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 with a complement of two fellow at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is overseen by Jonathan Rich, MD.

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 transplants yearly. 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. Our center currently implants >60 ventricular assist devices every year, being part of some of the most novel clinical trials in the field. With over 3,000 outpatient clinic visits annually, more than 120 heart transplant and 50 ventricular assist device patients, 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 Rich, MD
Program Director

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Vanessa Salazar
Education Coordinator, Cardiology
Department of Medicine
Phone: 312-695-0070
Fax: 312-695-0063