Montefiore-Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care

Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Programs Virtual Tour

The Montefiore-Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care is home to two distinct cardiovascular disease programs: a Cardiology Fellowship Program and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program. 

Cardiology Fellowship

At its core, the Cardiology Fellowship offers a coordinated, academic learning experience that covers the entire breadth of cardiac care. Our faculty are defining the leading edge of cardiology therapy, while at the same time providing care to one of the most diverse communities in the country. Our two Cardiovascular Fellowship training programs, listed in ERAS as the Montefiore/AECOM Program and the Montefiore/Network Program, provide state-of-the-art training in a world-class academic medical center and medical school. We are committed to our fellows and their futures, and provide progressive, hands-on training to help fellows achieve consistent clinical excellence.

E. Scott Monrad, MD, CM

Program Director, Cardiovascular Diseases
Director, Cardiovascular Quality
Vice Chief, Cardiology, Patient Safety and Quality
Professor, Clinical Medicine

Program Director E. Scott Monrad, MD, CM, is an Interventional Cardiologist focused on fellow and medical school education. His primary clinical interests are in PTCI, coronary risk reduction, hemodynamics and valvular heart disease. A Montefiore-Einstein Bioethics Committee member, Dr. Monrad served on the Bioethics faculty for many years, and has published on conflicts of interest in cardiology.

Dr. Monrad completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University and his Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery at McGill University. He then attended New England Medical Center Hospital, where he completed his internship and residency. Following his fellowship in the cardiovascular division at Harvard Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Dr. Monrad was a research fellow with the cardiology department at Medizinische Poliklinik, Universitätsspital in Zürich, Switzerland.

Kevin Ferrick, MD

Program Director, Cardiovascular Diseases
Director, ECG Department
Professor, Medicine (Cardiology)

Kevin Ferrick, MD, is Director of Montefiore-Einstein’s Holter/ECG Department and Program Director of our Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship. His clinical, teaching and research focus is on cardiovascular risk stratification, ventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, device-based treatment of ventricular arrhythmias and arrhythmia ablation. Dr. Ferrick has published more than 250 articles, abstracts and book chapters, and presents his research at national and international meetings. 

After completing his undergraduate studies at the Cooper Union, Dr. Ferrick attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed an internship and residency in medicine at Montefiore, and fellowships in clinical cardiology and clinical electrophysiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at Montefiore-Einstein is one of the oldest traditional training programs in the country. Our fellowship training track began in 1963 and was one of the first programs to acquire formal ACGME accreditation, which the fellowship received in 1983. During their training, fellows are exposed to the entire breadth of cardiac and thoracic surgery, with varied clinical programs provided over two main campuses. 

Guided by our department’s Division of Research, fellows are strongly encouraged to partake in clinical research. Our faculty are excellent teachers, and fellows choose a mentor early on in their fellowship to help facilitate their path. Our program provides fellows with a well-rounded and hands-on experience, with a focus on clinical excellence and an appreciation of our patient population’s disease complexity. As a faculty, we are passionate about the craft of cardiothoracic surgery, and we pride ourselves in being truly invested in our fellows and their future.

Joseph DeRose, MD

Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery 
Professor, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

Joseph J. DeRose, MD, graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University. He completed his MD degree at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received the Whipple Award for Most Outstanding Student in Surgery.

Dr. DeRose completed his general surgery residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and received the Blakemore Prize for Research upon graduation. He then completed a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Columbia-Prebyterian Medical Center, as well as a post-graduate fellowship in robotic and minimally invasive surgery at Columbia University.

Dr. DeRose was appointed Director of Robotics in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital from 2001 to 2006. He later joined the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care as Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery and Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 

What sets Montefiore-Einstein apart

At Montefiore-Einstein, we are guided by a mission to heal, to teach, to discover and to advance the health of the communities we serve. Comprising 11 member hospitals and more than 200 specialty care sites, Montefiore Health System provides highly specialized, coordinated care for diverse populations in the New York region, across the country and globally.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, home to nearly 1,000 students in its MD, PhD and combined MD/PhD programs, is one of the nation’s preeminent centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. Through the joint efforts of Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore-Einstein is able to advance research and accelerate discoveries, benefiting patients and ensuring access to state-of-the-art healthcare for all.  

  • Montefiore’s medical specialties ranked as top 1% in the nation by U.S. News and World Report
  • Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) recognized as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News and World Report
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine ranked a top 50 “Best Medical School for Research in the Country, 2020” by U.S. News and World Report 
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Einstein $178M+ in research funding in 2019, placing Einstein 34th among 142 schools of medicine
  • 380+ NIH-funded grants awarded to Einstein
  • 700+ clinical trials 
Catherine C. Skae, MD, Vice President and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education at Montefiore-Einstein

Representing one of the top 10 largest medical and surgical training programs in the country, Montefiore Health System and our Albert Einstein College of Medicine provide postgraduate clinical training to more than 1,400 residents and fellows per year. Clinicians across Montefiore-Einstein’s numerous educational programs actively mentor and cultivate a new generation of healthcare leaders. 

Our mission to improve access and quality of care for our diverse community draws residents and fellows from top medical, dental and PA schools from around the world. We develop and expand programs designed to advance teamwork, communication and decision-making, and our progressive focus on comprehensive care provides an ideal training ground for our residents and fellows.

To make the process of working and training at Montefiore-Einstein more seamless, we offer a variety of services for our house staff, physician assistants and interns, including assistance with credentialing and orientation, institutional resources, visas, contracts, HR documents, payroll, notary services and specialty training and certifications. 

7.7 million+

patient interactions annually  

1.1 million+

patients annually, representing the largest network in the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley

200+

specialty care locations with more coming soon

40,000+

employees

111 East 210th Street, Bronx, NY

Moses Campus

Home to notable programs and our Centers of Excellence

Moses Campus provides the highest level of care to the most severe cases, offering tremendous clinical learning opportunities for our fellows. This site is the primary home of our fellowship training, and is where we perform our most advanced electrophysiologic, heart failure and structural interventional procedures, including left ventricular assist implantations, heart transplantations, ventricular and atrial arrhythmia ablations and Watchman procedures. 

Some of the strongest aspects of our program are providing care in an underserved and diverse patient population and learning within a sick-patient population with a high burden of cardiovascular disease and a varying degree of pathology.

Peter Vlismas, MD

Cardiology Fellow

1825 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY

Jack D. Weiler Hospital, Einstein Campus

An academic hospital adjacent to our Albert Einstein College of Medicine

The Jack D. Weiler Hospital on our Einstein Campus is our tertiary care center for the East Bronx and the second main site for our Cardiology Fellowship training. This is Montefiore-Einstein’s busiest STEMI site, and is where fellows receive many of their first-year training experiences. Fellows participate in the delivery of care at all levels here, including advanced electrophysiologic, heart failure and structural interventional procedures.  

The clinical exposure to various pathologies and advanced level of disease at presentation make your clinical experience second to none.

Faraj Kargoli, MD

Cardiology Fellow

Leading the nation in VAD clinical trials

Montefiore-Einstein leads the nation in clinical trials for VADs, including several trials funded by the National Institutes of Health. By staying on the pulse of innovation, Montefiore-Einstein is able to pass on lifesaving advances to patients.

It's a fast-paced setting, with lots of autonomy but constant clinical backup. This let me spread my wings as a cardiologist.

Jay Chudow, MD

Cardiology Fellow

Cardiology Fellowship Faculty

Mario J. Garcia, MD

Chief, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
Co-Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care
Professor, Medicine (Cardiology)
Professor, Radiology
Pauline Levitt Chair in Medicine

Ulrich Jorde, MD

Director, Advanced Heart Failure Services
Associate Chief, Cardiology
Professor, Medicine (Cardiology)

Luigi Di Biase, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine (Cardiology), Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Section Head of Electrophysiology at Montefiore Hospital
Director of Arrhythmia Services, Department of Medicine

Cynthia Taub, MD

Director, Cardiology Imaging
Professor, Medicine (Cardiology)

Mohamed Azeem Latib, MB, BCh

Director, Interventional and Structural Cardiology

David A. Vorchheimer, MD, FACP, FACC

Director, Clinical Cardiology
Associate Professor, Medicine (Cardiology)

Cardiothoracic Surgery Faculty

Robert Michler, MD

Surgeon-in-Chief
Professor and Chairman, Surgery
Professor and Chairman, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Samuel I. Belkin Endowed Chair, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Co-Director, Montefiore-Einstein Heart Center

Daniel J. Goldstein, MD

Vice Chair, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Assistance Programs
Professor, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Joseph DeRose, MD

Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Fellowship
Program Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship

Mei Chau, MD, MPA

Surgical Director, Structural Heart Program, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Director, Cardiothoracic Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Stephen Forest, MD

Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Scott Scheinin, MD, FACS

Surgical Director, Advanced Pulmonary Failure and Lung Transplantation
Division Chief, Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Oncology
Director, Bloodless Heart Surgical Program, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Tadahisa Sugiura, MD

Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Cardiology Fellowship Curriculum

In a participatory fashion, each year trainees are increasingly challenged in our nationally recognized sections of cardiology. The Clinical Cardiology curriculum follows a progressive, hands-on approach in several areas, such as CCU experiences, which bring increasing responsibility and case complexity; cath labs, which receive the most STEMI cases in New York City; coordinated care between structural interventions and cardiothoracic surgery; and advanced heart failure and electrophysiology rotations, which provide regional quaternary care.
 

Hear from our fellows

As one of the top 10 largest medical and surgical training programs in the country, Montefiore-Einstein provides postgraduate clinical training to more than 1,400 residents across 106 accredited residency and fellowship programs. Here, our postgraduate trainees share their own first-hand experiences.

Arieh Greenbaum

Fellow

Brian Salata

Fellow

Lynn Zaremski

Fellow

Jay Chudow

Fellow

Jay Chudow

Fellow

Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Curriculum

Montefiore-Einstein offers two opportunities for cardiothoracic training: our traditional two-year Cardiothoracic Fellowship, following the completion of a residency in general surgery, and our integrated six-year Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program, with a direct match from medical school. 

These training programs provide fellows with comprehensive, broad-based experience in adult cardiac surgery, general thoracic surgery and congenital heart surgery. While training, fellows are exposed to particular areas of focus in heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, robotic and minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter therapies in the treatment of valvular heart disease, aortic surgery, lung transplantation and neonatal heart surgery.  

A robust didactic curriculum, with an emphasis on the mastery of both written and oral board exam material, is a requirement of our training programs. Our fellowships encourage an environment of collegiality and strong interdisciplinary relationships with other specialties at Montefiore-Einstein, including heart failure cardiology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, anesthesiology, critical care medicine and vascular surgery. Over the course of all training years, fellows have ample opportunities for clinical research. 

An unmatched diversity of experience

As a premiere academic medical center serving the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Montefiore-Einstein offers its postgraduate trainees comprehensive exposure to a broad diversity of patients and pathologies. The diverse range of experience available prepares our postgraduate trainees for future careers in their chosen field, be it in the research or clinical and/or non-clinical setting.

Faculty and scientists at the forefront of research

Live and work close to the best of everything

The Bronx, New York City’s northernmost borough, is a culturally rich neighborhood placed at the intersection of Manhattan and its surrounding regions. Our postgraduate trainees typically live in hospital housing or off-site in nearby Riverdale, Lower Westchester or Manhattan, and have access to an unmatched diversity of experiences beyond the program itself. 

In the Bronx, with its ample parks and gardens, you’ll learn first-hand why it’s known as “the City’s Greenest Borough.” The neighborhood offers plenty of local food, art, sports and culture, and is just a subway ride away from Manhattan’s famed theaters, museums and attractions. 

As a resident of the Tri-State region, you’ll have unmatched access to the city’s cultural offerings, not to mention the bounty of outdoor excursions that are available just beyond. Day-trips and weekend excursions to the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Long Island or New Jersey provide ample opportunities for swimming, hiking, biking, skiing and other seasonal activities. 

Drag map or zoom to explore things to do in the Bronx, Manhattan and beyond. 

Cardiology Fellowships

The one-year Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Program at Montefiore-Einstein focuses on all clinical aspects of advanced heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, transplant cardiology and mechanical circulatory support. Suitable trainees must have completed three years of fellowship training in cardiovascular disease at an ACGME-accredited program, and be board eligible or board certified in cardiovascular disease upon beginning our program. Our fellowship trains physicians to become independent and fully competent in the evaluation and treatment of heart failure, in the evaluation of patients referred for advanced cardiac therapies such as cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support and the management of patients after cardiac transplantation and/or ventricular assist device implantation. Our goal is to equip heart failure cardiologists with the necessary tools to be leaders in heart failure patient care, in heart failure research and in the training of others in the field.

Over the course of their one-year fellowship, Interventional Fellows are trained in the evaluation and treatment of a wide spectrum of cardiovascular diseases, and are given exposure in radial and femoral access, intracoronary imaging and physiologic assessment, treatment of stable and acute coronary artery disease, calcific and complex disease, large-bore access, mechanical circulatory support for cardiogenic shock and high-risk PCI.

Montefiore-Einstein sees the largest STEMI volume in New York City, providing fellows a unique opportunity to develop the necessary skills for independent performance. While training, fellows are also given broad exposure to structural heart disease and peripheral interventional cases. Fellows also take part in case conferences, quality improvement projects and weekly lectures held by top national and international experts. 

As part of their training, fellows routinely participate in clinical research, and are given exposure to novel drugs and devices used in clinical trials. For those fellows interested in pursuing additional training following their first year, we offer one-year dedicated training programs in structural heart interventions and peripheral endovascular interventions.  

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and staffed by dedicated imaging cardiologists and radiologists, our program offers training on advanced echocardiography, nuclear imaging, cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging and cardiac computed tomography (CCT).

Our Echocardiography Laboratory is one of the largest in the country, performing over 30,000 studies per year. Fellows benefit from dedicated training in structural interventional imaging, strain and stress imaging. In addition to standard cardiac SPECT imaging, our program offers training in PET/CT using N-13 ammonia and 18F-FDG for the assessment of myocardial viability, coronary allograft and cardiac sarcoidosis. Fellows also routinely perform Tc-99m PYP SPECT imaging for the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis. Additionally, our CCT Program includes pre-interventional planning for valvular and other structural procedures, and counts using state-of-the-art equipment that includes dual-energy imaging for plaque characterization and myocardial perfusion assessment.

Available to applicants who have graduated from an ACGME-approved cardiology program, the Cardiac Arrhythmia Fellowship Program is a competitive, two-year ACGME-accredited program in clinical cardiac electrophysiology offered by Montefiore-Einstein’s Cardiac Arrhythmia Center. Our program’s large case volume supports ample research opportunities and access to state-of-the-art technology, and trainees work with world-renowned electrophysiologists who are experts in a full range of modern techniques and procedures. It is our mission to train the next generation of leaders in electrophysiology.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowships

Montefiore-Einstein boasts the best three-year transplant survival in the New York region (January 2019) and one of the best implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) survival rates in the nation. Working in close collaboration with the Medical Heart Failure team, Heart Failure Fellows have the opportunity to engage in weekly interdisciplinary selection meetings, partake in the procurement of organs and work with the implantation team. Opportunities to partake in organ harvest exist as well. 

Our Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Program is one of the busiest in New York. Our fellows train to become competent in selecting appropriate patients for robotically assisted coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), minimally invasive valve surgeries, thoracoscopic atrial septal defect (ASD) and maze procedures and off-pump CABGs.

Fellowship Application Information

We’re seeking fellows who will shape the future of healthcare.

If you would like to apply to become a Cardiology Fellow at Montefiore-Einstein, please check back for important dates. We will begin scheduling interviews in September.

If you would like to apply to become a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellow at Montefiore-Einstein, here is some information to keep in mind.

  • December, 1, 2020—Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship applications open 
  • February, 1, 2021—Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Applications close 

Montefiore-Einstein recognizes that having a diverse and inclusive institution is critical to success, and we reaffirm our fervent commitment to fostering a culture in which diversity is a central tenet.

Have questions? Get in touch.

Jacquelyn Smith
Cardiology Program Coordinator
718-920-2057
jacsmith@montefiore.org
 

Patrice Deleo
Director, Clinical and Business Affairs
Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
718-920-5381
pdeleo@montefiore.org
 

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