Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation Fellowship

Under the direction of Jon Kobashigawa, MD, the Cedars-Sinai Heart Failure and Transplantation Program serves as a major referral center for the southwestern United States and follows over 1000 heart failure and heart transplant patients.  In 2013, the program performed 119 adult heart transplants, the highest volume in the United States and also 23 Total Artificial Hearts, a United States record.  Our fellows are an integral part of a team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurse coordinators and research nurses.

The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship (Program Director, Michelle Kittleson, MD, PhD) is an ACGME-accredited fellowship which provides specialized education in the pathophysiology and treatment of heart failure and cardiac transplantation. The clinical experience consists of inpatient care (intensive care, step-down, and consultative services), outpatient clinics, and time in the endomyocardial biopsy suite. Clinical training and didactic teaching will be provided by faculty with expertise in heart failure diagnosis and management, ventricular assist devices, heart transplantation, and other medical and surgical approaches to advanced cardiac disease. Fellows will receive training in accordance with United Network for Organ Sharing guidelines for the training of a heart transplant physician including:

  • Management of heart failure patients within the entire clinical spectrum from ambulatory to severe, drug refractory heart failure.
  • Candidate selection for heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support
  • Donor evaluation and management
  • Physiology of the transplanted heart, immunosuppression, immediate post-operative care, and long term care, including management of post-transplant complications.
  • Pulmonary artery catheterization and endomyocardial biopsies.

During the fellowship, the fellow will be encouraged to participate in an ongoing clinical research project or pursue an original project.  Presentation of research findings at national and international scientific meetings is also encouraged.

The fellowship is limited to individuals who have completed a Cardiovascular Disease fellowship. Fellows will require valid California Medical License. Please note that the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute can only accept incoming trainees who are either citizens or permanent residents of the United States and are eligible for licensure in the state of California.

We have filled positions for academic year 2014-2015 and academic year 2015-2016.

If you are interested in applying for academic year 2016-2017, please note the following timeline:

  1. Applications should be received by March 1, 2015.
  2. Interviews will be conducted during March 2015.
  3. Positions will be offered during April and May 2015.


To apply, please complete the Physician Application Form and send it along with a personal statement and CV via email to our Academic Program Coordinator. In addition, please forward by email two letters of recommendation. Please indicate your citizenship status and provide a copy of appropriate documentation (if you are not a US citizen).

Your application materials and other inquiries should be directed to: Academic Program Coordinator Xenia Lovrekovic-Delic. Ms. Lovrekovic-Delic can be also reached at 310-248-6719.