Cardiology

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, in conjunction with the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, provides state-of-the-art care of the fetus, infant, child, adolescent, and young adult with congenital heart disease. The Heart Center includes all medical and surgical services and is located in NewYork- Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. The Division has 42 pediatric cardiologists, including 22 full-time physicians at Columbia University Medical Center and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Attending physicians have academic appointments in the Department of Pediatrics of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as with Cornell University.

We are committed to producing the next generation of leaders in the pediatric cardiology community by offering an in-depth and high-quality experience for our fellows. Our program combines excellent teaching, exceptional mentoring, and personal guidance to allow fellows to become skilled pediatric cardiologists, scholarly thinkers, and critical investigators.

Pediatric cardiology fellows are an integral part of all the services provided by the division. The goal of our fellowship program is the training of pediatric cardiologists who are academically oriented. The three-year program fulfills the requirements for sub- board certification under the American Board of Pediatric guidelines. There are five pediatric cardiology fellows each year.

Overview of Cardiology Fellowship

Our comprehensive training program offers participation in state-of-the-art patient care and opportunities for high-quality research training in a variety of clinical and translational venues. Broad-based, active faculty members provide training in all cardiology subspecialty areas:

  • Adolescent and adult congenital heart disease
  • Cardiac intensive care
  • Electrophysiology
  • Fetal cardiology
  • Heart failure/transplant
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Non-invasive imaging
  • Preventive cardiology
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Research

Our faculty members actively pursue research interests in all areas of clinical practice and are involved in a multitude of large multi-center trials and registries, many of which allow for fellow involvement. There are many opportunities for clinical and basic science research in the areas of ventricular function, hypercholesterolemia, heart failure, pharmacology, electrophysiology, non-invasive imaging modalities, pulmonary hypertension, and clinical outcomes. Within the division, fellows can pursue basic science and translational research opportunities in cardiac genetics and development, or may choose to work with mentors from other specialties areas as well.

Curriculum

Fellows in the cardiology fellowship at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian are exposed to a wide range of clinical and research experiences. The overall goal of the three year fellowship is to prepare fellows for successful careers as clinicians, researchers and leaders in the cardiology community. During the first year, the fellow will gain a solid foundation in clinical cardiology including rotations on the cardiology floor, as well as in the cardiac neonatal and pediatric ICUs. There are two week rotations in echocardiography, cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology. The primary focus is on the acquisition of clinical skills. During the first year, there is an introduction to research with a two-week research boot camp, along with the expectation of beginning to develop a scholarly project, obtain a research mentor and publish a short peer review article. There is also an expectation to teach medical students and house staff. Lastly, the fellows are involved with presenting patients at cardiac catheterization conference and surgical conference. By the second year of fellowship there is an expectation for increasing clinical responsibilities with an emphasis on advanced patient management as well as more advanced imaging techniques. Research training is given additional emphasis, with a second two week research boot camp and the expectation that the trainee is to complete their IRB and begin a research project. During the third year of training, while the primary focus is on research, there is still continued participation in different clinical services with the expectation that the trainee will assume increasing responsibility for the clinical care given to patients. There are opportunities for clinical activities tailored to the fellow’s individual training goals.

The education of our fellows is of paramount importance. This is accomplished by their participation in the delivery of high quality patient care, as well as attendance in many weekly conferences which include: pathology, hemodynamics and angiography, echocardiography, and electrophysiology. There are weekly combined cardiology and cardiovascular surgery conferences where cardiac catheterizations and patient management discussions take place, as well as preparation for upcoming surgeries. There are monthly conferences which include a morbidity and mortality conference, a pathology conference and a pediatric cardiology journal club where current articles from peer-reviewed journals are critically reviewed. Lastly, there are bimonthly fellowship program director meetings which include a series on topics relevant to pediatric cardiology including an emphasis on the professional and personal development of pediatric cardiology trainees.

Fellowship Requirements

Applications for our fellowship program are accepted through the National Resident Matching Program. Please submit:

  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Please note: Do not send transcripts, medical diplomas, ECFMG certificates, or any other miscellaneous documents. Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital do not sponsor H-1B visa trainees.

Fellowship Program Staff

Our team members are:

  • Julie Glickstein, MD, fellowship program director
  • Warren Zuckerman, MD, fellowship associate director (Columbia Campus)
  • Gary Steinberg, MD, fellowship associate director (Cornell Campus)
  • Veronica Santiago, administrative coordinator

Contact Information

For questions, call Veronica Santiago at 212-305-6543 or email vs2235@columbia.edu.

Address:
Division of Pediatric Cardiology/Department of Pediatrics
Columbia University Medical Center
Sol Goldman Heart Center
3959 Broadway 2 North
New York, NY 10032