Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship Program

Established in 2005, the one-year ACGME Accredited Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is overseen by Jonathan D. Rich, MD.

Offering two fellowship positions annually, we follow a standard GME academic calendar (July 1 through June 30) and we participate in the ERAS application process. Our fellows’ twelve months of training are devoted to inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences, caring for heart failure and heart transplant patients who benefit from a multi-disciplinary team of cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers and dietitians.  In addition to acquiring the necessary clinical skills and expertise, a heavy emphasis and commitment is placed on both education and research in order to ensure we are training and equipping our fellows to be the future leaders of academic heart failure.

The Medicare-approved heart transplant program has a one-year survival rate among the best in the country at 96 percent and it is ranked among the top 20 programs nationally and number one in Illinois, performing approximately 30-35 transplants yearly.

Our center currently implants >60 durable ventricular assist devices every year and takes part in some of the most novel clinical trials in the field. A Blue Distinction Center for Transplants and an Optum Health Center of Excellence, Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Medicare Destination Therapy Ventricular Assist Device Program has been awarded a Certificate of Distinction from The Joint Commission as a result of our ventricular assist device procedures volume, patient care, exceptional level of expertise among specialists, and excellent outcomes.

With over 3,000 outpatient heart failure clinic visits annually, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute’s Center for Heart Failure has also achieved a lower 30-day mortality rate for hospitalized heart failure patients than the U.S. national average.

Further program details, including our Housestaff Manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center Graduate Education site.  Likewise, we recommend reading through our FREIDA listing (program #159-16-10-22).

Jonathan D. Rich, MD
Program Director

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Vanessa Salazar
Education Coordinator, Cardiology
Department of Medicine