Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging

The mission of our program is to provide academically and clinically rigorous training for physicians in advanced cardiovascular imaging. We provide physicians with the clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed as an imaging specialist in cardiovascular diseases. Training in the Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship Program will be aligned with the recommendations of the American College of Cardiology 2015 Core Cardiovascular Training Statement (COCATS 4).

Facilities

Our system-wide imaging facilities at M Health Fairview occupy 22,000 square feet and offer access to state-of-the-art MR, CT and PET scanners. The Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellow will train at the Cardiovascular MRI (CMR) and Cardiovascular CT (CCT) Programs at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. These programs are collaborative efforts between the Department of Radiology and the Cardiovascular Division of the Department of Medicine with leadership and administration by the Cardiovascular Division. The CMR Program includes a state-of-the-art Siemens 1.5T Aera MRI scanner dedicated solely to cardiovascular imaging and the CCT Program includes a dual-source Flash CT scanner.

Clinical Training

The Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellow will be responsible for supervising, reviewing, interpreting, and reporting all CMR and CCT studies on a daily basis under the close supervision of faculty members. We have among the highest volume CMR and CCT programs in the United States, with studies spanning the entire spectrum of clinical indications. Fellows in this program will interpret over 1000 studies each in CMR and CCT by the end of their training.

Research Training

Mentored research training opportunities are available. The CMR and CCT Programs participate in National Institutes of Health-funded and industry-sponsored studies. The Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellow is expected to participate in research and scholarly activity during their training. Travel to conferences and meetings for presenting research will be supported.

Eligibility

There is typically one funded Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship position. The typical Fellowship training is for one year. To be eligible, applicants must have successfully completed three years of training in an ACGME-accredited Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship. The start date for the fellowship is July 1 each year.

Additional clinical and/or research fellowship positions may also be available to eligible candidates with funding from their own hospital or university, research grants, government or other sources.

Application Process

Applications for the Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship position starting July 1 are typically accepted until January 31. Selected candidates are invited for interviews.

Our program requires all of the following support documents:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement describing your research interests and experience, and your career goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official medical school transcripts
  • USMLE board scores
  • A valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from a medical school outside of the United States or Canada). Graduates who are not United States citizens or permanent residents must obtain a J-1 Visa from the Education Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Please email your materials to the Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship Coordinator at cvfellow@umn.edu.

For questions regarding the Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship, please contact the Program Director at cshenoy@umn.edu or the Coordinator at cvfellow@umn.edu.

Faculty

  • Chetan Shenoy, MBBS, is the Program Director of the Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship. After graduating from medical school at Gandhi Medical College in India, he completed Internal Medicine Residency at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania, and fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts and Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, respectively. His clinical and research efforts are focused on cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, patients with cancer who have known or suspected cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular effects of cancer therapy, and patients with known or suspected cardiovascular masses, including tumors.

  • Prabhjot Nijjar, MD, did his Internal Medicine Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cholesterol Metabolism at the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania. He then moved to Minnesota for fellowship training in Cardiovascular Disease and Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging. He is a member of the Research Working Group of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. Dr Nijjar’s research interests include optimal use of cardiac imaging for prevention and the interaction of meditation with cardiovascular health.

  • Suma Konety, MD, received her medical degree from Bangalore Medical College in India and completed Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  She then went to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to complete a Cardiology Fellowship, followed by an Echocardiography and Cardiac MR Fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco.  Dr. Konety is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Echocardiography.  Her clinical interests are in women’s heart health and epidemiology.  She is currently the Director of the Cardio-Oncology Clinic and Medical Director of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services.

  • Tadashi Allen, MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology, received his medical degree from the University of California-Los Angeles Medical School and completed Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Allen continued on at the University of Minnesota after residency to complete a Thoracoabdominal Imaging Fellowship. He is board-certified in Diagnostic Radiology.

  • Gardar Sigurdsson, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Iceland before completing his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Iowa. After that, he completed a Cardiovascular Fellowship at the University of Minnesota and a Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. His expertise includes cardiac computed tomography.

  • Jeremy Markowitz, MD, earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School before completing his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh. After that, he completed a Cardiovascular Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. His expertise includes cardiac computed tomography.