Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship


Training Program
Previous Fellows
Salary and Benefits

How to Apply


The UCSF Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Fellowship is a two-year ACGME accredited program designed to provide level III training to cardiologists wishing to lead ACHD programs.

The fellowship program is affiliated with the clinical cardiology fellowship at UCSF, which is fully accredited by the American Board of Internal Medicine. One fellow is accepted each year, and in order to be eligible, applicants must have completed training and be board eligible in either Adult Cardiology or Pediatric Cardiology at the start of the first fellowship year.

Training Program 

The training program is designed to be flexible and to meet the training requirement of individual fellows. The program includes formal clinical rotations in the congenital interventional catheterization laboratory, congenital cardiac surgery/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, echocardiography, advanced imaging, congenital electrophysiology, and cardiopulmonary exercise physiology. In addition, ACHD fellows attend two longitudinal ACHD clinics per week. The formal didactic program includes education in congenital cardiac anatomy and pathology, maternal cardiac disease in pregnancy, cardiovascular genetics, and embryology/developmental biology, in addition to the above clinical disciplines. Fellows attend and are expected periodically to present at regular conferences. All fellows are expected to pursue an individual research project in basic, clinical, or translational science during their fellowship training, and paired at the beginning of the fellowship with a research mentor.


Dr Aarthi Sabanayagam

Aarthi Sabanayagam, MD
Program Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship
Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine

505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2873

Anu Agarwal Anu Agrawal, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr Ed Gerstenfeld

Edward Gerstenfeld, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia 

Dr Ian Harris

Ian S. Harris, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Phillip Moore

Phillip Moore, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief of Pediatric Cardiology

Dr Nelson Schiller

Nelson B. Schiller, MD
Professor of Medicine

Dr Ronn Tanel

Ronn Tanel, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center 

Dr Zian Tseng

Zian Tseng, MD
Professor of Medicine

For other faculty members within the division, please see Faculty Profiles. For the research activity of specific faculty members, please see Research.

Previous Fellows

Sarah Blissett, Assistant Professor, Western University in London, Ontario, Canada

Ahmed Kheiwa, Medical Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Loma Linda University International Heart Institute, Loma Linda, CA

Aarthi Sabanayagam, Assistant Professor, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Anushree Agarwal, Assistant Professor, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Salary and Benefits

Salary: The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship is a PGY level 7.

Benefits: UCSF provides residents and clinical fellows a rich package of health and welfare benefits at a good value. Plans include health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance. To learn more about fellowship benefits including our retirement savings plan click here. 

Vacation: Every year, fellows get 4 full weeks of vacation time in 1-week blocks. Rules about scheduling vacation varies by program. 

How to Apply

Application Procedure & Timetable

Steps Timetable
1. Submit your application through ERAS, Electronic Residency Application Service. Apply online. The ERAS phone is (215) 966-3940. No paper applications accepted. Available July 2024

Deadline for completed applications – August 14, 2024

2. Interviews Interviews will be held in September and October 2024
3.  Rank list due  November 2024
4. NRMP Match Day November 2024
5. Fellowship begins July 2025

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program for this fellowship. Please contact the NRMP for information on how to sign up for their services.

J-1 and H-1B Visa Sponsorship

For international applicants, UCSF can sponsor J-1 and H-1B visas.  
How to Acquire H-1B Visa Status at UCSF:
J-1 Scholar Categories at UCSF:

For more information about application criteria please contact:

Michael Stover
Associate Fellowship Coordinator
[email protected]

Professional and Ethical Behavior

The Division of Cardiology is committed to a culture of professionalism that places the needs of the patient first, maintains a commitment to scholarship, continuous quality improvement, and fosters a spirit of collaboration among colleagues. Fellows learn these attitudes from mentors and role-model clinicians. The training program is committed to maintaining a high ethical standard, a spirit of collegiality, integrity, respect, compassion, professional responsibility and accountability, courtesy, and sensitivity to patient needs and comfort. Fellows are evaluated in these areas, and they are considered to be an integral part of the training program.