Photo of four cardiologists reviewing a cardiac image

Sorin V. Pislaru, M.D., Ph.D.; Vuyisile T. Nkomo, M.D.; Imad Hussain, MBBS; and Ori Vatury, M.D.

Program description

Mayo Clinic's four-year Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship trains academic cardiovascular physicians.

After completing two years of core rotations, you have the opportunity to complete your fellowship training in one of several educational tracks tailored to meet your individual goals and needs.

The program includes one year of protected time for research under the mentorship of an experienced leader in the field of cardiovascular medicine. The fourth year provides the flexibility for clinical electives in a focused subspecialty area, training in interventional cardiology and electrophysiology, and other advanced training options.

The Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship offers:

  • Comprehensive preparation for a scholarly career in cardiovascular medicine
  • Cardiovascular fellow responsibility and autonomy in patient care management and procedures (there are no private patients or private attendings)
  • Extensive hands-on experience with all cardiovascular procedural skills
  • Diverse patient population composed of local, regional, national and international patients
  • Comprehensive didactic curriculum and hands-on physical examination teaching series
  • Numerous research opportunities with guaranteed research time
  • Separate tracks available for those interested in a more comprehensive research career, including clinician-investigator and National Institutes of Health (NIH) pathways
  • Options for subspecialty training in interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, advanced echocardiography, congenital heart disease and epidemiology, advanced heart failure and transplant, structural heart disease, and multimodality imaging
  • Extensive allied health professional collaboration and support

Mayo's academic environment, favorable faculty-to-resident ratio (approximately 160 cardiovascular subspecialists and researchers and 50 to 60 cardiovascular trainees), large patient population and state-of-the-art facilities combine to create a comprehensive educational experience. The "Mayo way" of graduate medical education ensures the finest teaching and the broadest patient care experience possible during a busy hands-on fellowship program.

Mayo Clinic also offers a separate Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Mayo Clinic in Florida.


This program fulfills the requirements for training as stated by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


You will be eligible to take the American Board of Internal Medicine's subspecialty examination in cardiovascular disease upon completion of the fellowship.

Program history

The Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship began in 1961. Since that time, more than 416 physicians have completed training. It is anticipated that 10 fellows will complete training in this program annually.

Other fellowships

Mayo Clinic in Rochester offers nine specialty fellowships in cardiovascular diseases.

Accredited fellowships

Unaccredited fellowships

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Sept. 19, 2013