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Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship

One-Year Training Program in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

About the Program

About Our Program

The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship program offers outstanding clinical training and research in its dual-site program, showcasing a full range of cardiovascular services and patient pathology.

Our fellows rotate at Allina Heath Minneapolis Heart Institute at  Abbott­ Northwestern Hospital, an internationally recognized tertiary cardiology referral hospital. Our fellows work one-on-one with practicing faculty, using the latest technology to treat patients.

Exceeding Other Fellowship Programs

Training far exceeds many heart failure fellowship programs

Since we offer one fellow position, individual attention and experience far exceed many heart failure fellowship programs. The Minneapolis Heart Institute® Center for Advanced Heart Failure Treatment works with a large number of patients who have benefited from mechanical assist devices and extracorporeal mechanical oxygenation (ECMO).

We also have a cardio-oncology clinic that offers services for cancer patients with heart conditions. Conditions include a pre-existing heart condition, one that developed during cancer treatment, and a heart condition in need of immediate treatment prior to resuming cancer treatments.

Working together, fellows gain advanced clinical skills, a lifelong commitment to learning, and the ability to function as leaders in their medical communities.

What Sets Us Apart?

Clinical research opportunities.

Our fellows learn and conduct clinical research as a key component of their education. Both organizations host active research programs and maintain their own research foundations.

Individual attention and leadership.

Admitting one fellow per year offers unprecedented learning and leadership opportunities. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to be exposed to all areas of advanced heart failure, including heart transplantation, all available, modalities of acute and durable mechanical support, pulmonary hypertension, primary cardiomyopathies, and also the cardio-oncology clinic. Having a general cardiology fellowship at our facilities gives the advanced heart failure fellow the opportunity to teach his junior colleagues.

Cutting-edge equipment and procedures.

Our facilities and our curriculum integrate the latest technology and exposure to all required procedures including proficiency in Cardiomems implantation. In addition, the AHF fellow will spend time in the cardiac MRI and nuclear cardiology lab to get acquainted with all imaging modalities pertinent to heart failure management.

Commitment to education.

Nearly 300 physicians study with us each year as residents, fellows, and medical students. After 40 years of educating cardiovascular specialists in partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School, we launched our own Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship in 2017.

Application Requirements

Prospective candidates must show completion of a three-year residency in internal medicine and a three-year ACGME accredited fellowship in cardiovascular disease at an ACGME-accredited institution.

Non-resident applicants must possess a J1 visa or green card; this program does not accept H1B visas. Non-resident candidates should submit an ECFMG certificate and results of Step I and II and Step III along with their application.


Applications will be accepted through ERAS.

  1. Submission: Submit your application through the Electronic Resident Application System. Contact your medical school’s student affairs or dean’s office for instructions. We do not accept applications through the mail. The Cardiac Disease Fellowship will contact selected candidates individually; we do participate in the National Resident Matching Program.
  2. Scoring: Each applicant will be scored based on these criteria:
    • Medical school transcripts
    • Demonstrated clinical excellence and professionalism
    • Honors and accomplishments
    • Publications
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Interviews
  3. Interviews: Selected applicants will be invited for interviews. We conduct interviews in September and October.
  4. Decision: The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship will contact selected candidates individually; we do not participate in the National Resident Matching Program.

About Our Facility

Fellows rotate at Hennepin Healthcare and the Minneapolis Heart Institute to experience firsthand the day-to-day operations of a major public hospital and a privately-owned cardiology practice.


Katarzyna Hryniewicz, MD

Program Director

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Meghan Hoover

Program Coordinator
Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern


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Cheryl Christenson

Fellowship Coordinator
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Hennepin Healthcare
701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55415

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