Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

 

Structural Cardiac Interventional fellowship
Dr. Yerem Yeghiazarians and Cardiology Fellow Dr. David Anderson

 

Description
General Overview
Training Program
Faculty
Previous Fellows
Salary and Benefits
How to Apply

Description

The University of California, San Francisco training program in interventional cardiology is a one year ACGME-accredited program that is affiliated with the ABIM accredited General Cardiology Fellowship. The focus during the one year fellowship is on performing a wide range of diagnostic invasive cardiac procedures percutaneous coronary interventions including complex and high-risk cases and chronic total occlusions. There are opportunities for fellows to gain experience in peripheral and structural heart procedures. For those interested in further training for structural heart intervention, we offer a separate one year non-ACGME structural heart disease fellowship

The program consists of three primary training sites, including UCSF Health, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Hospital and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Fellows will spend the majority of their time at UCSF Health and the Veterans Hospital with optional experiences at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. More than 2,000 procedures are completed each year in the catheterization laboratory at UCSF Health, and more than 1,000 interventional procedures are completed between the three sites.

In accordance with our goal of training future academicians, the program has an emphasis on developing an active area of research interest in addition to providing outstanding training in basic and advanced techniques in interventional cardiology.

General Overview 

During the fellowship, the fellow will acquire expertise as primary operator on all invasive diagnostic cardiac procedures, coronary interventions and ethanol septal ablations in addition to learning to teach general cardiology fellows diagnostic cardiac catheterization. All facilities use state of the art equipment and techniques, including flat-panel imaging, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), invasive physiology (FFR/iFR), intracardiac echo (ICE), thrombectomy, atherectomy, percutaneous hemodynamic support devices. As a dedicated site to primary coronary intervention for acute myocardial infarction, trainees have broad exposure to the entire spectrum of coronary disease, including chronic stable coronary artery disease, chronic total occlusion (CTO), acute coronary syndromes and ST-elevation MI. A thorough curriculum, including academic conferences, literature reviews, reviews of unusual cases/presentation has been a tradition at UCSF. The year will be split between the two principle catheterization laboratories, the UCSF Moffitt Hospital Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. There is an optional additional experience at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for acute/emergent cases. 

During the fellowship, there is an expectation that the fellows will engage in a research project. Active areas of research include clinical, animal and basic science projects, and fellows are mentored in all areas including study design, grant writing, institutional review board application in addition to presenting work at conferences, meetings and in publication.

Training Program 

The training program will consist of 12 total months of training. The clinical curriculum includes structured clinical rotations and participation in required conferences along with weekly longitudinal clinics.

Clinical rotations

Fellows will split their time between monthly rotations at the two principle catheterization laboratories, at UCSF Health and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The fellow will be involved in all interventional cardiac cases and is expected to spend up to 4.5 days per week in the cardiac catheterization lab. The fellow will also be involved in the Interventional clinic 0.5 day per week and attend the interventional cardiac conference every week. Fellows will be responsible for taking STEMI call on a Q2-Q3 basis throughout the year. 

Fellows will work with a team of advanced practice providers and house staff to manage patients undergoing procedures in the catheterization lab. 

Required Conferences:

1.  Weekly: Interventional Case Conference

2.  Monthly: Journal Clubs 

3.  Bi-annually: Bay Area Interventional Cardiology Conference (BAICC) 

Faculty

Dr Tom Ports

Thomas Ports, MD

Director of Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Training Program
UCSF Cardiology Division, Box 0103
San Francisco, CA 94143-0103

Phone: (415) 353-3817

Dr Soni

Krishan Soni, MD, MBA

Associate Director of Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Training Program
UCSF Cardiology Division, Box 0103
San Francisco, CA 94143-0103

Phone: (415) 476-6541

Dr Harsh Agrawal

Harsh Agrawal, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Primary site affiliation: UCSF Health 

Anna Beyer

Anna Beyer, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Primary site affiliation: UCSF Health

Dr Sung choi

Sung Choi, MD
Professor of Medicine

Primary site affiliation: UCSF Health

 

John Macgreggor, MD
Professor of Medicine

Primary site affiliation: Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital 

Dr Mahadevan

Vaikom Mahadevan, MD
Professor of Medicine

Primary site affiliation: UCSF Health 

Dr Kendrick Shunk

Kendrick Shunk, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine

Primary site affiliation: San Francisco Veterans Affairs Hospital

Dr. Joseph Yang

Joseph Yang, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Primary site affiliation: San Francisco Veterans Affairs Hospital

Dr Yerem Yeghiazarians

Yerem Yeghiazarians, MD
Professor of Medicine

Primary site affiliation: UCSF Health 

Lucas Zier

Lucas S Zier, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Primary site affiliation: Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital 

Jeffrey zimmet

Jeffrey Zimmet, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine

Primary site affiliation: San Francisco Veterans Affairs Hospital

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

Previous Fellows

Blake Charlton, Interventional Cardiologist, Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute, Anchorage, AK
Jeremy Tietjens, Interventional Cardiologist, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
Punag Divanji, Interventional Cardiologist, Assistant Professor, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, OR
Jane LeeInterventional Cardiologist, South Shore Health, South Weymouth, MA
Lucas Zier, Assistant Professor, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
Kelly Guld, Private Practice, Phoenix, AZ
Mark Villalon, Interventional Cardiologist, NorthBay Healthcare, Napa, CA
Krishan Soni, Assistant Professor, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
Manoj Kesarwani, Interventional Cardiologist, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Vipul Gupta, Cardiovascular Disease Specialist, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Antioch, CA
Nathan Boyer, Interventional Cardiologist, The Vancouver Clinic, Vancouver, WA
Vindhya Hindnavis, Cardiovascular Disease Specialist, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Oakland, CA
Hossein Dehghani, Interventional Cardiologist, North Bay Medical Group, Fairfield, CA
Anna Beyer, Associate Professor, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
Amardeep Singh, Interventional Cardiologist, Mercy Medical Group (Dignity Health), Carmichael, CA 
Ramford Ng, Interventional Cardiologist, Stanford, Pleasanton, CA
Victor Ochoa, Internal Medicine Physician, Cardiovascular Associates of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
David Lao, Interventional Cardiologist, Mercy Medical Group (Dignity Health), Carmichael, CA   

Interventional Cardiology UCSF
2020 Interventional Cardiology fellow graduates: Blake Charlton, MD and Jeremy Tietjens, MD.

Salary and Benefits

Salary: The Interventional Cardiology 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

Application deadline December 15, 2020
Number of positions 2
Length of program 1 year 
Interviews January 2021
Start date July 1, 2022

Submit your application through ERAS, Electronic Residency Application Service. Apply online. 

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

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: https://isso.ucsf.edu/immigration-visas/h-1b-scholars
J-1 Scholar Categories at UCSF: https://isso.ucsf.edu/j-1-scholar-categories-ucsf

For more information about application criteria please contact:

Salina Gu
Fellowships Program Manager
[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.