I am pleased to welcome you to the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. We are located within a very diverse community in Northwest Washington, D.C. The GW Cardiology Division provides expert clinical service to our local, regional, national and international patients. In addition to our clinical service, the GW Heart and Vascular Institute targets our academic missions of education, education, and community service. The GW Medical Center is on the main campus of the George Washington University adjacent to our Schools of Public Health, Business,and Engineering/Biomedical Engineering. We pride ourselves in being a small, close-knit fellowship program in which our fellows spend more than 90% of their training at the George Washington University (GW) Medical Center. As a result, the fellows are available for daily conferences, rotations, ambulatory clinics, and mentoring. Our fellowship features one-on-one teaching in which you are paired with a faculty mentor on a daily basis. We also pride ourselves on our flexible scheduling in which each fellow meets with the program director to design a schedule that meets their specific needs.
The cardiology program at GW is highly productive and continues to grow, explore our Recent Highlights and Heart and Vascular Institute. We have hired 2 new faculty members this year and our Division of Cardiology currently consists of 18 full-time faculty. The clinical rotations at GW include time in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, the arrhythmia service, cardiac consultations, coronary care unit and multi-modality imaging (including echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac MRI and cardiac CT). Fellows also rotate at Inova Fairfax Hospital on the heart failure/cardiac transplantation service, with added exposure to adult congenital heart disease and cardiac rehabilitation. On-site at GW we have popular electives including advanced heart failure, vascular medicine, and pulmonary hypertension rotations. Fellows spend one half day per week at the Ambulatory Care Center at GW in their own Ambulatory Continuity Clinic. Our robust conference schedule includes a weekly cardiac catheterization conference, fellow’s didactic conference, Journal Club, non-invasive conference, arrhythmia conference, heart failure conference, Cardiology Board Review and cardiology grand rounds.
Our interventional, electrophysiology, cardiac imaging, heart failure and pulmonary hypertension faculty are master teachers and provide leadership roles on national committees and journals. The interventional cardiology program consists of robust coverage of acute and elective coronary and peripheral interventions, with additional hands-on exposure to structural heart disease (congenital and valve), and ventricular support devices. Our heart rhythm services are distinguished nationally by their focus on complex ablative procedures and implantable cardiac devices. Our non-invasive cardiac laboratory consists of state-of-the-art echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac MRI and cardiac CT. The clinical programs in heart failure, transplantation, and pulmonary hypertension is one of the largest and most successful in the region with internationally recognized faculty in the field. Additionally, we have nationally prominent faculty members with expertise in health policy.
The fellowship training program is highly competitive. We have advanced training tracks in Interventional Cardiology and Clinical Electrophysiology for all interested fellows. Several of our fellows have also completed MPH and MBA advanced degrees during their fellowship training. All fellows have produced scholarly activity that is typically presented at national and regional forums with publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals. The division has highly active clinical and basic science research platforms with distinction in the areas of cardiac biomedical engineering, arrhythmias, heart failure, cardiac genomics, pulmonary hypertension, primary prevention and health policy. Our robust Heart and Vascular Institute supports many visiting professors, community service activities and fellow research grants.
We are grateful to our community of colleagues, our alumni network, and our fellows for propelling us to these heights.
Allen J. Solomon, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program