Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship

UCSF offers a two-year advanced fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) that meets ACGME accreditation guidelines and leads to board eligibility for the upcoming ACHD Certification Examination upon completion of the program.

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease fellowship program is affiliated with the clinical Cardiology Fellowship at UCSF, which is fully accredited by the American Board of Internal Medicine. The fellowship is designed to provide level III training to cardiologists wishing to lead ACHD programs. One fellow is accepted each year, and in order to be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must have completed training and be board eligible in either Adult Cardiology or Pediatric Cardiology at the start of the first fellowship year.

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 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.

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 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.

How to Apply:

We are now accepting applications for 2019.

If you are interested in the 2019 program, please download the application for the 2019 ACHD Advanced Fellowship Program here.

Note: The University does not sponsor new H-1B visas for clinical fellowship training. J-1 sponsored visas and transfers of H-1B visas opportunities may be possible. Your visa status must be certain at the time of application.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send the application along with your curriculum vitae, your research interests, and 3 letters of recommendation discussing your skills as a clinician, including letters from the program directors of your current and past training programs to:

Salina Gu
Email: [email protected]
Winder A. Cruz
Email: [email protected]

For more information about the program or to discuss your particular interest in ACHD, please contact:

Ian S. Harris, MD
Director, Adult Congenital Cardiology Program
[email protected]

ACHD Faculty Members:

Ian S. Harris, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Elyse Foster, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Nelson B. Schiller, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
V.S. Mahadevan, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Wiliam W Parmley Endowed Chair in Cardiology
Director of Structural and Adult Congenital Cardiac Interventions
Edward Gerstenfeld, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia
Zian Tseng, M.D.
Professor In Residence, Section of Electrophysiology
Phillip Moore, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Ronn Tanel, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center
Akash Patel, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Electrophysiology