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Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program

DAVID M. LASORDA, DODavid Lasorda, DO, Program Director

Length of program: 1 year
Number of position(s): 3

The interventional fellowship is a one-year dedicated program for trainees who have completed a three-year approved cardiology fellowship, are fully trained in diagnostic angiography and wish to devote a substantial portion of their careers to interventional cardiology.

A faculty of 20 interventionalists, supervised by the catheterization laboratory director and the division director, are responsible for training and draw selectively on a caseload of roughly 3,600 interventional procedures a year. The performance and progress of the fellow is reviewed quarterly by the Fellowship Committee, based on monthly evaluations by the faculty. Fellows are expected to participate in a very active research program. The clinical training includes:

  • balloon angioplasty
  • directional, rotational and extraction atherectomy
  • use of coronary stents
  • Doppler/Prism Wire
  • IVUS
  • peripheral interventions
  • primary angioplasty

Currently, the research components of the program include:

  • primary angioplasty for myocardial infarction
  • the role of coronary Doppler flow recordings
  • intracoronary ultrasound as an adjunct to intervention
  • intracoronary radiation
  • GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors with interventional procedures

The Interventional Cardiology Fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

About Our Program

  • ACGME Accredited Program
  • 1 Year Program – Hospital Rotations include:
    • Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
    • The Washington Hospital, Washington, PA
    • Heritage Valley Health System-Beaver, Beaver, PA
  • 4 Funded Positions; Accept 3 Candidates
  • Subspecialty of Internal Medicine Core Program
  • December Application Cycle Specialty thru ERAS

Our Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program was established and accredited in 1999. Our faculty is dedicated to providing a comprehensive educational environment that fosters the development of fellows, thereby enabling them to become proficient interventional cardiologists. To achieve this goal, the interventional cardiology curriculum integrates the basic sciences as applied to clinical cardiology with in-depth interventional procedures that will provide the opportunities for the attainment of technical proficiency with balloon angioplasty, atherectomy, coronary stents, Doppler/Pressure Wire, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), peripheral interventions, distal protection devices, and primary angioplasty. A broad base of knowledge and skills encompassing all phases of interventional cardiology will enable the fellow to provide the total management of patient care in a broad range of practice settings. The interventional cardiology curriculum, therefore, incorporates comprehensive teaching conferences, teaching rounds, and clinical experience in all facets of interventional cardiology. While the faculty believes that clinical experience is the principal foundation of interventional cardiology education, they also believe that a significant portion of the fellow’s education is achieved through lectures, conferences, teaching rounds, research, and an up-to-date comprehension of interventional cardiology literature. Therefore, the interventional cardiology curriculum is designed to afford fellows the opportunity to attend lectures, conferences, participate in teaching rounds, conduct research, and also have sufficient time for review and study of current literature.

ACGME Requirements

The interventional cardiology fellowship program at Allegheny General Hospital exceeds the established requirements and performs approximately 1,800 procedures annually including percutaneous coronary angioplasty, coronary stenting, atherectomy, thrombectomy, distal protection devices, intravascular ultrasound, and coronary flow reserve/fractional flow reserve. The interventional cardiology fellows have exposure to and participate in mitral valvuloplasty and aortic valvuloplasty, atrial septal closure devices, intra-aortic balloon pump, brachytherapy, devices for cardiogenic shock, and peripheral angiography/interventions.

Our fellowship has achieved substantial compliance with the educational requirements established by the ACGME's Program Requirements for Residency Education in Subspecialties of Internal Medicine and Program Requirements for Residency Education in Interventional Cardiology (Internal Medicine).

How to Apply

November 15 – Applicants may begin applying thru the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and include:

  • US Citizen, Permanent Resident and J-1 Visas Accepted through our Institution
  • Minimum of 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • USMLE Scores (Steps 1-3) or COMLEX Scores
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Photograph

Recruitment Timeline

December 1st - Program downloads and reviews ERAS applications
February 28th - Application Deadline
March 1st – March 31st - Candidate interviews are scheduled (2 days)
April 1st – April 30th – Key Faculty Selection Committee meets and offers candidate position

Recruitment period is 1 year in advance (i.e. Apply in December 2011 for position to start July 2013)

Contact Us

The Allegheny General Hospital - Western Pennsylvania Hospital
Medical Education Consortium
Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program
320 E. North Avenue
4 Snyder Pavilion - Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

412-359-6544 Fax

Program Director: David M. Lasorda, DO, FACC
Email: dlasorda@wpahs.org

Program Coordinator: Carolyn Bowers
Email: cbowers3@wpahs.org

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