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Our three-year general cardiology fellowship prepares our trainees to provide comprehensive cardiac care whether their goal is advanced subspecialty training or the full spectrum of noninvasive cardiology practice.  Our graduates enter advanced fellowships, or the workforce, confident of their skills due to the breadth of clinical experience and depth of knowledge from our flexible curriculum and strong faculty mentorship.

Noninvasive

Our noninvasive rotation gives fellows the chance to interpret 2D echocardiograms with a dedicated teaching attending.  TEEs are performed routinely and fellows begin learning TEEs in their first year and participate in the assessment of appropriateness for TEE. Fellows also supervise exercise treadmill tests, exercise echo stress and dobutamine stress echocardiography. The noninvasive fellow is responsible for delivering a grand-rounds style lecture on a noninvasive topic each month.         

Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Fellows at St. Vincent Hospital routinely assist in diagnostic right and left heart catheterizations as well as percutaneous interventions. The hospital is a primary PCI center for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarctions with on-site CT surgery backup. We routinely receive transfers from community hospitals for acute coronary syndromes requiring percutaneous intervention. Fellows learn to access both the femoral and radial artery, with nearly 40% of practitioners performing radial access for diagnostic catheterization and ACS.  In addition, the catheterization laboratory recently added a hybrid lab which will be used for complex valvular interventions as well as atrial fibrillation ablations. Our fellows present complex cases at the weekly catheterization conference.

EP

Fellows see inpatient consults and regularly assist our eletrophysiologists in performing EP studies, atrial flutter ablation and the full range of device implants including permanent pacemakers, Bi-Ventricular AICDs and implantable recording devices such as the Reveal.  It is possible for the general cardiology fellow to become certified in permanent pacemaker implantation prior to the end of their fellowship.  Cardioversions are performed routinely in the EP lab as well as tilt table testing.  An atrial fibrillation ablation program is also being developed.

CCU

This rotation is one of the highlights of training at St. Vincent, with daily teaching rounds that are led by director of the CCU, Dr. Joseph Kirkpatrick and once a week by Dr. Mark Kranis. The CCU fellow also typically takes one day a week as the teaching attending, to help develop teaching and presentation skills.  The patients on the service include post-PCI patients (high risk ACS or STEMI), difficult to control arrhythmias, and decompensated heart failure with cardiogenic shock, among others.  The CCU fellow also sees cardiology consults for the step down, MICU and SICU services.  There are dedicated CCU interns, which provides ample opportunity for teaching, and fellows take an active role in developing the care plan for the CCU patients.  The CCU fellow presents a case at the monthly M&M conference and prepares EKGs for the weekly EKG conference.

Imaging/Research

Fellows learn to interpret inpatient nuclear stress test results and also use this block to work on research.  Fellows work directly with a variety of faculty in reading studies and also have the opportunity to gain more experience (and numbers) reading outpatient studies for Reliant Medical Group.  Fellows on this service present at the monthly joint nuclear cardiology noon conference held in conjunction with radiology.  This conference focuses on correlation of nuclear stress findings to cardiac catheterization.

W. Roxbury VA

This unique elective gives fellows the opportunity to rotate at the West Roxbury VA on the consult service.  This allows one-on-one interaction with the West Roxbury consult attending and the unique educational programs at the West Roxbury VA including grand rounds by prominent cardiology faculty from the Boston area and weekly EKG teaching sessions by Dr. Philip Podrid. It is also a chance to network with fellows and faculty from other programs.

Consult Service

The consult fellow works with a variety of faculty to see inpatient consults on the general medical and surgical floors.  The consult fellow also presents at a monthly consultants’ lecture in which complicated cases are presented for discussion.  The fellow may also supervise medical students, interns/residents on this service and thus has an important teaching role.

Electives

A variety of electives are available at St. Vincent Hospital, including additional rotations in the core curriculum as well as clinical experiences in CT surgery, vascular medicine, cardiac rehab, and research.  Fellows are able to tailor electives to meet their career goals whether it is to enter private practice or pursue advanced fellowships in areas like heart failure, imaging, electrophysiology and interventional cardiology.  The flexibility of our elective program is highly prized by fellows because of the opportunity it provides to train with leading experts in their area of interest.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

This is fantastic opportunity to work with Dr. Richard Lieberthson and Dr. Ami Bhatt at the Massachusetts General Hospital in adult congenital heart disease.  The MGH has one of the largest and busiest adult congenital heart disease clinics in the United States and this is a chance to learn about these complex patients and their management.  It is a highly rated rotation among our fellows and is done during the third year of fellowship.

Academic and Scholarly Activities Cardiovascular Fellowship

Publications - Articles, abstracts, book chapters, etc.

  • Mouse heart rate in a human: diagnostic mystery of an extreme tachycardia. Chhabra L, Goel N, Prajapat L, Spodick DH, Goyal S. Indian Pacing Electrophysiol J. 2012 Jan;12(1):32-5. Epub 2012 Jan 31
  • Femoral Arteriotomy Closure Using The Angioseal Device After Failure Of The Perclose Device In Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Interventions ( PCI )Gaby B. Aoun, Rami Eltibi, Daniel Murtagh, NP, Joseph C. Hannan, Eddison K. Ramsaran, Bonnie Weiner. Abstract submitted to SCAI 2012.
  • The Relationship of Calcium to Necrotic Core On Virtual Histology Intravascular Ultrasound (VH-IVUS) In stable Coronary Plaques Gaby B. Aoun, George Philip, Daniel Murtagh, Bonnie Weiner, Eddison Ramsaran. To be submitted SCAI 2012.
  • Prasugrel 60 mg vs. Clopidogrel 600 mg Loading Doses in Patients Admitted with Acute STEMI”. Ajay Ramanakumar, Joseph Hannan. Abstract submitted and accepted in 2012 to CRT 2013 meeting. Poster presentation Feb. 2013.

Participation in professional organizations

  • Umar Shakur, DO – SVH representative - American Heart Association’s Fellows Society of Greater Boston

Presentations at regional or national meetings

  • Umar Shakur, DO - AHA Fellows Society of Greater Boston, Educational Co-Chair.  Presented “Controversies in Clinical Cardiology” A Networking and Educational Series for Fellows in Training. Wednesday December 5th, 2012 from 7 to 9PM at the Harvard Club of Boston by serving as moderator for a case study.
  • Santosh Rane, MD – New England Electro-Physiology Society meeting in Boston in April 2012, "Hypokalemia Induced VT Storm with Vitamin-B12 Supplementation" second prize awarded in the oral case-presentation section 

Program Directors

  • Dr. Bonnie Weiner: Fellowship Director, Director of Interventional Cardiology Research at St. Vincent Hospital.  Dr. Weiner is internationally renowned for her work in interventional cardiology and research. She is chief medical officer of the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Medicine, which is an organization sponsored by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention (SCAI) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for quality in invasive cardiovascular care.  In addition, Dr. Weiner is a past president of SCAI, president of Imaging Core Lab Services and medical director of Boston Biomedical Associates. 
  • Dr. Joseph Kirkpatrick: Director of  the Division of Cardiology, Noninvasive Cardiology and Coronary Care Unit at St. Vincent Hospital. Dr. Kirkpatrick trained at Brown University at Roger Williams Hospital and has over twenty years of experience in cardiology.  Dr. Kirkpatrick’s leadership in the CCU and noninvasive cardiology resulted in a Physician of the Year award and multiple teaching awards at St. Vincent Hospital.  He has overseen expansion of the clinical services offered by the noninvasive lab.  Dr. Kirkpatrick is a noninvasive cardiologist with the Reliant Medical Group. 
  • Dr. Joseph Hannan: Fellowship Director, Interventional Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at St. Vincent Hospital.  Dr. Hannan trained at St. Vincent Hospital, one of the academic medical centers of New York Medical College, and went on to an advanced fellowship at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Hannan’s leadership in the catheterization laboratory led him to receive the Vanguard Award for Integrity. Dr. Hannan has overseen the establishment of a radial access program, construction of a hybrid catheterization laboratory and expansion of the interventional cardiology fellowship.
  • Dr. David Spodick: Dr. Spodick is an internationally renowned cardiologist whose academic accomplishments are difficult to summarize. He has long set the standard as clinician, researcher and educator in the field of cardiology.  He was Dr. David Littmann’s first cardiology fellow and Dr. Spodick’s work on pericarditis and electrocardiography is legendary. He continues to teach electrocardiography to fellows at St. Vincent Hospital and attends our daily didactic noon conferences.  He has an active research program in electrocardiography and continues to serve as an important mentor to fellows.

Faculty


Dimitrios Angelis, MD
Invasive Cardiology
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine
Medical School: St. Georges University
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Saint Vincent Hospital

Joseph Benotti, MD, FACC
Invasive Cardiology
Board Certifications: Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Fellowship: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Robert Bojar, MD
Medical Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Board Certifications: Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery
Medical School: Brown University
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: Rush - Presbyterian-St. Luke Medical Center

John Ferullo, MD, FACC
Medical Director,
Cardiac Rehabilitation Services
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: University of Vermont
Residency: MetroWest Medical Center
Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Medical Center

Allen Filiberti, MD, FACC
Invasive Cardiology
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: Mt Sinai School of Medicine
Residency: Nassau County Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Medical Center

Joshua Greenberg, MD, FACC
Cardiovascular Medicine
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: Hahnemann University Hospital
Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital

Joseph Hannan, MD
Medical Director, Invasive Cardiology
Medical Director, Cath Lab
Board Certifications: Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: State University on New York
Residency: Saint Vincent Medical Center
Fellowship: Saint Vincent Medical Center

Robert Harizi, MD, FACC
Invasive Cardiology
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: Boston University
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Medical Center

Mohir Hedeshian, MD
Cardiovascular Surgery
Board Certifications: Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery
Medical School: State University of New York
Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Fellowship: New York Presbyterian Hospital
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Joseph Kirkpatrick, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Cardiovascular Services
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University
Residency: Roger Williams Medical Center
Fellowship: Rhode Island Hospital

Mark Kranis, DO
Cardiovascular Medicine
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Saint Vincent Hospital

Deepti Kumar, MD, FACC
Cardiovascular Medicine
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: Lady Hardinge Medical College
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Saint Vincent Hospital

Douglas Laidlaw, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology 
Cardiac Arrhythmia Specialist
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Saint Vincent Hospital

Luigi Pacifico, DO, FACC
Cardiovascular Medicine
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Saint Vincent Hospital

Luigi Pacifico, DO, FACC
Cardiovascular Medicine
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Saint Vincent Hospital

Eddison Ramsaran, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Cardiovascular Medicine
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons
Residency: St. Mary’s Hospital
Fellowship: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellowship: Saint Vincent Hospital

Neeta Shah, MD, FACC
Cardiovascular Medicine
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: Topiwala Medical College
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: Geisinger Medical Center

Richard Wholey, MD, FACC
Cardiovascular Medicine Specialist
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Medical Center

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Sanjeev Goyal, MD, FACC
Cardiac Arrhythmia Specialist
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Medical School: Lincoln Medical Center
Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital
Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Medical Center

Jang Singh, MD, FACC
Cardiovascular Medicine
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Fellowship: Boston City Hospital

Harold Moore, MD, FACC
Invasive Cardiology
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Medical Center

Bonnie Weiner, MD, FACC
Medical Director Cardiology Fellow & Interventional Cardiology Research Cardiovascular Medicine
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Medicine, Additional Qualifications in Interventional Cardiology
Medical School: University of Oregon
Residency: Norwalk Hospital
Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Medical Center

Applicants

Interested applicants for the general cardiology fellowship apply via the “ERAS for Fellowship Applicants” website at: https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/fellowship_applicants/

Our ACGME ID is 141-24-21-239 and our NRMP code is 1290141F0 for the general cardiology fellowship.  We accept 3 general cardiology fellows per year. Application requirements are: three letters of recommendation, including one from your program director, personal statement and USMLE or COMLEX scores. J-1 visa sponsorship is available for exceptional candidates.    More information about the program is available via the AMA’s FREIDA website at https://freida.ama-assn.org/Freida/user/viewProgramSearch.do

The interventional cardiology fellowship accepts two applicants yearly but does not participate in the NRMP. 

More information about either fellowship can be obtained by contacting Linda Bakutis at Linda.Bakutis@stvincenthospital.com.