Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology is dedicated to preparing pediatric cardiologists for academic positions at institutions throughout the United States and the world. The program aims to provide a complete clinical experience in all aspects of pediatric cardiology as well as to develop independence in clinical or laboratory research related to the subspecialty.

Our ACGME-accredited fellowship program combines clinical experience with a wide variety of educational programs, including weekly conferences and lecture series, to enhance the learning experience for fellows with varying areas of interests.


The clinical portion of fellowship consists of 24 months of experience including clinical service, CVICU, outpatient clinics, catheterization, electrophysiology, echocardiography, and adult congenital heart disease. Twelve months of the program are reserved for scholarly activity. Scholarly activity begins in the first year. 

Ongoing educational programs for the fellows include the weekly Cardiology-Cardiovascular Surgery Conference, the weekly Fellow's Conference including our Cardiology Core Lecture series, Non-Invasive Imaging Conference, and Catheterization Conference. The department fellowship programs collaborate to provide Pediatric Fellow Core Curriculum, a lecture series covering topics pertinent to all pediatric medical fellows. Other conferences and lecture series are also available to the fellows specific to their individual areas of interest, such as the Developmental Biology center bi-monthly seminar series. Each hospital site offers Pediatric Grand Rounds as well.

Participation in Pediatric Cardiology outpatient clinic is required during all three years of the fellowship.

Stipend & Benefits

This page provides access to information on stipends and benefits for medical residents & fellows.

Additionally, each medical fellow receives:

  • Funding of the ABP General Pediatrics Certifying Exam
  • At least $1,500 for professional development
  • At least $300 annually in education funds
  • MN medical license, or MN residency permit if ineligible for a MN license
  • AAP membership with subspecialty section membership
Current Fellows

Kishore Raja, MBBS
Fellowship dates: 2021-2024

Amr El-Bokl, MD, MPH
Fellowship dates: 2020-2023
Amr studied medicine at University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, after obtaining his MPH at University of Iowa. He graduated pediatric residency from the University of Minnesota. 

Benjamin Smith, MD
Fellowship dates: 2020-2023
Benjamin studied medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and then continued his training in Pediatrics at The University of Vermont Medical Center.

Natalia Betancourt-Guzman
Fellowship dates: 2022-2025
Natalia studied medicine at Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine and then continued her training in Pediatrics at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

Farida Karim
Fellowship dates: 2022-2025
Farida studied medicine at Jinnah Medical & Dental College and then continued her training in Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Josue Maldonado Custodio
Fellowship dates: 2022-2025
Josue studied medicine at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then continued his training in Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Program.



Erick Jimenez, MD
Graduated June 30, 2021
Erick completed his medical school training in Columbia at the Universidad Nacional de Columbia Faculidad de Medicina and continued his training as a pediatric resident at the University of Wisconsin. 

Mark McGill, MD
Graduated June 30, 2020
Mark went to Georgetown University School of Medicine for his medical school training and then continued training as a pediatric resident at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine

Hani Siddeek, MD
Graduated June 30, 2021
Hani completed his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and continued his training in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Michigan. 

View our Full List of Graduates!

Prospective Fellows

We appreciate your interest in the University of Minnesota's Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program and look forward to reviewing your application. Our program participates in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) and will accept applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Shanti Narasimhan ( if you have any questions not answered here on the webpage.

Please Note:

  • Applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited residency program by the fellowship start date. 
  • We accept only applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders), or those who have a J-1 Visa.
  • 3 letters of recommendation are required, preferably to include one from the residency program director.

The University of Minnesota demonstrates a commitment to leveraging the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, learning and community engagement. Applications from individuals who self-identify as members of underrepresented groups are particularly welcome.

Shanti Narasimhan

Fellowship Program Director

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Fellowship Coordinator
Michelle Stepka
(612) 624-4912