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Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) offers a one-year, ACGME accredited, clinical fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

In 2016, our program performed more than 40 heart transplants, implanted approximately 20 durable mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices, and cared for numerous patients on temporary MCS. Our one- and three- year survival post-transplant routinely exceeds national averages.

Our fellows receive specialized training in the pathophysiology and management of advanced cardiac disease, including end-stage heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, and cardiac transplantation. They benefit from UTSW’s reputation as a regional and national referral center. Our fellows’ training is further enhanced by their ability to learn from diverse patient populations at our 600-bed quaternary-care academic medical center as well as at Parkland Hospital, our affiliated 1000-bed public hospital.

Through working with the eight heart failure specialists within the Division of Cardiology, our fellows become proficient in:

  • The clinical evaluation of patients with advanced heart failure, including evidence-based inpatient and outpatient management strategies.
  • Evaluating a patient’s candidacy for heart transplantation and/or durable MCS.
  • Perioperative management of heart transplant and MCS recipients.
  • Chronic management of durable MCS, including post-implant complications.
  • The physiology of the transplanted heart, management of immunosuppressive therapy, and the assessment and management of post-transplant complications (including acute and/or chronic rejection).
  • PPerforming and interpreting cardiopulmonary stress testing, right heart catheterization, and endomyocardial biopsy.

In addition, our fellows have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, the University’s Pulmonary Hypertension and Transplant Infectious Disease faculty. Fellows also participate in primary research projects and quality improvement projects.

Upon successful completion of this fellowship, trainees are eligible to sit for the ABIM board examination in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

We invite you to further explore our website for additional information regarding our fellowship, including faculty biographies, and application requirements and deadlines. As always, if we can provide additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.