Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Fellowship

With a low student-faculty ratio, our fellows benefit from one-on-one training at one of the largest heart transplant program in Texas.

Baylor University Medical Center(BUMC), part of Baylor Scott & White Health, Advanced Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplantation Fellowship Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).BUMC is a busy transplant and LVAD center and is amongst the top 10 high volume transplant centers in the country .

Upon program completion, graduates will qualify to serve as a medical director of a UNOS certified heart transplant program and be eligible for certification in the subspecialty of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).


In accordance with the ACC COCATS 4 Task Force 8, the advanced heart failure fellows are trained on the management and evaluation of patients with heart failure, heart transplant, durable and temporary mechanical circulatory support, ECMO, pulmonary hypertension as well as end-of-life issues.

The program provides exposure to many multi center research trials and investigator initiated trials. Additionally, the fellows may obtain hands on experience in the cardiac catheterization lab with aggressive percutaneous mechanical circulatory support including Impella, Protek Duo, left heart catheterization, IVUS, and ECMO. This would be in addition to the standard requirements of right heart caths, endomyocardial biopsy and Cardiomems.

The Heart Failure Fellows may participate and obtain hands on experience with insertion and the management of patients requiring temporary percutaneous mechanical support including IABP, Impella , Protek duo, and are able to perform the requisite numbers of  Cardiomems implantation for certification . In addition the fellows have exposure to the management of cardiogenic shock via a coordinated Shock team and thus gain experience in the bedside management of patients supported on Centtrimag and ECMO


Baylor University Medical Center is a quaternary referral center and performs over high volume heart transplants and high volume durable LVAD implants yearly. The Fellow has substantial site support with specialists and advanced practice health care professionals who are experts in the management of advanced heart failure in the following areas:

  • Multispecialty team rounds in ICU
  • Outpatient advanced heart failure clinic
  • Evaluation for heart transplant and LVAD implantation
  • Post-heart transplant/LVAD management
  • Pulmonary hypertension consultation and follow-up

Our typical rotation schedule is illustrated below. The majority of clinics are held at Baylor university medical center. Once a week night call with in house attending. Fellows also work round one weekend a month without taking call.

The fellows rotation at the VA consists of an outpatient advanced heart failure clinic experience for 3.5 days and procedures for the remainder of the week. The fellows have the opportunity to perform right heart catheterizations, endomyocardial biopsies and implantation of cardiomems devices. In addition fellows will also perform and review cardio-pulmonary exercise stress testing for their patients. The HF fellows do not take call at the VA.




Pre-transplant heart failure

Transplant device

Cardiac catheterization laboratory

Post-transplant and device

Pulmonary Hypertension

Inpatient consultations

(VA Medical center)

Clinical Coverage

(VA Medical center)

Fellows receive didactic instruction through attendance at cardiology lectures, morbidity & mortality conferences and cardiology-related courses and meetings.

Institutional Conferences

  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds

Departmental Conferences

  • Heart Failure/Transplant Conference
  • Transplant/MCS M&M Conference
  • Heart Failure Journal Club
  • Transplant Selection Meeting
  • Cardiology Grand Rounds
  • Cardiology Echocardiography Conference
  • Cardiology Catheterization Conference
  • Cardiology Section or M&M Meeting
  • Immunology Meeting
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

Education of the fellows is enhanced with the presence of multiple subspecialists and consultants who participate in coordinated decision-making

BUMC residency and fellowship programs include:

  • Internal medicine residency
  • Clinical cardiology fellowship
  • Interventional cardiology fellowship
  • Electrophysiology fellowship.
  • General surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery training program
  • Surgical Critical Care
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How to Apply

Applicants may apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to electronically submit residency applications, letters of recommendations, dean’s letters, transcripts and other credentials directly from their medical school.

Applications are due by the first week of October. Interviews will take place beginning in early September.

Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed at least three years of internal medicine residency and three years of cardiology fellowship training.

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Personal statement
  • CV
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and/or COMLEX scores

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.


Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Institute – Dallas', in collaboration with Baylor Research Institute, coordinates more than 150 clinical trials involving cardiac surgery, cardiology, cardiac and vascular intervention, electrophysiology, vascular surgery and cardiovascular disease prevention.

The Fellow actively participates in research projects equipping the fellow to further their experience in critical thinking and innovative research. Fellows will work closely with Faculty on research that is aligned with their interests. Learn more about faculty scholarly interest

Fellows accepted for presentation at major heart failure meeting, are fully funded from the department for those expenses.

Recent Publications from Fellows

Contact Us

Priscilla Braisted
Phone: 214.818.6496
Fax: 214.820.7272

Advanced Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplantation Fellowship
Baylor University Medical Center
3500 Gaston Ave.
Roberts Hospital, 1st Floor
Dallas, TX 75246

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Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our fellows a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

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