Fellows in the Academic Cardiovascular Training Program have clinical rotations across each clinical specialty of cardiovascular medicine providing them exposure and experience to the innovative and pioneering subspecialty experts across The Mount Sinai Hospital, and their high-volume of patients and complex cases. Each clinical rotation provides extensive educational, hands-on clinical training and encourages in-depth research opportunities. In addition, the Cardiovascular Research Center at Mount Sinai offers opportunities for experiences in basic cellular and molecular research, channelopathy, pharmacogenetics, stem cell and regenerative therapy, as well as translational and early phase clinical trials.
Rotations of the Academic Cardiovascular Training Program include:
- Dr. Fuster's Fellow
The rotation of first and second year Academic Cardiovascular Training Program fellows involves one-on-one training with Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart at The Mount Sinai Hospital. This is a unique opportunity to learn physical examination and clinical judgment skills directly from a legendary clinician. While on the rotation the fellow learns first-hand how to deal with the daily challenges of running a full-time practice. The fellow also sees all of Dr. Fuster's outpatients with him, formulates a diagnostic and therapeutic plan, follows his inpatients and consults, and handles outpatient queries. The fellow is involved in coordinating international patient visits with assistance of a dedicated nurse and office staff. All patient care issues are discussed extensively with Dr. Fuster.
- Cardiac Care Unit
Fellows have the opportunity for state-of-the-art training in the large 14-bed Cardiac Care Unit at The Mount Sinai Hospital, which has 1,300 admissions annually. Fellows accompany the cardiology faculty during patient rounds. Recognizing the changing nature and complexity of the modern CCU, the state-of-the-art unit is led by both an intensivist and a cardiologist. Patients in the CCU range from those with acute coronary syndromes to those needing complex interventions offering fellows a well-rounded experience of participating in advanced care of critical care patients.
- Interventional Cardiology
Under the direction of world-renowned Samin K. Sharma, MD, and Annapoorna Kini, MD, the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at The Mount Sinai Hospital is comprised of seven fully-equipped procedure rooms with the latest state-of-the-art technology and devices. The Cath Lab performs the highest volume of cardiac interventions in the country while offering the highest safety to its patients. The faculty of the catheterization laboratories includes nine full-time attending physicians and nearly a dozen part-time attending physicians. There are twelve interventional cardiology fellows (in an ACGME-accredited program), and other cardiology fellows on rotation in the Cath Lab, as well as, nurse practitioners. During a typical training rotation in the Cath Lab, while working with attending cardiologists, fellows gain an understanding of cardiac hemodynamics, coronary anatomy, and cineangiogram interpretation, and expertise in the performance of diagnostic angiography, catheterizations, and catheter-based procedures.
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Mount Sinai has been a pioneer in the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms for more than a century. The Helmsley Center for Electrophysiology at The Mount Sinai Hospital, directed by Vivek Reddy, MD, is a major tertiary referral center, offering the full range of therapies for all types of arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia ablation, cardiac device implantation and left atrial appendage occlusion. Patients from all over the world seek treatment for heart rhythm disorders at our Center for our renowned faculty, innovative research, and leading-edge therapies. Our facilities include three state-of-the-art electrophysiology laboratories where we perform more than 4,000 cardiac electrophysiology procedures annually. Cardiology fellows are an integral part of the cardiac arrhythmias service, and are trained to master the diagnosis and management of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias and implantable cardiac devices. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in multiple clinical and preclinical protocols, and present at national and international meetings.
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- Heart Failure & Transplantation
Mount Sinai cardiologists and cardiac surgeons specialize in the treatment and management of patients living with mild, moderate, and advanced congestive heart failure. Our comprehensive team of heart failure experts offers a wide range of therapies ranging from lifestyle modifications and medications to necessary surgical intervention. Also, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and heart transplants are available therapies for patients living with advanced heart failure. Fellows training at Mount Sinai rotate through this growing field of cardiovascular medicine while learning from leading heart failure doctors who offer the latest treatments and technologies for all stages of heart failure while conducting cutting-edge research.
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- Vascular Medicine
The Mount Sinai Hospital is a well-recognized referral center for diagnosis and treatment of routine and rare vascular and aortic diseases. With leadership by Jeffrey W. Olin, DO, and Vascular Surgery, led by Michael Marin, MD, Chief of the Department of Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital, patients have the benefit of world class collaborative personalized care for arterial, venous, aortic diseases as well as fibromuscular dysplasia. Vascular medicine consultative services also include closely mentored outpatient experience led by Dr. Olin. Fellows get to train and learn from our internationally renowned vascular medicine and surgeons who have made breakthroughs in diagnosis, medical therapy, surgical procedures, and research.
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- Echocardiography Laboratory
The Echocardiography Laboratory at The Mount Sinai Hospital, part of the Phyllis and Lee Coffey Non-Invasive Area, is nationally renowned for its academic excellence and pioneering achievements. Cardiology fellows at Mount Sinai have access to a full spectrum of echocardiographic services with a strong emphasis on echocardiographic research and the latest cutting-edge technology. The program is run by nationally and internationally renowned leaders in the field of echocardiography and employs a highly-trained technical staff. All echocardiographic studies are digitally stored and can be easily reviewed by faculty and fellows from any of the work stations. We perform more than 22,000 echocardiographic studies annually, including over 2,000 stress echocardiographic studies and approximately 1,400 transesophageal studies, making Mount Sinai an ideal training center for fellows.
- Nuclear Cardiology & Stress Laboratory
Led by Milena Henzlova, MD, The Nuclear Cardiology and Stress Electrocardiography Laboratory, part of the Phyllis and Lee Coffey Non-Invasive Area, performs over 5,000 noninvasive tests annually for the diagnosis of cardiac disease and the assessment of its severity. Cardiology fellows have the opportunity to do a rotation in the Laboratory, accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL). Fellows gain in-depth training on the available tests including electrocardiographic stress tests, SPECT myocardial perfusion studies with Tc-99m Sestamibi or thallium-201 combined with either exercise or pharmacologic stress (dipyridamole, adenosine, regadenoson or dobutamine infusion). Laboratory staffing includes cardiologists certified in Nuclear Cardiology, Registered Nurses, and Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists.
- Cardiac Imaging
At Mount Sinai Heart, our insight into the progression of cardiovascular disease enables us to identify a condition at an earlier stage and with greater accuracy. The Cardiovascular Imaging Center, led by Jagat Narula, MD, PhD at The Mount Sinai Hospital, houses the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. Our cardiac imaging tools help us discover medical problems that several years ago were undetectable using conventional methods of diagnosis. Fellows have access to the latest cardiac imaging technologies and techniques, including the latest handheld ultrasound technology.
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- James J. Peters (Bronx) Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The James J. Peters Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center is the oldest VA facility in New York City. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. The Bronx VA has 311 authorized hospital beds and 120 nursing home beds. There are four Mount Sinai faculty based at the Bronx VA: Drs. Lawrence Baruch, Calvin Eng, Steve Liao, and Sandra Soler. These doctors provide collegial supervision of the fellows in an active cardiology service that includes CCU/telemetry service, inpatient and outpatient cardiac consultation, ambulatory cardiac clinics including pacemaker-device clinic, non-invasive imaging including cardiac CTA, and pacemaker-defibrillator implantation. Fellows at the Bronx VA develop and enhance their skills in managing and treatment of cardiac patients. In addition, there are available clinical research opportunities including access to the Bronx VA's unique patient database. In addition, weekly conferences for fellows include: Research/Journal Club (Mondays), Echocardiography (Wednesdays), and Nuclear Cardiology (Fridays).
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