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Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship Program

Why Choose Our Program?

The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship Program at the University of Rochester is an ACGME accredited 1-year training program which provides exceptional educational opportunities to prospective fellows in all aspects of advanced heart failure care. We accept one advanced fellow per year, who participates in clinical as well as research activities throughout the year.

The University of Rochester Medical Center is a large, tertiary referral center that treats a broad spectrum of cardiac disease. We have one of the largest VAD programs in the country being consistently ranked in the top 3 centers nationally for implanting the HeartMate 3™.  We also have a state-of-the-art cardiac transplant program being the only center in the Upstate and Western NY region ensuring excellent exposure for prospective fellows.  Our group also has multidisciplinary specialty programs in cardio-oncology, infiltrative cardiomyopathies, multimodality advanced imaging, mechanical circulatory support and structural heart disease.  Our internationally recognized Clinical Cardiovascular Research Center has led numerous, high impact studies on reducing the risk of sudden cardiac death in heart failure patients, developing less invasive methods of LVAD implantation, assessing long-term outcomes of LVAD patients and improving access to care for advanced heart failure patients. These projects afford fellows the opportunities to engage in meaningful projects that often result in high impact international presentations and publications.  Many of our projects have changed the way heart failure cardiology is practiced worldwide. 

The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship Program is an ACGME accredited 1-year training program at the University of Rochester. Currently, we have one heart failure fellow per year in the program, who participates in research as well as clinical activities throughout the year.

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Our Program By the Numbers


Total Fellows


Fellows per Year

281 +

LVAD patients

300 +

Heart Transplants since 2001

At a Glance


There is flexibility in the program, and it is not uncommon for fellows to tailor tracks to fit their needs during training as their learning objectives and career goals evolve.

Mentor Relationships

Our fellows most commonly reference the personal relationships and valuable mentoring they receive as one of the top reasons why they would recommend URMC.

Outstanding Research

With access to URMC’s LVAD database, our fellows work with a large population base while collaborating with top researchers in the field in our internationally recognized Clinical Cardiovascular Research Center.

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What Our Fellows Say...

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training? 

The hands-on teaching and depth of experience of the multidisciplinary team members gave me the tools and encouragement to feel confident going forward as a heart failure cardiologist.  It was a privilege working in a setting that fostered continuous learning with a group of people I respected and could rely on for support in my early career. My decision to stay on as faculty is a testament to the program’s academic appeal and the quality and character of the entire staff.

The advanced heart failure and transplant program at URMC offered me the unique opportunity to train at a very busy LVAD and transplant center that provided comprehensive clinical and research opportunities in a close-knit environment.

James Youssef, M.D.

Clinical Senior Instructor (Voluntary)
Department of Medicine, Cardiology (V) (SMD), Grad 2019

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