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Program Highlights

  • An academic cardiac surgery program is present at the primary training site to allow for a sufficient number of patients of each gender, with a broad range, including geriatric patients, for the fellow to achieve the required educational outcomes.
  • There are approximately 200 hospitalized patients per year with a diagnosis of heart failure, including both pre and post transplant patients and patients with ventricular assist devices; with direct management of a minimum of 20 transplant and 20 VAD patients and ambulatory patients, including patients with heart failure, transplants, and mechanical circulatory support.
  • University of Rochester Medical Center cardiologist and director of the Heart Failure Fellowship Training Program, Leway Chen, M.D., M.P.H., is the area’s first physician to earn certification in advanced heart failure and transplantation from the American Board of Internal Medicine.
  • We have a state of the art cardiac catheterization laboratory for invasive studies and myocardial biopsies. The laboratories contain cardiac fluoroscopic equipment, state of the art monitoring and recording systems, and resuscitative equipment. Echocardiography is utilized to perform the majority of the RV endomyocardial biopsies.
  • The 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.
  • Our heart failure and transplantation program has been up and running since 2001, and we have successfully completed over 165 heart transplants.
  • The University of Rochester Medical Center is a large, tertiary referral center that treats a broad spectrum of cardiac disease. We have a wide array of diagnostic imaging, including echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac MR, and coronary CT angiography, as well as a busy cath and EP lab that offers multiple modalities of treatment, and an active heart failure/transplant team.
  • Despite the extensive patient exposure and facilities, our program is truly medium sized, with the benefits of a bustling large medical center balanced nicely by a close-knit, friendly environment small enough so that we know all of our colleagues well. Additionally, our faculty truly treat fellows as colleagues, not as subordinate trainees.
  • Each fellow has access to two meeting rooms within the Cardiology Administration Suite, electronic medical records, a lounge for use during on call hours, and access to specialty/specific reference materials in electronic or printed format. There is also dedicated office space with a laptop provided.
  • The fellow has four weeks of vacation and five days of study leave to attend education meetings related to the field of heart failure.
  • Protected time to perform independent research.