Message from the Program Director

Recent advances in developmental biology and molecular genetics have provided important insight into the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying both congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease. Technical advances in imaging, interventional catheterization, and surgical techniques also enable us to provide improved care for our patients.

The goal of our fellowship program is to prepare the fellow for a career in academic pediatric cardiology. We view our program not as a continuation of residency training but rather, the first step in a career in academic medicine. 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. As such, we welcome applicants with a high degree of motivation and self-direction who are able and willing to use available resources to become superior clinicians and researchers.

To provide a base upon which an academic career can be built, we expect the fellow to be involved in the design of a curriculum to meet his/her particular interests during the fellowship. Although our clinical service is quite busy, our faculty members are very involved in all aspects of the clinical service. Thus, we are able to assign fellows to clinical duties based on individual training needs rather than according to service needs. After completing the program, the fellow should have the training, tools, and philosophy necessary for advancing the field of pediatric cardiology within his/her area of choice. Our program meets all the requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics for subspecialty training in cardiology and is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

We hope that you find this website useful. We welcome your comments and questions and look forward to your continued interest in the fellowship program in pediatric cardiology at UT Southwestern.

If you need further information, please feel free to contact me. You can also contact Priscilla Castro, our Fellowship Education Coordinator, by phone at 214-456-5834 or 800-947-2323 or by


Sadia Malik, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program