The mission of our program is two-fold: to train physicians in interventional cardiology and to improve patient outcomes through innovation. Physicians in the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship train at three inherently different clinical programs: a traditional university, a high-volume private institution, and a VA Medical Center emphasizing approaches to complex atherosclerosis. By combining experiences at these three sites, we hope to achieve the three goals of training: scholarship, innovation, and clinical experience.
Each fellow's clinical training will be equally divided between the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview, University of Minnesota Physicians Heart Care (Southdale Hospital), and the Veterans' Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis. Each fellow will become proficient in coronary intervention, including balloon dilation, atherectomy, and stent placement. In addition, fellows will gain proficiency in coronary physiology, intravascular ultrasound, coronary bloodflow measurement, ASD closure, and percutaneous wound closure. A smaller experience in valve dilation is available.
Educational and research programs are essential to the training program. Fellows are expected to conduct and participate in research studies that will result in publication. Additionally, each fellow is responsible for presenting at conferences throughout the year, including at least one in-depth research presentation.
Three (3) positions are available annually in the interventional cardiology fellowship program on a competitive basis. A limited number of additional positions are available for research training prior to starting the interventional cardiology subspecialty fellowship. To be eligible, applicants must have successfully completed three years of postgraduate training in an ACGME-accredited cardiovascular disease fellowship.
Detailed program information, including application dates and the interview process, is available from the AMA FREIDA website.
Our program requires all of the following support documents:
- A curriculum vitae
- A personal statement describing your research interests and experience, and your detailed career goals.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official college, graduate school, and medical school transcripts
- An official record of USMLE board scores
- A valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from 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).
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- Responsibilities in the Catheterization Laboratory
- Patient Prep & Vascular Access
- Hemodynamic Principles
- Coronary Anatomy & Physiology
- Coronary Angiography
- Radiographic Imaging & Facilities
- Radiation Safety During Fluoroscopy
- Contrast and Post Cath Complications
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Pharmacology in the Cath Lab
- Circulatory Support
Time & Location
Fridays, 7:00-8:00 or 8:00-9:00 a.m.
First, Third, Fourth, & Fifth Fridays
Time & Locations
Case Review (Videoconference)
Second Fridays, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Lillehei Boardroom (130 KE), University Campus
ACC.20 (American College of Cardiology)
March 28-30. 2020
SCAI 2020 (Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions)
May 13-16, 2020
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Online Article Access
PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Stephen Battista, MD: I think all patients are unique and need to be evaluated and tested in a sensitive and caring manner. The best care results from the appropriate blend of science and compassion.
- Alan Berger, MD, MPH: Merging knowledge and experience in cardiology and epidemiology, Dr. Berger cares for individual patients, and for the heart health of the general public as well. In March 2010, he became the quality and outcomes director for interventional cardiology.
- Stefan Bertog, MD: Dr. Stefan Bertog is the co-director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and a staff cardiologist at the CardioVascular Center in Frankfurt, Germany. He is board-certified in Cardiology in the US and Germany and in interventional cardiology, vascular medicine, endovascular therapy, echocardiography and hypertension in the US.
- Timinder Biring, MD
- Santiago Garcia, MD: Dr. Santiago Garcia completed medical school at the University of Buenos Aires and his Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at the University of Miami in Florida. After that, he completed a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship and an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota.
- Sergey Gurevich, MD
- Steven Heifetz, MD: I trained at UCLA, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota and am a recognized expert in echocardiography, stress echo and transesophageal echocardiography.
- Greg Helmer, MD: Active in research, Dr. Helmer's special interests include interventional cardiology, as well as angiogenesis for collateral blood vessel growth.
- Abdi Jama, MD, FACC: Cardiologist, Vascular Medicine Specialistl.
- David Laxson, MD: Board Certifications in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology.
- S. Kimara March, MD, MS: Board Certifications in Adult Congenital Heart Disease from the American Board of Internal Medicine. American Board of Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology.
- Ganesh Raveendran, MD, MS: A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s general- and interventional-cardiology fellowship programs, Dr. Ganesh Raveendran joined the faculty in 2005 after practicing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In addition to interventional cardiology, Dr. Raveendran is board-certified in critical care medicine. In March 2010, he became the medical director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory and the administrative director for interventional cardiology. In 2007, Dr. Raveendran earned a master’s degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis. His current research interests include autologous stem-cell therapy for cardiac repair.
- Rizwan Siddiqui, MD
- Robert Wilson, MD: Dr. Wilson has dedicated his professional life to developing new methods for diagnosing and treating heart disease, and to training new physicians. He presently directs the University of Minnesota interventional cardiology fellowship program and University of Minnesota Physicians clinical cardiovascular services.
- Demetris Yannopoulos MD: Born in London, UK, Dr. Yannopoulos received his M.D. from the University of Athens in Greece. He completed his medicine residency and general cardiology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Following an interventional cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Yannopoulos joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 2008. In March 2010, he became the research director for interventional cardiology.
Brandon Bader, MD
Medical School: University of Rochester
Residency: University of Rochester
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Medical School: American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine
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Medical School: Seth G.S. Medical College
Residency: Methodist Hospital Houston