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Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is proud to have an ACGME accredited Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program. The fellowship is a three-year training program with two fellows per year. The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital has an outstanding faculty of 16 cardiologists, six cardiac intensivists, three dedicated pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, three cardiac surgeons, five cardiac imaging physicians, three interventional cardiologists and 16 dedicated nurse practitioners that participate in training the fellows.

The cardiac catheterization program performs over 450 cardiac catheterizations a year with a strong emphasis on interventional procedures. The cardiac surgical program lead by Dr. Redmond Burke, Director of Cardiovascular Surgery, performs over 200 open-heart cases a year.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital prides itself in utilizing collaborative and innovative surgical and interventional strategies to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients with simple and complex congenital heart disease. US News and World Report recognizes Nicklaus Children's Hospital,  among one of the top pediatric cardiology and heart surgery programs in the United States. Nicklaus Children's Hospital is the largest freestanding children’s hospital in Florida and the pediatric teaching hospital for the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.


The goal of the fellowship program is to graduate well-rounded pediatric cardiologists able to provide the highest quality of care to patients from infancy through adulthood. The fellowship will be a three-year program divided into 24 months of clinical rotations and 12 months of research. In addition, fellows will enjoy a robust clinical experience rotating through our dedicated 18 bed cardiac-intensive care unit, inpatient floor, ambulatory offices, electrophysiology lab, non-invasive imaging lab and a new state-of-the art hybrid catheterization lab. Non-invasive imaging includes TTE (2D and 3D), TEE, fetal echo and cardiac MRI.

The objectives of the fellowship program are to train our fellows to:

  • Be well-versed in all aspects of cardiology (cardiac anatomy, cardiac physiology, non-invasive cardiac imaging, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, cardiac critical care medicine, inpatient and outpatient cardiology)
  • Be empathetic professionals that use a patient centered approach
  • Find a career in cardiology that excites them and pushes them to innovate the field

The program’s educational content includes an extensive curriculum filled with interactive lectures and conferences as well as block rotations in non-invasive imaging (echocardiography and cardiac MR), cardiac critical care medicine, cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology, inpatient / outpatient cardiac service and research. In all of the clinical areas, the fellows are supervised by faculty which allows the fellows to have progressive autonomy through direct and indirect supervision. The faculty and fellows both regularly evaluate the program and each other to help improve the program, the faculty and the fellows. As a referral tertiary care center, the fellows are exposed to a large volume of cardiac patients with a varying mix of pathology, complexity, and volume. The Research Institute provides the infrastructure for research support including regulatory function and IRB. The GME provides the institutional support for the educational activities such as the common fellowship curriculum, faculty development, Grand Rounds and other hospital wide conferences that supplement the division-specific conferences.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted through the ERAS system. Program candidates must be U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents (Green Card holders), or holders of a valid work permit . International medical school graduates are eligible to apply but must submit a current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) with their application. International candidates who do not hold a US Citizenship, permanent residency, or a valid work permit; should clearly specify the details of their current visa status in the ERAS application. Please note that Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on sponsors J1 Visas (sponsored by the ECFMG).

In accordance with the ACGME requirements, each training program is expected to form a Clinical Competency Committee (CCC). The program director appoints the CCC. The CCC must have at least three program core faculty (excluding the program director) who have the opportunity to observe and evaluate the residents. The CCC meets at least semi-annually to review and discuss each individual residents’ performance data and make a consensus decision on the progress of each resident by applying assessment data to the milestones. The CCC serves as an early warning system/ early identification if a resident fails to progress in the educational program and make recommendations to the program director for resident progress including promotion, remediation, and dismissal. The program director meets with each resident semi-annually to review the CCC report and design an individualized learning plan for the resident. To learn more about the CCC, click here.

Below are the faculty members who serve on the CCC committee (in addition to the Program Director) for the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program:

  • Madalsa Patel, MD
  • Jun Sasaki, MD
  • Nao Sasaki, MD
  • Juan Carlos Muniz, MD
  • Juan Bolivar, MD
  • Yadira Martinez, MD
  • Danyal Khan, MD
  • Amanda Green, ARNP
  • Anne Schmelzer, RN