The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program includes rotations at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Miami VA Medical Center, and the University of Miami Hospital, all of which are geographically contiguous adjacent to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

These three hospital sites provide unique and diverse cardiology training for the cardiovascular fellows. The combination of an existing rich patient base with talented and world-class cardiology faculty from around the country provides a unique and rewarding training experience for fellows. Miami is a multi-ethnic, international, and multi-lingual population center, which presents the cardiology fellows with superb training opportunities. Indeed, each of the three hospitals in the training program would individually provide excellent training. Taken together, they provide exposure to a unique breadth of cardiovascular disease and academic cardiology.

Jackson Memorial Hospital, the base of the training program, is a large (1550-bed) inner city hospital with an indigent patient base, and an active emergency room that provides a great deal of acute care cardiovascular medicine. Jackson Memorial Hospital also serves as a referral hospital for private patients of the full-time faculty with secondary and tertiary levels of disease, as well as a transplant center with the largest volume in the state. The Veterans Administration Medical Center (563-beds) has a combination of the usual VAMC chronic disease population, in addition to serving as a referral hospital within the VA system. The University of Miami Hospital, formerly Cedars Medical Center (465-beds), adds a sophisticated and cutting-edge interventional experience within a community-based hospital. Finally, the combination of this rich clinical experience with a strong academic faculty and the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) provides an extraordinary opportunity for the development of young academic cardiovascular faculty. Thus, in addition to the existing focus on clinical medicine and clinical research, the fellows will have opportunities with new endeavors in both basic research and translational activities. This is precisely our programmatic goal for the cardiology fellowship.

The mission of the cardiovascular training program is to select, train and develop academic cardiovascular faculty in support of the mission of academic excellence.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: 7
Duration: 3-years
Postgraduate Training Required: Internal Medicine Residency
U.S. Citizenship Required:  US Citizen, Permanent Residents/Green Card Holder, and J1 Visa

Teaching Hospitals
The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program includes Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) as its primary training
center, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the University of Miami Hospital (UMH). 

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at: List top 10 institutions. 

  • South Miami Hospital, Baptist Health System
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital/Jackson Medical Group
  • Methodist Hospital Physician Organization
  • Beth Israel Deaconess  Hospital in Boston
  • University of Miami, Heart Transplant
  • UM/VAMC Electrophysiology Program
  • VAMC in Washington DC
  • South Miami Hospital,  Baptist Health System
  • Beth Israel Medical Center Heart Institute
  • Bradenton Cardiology Center
  • Baltimore Washington Medical Center
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital/Jackson Medical Group
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease Program Director
  • VAMC Medical Center in Philadelphia
  • Franciscan Skemp, Mayo Health System
  • University of Kentucky, Electrophysiology Faculty
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach/Columbia Univ.
  • University of Pennsylvania/VAMC Cardiovascular Division
  • Northern Michigan Regional Hospital
  • Central Florida Regional Hospital
  • Broward General Medical Center

Our Cardiovascular Fellowship Program participates in the NRMP match. We accept applications only through the ERAS system, a centralized application processing service-paper applications will not be accepted.  The Cardiovascular program follows the July application cycle as stated in the ERAS Timeline. Match dates for the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program are listed at the Medical Specialties Matching Program (MSMP).

For more information about ERAS, NRMP, ACGME and ECFMG, please refer to the following sites:

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements by the beginning of the program:

  • Graduate from an ACGME-accredited internal medicine training program,
  • US citizen, US permanent resident, or in possession of a J-1 visa,
  • ECFMG-certification if a foreign medical graduate,
  • Graduate of an LCME accredited Medical School, if completed in the United States or Canada or a Graduate of an AOA accredited Osteopathic Medical School
  • Passing scores on Steps 1, 2, and 3 of USMLE or COMLEX-USA.

Your application must consist of the documents listed below. Incomplete or applications submitted to ERAS past the deadline will not be reviewed.
Updated CV, including publications
One page personal statement detailing your interest in Cardiology, as well as career goals
Medical School transcripts
ECFMG Certificate (International Medical Graduates only)
Medical School Performance Evaluation (formerly the Dean’s letter)
USMLE  or COMLEX-USA test scores
Minimum of three recommendation letters, including one from the internal medicine residency Program Director
Citizenship/Residency/Visa status

Please note that we do not sponsor the H1 visa. All applications will be reviewed and an interview is required to be considered for the program. Due to the large volume of applications we receive each year, the program will only contact candidates chosen for an interview-please do not contact the coordinators regarding the status of your application.

Educational Program
The core training program includes supervised experience in cardiovascular consultation, intensive cardiovascular care and diagnosis and management of diverse cardiovascular conditions in both inpatients and outpatients.

In addition to bedside activities, the program provides extensive training in cardiovascular diagnostic graphics, imaging techniques, stress testing, postoperative management of cardiovascular surgical patients, and the sub-specialized areas of interventional cardiology, clinical cardiac electrophysiology, and heart failure and transplantation. 

Additional clinical experience includes adolescent and adult congenital heart disease, cardiovascular genetics, and clinical and basic research activities tailored to the interests and abilities of the individual fellow.  During the last year of this three-year program, elective time for further experience in areas of special interest or research can be arranged individually.

For fellows targeting an academic career that includes investigative focus, an additional year of research experience can be arranged in conjunction with any of the numerous scientific mentors in the Cardiovascular Division.

Conferences/Didactic Learning:  Fellows are required to attend the Division of Cardiology Fellows’ weekly conference lectures given throughout the academic year in addition to the departmental Grand Rounds. The fellows’ time is protected to allow attendance. 
1. EP/ECG  Conference
2. Cardiovascular Clinical Cardiology Conference
3. Cardiovascular JC/Research/Cath Conference
4. Cardiovascular Imaging Conference
5. Cardiology Grand Rounds

Board Exam Requirements
Must be Board Certified in Internal Medicine

The fellows are expected to participate in research activities.  The purpose of this activity is for the fellows to learn the design of research studies, responsible use of informed consent, utilization of methodology and interpretation of data.  The program will provide instructions in the critical assessment of new therapies published in medical literature during morning reports and journal clubs.  A log of fellows’ publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations at scientific meetings by the fellows will be maintained. The type of project a fellow selects will depend on his/her interest and expertise.  The fellow should identify an attending mentor who has expertise and interest in that particular area.  The mentor will provide feedback regarding the feasibility, administrative support needed, and scientific strengths and weaknesses of the project.  The fellows should select projects that are relatively straight forward and can be completed during their training period. A limited Fellow Research Fund is available for support of fellow research projects as needed. Clinical studies may be prospective or retrospective. The fellow also may participate in a research project that is already on-going and multicenter cooperative studies.  There is a monthly research conference, and fellows are scheduled to present their research projects on a rotating basis at this conference.  This abstract will be filed to document your research activity.  After the study is completed, the fellow will be advised and supervised by the mentor in the preparation of the manuscript or the abstract for publication. Scholarly activities such as writing review articles and reports of interesting or unusual cases are strongly encouraged.

On-call information:
Per ACGME guidelines, fellows are limited to no more than 80 hours of duty per week, must have at least one day in 7 free from duty, including beeper call.  Further, the fellows must spend less than 30 continuous hours in house when on-call, and have at least 8 hours rest period in between shifts.  Moonlighting is counted toward the 80 work week limit.  Fellows must log their duty hours daily. The program will monitor fellow duty hours, according to sponsoring institutional policies, with a frequency sufficient to ensure compliance with ACGME requirements are met.  It will adjust schedules as necessary to mitigate excessive service demands and/or fatigue, and monitor the demands of at-home call and adjust schedules as necessary to mitigate excessive service demands and/or fatigue.

Carlos Alfonso, M.D.
Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Miami

Eduardo de Marchena, MD
Assistant Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program
Professor of Medicine and Surgery

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.
Site Supervisor, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at JMH
Professor of Medicine and Physiology

Simon Chakko, M.D.
Site Supervisor, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at VAMC
Chief, VAMC Cardiology – Professor of Medicine

Robert Hendel, M.D.

Jamilee Martinez
Program Coordinator 
Phone: (305) 243-7067
Fax: (305) 243-1731

Other Teaching Faculty:

• Dr. Sharon Andrade-Bucknor, Director of UMH Cardiac Rehab
• Dr. E. Joseph Bauerlein, Director of Cardiac Transplant Program
• Dr. Martin Bilsker, Director, JMH Out-Patient Clinic
• Dr. Nanette H. Bishopric, UM Cardiovascular Genetics Lab
• Dr. Sandra Chaparro, Director of Heart Failure/Transplant Fellowship Program
• Dr. Mauricio Cohen, Director of UMH Cardiac Cardiovascular Lab
• Dr. Chunming Dong, Associate Professor of Medicine
• Dr. Alexandre C. Ferreira, Director of Interventional Fellowship Program
• Dr. Joshua Hare, Director of Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Research Institute
• Dr. Litsa Lambrakos, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
• Dr. Maureen Lowery, Director of UMHC/SCCC Non-Invasive Diagnostic Labs
• Dr. Claudia Martinez, UM Interventional Cardiologist
• Dr. Roberto A. Miki, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
• Dr. Raul Mitrani, Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program
• Dr. Carl E. Orringer, Associate Professor of Medicine
• Dr. Alan Schob, Director of the VAMC Cardiovascular Lab
• Dr. Rafael Sequeira, Director of the JMH Coronary Care Unit
• Dr. Robert Stang, Director of the VA Coronary Care Unit
• Dr. Assaf Tzur, JMH Cardiac Electrophysiology
• Dr. Juan Viles-Gonzalez, Cardiac Electrophysiology