Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Fellowship

With a student-faculty ratio of 1:9, our fellows benefit from one-on-one training at one of the largest heart transplant program in Texas.

Baylor University Medical Center, 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).

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, we train on the management and evaluation of heart failure, transplant, and pulmonary hypertension patients as well as end-of-life issues. Additionally, the program provides exposure to a large volume VAD program, Heartmate II, Heartware and the Heartmate III trial along with aggressive percutaneous support to include Impella and ECMO.

The site support from Baylor Dallas is substantial with a large tertiary care center fully staffed with specialists and advanced practice health care professionals who are experts in the management of advanced heart failure.

The volume of outpatients available to the fellow per day is approximately 50 patients in various stages of heart failure management, including:

  • Medical and device therapy consultation and follow-up
  • Pre-heart transplant evaluation
  • Post-heart transplant management
  • Pulmonary hypertension consultation and follow-up

The average number of patients the fellow will directly manage per clinic session is approximately five to eight.

The overall inpatient volume available to the fellow is approximately 25 patients. The number of inpatients the fellow will directly manage will be approximately four to 10, depending on the degree of involvement the fellow has had with the patient both in prior outpatient encounters and during the initial hospital admission.

Rotations include:

  • Pre-transplant heart failure inpatient service
  • Outpatient heart failure, transplant, device and pulmonary hypertension clinics
  • Post-transplant and device inpatient service
  • Outpatient clinic coverage and inpatient consultations at VA Medical Center
  • Cardiac catheterization laboratory

The program is supported by a categorical internal medicine residency, clinical cardiology fellowship, interventional cardiology fellowship and electrophysiology fellowship. The educational impact for the heart failure fellow is excellent from cardiology, cardiovascular surgery and consultants. In return, the fellow has a salutary educational impact on the clinical fellowship program in daily rounds and in 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
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals"

    Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a 115-acre campus with 915 beds, a Level I trauma center and nationally ranked specialty services.

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.

Contact Us

Natalie Gittus
Phone: 214.865.3610

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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