Advanced Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

Advanced Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

These 12-month, non-accredited fellowships on the adult cardiac surgery service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers the full complement of adult cardiac surgery provide two tracts for candidates to pursue.

The first fellowship (Structural Heart and Aortic Diseases Fellowship) focuses on complex valve surgery and heart failure, including the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. Each year, we perform over 500 valve and over 100 MAZE surgeries (both concomitant and stand-alone procedures). Since more than 200 of these are mitral valve repairs, this experience also provides the fellow with proficiency in repairing all forms of complex mitral pathology. In addition, we offer experience in percutaneous and trans-apical aortic valve replacement.

The second fellowship (Heart Failure, Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Fellowship) focuses on surgery for congestive heart failure. This includes ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation, as well as complex conventional surgery on low EF patients. In addition, the program is participating in several trials with innovative therapies and devices for patients with end-stage heart disease.

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These one year fellowship programs are available for individuals seeking additional training in cardiac surgery, who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited Thoracic Surgery program (or equivalent) and are eligible for medical licensure in the State of Illinois.

How To Apply:

Please send the complete application to education coordinator, Hemali Shah , including the following:

  • CV
  • USMLE transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Certificate of Completion from U.S. or board-approved residency and/or fellowship program
  • ABTS Certification or proof of eligibility (or equivalent)
  • Visa documents (if applicable)

Contact Information:

Duc Thinh Pham, MD

Program Director

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Hemali Shah

Program Coordinator

[email protected]


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    Sep 28, 2022

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    Chicago, Illinois

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