Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program

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.

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, review 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.

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.

We already filled our fellowship position starting July 1, 2020. We will be accepting applications for a July 1, 2021 start in ERAS.

APPLICATIONS: We will be accepting applications through ERAS, Electronic Residency Application Service in the December application cycle. The ERAS phone is (215) 966-3940. We do not accept paper applications. The deadline for completed applications is December 15, 2019.

Application Requirements

We require the following supporting documents to be submitted via the ERAS program:

  • Application
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your current program director
  • Medical school transcripts, USMLE transcripts, and Dean's letter are not required. Photos are optional.

As per ACGME, effective for programs starting 7.1.2018:
All prerequisite post-graduate clinical education required for initial entry or transfer into ACGME-accredited residency programs must be completed in ACGME-accredited residency programs, or in Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)-accredited residency programs located in Canada.

J-1 and H-1B Visa Sponsorship

For international applicants, UCSF can sponsor J-1 and H-1B visas.  
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For more information about application criteria please contact:

Salina Gu
University of California
Box 0124
San Francisco, CA 94143-0124
E-mail: [email protected]

Program information, contact:

Thomas A. Ports, M.D.
Director of Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Training Program
UCSF Cardiology Division
Box 0103
San Francisco, CA 94143-0103