-sites.

The experience in the fellowship program is acquired in the Interventional Cardiology section of the Division of Cardiology at The University of Texas Medical Branch's John Sealy Hospital. At the conclusion of the training fellows are expected to become board-eligible for the American Board of Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology certifying examination.

Eligibility and Requirements for the Program

  1. Successful completion of ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine Residency and General Cardiology Fellowship Programs and Board-eligible for ABIM Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine.
  2. A completed application through the ERAS.
  3. Three (3) recommendation letters supporting the character, professionalism, and fitness of the candidate for the future interventional cardiology career.
  4. An appropriate visa status. We do not sponsor H1B visa
  5. Willingness to adhere to rules and policies of the interventional fellowship training program as delineated in the UTMB Interventional Fellowship Hand Book.

Application Timeline

Class of 2021 (training commencing in July 2020)

 

November 15th, 2018ERAS opens for fellows to submit applications
December 1st, 2018ERAS opens for programs to download applications
February 1st, 2019Our program will make final ERAS download of applications
March 2nd, 2018Our program will host interviews
March 8th, 2019Fellowship offers to candidates
May 31st, 2018ERAS closes

- We will not be participating in the Match
- There are Two (2) positions available.
- The positions for 7/2019 have been filled.

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Handbook
Available upon request. Please contact Leslie Elgin (lcelgin@utmb.edu) at our Cardiology Fellowships Office.

For Prospective Advance Heart Failure and Transplant Fellows
Khaled Chatila, MD

Welcome to the site of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals. The primary objectives of the Advance Heart Failure Fellowship is to provide advanced knowledge and expertise in the area of Advance Heart Failure management, Assist Devices (both percutaneous and surgical), and all increasing role of the AICDs and Cardiac resynchronization therapy and remote monitoring are also priorities of the fellowship.

We are a ACGME accredited program. Currently, two (2) fellows are accepted each year for this one-year fellowship.

This program is an accredited ACGME approved program in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation specialty. The goal of our training program is to produce outstanding Advance Heart Failure cardiologists who excel in all areas of core competencies in Advance Heart Failure and these other six (6) areas: (a) patient care, (b) medical knowledge, (c) practice-based learning and improvement, (d) interpersonal and communication skills, (e) professionalism, and (f) systems-based practice. The training program views professionalism to be one of the most important attributes of Advance Heart Failure cardiologists and encourages the fellows to strive for and attain the highest level of professionalism that lasts a lifetime.

CardiologyGP212Training takes places everywhere on the campus in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, coronary care unit, step-down unit, outpatient clinic, conference rooms, offices, and others. Program Director and Advance Heart Failure faculty are determined to be highly accessible to all Advance Heart Failure fellows and are committed to mentor and coach all Advance Heart Failure fellows to be outstanding professionals.

Responsibilities of Advance Heart Failure fellows include the evaluation and care of all patients referred for Heart Failure management. The program will provide sufficient experience for the fellows to acquire skill and proficiency in the performance and interpretation of: history and physical examinations, basic and advanced cardiac life support, right heart catheterization, endomyocardial biopsies, percutaneous assist devices such as IABP (intraaortic balloon pump, Impella assist device or others such as percutaneous ECMO), surgical assist devices (Heart Mate II, Heartware, and soon Heart Mate III), heart transplant, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, evaluation and interpretation of ICDs and CRTs. Other areas also included are: remote monitoring management, nuclear imaging (myocardial viability studies and perfusion images) Echocardiography (especially cardiomiopathies, assist devices imaging, disyncrhony, viability studies).

Fellows will be expected to actively participate in clinical trials and are highly encouraged to complete a research project suitable for publication in a peer review journal.

The experience in the fellowship program is acquired in the Advance Heart Failure section of the Division of Cardiology and Department of cardiovascular surgery at The University of Texas Medical Branch's John Sealy Hospital.

Eligibility and Requirements for the Program

  1. We are an ACGME accredited program. Although completion of an ACGME accredited Cardiology Fellowship is preferred, we will also be accepting applications from those who have completed an ACGME accredited Internal Medicine Residency program for 2018-2019 recruitment (only).
  2. Recommendation letters supporting the character, professionalism, and fitness of the candidate for the future Advance Heart Failure and Transplant cardiologist
  3. An appropriate visa status. The Cardiovascular Disease Accredited Track accepts J1 applicants and permanent residents. The Internal Medicine Residency Graduate Non-Accredited Track accepts permanent residents.

Application Timeline

  1. Class of 2019 (training commencing in July 2018)
    • The number of positions open – two (2)
    • Application open – October 1, 2017
    • Application deadline – January 15, 2018
    • Interview – Late January/February 2018

How to Apply

For those candidates who have completed a General Cardiology Fellowship, please apply online through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). You will submit all documentation through ERAS. Please chose the following track: Cardiovascular Disease Graduates Accredited Track.

For those candidates who have completed Internal Medicine Residency. Please chose the following track: Internal Medicine Residency Graduates Non-Accredited Track.

 

Advance Heart Failure and Transplantation Handbook
Available upon request. Please contact Leslie Elgin (lcelgin@utmb.edu) at our Cardiology Fellowships Office.

2019-2020 General Cardiovascular Disease Fellows


3rd Year Fellows


Fellows

  • Gorantla, Ramakrishna , MD

    Gorantla, Ramakrishna Ramakrishna Gorantla
    Chief Fellow
    Residency: Bassett Medical Center
    rsgorant@utmb.edu

  • Zaidi, Wasiq, MD

    Zaidi, Wasiq Wasiq Zaidi
    Chief Fellow
    Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch
    wszaidi@utmb.edu

Fellows



2nd Year Fellows


Fellows

  • Elbadawi, Ayman, MD

    Elbadawi, Ayman Ayman Elbadawi
    Residency: Rochester General Hospital
    amelbada@utmb.edu

  • Elsherbiny, Ahmed, MD

    Elsherbiny, Ahmed Ahmed Elsherbiny
    Residency: St. Vincent Charity
    Medical Center, Case Western Reserve
    ahelsher@utmb.edu

  • Gullatt, Thomas, MD

    Gullatt, Thomas Thomas Gullatt
    Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch
    trgullat@utmb.edu

  • Mazhar, Murtaza, MD

    Mazhar, Murtaza Murtaza Mazhar
    Residency: University of Oklahoma
    Health Sciences Center
    mumazhar@utmb.edu

  • Potter, Adam, MD

    Potter, Adam Adam Potter
    Physician Scientist Track
    Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch
    Ph.D.: Baylor College of Medicine
    aspotter@utmb.edu

  • Sharma, Mohit, MD

    Sharmar, Mohit Mohit Sharma
    Residency: Stony Brook Medicine at Mather Hospital
    mosharma@utmb.edu



1st Year Fellows


Fellows

  • Albaeni, Aiham, MD

    Albaeni, Aiham Aiham Albaeni
    Residency: St. Barnabas Hospital,
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    aialbaen@utmb.edu

  • Mulla, Juwairia, MD

    Mulla, Juwairia Juwairia Mulla
    Residency: Allegheny General Hospital
    jsmulla@utmb.edu

  • Nguyen, Bao, MD

    Nguyen, Bao Bao Nguyen
    Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch
    baxnguye@utmb.edu

  • Rodriguez-Lozano, Jorge, MD

    Rodriguez-Lozano, Jorge Jorge Rodriguez-Lozano
    Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch
    jorarodr@utmb.edu

  • Soufi, Mohamad Khaled, MD

    Soufi, Mohamad Khaled Mohamad Khaled Soufi
    Residency: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center,
    Case Western Reserve University
    mosoufi@utmb.edu



2019-2020 Interventional Cardiology Fellows


Fellows

  • Choudhry, Muhammad, MD

    Muhammad Choudhry, MD Muhammad Choudhry
    Chief Interventional Fellow
    Fellowship: University of Texas Medical Branch
    mwchoudh@utmb.edu

  • Palla, Mohan, MD

    nophotoman Mohan Palla
    Fellowship: Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University
    mbpalla@utmb.edu



2019-2020 Advanced Heart Failure Fellows


Fellows

  • Sherif, Khaled, MD

    Sherif, Khaled Khaled Sherif
    Residency: Texas Tech University
    Health Science Center at Lubbock
    khsherif@utmb.edu

  • Ugwu, Justin, MD

    Ugwu, Justin Justin Ugwu
    Residency: Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center
    jkugwu@utmb.edu

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Our cardiology division offers three distinct cardiology fellowship programs: General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. We plan to add a Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program within the next 2 years.
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