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Advanced Fellowship Training

​​​​At the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, we offer:

 

Fellowship Training in Sub-specialties

Fellows train in a highly complex sub-specialty by working under the guidance of experienced specialists in the following areas.

 

Adult Congenital Heart Disease: We offer a 2-year fellowship with a broad education in the clinical management of patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD). There are special clinics for inherited aortopathies, heart disease and pregnancy and pulmonary hypertension associated with congenital heart disease.

We are very grateful to our donors, whose contributions have allowed us to provide stipends to selected fellows and to establish the following named fellowships in ACHD:

  • Gordon B. Allan Fellowship
  • The Beth Medjuck Family Fellowship
  • The Gregory A. Nihon Fellowship
  • Nevil Thomas Fellowship

Each year, 15 to 20 national and international trainees apply for our fellowship program, allowing us to select fellows for 6 or 7 positions.

UHN's Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre of Adults, one of the oldest and largest centres of its kind in the world, has trained more ACHD physicians than any other centre in the world (more than 50 physicians since 1993).

Send applications for fellowships to:
Cathy Chau, Program Coordinator
Email: cathy.chau@uhn.ca

AND
Dr. Lucy Roche, Fellowship Director
Email: lucy.roche@uhn.ca

 

Cardiotoxicity Program: The Ted Rogers Program in Cardiotoxicity Prevention at the Peter Munk Center will be offering a formal clinical / research fellowship in advanced heart failure and cardiotoxicity prevention starting July 1, 2015. The program will be 2 years in duration. Trainees who have completed residency / fellowship in cardiology will be allowed to apply in their last year of their cardiology fellowship. Trainees who are enrolled in other fellowships such as heart failure or cardiac imaging may also be considered for the fellowship. The 2 year program will consist of advanced heart failure clinical training for year 1 followed by training in cardiotoxicity prevention in year 2. The cardio-toxicity prevention year will include onco-cardiology, but will extend beyond this field to consider cardiotoxicity from all other medications e.g., biologics and diabetics medications. Through the 2 years the trainees will be involved in clinical research relevant to the field of cardio-toxicity / heart failure. Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue a third year in advanced cardiac imaging or enrol in graduate education. Consideration will also be provided for dedicated 1-2 year research fellowship. For the first year of the fellowship (July 2015) there is flexibility in the training schedule.

Interested applications should forward their CV to Dr. Michael McDonald (Heart Failure Fellowship Program Director) and Dr. Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan (Director of the Ted Rogers Program in Cardiotoxicity Prevention).

Dr. Michael McDonald – Michael.mcdonald@uhn.ca
Dr. Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan – dinesh.thavendiranathan@uhn.ca​

 

Cardiovascular Surgery: We offer advanced surgical fellowships in adult cardiac surgery, complex valvular surgery and heart failure and transplant surgery.  

Each year, 60 to 70 national and international trainees apply for our fellowship program, allowing us to select excellent clinical fellows for our 6 positions.

Send applications for fellowships to:
Carolyn Dunford (on behalf of Dr. Vivek Rao)
Email: carolyn.dunford@uhn.ca

 

Echocardiography: For more information or to submit applications for fellowships, contact:
Dr. Anna Woo, Director of Echocardiography
Email: anna.woo@uhn.ca

 

Electrophysiology: Our Electrophysiology (EP) service is a high-volume implant centre for devices, including CRT, and has an active ablation program, with a focus on congenital heart disease, ventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation.

We offer a comprehensive 2-year to 3-year clinical fellowship, with our fellows rotating through the EP lab, the device implant room, the EP consultation service and ambulatory care. There are dedicated programs in atrial fibrillation management, ventricular tachycardia, heritable arrhythmia and laser extraction. We emphasize academic EP, with structured rounds covering core topics in EP and ECG/EGM interpretation.

All fellows are encouraged to participate in research projects. Our research focuses on mechanisms of atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmia, novel predictors of sudden cardiac death and novel techniques in catheter ablation.

Send applications for fellowships to:
Dr. K. Nair
Email: krishnakumar.nair@uhn.ca

 

Heart Failure and Transplantation: This is an internationally recognized training program, and our trainees develop expertise leading to certification in the fields of advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation. A tremendous breadth of clinical and research opportunities is offered within our fellowship program. Positions are available on a highly competitive basis.

Send applications for fellowships to:
Dr. Michael McDonald, Director, Advanced Heart Failure/Transplantation Fellowship Program at the University of Toronto
Email: michael.mcdonald@uhn.ca

 

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: The hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) fellowship is a 2-year clinical/research program offering clinical training in the management of HCM and clinical research experience. Fellows are involved in the outpatient and inpatient management of HCM patients, as well as in imaging studies (Echo/MRI), invasive therapy for dynamic LV outflow obstruction and medical genetics.

Successful candidates will have completed a 3-year general cardiology fellowship and will be expected to have level 2 training in echocardiography, with the opportunity to develop level 3 training. Clinical research experience is preferred.

Send applications for fellowships to:
Dr. Harry Rakowski
Email: dr.harry.rakowski@uhn.on.ca

 

Interventional Cardiology: While acquiring advanced skills, fellows undertake innovative research projects, making important contributions to our growing knowledge of cardiovascular disease.

We receive more than 100 applications to our fellowship program each year, and we accept 4 fellows.

Send applications for fellowships to:
Patricia Kikiris (on behalf of Dr. Mark Osten)
Email: patricia.kikiris@uhn.ca

 

Medical Imaging: Educational opportunities are offered through the Joint Department of Medical Imaging.

 

Nuclear Cardiology: For more information or to submit applications for fellowships, contact:
Dr. Iwanochko
Email: robertmark.iwanochko@uhn.ca 

 

Vascular Surgery: The University of Toronto offers 2 clinical fellowship positions that provide 12 months of vascular surgery training. These fellowship positions are based out of the vascular surgery units at UHN and St. Michael's Hospital, and fellows rotate between these 2 sites. 

Trainees will gain additional experience in advanced aortic endovascular interventions, combined vascular and surgical oncology procedures, vascular trauma (both adult and pediatric), surgical management of thoracic outlet syndrome and hybrid open and endovascular interventions. 

Fellows must complete a research project during their 12-month tenure and submit a manuscript ready for publication upon completion of their training.

This fellowship program aims to provide additional specialized clinical and research experience to candidates who will ultimately be returning to an academic position upon completion of their fellowship. 

Candidates must be fluent in English and must have completed vascular surgery training in their country of origin in order to be considered eligible. Candidates must already have been certified in vascular surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent. 

This fellowship is unaccredited and does not lead to independent licensure for medical practice in Ontario.

Approval of these fellowships is conditional upon the requirement that the individual will not interfere with the training of vascular or general surgery senior residents. Also, the training must be undertaken within the guidelines for fellowship training developed by UHN's Department of Surgery.

Applicants must submit:

  • A copy of their most recent CV
  • A case log outlining their previous vascular surgery case exposures
  • 3 letters of reference
  • A letter of intent outlining their career goals and training objectives

Send applications for fellowships to:
Margarida Silva (on behalf of Dr. George Oreopoulos)
Email: margarida.silva@uhn.ca

Foundation-sponsored Fellowships

Generous donations from our patients and their families help to fund these fellowships:

  • Andreae Family Fellowship in Nursing and Allied Health (this fellowship allows a nurse or an allied health professional to conduct research in best practices for patients with cardiovascular disease)
  • Lampe Family Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Senator Group 8-Ball Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Beth Medjuck Clinical/Research Fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • E.D. Wigle Fellowship in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Research
  • Gordon B. Allan Fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Lampe Family Fellowship in Cardiology
  • Nevil Thomas Fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • LaSorda Fellowship in Heart Failure/Transplant
  • Dalglish Family Fellowship in 22q.11.2 Deletion Syndrome
  • Miriam L. Burnett Electrophysiology Fellowship Fund
  • The Gregory A. Nihon Fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Integrated Fellowships

We also offer integrated fellowships in:

  • Anesthesia – Intraoperative Cardiac Imaging
  • Hosinec Family Cardiology – Medical Imaging Fellowship
  • Hosinec Family Cardiac Surgery – Cardiology Fellowship
  • Black Family Vascular Surgery – Medical Imaging Fellowship Fund 

 
Send applications for the Black Family Vascular Surgery – Medical Imaging Fellowship Fund to:
Amicie Davies (on behalf of Dr. Tom Lindsay)
Email: amicie.davies@uhn.ca