Structural Heart Disease Imaging Fellowship

Program Director and Director of Structural Heart Imaging: Dee Dee Wang, MD
Associate Program Directors: James C Lee, MD and Milan V Pantelic, MD

For application information and questions please contact: Theresa Gary, phone: (313) 916-2871

  • Duration of training: 1 year
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Prerequisite training: 3 year general cardiology fellowship

Structural Heart Disease (SHD) is an innovative field driven forward by the success of novel transcatheter device technologies. Well-trained, experienced cardiovascular imagers are critical to the success and advancements of SHD Interventions. Complex and rapidly evolving transcatheter therapies demand multi-modality Interventional Imaging specialists be able to look at any cardiac pathology and show the SHD Heart Team transcatheter options. Interventional Imagers must be able to synthesize datasets for peri-procedural guidance, monitor for complications and evaluate short and long-term device efficacy. Interventional Imagers must understand evolving technologies and the clinical decision making pathway between selecting repair versus replacement methodologies for transcatheter interventions with regard to each patient’s specific pathology.

The goal of this fellowship is to provide the fellows with the tools to provide comprehensive imaging support for these complex patients. Fellows will have a broad exposure to the preprocedural planning, periprocedural imaging support, and post procedural imaging monitoring of common SHD procedures. This includes but is not limited to transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR), transcatheter mitral and tricuspid valve repair, left atrial appendage closure, paravalvular leak closure, percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty, and other structural interventions. Fellows will receive intensive hands on exposure for intra and periprocedural transesophageal echocardiographic (TEE) guidance of transcatheter procedures, in-depth peri-procedural SHD computed tomography (CT) segmentation/case planning, and gain exposure to patient device selection suitability for intraoperative procedures. Fellows will be actively involved in clinical research and have the opportunity to assist in the education of general cardiology fellows.

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