A core mission of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Vanderbilt is “to prepare the next generation of physicians to practice the clinical science of Pediatric Cardiology and to develop expertise in clinical or basic research”. With this goal, our fellowship provides a challenging and intensive clinical experience in all aspects of pediatric cardiology, balanced with mentored opportunities for high quality research in a wide variety of fields.
Our three-year pediatric cardiology fellowship training program is approved by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We offer a separate ACGME approved adult congenital heart disease fellowship, and fourth year sub-specialty training in advanced cardiac imaging electrophysiology, cardiac catheterization, and heart failure and transplant.
Our Faculty: We have a diverse faculty of 22 cardiologists with interest and expertise in every area of pediatric and adult congenital cardiology, as well as a strong basic and clinical research program. Many of our faculty members have been at Vanderbilt for more than 20 years, with others joining us from top programs all over the country. Our faculty shares a strong commitment to providing the best and most comprehensive fellow education possible.
The Pediatric Heart Institute: Pediatric cardiology is an integral part of the Pediatric Heart Institute (PHI) at Vanderbilt, along with pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric cardiac critical care, and pediatric cardiac anesthesia. The PHI faculty number 38 physicians, along with a dedicated team of nurses, nurse practitioners, sonographers, ECMO specialists, cardiac perfusionists, and nutrition specialists. All are involved in fellowship training. We are a major referral center for the state of Tennessee and surrounding states. We are housed in the state-of-the-art 270-bed Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, which is now in its second major expansion and soon to be over 400 beds.
Research Infrastructure: In addition to the busy clinical service, almost half of our fellow's time is spent in research. Our NIH-funded T32 training grant and Master degree programs are unique opportunities integrated into the fellowship (see Research Training program link below). Vanderbilt University Medical Center has an extensive research infrastructure, including the world's largest databank of DNA from pediatric patients linked to de-identified clinical data from the electronic health record.
Nashville: Nashville is an exciting place to live, with a wide variety of music, cultural activities, professional sports, and year-round outdoor activities. Nashville is home to many musical artists and genres of music, from classical to jazz to R&B to rock'n'roll. Music is all around and easily accessible, as are museums, hiking, and sports. With a recent population boom, there is new construction throughout the city and fantastic restaurants abound. We have many hospital benefactors, including the country group Rascal Flatts, Ryan Seacrest (we are home to one of only a few Seacrest Studios!), the Nashville Predators, and the Tennesee Titans to name a few. To learn more about our hometown, click here.