Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship

Pediatric Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Fellowship

The Pediatric Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a 1-year fellowship for qualified physicians who completed a basic 3-year program in pediatric cardiology and who wish to pursue further training in pediatric heart failure and transplantation.

Our team is looking to train the next generation of heart failure and transplant physicians. This program will provide consummate educational opportunities for a pediatric cardiologist who enjoys treating heart failure in pediatric, adolescent & adult congenital patients, practicing in all areas of care, from screening visits in the clinic, managing acute heart failure admissions, to advising the cardiac ICU on inotropes, ventricular assist devices and transplant medicine. Our program is actively involved in research in improving outcomes across all spheres of our program (heart failure management, ventricular assist device use, and transplant outcomes), and this should be a goal of an ideal trainee as well. Our trainees will graduate able to practice in any major academic or private practice transplant program in the country.

Trainees gain experience in heart failure and transplant management strategies, pathology, and coronary vasculopathy, as well as teamwork and communication. In addition, there are weekly cardiovascular surgery cases conferences and opportunities to attend national meetings. Trainees are also expected and supported in participating in clinical research and quality improvement related to transplantation during the course of their training.

What You Need to Know

Clinical Experience

We perform an average of 8-12 transplants and 8-12 VAD implants annually on average and directly manage patients with primary and acquired cardiomyopathy, heart failure secondary to congenital heart disease, and pediatric and adult congenital patients pre- and post-transplant on a dedicated inpatient service. We have an established ventricular assist device program to support infants, children, adolescents, and young adults of all sizes and diagnoses.

Our cardiomyopathy/heart failure clinics occur two days a week. We also have an MDA-accredited Neuromuscular Program, combined Cardiovascular Genetics Program, and a Cardio-Oncology Program. The advanced fellow will see patients in these clinics. Additional ancillary experiences for fellows include time with the palliative care, pathology, host-defense, coagulation and HLA labs, and apheresis services. Fellows also review relevant cardiac advanced imaging, coronary angiography, and exercise tests with appropriate cardiology faculty. In addition, we have the flexibility to support additional training with the adult VAD team at Ohio State University as needed. 

An important component of advanced heart failure and transplant training is an independent research project, as well as education of trainees, including categorical fellows and residents. Trainees participate in conferences and teaching on a regular basis.

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Salary & Benefits

Our Fellows are hospital employees, and as such, they are eligible for the same benefits other full-time staff receive (with the exception of paid time off, which is outlined.) Click here to learn more about Fellowship benefits.


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Eligibility & Application

Applicants must be board certified in pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics and must be board certified/eligible in pediatric cardiology. Preference is given to internal applicants though exceptional external applicants may be considered. Applications are accepted during the summer months with interviews held in early fall.

To apply, you must submit the following materials:

  1. Current CV
  2. Cover letter

Please send the materials in a single email to both the program director and program coordinator.

Deipanjan Nandi, MD
Program Director

Jennifer Denny, MEd
Program Coordinator