Curriculum

The Department of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is the home of the premier Division of Cardiology. Ranked 7th nationally for heart services by U.S. News & World Report, Mount Sinai Heart is celebrated internationally as a world leader in all facets of cardiology. Read about our practice of cardiology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. 

Exposure to Experts, Cutting-Edge Research and Education

As a cardiology fellow, you will have exposure to renowned experts, the use of cutting-edge medications  and research findings, and outstanding educational training at The Mount Sinai Hospital. You will have extensive research opportunities and enjoy collaborations with our faculty from across basic, translational, and clinical medicine arenas.

In addition, we offer our cardiology fellows:

  • A core curriculum, structured didactic program, and international global health programs
  • Unique mentoring guidance and networking opportunities
  • Cardiology Chief's Service Rotation: Train and work side-by-side with Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Editing and research publishing: Work closely with Mount Sinai faculty who are editors of major heart journals, including: the Journal of American College of Cardiology (JACC), JACC Cardiovascular Imaging,and CardioSource WorldNews Interventions

Multi-Modality Conferences: Hear leading experts discuss the integration of state-of-the-art cardiac imaging techniques, diagnostics, and learn how to apply them in clinical  practice

Visiting Professor Lectures: Attend lectures by internationally recognized experts, who are invited to spend a full-day with our faculty and fellows

  • "Controversies in Cardiology": Participate in panel discussions about critical topics in cardiology
  • Research Opportunities: As a fellow, you have access to cutting-edge research with the Cardiovascular Research Center of Mount Sinai Heart.

Fellows in the Academic Track Cardiology Fellowship Program have the choice of threeflexible pathways to complete their training within either three or four years. Training curriculum options include:

Three Years

  • Clinical and Research (Basic, Translational, and Clinical)
  • Cardiac Surgery ICU
  • Opportunity for advanced training for subspecialty board eligibility

Four Years

  • Two  clinical years
  • Two basic research years

Note: The research years are supported by a T-32 training grant from the National Institutes of Health. This grant is for two years of dedicated basic or translational research.

Four Years Double Boarded in Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine

Clinical, Clinical Research, and Critical Care

    • First and second years in Clinical Cardiology
    • Third year in Cardiac Critical Care Clinical Rotations and Research
    • Fourth year in Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

View our conferences for this academic track program.  

Our broad clinical rotations offer fellows the opportunity to work with subspecialty experts across The Mount Sinai Hospital, and with their high volume of patients and complex cases. Each clinical rotation provides extensive educational, hands-on clinical training and encourages exploring 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 Track Cardiology Fellowship Program include:

 “Dr. Fuster's Fellow”

The rotation of first and second year Academic Track Cardiology Fellowship Program fellows involves one-on-one training with Dr. Valentin Fuster. This is a unique opportunity to learn physical examination and clinical judgment skills directly from Dr. Fuster.. As a fellow in this program, you will learn first-hand how to deal with the daily challenges of running a full-time practice. You will also visit with Dr. Fuster's outpatients with him, help formulate a diagnostic and therapeutic plan, follow his inpatients and consults, and handleoutpatient queries. You will be involved in coordinating international patient visits with assistance from a dedicated nurse and office staff.

Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)

You have the opportunity  to participate in state-of-the-art training in the large 14-bed CCU at The Mount Sinai Hospital, which has 1,300 admissions annually. Fellows accompany the cardiology faculty during patient rounds. This state-of-the-art unit is led by both an intensivist and a cardiologist to meet the changing needs and complexity of a modern CCU. Patients in the CCU range from those with acute coronary syndromes to those needing complex interventions, offering fellows a well-rounded experience 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 has seven fully-equipped procedural rooms with state-of-the-art technology.. At the Catheter Lab, we perform one of the highest volumes of cardiac interventions in the country, while ensuring the highest level of patient safety.. The faculty of the catheterization laboratories includes nine full-time attending physicians and 12 part-time attending physicians.

During a typical training rotation in the Cath Lab, as a fellow, you will gain an understanding of cardiac hemodynamics, coronary anatomy, and cineangiogram interpretation, while working with attending cardiologists. You will develop  theskills needed to perform diagnostic angiography, catheterizations, and catheter-based procedures.

Read about Mount Sinai Heart's Cath Lab 

Electrophysiology

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, ventricular tachycardia ablation, , and left atrial appendage occlusion. Patients from around the world seek treatment at this renowned facilityfor heart rhythm disorders. 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. As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to participate in multiple clinical and preclinical protocols, and present at national and international meetings.

Explore the Mount Sinai's Helmsley Center for Electrophysiology

Heart Failure and Transplantation

Mount Sinai cardiologists and cardiac surgeons specialize in treating and managing 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 interventions. We useleft ventricular assist devices for patients living with advanced heart failure. As a fellow in the Academic Track Cardiology Fellowship Program, you will learnfrom leading heart failure physicians about the latest treatments and technologies for all stages of heart failure.

Read about Mount Sinai's Heart Failure and Transplantation Services

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 from Jeffrey W. Olin, DO, Vascular Surgery and 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, and 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 with our internationally renowned vascular medicine surgeons who have made breakthroughs in diagnosis, medical therapy, surgical procedures, and research.

Learn more about Vascular andAortic Disease .

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. As a cardiology fellow,you will have access to a full spectrum of echocardiographic services, and echocardiographic research

The program is run by nationally and internationally renowned leaders in the field of echocardiography. All echocardiographic studies are digitally stored and can be reviewed by faculty and fellows from any work station. 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 and Stress Laboratory

Led by Milena Henzlova, MD, The Nuclear Cardiology and Stress Electrocardiography Laboratory, performs over 5,000 noninvasive tests annually for the diagnosis of cardiac disease and the assessment of its severity. As a cardiology fellow, you can elect a rotation in this laboratory , which is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories.. You will 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 agents (dipyridamole, adenosine, regadenoson or dobutamine infusion).

Cardiac Imaging

Our studies and insight into the progression of cardiovascular disease enables us to identify a condition at an early stage and with significant accuracy. The Cardiovascular Imaging Center, led by Jagat Narula, MD, PhD, at The Mount Sinai Hospital, houses state-of-the-art cardiac imaging tools, which help us discover medical problems now that were once undetectable with conventional methods of diagnosis. Fellows have access to these cardiac imaging technologies and techniques, including handheld ultrasound technology.

Find out more about Cardiac Imaging.

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: Lawrence Baruch, MD, Calvin Eng, MD, Steve Liao, MD, and Sandra Soler, MD. 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 treating cardiac patients. 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).

Learn more about the James J. Peters Bronx VA.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers competitive, in-depth, educational fellowship opportunities in the subspecialty clinical areas of the field of cardiology for advanced patient care training in arrhythmia services, interventional cardiology, heart failure and heart transplantation, and vascular disease. Advanced training in a subspecialty of cardiology at The Mount Sinai Hospital gives fellows the opportunity to explore and learn from some of the world’s most leading experts with access to the latest cutting-edge cardiovascular medicine, complex patient cases, advanced translational research, and innovative clinical trials.

Electrophysiology

The cardiac arrhythmia service offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. Seven nationally recognized faculty members supervise the fellows. The program facilities include three state-of-the-art electrophysiology laboratories and an on-site animal electrophysiology laboratory. Offering clinical and research training in all aspects of cardiac electrophysiology, this highly competitive fellowship provides excellent training in complex ablation, including atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardias, and epicardial ablation. In their device training, fellows gain experience with device implantation and lead extractions. During their fellowship, fellows assist in approximately 200 device implantations, 200 electrophysiology and ablation procedures, and a high number of device follow-up encounters. Fellows participate in multiple clinical and preclinical protocols and present at national and international meetings.

More information about electrophysiology at Mount Sinai Hospital can be found at Mount Sinai Heart.

For more information about this fellowship, please contact Srinivas Dukkipati, MD at 212-241-7114 or srinivas.dukkipati@mssm.edu.

Interventional Cardiology

The Interventional Cardiology Program at Mount Sinai is an ACGME-accredited fellowship offering one year of advanced training in coronary, non-coronary, and endovascular interventions. Fellows develop proficiency in all aspects of interventions, including routine and complex angioplasty, rotational atherectomy, AngioJet thrombectomy, distal protection devices, and stenting. The program emphasizes physiological lesion assessment using flow wire (FFR) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). Over the course of the year, fellows perform 700–1,000 diagnostic catheterizations and 500–700 interventional procedures. In addition to their clinical responsibilities, all fellows participate in clinical research projects over the course of the year. Fellows work with nine full-time faculty members, voluntary attendings, and a large staff of nurse practitioners.

More information about interventional cardiology at Mount Sinai Hospital can be found at Mount Sinai Heart.

For more information about this fellowship, please click here or contact Dr. Annapoorna Kini at 212-241-4181 or annapoorna.kini@mountsinai.org.

Heart Failure and Transplantation

The Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program at Mount Sinai Health System sponsors a one-year fellowship training program for specialization in advanced heart failure. Successful completion of the training program prepares physicians for ABIM certification in Advanced Heart Failure. The fellowship is an integrated program providing specialized education in the pathophysiology and treatment of heart failure and in cardiac transplantation. Through the course of the year, the fellow will:

  • Provide inpatient care to patients with heart failure, including those who are supported with ventricular assist devices or who have received a cardiac transplant
  • Participate in all aspects of transplant care, including candidate selection, donor evaluation, post-operative and long-term care, including the management of post-transplant complications
  • Perform and interpret endomyocardial biopsies
  • Learn about the various approved and experimental ventricular assist devices
  • Provide outpatient care to heart failure patients
  • Participate in clinical and translational research protocols
  • Lead weekly didactic sessions with the faculty, including journal club and interesting case discussions

More information about the Heart Failure and Transplantation Program can be found at Mount Sinai Heart or email Sean Pinney, MD, Program Director, at sean.pinney@mssm.edu .

Vascular Medicine

The Division of Cardiology offers a one-year fellowship in vascular medicine, designed for fellows with an interest in developing further expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases. Candidates must complete a three-year cardiovascular disease fellowship to be eligible for this program.

With an internationally recognized faculty, Mount Sinai has one of the most comprehensive fellowship programs available. You’ll enjoy a collaborative relationship with faculty and fellows in vascular surgery, interventional radiology, thrombosis, neurology, and neuroradiology. You’ll also participate in several multidisciplinary conferences per week, including core curriculum lectures, case-based conferences, and journal club.

You will be expected to engage in scholarly activity and provide ample research opportunities within vascular medicine. In addition, you’ll play an important role in the education of general cardiology fellows, internal medicine residents, and medical students.

All clinical cardiology fellows at Mount Sinai receive Core Cardiology Training Symposium (COCATS)1 Level I training in vascular medicine. Level II and III training are also available through the vascular medicine fellowship.

Level I Training

Level I fellows are trained in the evaluation and management of arterial, venous, and lymphatic diseases such as:

  • Atherosclerotic peripheral artery disease
  • Acute arterial occlusion
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Renal artery disease
  • Aortic and peripheral arterial aneurysms
  • Vasculitis
  • Vasospasm
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Lymphedema
  • And a host of less common vascular diseases

Level II Training

Level II training provides the expertise necessary for fellows wishing to pursue a career in vascular medicine, to direct a vascular diagnostic laboratory, and to train others in vascular medicine. As a fellow, you’ll be trained in noninvasive vascular laboratory techniques involving both the performance and interpretation of vascular ultrasound and physiological studies, such as segmental blood pressure and pulse volume recordings.

In addition, you’ll gain an understanding of other imaging techniques such as computed tomographic angiography (CTA), magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and catheter-based angiography, and learn to recognize indications for catheter-based interventions and surgical revascularization.

Fellows completing Level II training are qualified to sit for the American Board of Vascular Medicine general examination and the Registered Physicians in Vascular Ultrasound (RPVI) examination.

Level III Training

Level III training leads to expertise in peripheral catheter-based interventions and qualification to sit for the American Board of Vascular Medicine endovascular examination.

More information about Vascular Medicine at Mount Sinai can be found at Mount Sinai Heart. For more information about the fellowship, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Olin.