Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship

Our mission is to educate the next generation of leaders and outstanding clinicians in advanced heart failure and transplantation

  • We hope to provide a broad clinical experience by immersing our trainees to a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care, cutting edge technology, scholarship, and groundbreaking research at our state-of-the-art facilities.
  • We train our future generation of physicians to embrace necessity of comprehensive evaluation with our cardiothoracic, palliative, structural and social work teams to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.
  • We encourage our fellows to have a scholarly approach to collecting and interpreting medical data and contribute to quality improvement and delivery of care.


Sample Rotation Schedule

Block 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Site 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1
Rotation Clinic ICU Floor Cath ICU Research / Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic Floor ICU Clinic Floor Cath Clinic
% Clinic 90 0 0 0 0 50 90 0 0 90 0 0 90
% Inpatient 0 90 90 90 90 0 0 90 90 0 90 90 0
% Research 10 10 10 10 10 50 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Site 1: Baylor & White The Heart Hospital Plano (THHP)

Site 2: Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC)

Fellows are permitted up to 15 working days to take vacation

Shock/Pre and Post Transplant/MCS Management
LVAD, Shock, TMCS heart Failure ICU 8 weeks 2 block
Transplant ICU 4 weeks 1 block
Post Transplant Floor Management 4 weeks 1 block
MCS Floor Management 4 weeks 1 block
Pre Floor Management 4 weeks 1 block
Cath/Vacation 8 weeks 2 block
Transplant Clinic 4 weeks 1 block
MCS Clinic 4 weeks 1 block
Advanced Heart Failure Clinic (pre) 4 weeks 1 block
Infiltrative CM Clinic 4 weeks 1 block
PH Clinic 2 weeks ½ block
Research 2 weeks ½ block

Fellows will be expected to participate in 10 organ procurements

Fellows will also be required to observe/participate in 5 LVAD implats and 3 transplants

Fellows will be expected to have at least 2 abstracts and 1 manuscript during their year-long training, including a quality improvement project

The Core Curriculum has been designed to ensure all the core objectives of an Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Transplantation fellowship are covered. The Core Curriculum lecture Series includes 50 lectures covering the following key topics:

  • A 5-part lecture series covering cardiogenic shock and temporary support devices
  • A 5-part lecture series on infiltrative and hypertrophic cardiomyopathies
  • A 10-part lectures series on management of heart failure including reviews of groundbreaking trials
  • A 10-part lecture series covering the basics of heart transplantation including evaluation, listing criteria, listing process, surgical management, pre and post-operative management and complications.
  • A 5-part lecture series covering immunology and Orthotopic heart transplantation rejection and management
  • A 10-part lecture series covering the evaluation and management of durable mechanical circulatory support
  • 5 lectures will be reserved for research discussions and miscellaneous topics

This core curriculum will be separate from monthly journal club series and department grand rounds, Cath and echocardiogram conferences.

Our faculty members are active in scholarly activities, and include several national principal investigators (PIs) on multiple studies.

There is a weekly research conference and a monthly conference where investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored trials are discussed. This conference includes discussion on how research is explained to patients and applied to patient care.

Research Impact

Journal vs # of publications plotted, numbers in parenthesis is the Impact factor of the journal

  • Train at a hospital ranked 27th in the nation for Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report

    Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital - Plano, a standalone hospital dedicated to cardiovascular care, is among the top 10 percent in the nation.

How to Apply

Our Heart Failure fellowship program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Applications will only be accepted through ERAS.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application materials have been completed and properly submitted to ERAS. The Fellowship Selection Committee will review all completed applications and will select applicants for interviews. Interviews will be arranged by invitation only.

Interviews generally take place in September and October.

Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed at least three years of internal medicine residency.

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

  • Personal statement
  • CV
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from your program director)
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX scores

At this time, we are only sponsoring a J1 visa for those who require a visa.

Contact Us

Kristen Handley
Program Administrator
Phone: 469.814.3160

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship
Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital - Plano
2nd Floor Residents Lounge
1100 Allied Drive
Plano, TX 75093

Working at Baylor Scott & White Health

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.

Life in Plano, TX

With excellent public and private schools, low crime and affordable homes, Plano provides a great environment to raise a family.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.