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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

The three-year Cardiovascular Disease fellowship program with a complement of 21 fellows at Feinberg School of Medicine provides advanced training in all aspects of cardiovascular medicine and fulfills the eligibility requirements set forth by the American Board of Internal Medicine for the subspecialty examination in cardiovascular diseases. Our fellowship program is in constant evolution with ongoing input from both fellows and faculty members. We are committed to providing our fellows with the best clinical and research training in cardiology. The program is directed by faculty members in the Division of Cardiology, who have appointments in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Department of Medicine.


We are dedicated to teaching comprehensive and compassionate cardiovascular care while fostering a learning environment that facilitates the acquisition of knowledge and life-long learning skills  and providing time, resources, and mentoring to develop research skills.  Our cardiology fellows spend a minimum of 24 months in clinical training, in the diagnosis and management of a broad spectrum of cardiovascular diseases. Procedural requirements include cardioversion; electrocardiography, including ambulatory monitoring and exercise testing; echocardiography; nuclear cardiology; interpretation of magnetic resonance imaging; interpretation of coronary CT angiography; arterial catheter insertion; and right-heart catheterization, including insertion and management of temporary pacemakers; left heart catheterization and percutaneous interventions. All fellows have at least six months dedicated to research. The remaining six months consist of six other clinical rotations or extended research. These final six months allow our fellows to have flexibility in their schedule. Expertise in a particular clinical area or research can thus be obtained.  The option exists for a fourth year of fellowship that may be focused on either clinical- or research-related activity.

Cardiology fellows participate actively in the weekly cardiac catheterization conference, imaging conference, and clinical management conference, as well as journal club and ECG conference.  A basic sciences lecture series takes place during the academic calendar year.  Fellows also attend the weekly Cardiology Grand Rounds lecture series in which nationally prominent visiting speakers and Northwestern faculty members provide presentations on important clinical topics and clinically relevant research topics.  Each third-year fellow presents one lecture at Cardiology Grand Rounds in the second half of his or her senior year.  Once monthly a congenital heart disease pathologic conference convenes.  Fellows are encouraged to attend the research seminars held in the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute.  They are also encouraged to attend Medicine Grand Rounds and the large number of lectures and seminars held throughout the Medical School.


In addition to clinical duties, the fellow participates in either ongoing or self-initiated research protocols. Six to twelve months are dedicated to research activities, and it is expected that each fellow present at least one original research paper at a national scientific meeting and writes at least one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Each fellow also presents one lecture at Cardiology Grand Rounds during his or her senior year.

 Clinical Experiences

Within a 24-month period, Cardiology fellows rotate through the following clinical specialties: cardiac catheterization, cardiac consultative services, acute coronary care, and noninvasive testing. Other areas of training include electrophysiology, preventive cardiology, vascular medicine, heart failure, and consultation on the cardiac surgery service. Each fellow provides continuous care for patients with cardiac problems through an ongoing weekly outpatient clinic. During the second and third years of training, fellows rotate through specialty clinics including Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Vascular Medicine, Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction, Pacemaker Clinic, and Valvular Heart Disease.

 Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine.  We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

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 Requirement and Eligibility

Those qualified to train with us must successfully complete training within an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine residency program and secure full medical licensure in the state of Illinois prior to starting their Cardiovascular Disease fellowship.  If applicable, applicants must possess a valid visa and ECFMG certification.  Our program accepts applications via ERAS exclusively and we only fill our positions via the NRMP match.

 Application Process

In order to be considered for the nextCardiovascular Disease fellowship class, candidates must have the following documents available to us for download from ERAS by September 1st for review:

  • Photograph
  • ERAS Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • MSPE
  • Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (One must be written by your Internal Medicine Residency Program Director)
  • USMLE Steps I, II, and III Scores

 Why Northwestern?

Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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 Fellowship Alumni

See where our Fellows have gone on to after graduation!


  • Ansel P. Amaral, MD: Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship - Vanderbilt University
  • Gregory Cascino, MD: Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship - Northwestern University
  • Dominic Fullenkamp, MD: Advanced Cardiovascular Research Fellowship - Northwestern University
  • Vikrant Jagadeesan, MD: Interventional Cardiology Fellowship - Northwestern University
  • Rachel Kaplan, MD: Cardiac Electrophysiology - Northwestern University
  • William Schultz, MD: Academic Faculty at Emory St Joseph's Hospital
  • Nilay Shah, MD: Academic Faculty at Northwestern University
  • Arjun Sinha, MD: Advanced Cardiovascular Research Fellowship - Northwestern University
  • Ramsey Wehbe, MD: McCormick School of Engineering, Articfical Intelligence Fellow - Northwestern University


  • Arif Jivan, MD: Interventional Cardiology Fellowship - Northwestern University
  • Stephen Kidd, MD: Interventional Cardiology - Cleveland Clinic
  • Joseph Knapper, MD: Interventional Cardiology - University of Minnesota
  • Ravi Patel, MD: Advanced Cardiovascular Research Fellowship - Northwestern University
  • Anna Pfenniger, MD: Cardiac Electrophysiology - Northwestern University
  • Erin Unger, MD: Interventional Cardiology Fellowship - Northwestern University
  • Lowie Van Assche, MD: Interventional Cardiology Fellowship - Northwestern University


  • Gregory Aubert, MD: Academic Faculty at Loyola University
  • Ethan Kosova, MD: Interventional Cardiology Fellowship - Northwestern University
  • Kristoff Olson, MD: Clinical Practice - Ventura County Medical Center
  • Anjan Tibrewala, MD: Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowhsip - Northwestern University
  • Sirish Vullaganti, MD: Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowhsip - Northwestern University
  • Jeremiah Wasserlauf, MD: Cardiac Electrophysiology - Northwestern University

 Meet the Faculty

The Division of Cardiology has a robust diverse faculty. To become better acquainted, click here.

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More Information

Further program details, including our housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University site. Likewise, we recommend reading through our FREIDA listings:

  • Cardiology: 141-16-21-090
  • Electro-physiology: 154-16-31-017
  • Heart Failure: 159-16-10-22
  • Interventional Cardiology: 152-16-21-011

Contact Us

Benjamin Freed, MD

Benjamin Freed, MD

Program Director


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Karen Granquist

Education Manager


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Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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