Our overall mission is to train leaders in academic cardiovascular medicine for the twenty-first century and prepare our fellows to become nationally recognized as leaders and innovators who will play a prominent and important role in the health care delivery systems of the future and become role models for future generations of physicians.

Our fellowship requires a minimum three years of general CVM fellowship training (ACGME) which includes a two-year clinical core curriculum (based on COCATS guidelines). It can also include one to three years of subspecialty/research training tailored to the needs of individual fellow. The total length of training varies from three to six years depending on research and subspecialty training. We have an unparalleled number of training grants to support training across the full spectrum of basic, translational, clinical, and health services research.

Penn’s highly competitive cardiovascular fellowship program, a leader in training heart specialists of tomorrow for more than 20 years, attracts more than 600 applicants for eight slots annually. Fellows chosen represent a diverse background in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, residency institution, and academic interest.

Our fellows receive superb clinical and research training at one of the nation’s best cardiology programs, from nationally and internationally renowned faculty, in an outstanding and supportive environment.

Program Directors

Chief Fellows

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Allison Padegimas, MD

Washington University

Medical School: Washington University Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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Ruth Tamrat, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Current Cardiovascular Disease Fellows

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Michael Ayers, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Columbia College of Medicine Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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Nurilign Bulcha, MD, MPH

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Addis Ababa University Residency Program: Montefiore Medical Center
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Megan Burke, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Temple University Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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Lauren Eberly, MD, MPH

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine Residency Program: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
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Alex de Feria Alsina, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Residency Program: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
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Dipika Gopal, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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Rim Halaby, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine Residency Program: Beth Israel Deaconess Medicine Center
Thomas C. Hanff, MD, MPH

Thomas C. Hanff, MD, MPH

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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Norissa Haynes, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Columbia College of Medicine Residency Program: Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
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Ray Hu, MD, MSc

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Hillary Johnston-Cox, MD, PhD

Hillary Johnston-Cox, MD, PhD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Boston University College of Medicine Residency Program: Mount Sinai Hospital
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Yoav Karpenshif, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Residency Program: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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Wumesh KC, MD. PhD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Sameed Khatana, MD

Sameed Khatana, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh Residency Program: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
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Sheela Krishnan, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Brown University Residency Program: Massachusetts General Hospital
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Vivek Kulkarni, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine Residency Program: Brigham and Women's Hospital
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Benjamin Lee, MD. PhD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Columbia College of Medicine Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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Michael Levin, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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Timothy Markman, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital
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Brian McCauley, MD, MPH

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Residency Program: Brown University
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Neena Passi, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine Residency Program: Montefiore Medical Center
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Neel Patel, DO

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Residency Program: Hahnemann University Hospital
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Neel Patel, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: New York Medical College Residency Program: Hahnemann University Hospital
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Rajat Singh, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine Residency Program: Boston University
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Chen-Pang Soong, MD, PhD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine Residency Program: University of Connecticut
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Meshal Soni, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: University of Central Florida, College of Medicine Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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Mahesh Vidula, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine Residency Program: Massachusetts General Hospital
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Aaron Vigdor, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Residency Program: Mount Sinai Hospital
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Matthew Seigerman, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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Senthil Selvaraj, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Medical School: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine Residency Program: Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program participates in Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and the National Medical Specialties Matching Program.

Interested applicants should provide:

  • A completed application
  • Small photo
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference (one from the current program director)
  • Copy of the medical school Dean’s letter to ERAS by the end of August in order to be considered for an interview.

Interviews

The applications will be reviewed by our Fellowship Selection Committee. Due to the high volume of applications, applicants are strongly urged not to call our offices to follow up on their application, and whether an interview has been granted or not. All applicants will be notified by the end of August regarding the status of their application. Interviews are by invitation only and are conducted during prearranged dates in October. 

Cardiovascular Fellowship Brochure

For detailed information about the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program at Penn, download the Cardiovascular Fellowship Brochure.

Download Cardiovascular Fellowship Brochure (PDF)

Questions?

Interested applicants should contact the Fellowship Administrator with any questions about the program.

Denice Susini

Denice Susini
Fellowship Administrator

Email: denice.susini@uphs.upenn.edu
Phone: 215-662-2884

Jen Cronin

Jen Cronin
Fellowship Coordinator

Email: jennifer.cronin@uphs.upenn.edu
Phone: 215-662-3990

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