Interventional Cardiology Fellowship


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


The University of California, San Francisco training program in interventional cardiology is a one year ACGME-accredited program with an optional non-ACGME year and that is affiliated with the ABIM accredited General Cardiology Fellowship.

Over 800 interventions are performed annually at the two principle catheterization laboratories, the UCSF Moffitt Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

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 

Interventional Cardiology UCSF
2019 Interventional Cardiology fellows Blake Charlton, MD and Jeremy Tietjens, MD.

The first year is primarily focused on research, with clinical time to develop a foundation of knowledge and skills required for the following year. 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.

During the second non-ACGME year, the fellow will acquire expertise as primary operator on coronary interventions, ethanol septal ablations, patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD) closures, and valvuloplasties 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), fractional flow reserve (FFR), intracardiac echo (ICE), rheolytic thrombectomy, as well as "niche" techniques such as rotational atherectomy. 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 second 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.

Training Program 

Training Program Sites

The UCSF Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is performing a full range of diagnostic and interventional peripheral angiographic procedures, including studies of the subclavian arteries, renal arteries, abdominal aorta, iliac and femoral arteries. For carotid interventions, we have established an agreement with our colleagues in interventional radiology and vascular surgery to perform joint interventions. In addition, in collaboration with Radiology and Vascular Surgery, we are developing a program where the interventional fellows can participate in the non-invasive interpretation of various peripheral vascular imaging modalities such as ultrasound, CT, and MRI.


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

Assistant Director of Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Training Program

UCSF Cardiology Division, Box 0103
San Francisco, CA 94143-0103

Phone: (415) 476-6541

Dr Yerem Yeghiazarians

Yerem Yeghiazarians, MD
Professor of Medicine

Dr Mahadevan

Vaikom Mahadevan, MD
Professor of Medicine

Dr Harsh Agrawal

Harsh Agrawal, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr Sung choi

Sung Choi, MD
Professor of Medicine


Anna Beyer, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Lucas Zier

Lucas S Zier, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine


John Macgreggor, MD
Professor of Medicine

Dr Kendrick Shunk

Kendrick Shunk, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine

Jeffrey zimmet

Jeffrey Zimmet, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine

Dr. Joseph Yang

Joseph Yang, MD
Assistant 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

Blake Charlton, Interventional Cardiologist, Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute, Anchorage, AK

Jeremy Tietjens, Interventional Cardiologist, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, MO

Punag Divanji, Cardiologist, University of Oregon Health Sciences, 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   

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

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 1, 2020

Deadline for completed applications – December 15, 2020

2. Interviews Interviews will be held in January 2021
3. NRMP Match Day December 2, 2020
4. Fellowship begins July 1, 2022

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:

Salina Gu
University of California
Box 0124
San Francisco, CA 94143-0124
[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.