The Division of Cardiology at Cornell offers a fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, which is accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The heart failure service has a high volume of clinical activities related to all aspects of heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, pulmonary hypertension and cardiac transplantation. The fellowship consists of one year of intensive clinical training. The service comprises three attending heart failure specialists, assisted by nurse practitioners on the inpatient and outpatient service, and research support staff.
This fellowship will provide training in the management of the advanced congestive heart failure patient population. This includes patients with: acute decompensated heart failure (left and right), destination or bridge to transplant mechanical assist devices, acute support devices, perioperative high risk conventional cardiac surgery, approved and investigational catheter or mini surgical valvular interventions; those needing evaluation for and those who already underwent heart transplantation. An added strength of the program is in depth exposure to evaluation and management of pulmonary hypertension in patients with WHO Groups 1-5 PH. Cardiac Transplantation training portion occurs at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Columbia Medical Center. Highlights of this program include a strong collaboration with colleagues from cardiac imaging, catheterization lab (including structural heart disease program), electrophysiology, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac anesthesia, rheumatology and oncology.
Fellows are trained in the inpatient and outpatient management of patients with advanced heart failure and pulmonary vascular disease. The one year fellowship will include 9 months of inpatient service, of which three months is dedicated to transplant cardiology at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Medical Center. Experiences will include a wide spectrum of patients with advanced heart failure as well as the management of mechanical circulatory support devices, high risk cardiac surgery patients, complex congenital heart disease, and WHO Groups 1-5 pulmonary hypertension. The range of mechanical circulatory support available includes state of the art left ventricular, biventricular support as well as ECMO. Additional time is devoted to continuity clinic weekly. Fellows will also participate in organ procurement, endomyocardial biopsy training and interrogation of implantable defibrillators and biventricular pacemakers. A core curriculum in advanced heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and transplant cardiology is taught throughout the year by the full-time faculty. In addition monthly Journal Club and Heart Failure Specialty Conferences are a regular part of the curriculum. This training program meets all the clinical requirements for Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology board certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Specific rotations within the fellowship are:
- Inpatient service including transplant cardiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Medical Center
- Inpatient heart failure service at New York Presbyterian Hospital—Weill Cornell Medical Center
Incorporated as part of the ongoing clinical effort.
Cardiology Grand Rounds
Heart Failure Journal Club
Heart Failure Clinical Conferences
Heart Transplantation Team Rounds
The Advanced Heart Failure Faculty include 3 full-time physicians
Irina Sobol, M.D., Program Director
Evelyn Horn, M.D., Director of Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension
Maria Karas, M.D.
Fellowship Program Executive Committee
Bruce B. Lerman, M.D., Division Chief
Irina Sobol, M.D., Program Director
Evelyn Horn, M.D., Director Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension
Peter Okin, M.D., Director, Clinical Affairs
How to Apply
Instructions to Applicants
Fellows must be enrolled in or have completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease. Fellows are accepted into the program after three years of cardiology training.
Selection of fellows will be made on the basis of their clinical ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. With regard to application for fellowship positions, letters of recommendation from the Program Director as well as other cardiology faculty carry significant weight. It is important for the program to understand the applicant’s skills in clinical care, professional judgment, and academic potential. Prior research experience in heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and general cardiology are also considered in our application review process.
Application Timeline for Fellowship Training Beginning July 1, 2017
Application Deadline: Applications are being considered November 1, 2016 to May 1, 2016
A completed applications consists of:
- A curriculum vitae.
- Two-three letters of recommendation.
Applicants will be invited for interviews after the completed applications are received.
Applications should be sent to:
Irina Sobol, M.D.
Division of Cardiology
520 East 70th Street Starr-4
New York, NY 10021
Applicants should have substantial research experiences, outstanding letters of recommendation from their clinical and/or research supervisors in the United States and valid ECFMG certification. Though there is no specific board score requirement, a higher score holds greater weight. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center sponsors J-1 visas only. H1-B visas are not eligible. You will be responsible for retaining an immigration lawyer and for all associated administrative costs. Use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG); and join the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease. Applicants will be considered for interview on the basis of their overall record.
Irina Sobol, M.D.
Tel: (212) 746-2381
Tel: (212) 746-2218