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Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine’s Interventional Cardiology training program is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program within the division of cardiology beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of each year. There are a total of two ACGME-approved positions in our program. 

 Education Manager

Our catheterization laboratory averages about 1200 interventional procedures each year. Fellows participate in pre-procedural planning, including the indications for the procedure and the selection of the appropriate procedure or instruments as well as perform the critical technical manipulations of the procedure.


In addition to a strong clinical program, Northwestern Interventional Cardiology fellows are expected to participate in a wide variety of research projects, from basic/translational to clinical research.

 Clinical Experience

Twelve months are devoted entirely for inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences. Specifically, our fellows achieve exposure and competency in the following areas:

  • Diagnostic coronary, peripheral and pulmonary angiography
  • Percutaneous coronary, peripheral and pulmonary intervention
  • Adjunctive atherectomy techniques including rotation, orbital and laser atherectomy and intravascular lithotripsy
  • Adjunctive thrombectomy devices
  • Intravascular imaging and hemodynamic assessment
  • Transcatheter valve intervention including implantations, repair and valvuloplasty in the aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic positions
  • Adult congenital heart disease including PFO, ASD, PDA and VSD closure
  • Placement and removal of temporary mechanical circulatory support devices

The Division of Cardiology has a weekly clinical and research conference.  The interventional cardiology fellow is expected to present clinical cases and recent literature.

 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.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity please see the following resources:

 Requirements and Eligibility

Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have completed an ACGME-accredited general Cardiology fellowship in order to apply. Further qualifications for the interventional cardiology fellowship are reflected in the Core Cardiology Training and Adult Cardiovascular Medicine Document (COCATS). Fellows will require level 2 certification during their general cardiology fellowship. Level 3 is designed for trainees who receive both diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization training. The fellows will have completed a minimum of eight months over a three year period in the cardiac catheterization laboratory including participation in performance of a minimum of 300 diagnostic cardiac catheterizations. Fellows should be board eligible for cardiovascular disease and secure full medical licensure in the state of Illinois prior to starting their interventional cardiology fellowship training. If applicable, applicants must possess a valid visa and ECFMG certification.

 Application Process

The Northwestern Interventional Cardiology Program has two positions available for the academic year starting July 2025. Please submit your application via ERAs for positions starting July 2025 (program number 151621011). Required documents will include the following:

  • ERAS Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement (1 Page Max.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • USMLE Transcripts
  • ECFMG Certificate (if foreign medical graduate)
  • Photograph

Positions starting July 2023 and July 2024 have been filled. 

Interview invitations will be sent to selected applicants in December with virtual interviews to be conducted in December and January. 

 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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More Information

Positions starting July 2024 are open.

Additional 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 listings (program number 1521621011).

Positions starting July 2022 and July 2023 have been filled. 

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Daniel R Schimmel, Jr, MD, MS

Daniel R Schimmel, Jr, MD, MS

Program Director - Interventional Cardiology Fellowship


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Christine De Luca

Christine De Luca

Division Administrator


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