Cardiovascular Medicine

Advanced Heart Failure

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

Welcome to the site of the 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 an 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.

Training takes place 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 mentoring and coaching 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 (Intra aortic balloon pump, Impella assist device or others such as percutaneous ECMO), surgical assist devices (HeartMate II, Heartware, and soon HeartMate 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 cardiomyopathies, assist devices imaging, desynchrony, and 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-reviewed 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.

Non-Accredited Positions – Applicants who have completed Internal Medicine Residency
July 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020Deadline to Complete and to be considered for Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology Fellowship starting July 1, 2024.
November 30, 2023 - December 13, 2023The program will review ERAS applications.
Jan 8, 2024 - Jan 12, 2024The program will host interviews
3rd Week of January 2024Final Decisions and Offer Letters Sent
How to Apply

The candidate needs to make sure to choose the Non-Accredited Track when applying to ERAS.