Echocardiography and Advanced Imaging Fellowship Programs


The UCSF Echocardiography Fellowship Program is housed within the Adult Echocardiography Laboratory of the UCSF Medical Center located in the Moffitt-Long Hospital. Annually, the lab performs over 15,000 echocardiograms, including transthoracic, transesophageal and stress (exercise or pharmacologic) studies.

    [Prerequisite: Completion of cardiology fellowship]
    NOTE: We have filled all positions starting July 2020 and are now accepting applications for a July 2021 start. See "HOW TO APPLY" section below.

The Advanced Echocardiography fellowships is designed to help fellows hone their clinical skills in echocardiography and advanced methodology including: 3-dimensional imaging, strain imaging, structural echo, and contrast echocardiography. Fellows will have the opportunity to play an integral role in our structural echo procedures (such as TAVR, MitraClip, ASD closures, valve in valve) with opportunities to learn on the latest, state of the art imaging equipment. Additional clinical skills are developed in the arena of adult congenital heart disease by rotating through congenital clinics.

The fellow will have dedicated time for research and will be expected to work on independent research projects under the mentorship of one or more faculty. Prior fellows have had success in developing their own protocols, getting IRB approval, recruiting subjects, and generating and analyzing data. There are also numerous ongoing research projects that fellows can be integrated into. Research is fostered through biweekly meetings to review progress obtain feedback.

Finally, teaching and scholastic skills are enhanced as fellows assume increasing responsibility throughout the year for running several of our core echo conferences and teaching first year fellows.

The clinical training program is designed to provide the fellow with level III training in clinical echocardiography as defined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography, provided that a general cardiology fellowship has been completed as well. Upon completion of the echo fellowship, qualified participants are eligible to sit for the examination of Special Competency in Echocardiography (ASCeXAM). Upon successful passing of the examination, the applicant will receive certification as a Level III Echocardiographer as determined by the National Board of Echocardioography.

    [Prerequisite: Completion of cardiology fellowship or completion of Radiology Residency (including medical internship year) at ACGME-accredited institutions]
    NOTE: We have filled all positions starting July 2020 and are now accepting applications for a July 2021 start. See "HOW TO APPLY" section below.

The UCSF Advanced Imaging Fellowship was developed in response to the need for graduates of cardiovascular fellowships to have training in the new modalities of CMR and CCT and to provide radiologists with further training in Advanced Cardiac Imaging. A collaborative Advanced Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship allows trainees in Cardiology to be exposed to the expertise in Radiology (such as technical expertise, approach to interpretation and imaging modalities not available in Cardiology) and trainees in Radiology to be exposed to expertise in Cardiology (such as clinical expertise, patient access, broad range of diagnostic approaches, and imaging modalities not available in Radiology). Most importantly, the collaborative fellowship creates opportunities for extensive clinical and research collaboration.

  • The Echocardiography Training program
    [Prerequisite: Completion of internal medicine, anesthesia residency or critical care fellowship]
    NOTE: We do not have positions available for a start in July 2020. We are now accepting applications for a July 2021 start. See "HOW TO APPLY" section below.

In certain instances, we will consider qualified applicants who have not completed a cardiology fellowship. We welcome highly qualified applicants who have strong research and clinical interests in the discipline of echocardiography. The echocardiography training fellowship is not accredited by ACGME. While applicants will likely meet Level III training requirements in echocardiography, certification by the National Board of Echocardiography is currently limited to cardiologists and anesthesiologists. The research opportunities are similar to those offered in the Advanced Echocardiography Fellowship. These fellows will be exposed to the identical curriculum, including academic conferences.

How to Apply

We have filled all positions for 2020-21 and are now accepting applications for 2021-22.

For international applicants, UCSF can sponsor J-1 and H-1B visas.  
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All trainees must be able to obtain a California Medical License. 3 of the main requirements are:

  • Received medical school education from/graduated from a medical school recognized or approved by the Medical Board
  • Pass all 3 steps of USMLE
  • Completed an ACGME accredited residency program

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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]

Program Director 

Theodore Abraham, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Email: [email protected]

Echocardiography Faculty 

Rima Arnaout, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Michael Crawford, MD
Professor of Medicine

Francesca Nesta Delling, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine 

Kirsten Fleischmann, MD
Professor of Medicine

Elyse Foster, MD
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Medicine and Anesthesia

Gordon Fung, MD
Professor of Medicine

Ian S. Harris, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Nisha Parikh, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Atif Qasim, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiology Fellowship
Rajni Rao, MD
Professor of Medicine
Nelson B. Schiller, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Echocardiography Research, SFVAMC
Eveline Stock, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine 
Geoff Tison, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Kirsten Tolstrup, MD, FACC, FASE
Professor of Medicine
Roland Wu, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Advanced Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Imaging Faculty

Kirsten Fleischmann, MD
Rajni Rao, MD
Nelson Schiller, MD
Elias Botvinick, MD
Michael Dae, MD
Donald Grandis, MD
Miguel Pampaloni, MD
Atif Qasim, MD
Cardiac MR:
Brett Elicker, MD (Director)
Charles Higgins, MD
Michael Hope, MD
Karen Ordovas, MD, MAS