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Structural Heart Fellowship

A one-year Texas Medical Board-accredited Structural Heart Training program for structural heart disease.

The Structural Heart Program team under the leadership of Molly Szerlip, MD, and Michael DiMaio, MD, provides an educational program of innovative multidisciplinary care for patients with advanced and complex structural heart disease.

From evaluation to treatment, this unique program is designed to deliver the best possible outcomes for each and every patient. With a vast diversity of medical expertise in our institution, our team is able to efficiently perform a multidisciplinary heart team evaluation, collaborate closely to develop a specialized treatment plan and continuously work together to provide patients with informed and effective cardiovascular care.

This clinical expertise is further enhanced by the team’s access to the best in medical technology. Our Cath Lab and Cardiac Surgery suites including hybrid ORs provide one of the highest volume programs in the country operating over 2,300 interventional procedures and over 1,800 open heart surgeries annually. Our structural program has performed over 1,000+ TAVR procedures. Additionally, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano has ranked 16th in the country in the 2017 US News & World Report rankings of best hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery.

This fellowship is a well-structured, mentored program that will involve a clinic and procedural heart team approach to education and training in structural heart disease. In addition, the fellows will participate in a well-established research program that encompasses randomized multi-center trials, outcomes studies and funded investigator initiated studies.

Curriculum

  • Balloon arotic and mitral valvuloplasty
  • Paravalvular prosthetic leak repair
  • Catheter-based closure of atrial and ventricular wall defects
  • Catheter-based repair of mitral regurgitation
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair/replacement
  • Left atrial appendage closure
  • Alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Imaging-3D TEE, CT Reconstruction and MRI
  • Peripheral and coronary interventions
  • Integral member of the inpatient and outpatient valve service team

  • Minimally invasive mitral, aortic and tricuspid valve surgery
  • Robotic mitral valve procedures and coronary revascularization
  • Endovascular and open thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection repair
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair/replacement
  • Complex valve replacement and repair
  • Integral member of the inpatient and outpatient valve service team
  • Imaging-3D TEE, CT Reconstruction and MRI

  • Summer Survival
  • Cath Conference
  • High Risk Conference
  • Echo Conference
  • Research Conference
  • EKG Conference
  • Journal Club

Research

Our faculty members are active in scholarly activities, and several have extensive research endeavors. Fellows are expected to author one research project.

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.

In addition to one-on-one coaching from faculty, fellows learn the basics of research through a dedicated monthly research lecture with topics that include:

  • Research planning and design
  • Biostatistics and data analysis
  • Clinical trials research
  • Outcomes data research
  • Ethical decision making in research and ramifications
  • Applying research to patient care
  • Appraising the literature when reading cohort, case-controlled, randomized-controlled or cross-over trials
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Abstract preparation and presentation
  • Explaining research to patients

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.

Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed interventional cardiology or cardiothoracic surgery residency program.

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

  • Personal statement
  • CV
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation

Submit applications to Nikie Sewell at sheanikie.sewell@bswhealth.org

Deadline for applications is August 31st.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this program.


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

Contact Us

Nikie Sewell
Phone: 469.814.4716
Sheanikie.Sewell@BSWHealth.org

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

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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.

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.