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Heart Failure Fellowship Program

About the program

Program Director: Azam Hadi, MD
Associated Program Director: Craig Alpert, MD
Accreditation: ACGME
Program Length: 1 year (PGY-7)
Fellows per year: 2

The Cardiovascular Institute at the Allegheny Health Network Medical Education Consortium offers two positions for a one-year ACGME Accredited Fellowship Training Program in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology (AHFTC) at its flagship hospital, Allegheny General Hospital (AGH).

With 631 licensed beds, including separate 24-bed cardiac and CT surgical ICUs as well as a 24-bed step-down unit for advanced heart failure and pulmonary hypertension patients, AGH is a clinically active program averaging 25 transplants, 40 durable LVADs, and 80 ECMO procedures each year. In addition, our program offers unique training in pulmonary hypertension alongside internationally-recognized experts and serves as a national CTEPH referral center. In addition, fellows will participate in our multidisciplinary cardiogenic shock team, our multidisciplinary amyloidosis program, and our cardiac palliative care team. Trainees will have hands-on procedural training in hemodynamics, cardiac biopsy, CardioMEMs implantation, exercise hemodynamics, and percutaneous support devices . In addition, they will collaborate on scholarly clinical/translational research with internationally renowned faculty. Through AGH’s partnerships with Highmark Insurance and Carnegie Mellon University, there are special opportunities to participate in quality improvement, including a celebrated heart failure readmission reduction program, and computational sciences.

The program includes comprehensive training in advanced heart failure, transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and pulmonary hypertension, as well as opportunities for clinical and translational research.

In accordance with UNOS certification, our trainees develop expertise across the broad spectrum of heart failure from diagnosis to treatment, be it medical or surgical including both device-based therapies and cardiac transplantation.

In addition, the trainee will develop an understanding of both the indications and contraindications for cardiac transplantation, selection criteria for transplantation, and the management of UNOS Status I candidates awaiting transplantation. Also, the trainee will obtain experience in care after cardiac transplantation, including knowledge of various immunosuppressive regimens as well as diagnosis and management of post-transplant complications.

The trainee will similarly develop knowledge of the selection criteria for left ventricular and right ventricular assist device insertions, selection of the appropriate device, and management of patients on device support, both acutely and with long-term complications.

Finally, the trainee will develop an understanding of the pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension, including diagnosis and treatment options in this syndrome.

About Graduate Medical Education

The Heart Failure Fellowship program is part of the graduate medical education (GME) opportunities offered by the AHN Medical Education Consortium. Learn more about graduate medical education.

Contact us
Patricia Keenan
Carolyn Bowers
Program Coordinators

Mailing address:

Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Training Program
Allegheny General Hospital
320 East North Avenue, 16 Floor, South Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone: (412) 359-6270, Option 6
Fax: (412) 359-6292

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