Advanced Training Programs

Physicians seeking ACGME-accredited advanced training in Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Heart Failure/Transplant, and Adult Congenital Heart Disease must have successfully completed an ACGME Cardiovascular Disease program. 

For fellows seeking advanced training in these subspecialty areas, the program directors are Dr. Michael Sketch (Interventional Cardiology); Dr. Donald Hegland (Electrophysiology); Dr. Michael Felker (Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology); and Dr. Cary Ward (Adult Congenital Heart Disease).

Learn more about each program:

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Training (ACGME) Program

The Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at Duke University Medical Center focuses on training leaders in Interventional Cardiology who are committed to careers in academic cardiology. The duration of the fellowship is 12 months. During the fellowship, fellows will develop both clinical and technical skills in interventional cardiology.

All fellows will gain experience in diagnosing, selecting therapies, performing diagnostic and interventional procedures, and judging the effectiveness of treatments for inpatients and outpatients with chronic ischemic heart disease, acute ischemic syndromes, and valvular heart disease. Fellows should also participate in research efforts. During the fellowship, each fellow will work with a mentor on a research project which will help foster his or her long-term goals.

We do not currently have openings for 2019 or 2020 and will not be accepting applications.

We will be participating in ERAS for 2021 recruitment starting December 2019.

Items to include with your ERAS application:
Current curriculum vitae, personal statement, USMLE steps 1, 2CK, 2CS, and 3 scores, medical school transcript and ECFMG certificate (if applicable), 3 letters of recommendation, including one from your cath lab director.

Our trainees in need of visa sponsorship are sponsored by ECFMG on J1 visas. For questions about the application and interviewing process, please contact the Fellowship Program Coordinator, Ms. Arlene Martin (arlene.martin@duke.edu).

Current Fellows
Nathan Lo, MD
Guillaume Marquis-Gravel, MD
Chad Zack, MD

Structural Heart Disease Fellowship Training (ICGME) Program

The Structural Heart Disease Fellowship Training Program at Duke University Medical Center does not have any openings for 2018, 2019 or 2020.

This one year non-ACGME Advanced Interventional Cardiology Fellowship provides training in structural heart disease.

Applicants must complete a one year ACGME Interventional Cardiology Fellowship and three year ACGME Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship prior to entering this program.  Please contact Dr. J. Kevin Harrison (john.harrison@duke.edu) for details regarding the curriculum and training requirements.

To apply, please send the application, a current curriculum vitae, personal statement (not to exceed 250 words), USMLE steps 1, 2CK, 2CS and 3, medical school transcript, 3 letters of recommendation (including one from program director and one from current cath lab director) and ECFMG certificate (if applicable). Send all of your application materials at once to arlene.martin@duke.edu.

Please have your letter writers email the letters of recommendation to arlene.martin@duke.edu separately.

Our trainees in need of visa sponsorship are sponsored by ECFMG on J1 visas. Prospective applicants are encouraged to complete the application and competitive applicants will be invited for an interview. Please note that we may begin offering interviews and positions to suitable candidates who have completed their application early, concurrently with the ongoing interview process. Download an application.

Current Fellow
Amit Vora, MD, MPH

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Training (ACGME) Program

The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology fellowship training program is a comprehensive 2-year program that includes training in catheter ablation of supraventricular tachycardias, ventricular tachycardias, and complex arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, ischemic VT, and arrhythmias associated with congenital heart disease. Comprehensive training is also provided in lead extraction and device therapy, including permanent pacing, implantable defibrillators and bi-ventricular devices. Fellows are provided with significant opportunities for research activities through protected block time and are expected to participate in and complete a research project with a faculty mentor. Applicants must have completed at least three years in an ACGME-approved Cardiology fellowship program.

Applications for training to begin July 1, 2019 will be accepted starting December 2017 in ERAS. 2019 EP Recruitment Timeline

To apply, please include with the ERAS Common Application Form: a current curriculum vitae, personal statement (not to exceed 250 words), medical school transcript, USMLE steps 1, 2CK, 2CS, and 3 score transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation and ECFMG certificate (if applicable). Our trainees in need of visa sponsorship are sponsored by ECFMG on J1 visas.  We do not sponsor other visa types.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to complete the application and competitive applicants will be invited for an interview. Please note that we may begin offering interviews and positions to suitable candidates who have completed their application early, concurrently with the ongoing interview process. For further information about the program please contact Dr. Donald Hegland, Program Director (donald.hegland@duke.edu).  For questions about the application and interviewing process, please contact the Fellowship Program Coordinator, Ms. Arlene Martin (arlene.martin@duke.edu).

 

Current Fellows
Edward Sze, MD
Emily Zeitler, MD
Daniel Friedman, MD
Stephen Gaeta, MD, PhD
John Symons, MD

Advanced Training in Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Training (ACGME) Program

 

Applications for 2019 will be accepted in ERAS starting December 2017.

2019 HF Recruitment Timeline 

To apply, please submit an application in ERAS and include a current curriculum vitae, personal statement (not to exceed 250 words), USMLE steps 1, 2CK, 2CS and 3, medical school transcript, 3 letters of recommendation (including one from program director) and ECFMG certificate (if applicable). 

Our trainees in need of visa sponsorship are sponsored by ECFMG on J1 visas. Prospective applicants are encouraged to complete the application and competitive applicants will be invited for an interview. Please note that we may begin offering interviews and positions to suitable candidates who have completed their application early, concurrently with the ongoing interview process. For further information about the program, please contact Dr. Michael Felker, Program Director (michael.felker@dm.duke.edu). To request an application and for any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Program Coordinator, Arlene Martin (arlene.martin@duke.edu).

 

Current Fellows
Sima Hodavance, MD
Nancy Luo, MD
Kishan Parikh, MD

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship Training (ACGME) Program

Interest in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) at Duke University Medical Center began in the early 1990s, and the development of our program has been a joint effort between adult and pediatric cardiology since its beginning. The complicated nature of adult patients with congenital heart disease requires an understanding not only of their underlying anatomy and hemodynamics, but also the associated medical issues of the aging patient and the financial and social issues that arise with a chronic illness. Over the last two decades, the Duke ACHD program has combined the knowledge base of the adult and pediatric congenital programs with the clinical excellence of the Duke Heart Center and the innovative clinical research at the university as a whole.  We have used these resources to educate our trainees in the care of adult congenital patients.

More recently, national organizations focused on medical education have noted the increase in the ACHD patient population. In fact, it is estimated that over one million adults in the United States have grown into adulthood with congenital heart disease and will require the care of a physician with expertise in the treatment of such patients. In order to prepare physicians to serve this need, the ACGME has recently approved program requirements for graduate medical education in ACHD.  The first ABIM boards are being offered in the fall of 2015, and it is estimated that programs will be accredited by 2017. However, because of the long history of the Duke ACHD program and the enthusiasm on the part of our trainees to specialize in this field, we would like to formalize our training program early and put in place the infrastructure to train the next academic leaders in ACHD.  The goals and objectives or our program are:

  • To educate house staff and students about the care of this population of patients who will be an increasing part of their future patient population, no matter what specialty they choose.
  • To train future academic leaders in adult congenital heart disease.
  • To further develop a research program in combination with current activity at Duke in order to provide a better understanding of these complex diseases and to utilize the research and clinical programs to augment the training environment.  This opportunity to augment our training programs is especially available in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension, genetics, EP, device evaluation and prevention.
  • To continue to demonstrate that by combining the resources of both pediatric and adult cardiology we can provide optimal and innovative care of patients with adult congenital heart disease.

We do not have openings for 2018 or 2019 and will not be accepting applications.

To apply, please send the application,  a current curriculum vitae, personal statement (not to exceed 250 words), USMLE steps 1, 2ck, 2cs and 3, medical school transcript, 3 letters of recommendation (including one from program director) and ECFMG certificate (if applicable). Send all of your application materials at once in one email to arlene.martin@duke.edu.

Please have your letter writers email the letters of recommendation to arlene.martin@duke.edu separately.

Our trainees in need of visa sponsorship are sponsored by ECFMG on J1 visas.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to complete the application and competitive applicants will be invited for an interview. Please note that we may begin offering interviews and positions to suitable candidates who have completed their application early, concurrently with the ongoing interview process. For further information about the program please contact Dr. Cary Ward, Program Director (c.ward@dm.duke.edu). To request an application and for any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Program Coordinator, Arlene Martin (arlene.martin@duke.edu).

Download ACHD Application

Current Fellow
Jordan Awerbach, MD