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Cardiology Fellowship Program

Under the direction of Sonali Patel, M.D., Ph.D. and Melinda Cory, M.D., the Division of Pediatric Cardiology’s fellowship program provides fellows the training, tools, and philosophy necessary for advancing the field of pediatric cardiology within their areas of choice. Our fellows rotate through all subspecialty areas of cardiology. They also participate in clinical, translational, or basic science research.

We recruit four new fellows each year in our three-year Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program. Many fellows choose to complete a fourth year to pursue a specialized clinical interest. All pediatric cardiology faculty are actively involved in the fellows’ training.

UT Southwestern Medical Center is a multifaceted academic institution nationally recognized for its excellence in educating physicians, biomedical scientists, and other health care professionals. The Heart Center at Children’s Health, an affiliated nonprofit hospital, offers a comprehensive program of specialized care for children with congenital and acquired heart diseases.

In addition to the standard three-year Fellowship Program, we offer additional fourth-year training programs in cardiac critical care, interventional cardiology, advanced cardiac imaging, heart transplantation, clinical research, and basic research. The structure of these experiences depends on the interests and skills of the individual fellow.


To train future leaders in pediatric cardiology who will advance our field by developing competencies in clinical pediatric cardiology, teaching, research, healthcare systems, life-long learning, and professionalism.


We strive to create a training environment that will foster not only quality clinical training, but also rigorous inquiry and mentoring that will lead to development of the next generation of leaders in pediatric cardiology.

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It’s a very supportive environment, there’s always someone there to help if you need anything. Secondly, there’s never a dull moment when it comes to pathology and learning opportunities.”

Drishti Tolani, M.B.B.S.

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Sonali Patel, M.D., Ph.D.

Sonali Patel, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program

>Melinda Cory, M.D.

Melinda Cory, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Associate Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program

Kristy Friel

Kristy Friel

Coordinator, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program