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Cardiac Fellowship Program

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Welcome to the MercyOne Des Moines Iowa Heart Center fellowship training program in cardiovascular disease. Our mission is to train exceptional clinical cardiovascular disease specialists for the state of Iowa. Our program received ACGME accreditation in 2018.

The program is sponsored by the Iowa Medical Education Collaborative in association with MercyOne Des Moines. The cardiology faculty draw from the broad and deep tradition of excellent cardiovascular care provided by the Iowa Heart Center. The group was first formed by a single cardiologist in 1970. Today, we’ve grown into a large group with more than 30 cardiologists providing cardiovascular care in the Des Moines metropolitan area and more than 60 total cardiologists and surgeons providing care throughout our system across the state.

During the three year training period, cardiovascular disease fellows at the MercyOne Iowa Heart Center program will be exposed to a wide range of cardiovascular disease and a high volume of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Throughout their training, fellows will gain training in all areas of cardiovascular care including echocardiography (transthoracic and transesophageal), stress testing, diagnostic angiography, cardiac MR, nuclear imaging, cardiac CT, temporary and permanent pacing, ECG interpretation, care of the advanced heart failure patient, cardiovascular disease prevention, adult congenital heart disease, clinical cardiac electrophysiology and critical care cardiology. In addition, fellows will gain additional exposure to percutaneous interventions, structural heart interventions including ASD/VSD closure, balloon valvuloplasty, TAVR, and TMVR, advanced EP device and ablation procedures, and mechanical circulatory support including percutaneous LVAD, ECMO and durable surgical LVAD.

The faculty interact with the fellows in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. The training program is structured in a “4+1” block system with a 4 week inpatient rotation being followed by a 1 week ambulatory block. Rotations take place at MercyOne Des Moines, MercyOne West Des Moines and the Iowa Heart Center office in West Des Moines. There is a robust didactic program including core curriculum lectures, board review, journal club, M&M/QI, echo conference, cath conference, EKG conference, pediatric and adult congenital conference, and Grand Rounds.

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about our program. We encourage you to continue to explore and please reach out to us with any questions.

Overview

The faculty for the Cardiology Fellowship are physicians at Iowa Heart Center. Iowa Heart Center is the premier facility for coronary care in Iowa. Founded in 1970, Iowa Heart Center joined with MercyOne Des Moines in 2009.

Iowa Heart specialties include advanced heart failure and interventional cardiology, clinical cardiac electrophysiology and adult congenital heart disease. Fellows will rotate through a variety of services at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and MercyOne West Des Moines Medical Center, such as Cardiac Catherizations, Electrophysiology, Nuclear Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Echocardiography/TEE and the Coronary Care Unit.

The program emphasis is not only on provide our fellows with a superb education, but developing them as a strong physician and professional. Upon graduation from our program, fellows will be able to provide extensive cardiology care in a variety of settings.

Our Cardiology Fellowship at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center is currently ACGME accredited. The program accepts two fellows per class.

All applications are processed through ERAS and we participate in the NRMP match. Please note, at this time we are only able to accept J1 Visas.

Curriculum

First Year

  • 2 weeks orientation/boot camp
  • 3 months inpatient general cardiology
  • 2 months Cardiac Catherization
  • 2 months Echocardiography/TEE
  • 1 month Congestive Heart Failure
  • 1 month Electrophysiology
  • 1 month Nuclear Medicine
  • 10 weeks ambulatory cardiology

Second Year

  • 2 months inpatient general cardiology
  • 2 months Cardiac Catherization
  • 2 months Echocardiography/TEE
  • 1 month CCU
  • 1 month Cardiac MR/CT
  • 2 weeks rural cardiology
  • 1 month Nuclear Medicine
  • 11 weeks ambulatory cardiology
  • 2-4 weeks elective
  • 1 month research

Third Year

  • 1 month echo/TEE
  • 7 weeks inpatient general cardiology
  • 1 month CCU
  • 1 month heart failure
  • 1 month electrophysiology
  • 1 month CT/MRI
  • 18-21 weeks elective/research
  • 2 weeks rural cardiology

Didactics

  • Core Curriculum
  • Echocardiography case-based conference
  • Cardiac Cath case based conference
  • Pediatric/Adult Congenital conference
  • ECG conference
  • Advanced Heart Failure conference
  • Journal Club
  • Cardiology Board Review
  • Clinical Provider Meeting (Grand Rounds style)

Faculty

General Cardiology/Imaging

  • Richard Marcus, MD
  • Eric Martin, MD
  • Matthew McCormick, MD
  • Randy Rough, MD
  • Joel From, MD
  • Shakuntala Advani, MD, PhD
  • Margaret Verhey, MD
  • Marc Klein, MD
  • Thomas Brown, MD
  • Gardar Sigurdsson

Interventional Cardiology

  • Dan Shivapour, MD (Structural)
  • Magdi Ghali, MD
  • Mike Fraizer, MD
  • Mark Tannenbaum, MD
  • Ravinder Kumar, MD
  • Atul Chawla, MD (Structural)
  • Mark McGaughey, MD
  • Suhas Bhat, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiology

  • Jason Meyers, MD
  • Troy Hounshell, DO
  • Mohit Chawla, MD
  • Dwayne Campbell, MD
  • Robert Hoyt, MD
  • Pitayadet Jumrussirikul, MD
  • Suzy Feigofsky, MD

Advanced Heart Failure

  • Jennifer Goerbig-Campbell, MD
  • Vivian Manola, MD
  • Chris Kassiotis, MD
  • Mudassir Malik, MD
  • Ravinder Kumar, MBBS

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

  • Richard Marcus, MD
  • Mudassir Malik, MD

Current Fellows

2020 – 2023