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Welcome from the Program Director

The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at AdventHealth Orlando is a three-year ACGME-accredited fellowship and our mission is to develop cardiology clinicians of excellence and the future leaders in the field of cardiovascular disease. Our trainees will be equipped to shape the future of cardiovascular medicine though their leadership in clinical care, scientific investigation and education. Our diverse faculty provide experience and expertise in general cardiology and subspecialty disciplines in cardiology and immersion into the vibrant environment of AdventHealth Orlando hospital and clinics, allows our trainees to flourish with individualized career development. Thank you for your interest in the AdventHealth Cardiology Fellowship program.

 

Rodrigo Lago, MD, FACC

Program Director

Program Leadership

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Rodrigo M. do Lago, MD, FACC

Program Director

Interventional Cardiologist

Stacy Mandras, MD

Associate Program Director

Transplant Cardiologist, Pulmonary Hypertension

Cesar Bonilla Isaza, MD

Faculty

Electrophysiologist

James Tarver III, MD

Faculty

Pulmonary Hypertension, Cardiologist

Basiem Barsoum, MD

Faculty

Interventional Cardiologist

Teaching Faculty

The faculty have trained in numerous geographic locations and have come from prestigious training programs. They are eager to teach you!

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Current Fellows

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Xuan Guan, MD, PhD

PGY-4

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Marco Shaker, MD, MS

PGY-4

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James Nguyen, MD

PGY-4

Core Rotations

The first two years of our Cardiovascular Disease fellowship will offer intensive clinical experiences spanning general cardiology and subspecialty fields in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The first-year curriculum will immerse fellows in general cardiology, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, cardiovascular imaging, heart failure, consultative cardiology, and electrophysiology. The second- and third-year curriculum will build upon these skills and incorporate experiences in cardiac transplantation/mechanical circulatory support, vascular medicine, structural heart disease, and adult congenital heart disease. Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to further explore many of the clinical cardiology subspecialty areas during elective time, in order to tailor their clinical training to their specific goals. Clinical fellows rotate primarily at the AdventHealth Orlando campus with a weekly half day continuity clinic at the AdventHealth Apopka campus. 

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Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The curriculum of the cardiovascular diseases fellowship consists of a variety of clinical experiences and didactic conferences that will take place at AdventHealth Hospital Orlando. Fellows rotate on several inpatient and outpatient services and provide both direct and consultative care. Fellows attend a weekly continuity clinic. Procedural skills are gained as fellows rotate and advance through the invasive and non-invasive laboratories. They will progressively gain extensive experience in cardiac catheterization procedures, electrophysiology procedures, echocardiography and non-invasive vascular imaging, stress testing, and nuclear cardiac perfusion imaging testing. Training in cardiac CT and MRI techniques will be also provided through the joint collaborative programs between the Department of Radiology and Division of Cardiology. This training will take place either on the non-invasive imaging rotation or during an elective rotation dedicated to advanced cardiac imaging. Fellows also have access to the cardiac simulation laboratory where they can practice invasive cardiac procedures.

Several conferences will occur throughout the week and month, and include a core curriculum lecture series, cardiology board review series, journal club, invasive conference, electrophysiology and electrocardiography conference, non-invasive conference (echocardiogram/vascular imaging and stress testing), cardiology Grand Rounds, adult congenital heart disease conference, morbidity and mortality conference, and structural heart conference. These conferences and lecture series provide a forum to progress and advance into the cardiovascular didactic materials, critically review the literature and to debate current topics in cardiovascular medicine.

A final aspect of the curriculum involves fellow involvement in teaching. This occurs in several settings, including direct clinical teaching of Internal Medicine residents on the inpatient cardiology services (intensive care unit, heart failure service and cardiology consult service) as well as assisting in the early training of new cardiology fellows. Fellows are expected to give didactic lectures at catheterization/invasive conferences, cardiac imaging/non-invasive conferences, cardiology board review series, cardiology grand rounds, morbidity and mortality conference, etc.

COCATS 4 (Core Cardiology Training Symposium) is the curriculum guiding document for fellowships in cardiovascular disease. This document consists of the reports of individual task forces which reviewed and made recommendations for training in each of the vital areas of cardiovascular disease. AdventHealth Hospital Fellowship Program in Cardiovascular Disease addresses each Task Force’s recommendations.

Conferences

Our program core conferences will deliver a structured didactic curriculum to supplement clinical experiences in a variety of learning formats, including traditional lectures, hands-on workshops or boot camps, fellow case presentations, and chalk talks. These conferences include:

Fellows Core Conferences and Meetings

Frequency

Core cardiology Conference

Weekly

Invasive conference (Cath conference)

Biweekly

Echocardiogram conference

Biweekly

ECG lecture series

Biweekly

Electrophysiology core curriculum

Monthly

Non-invasive conference (Nuclear, CT, MRI)

Monthly

Cardiology Grand rounds

Monthly

Heart failure/Transplant Conference

Monthly

Journal Club

Monthly

Fellows clinical cases conference/Morning report

Biweekly

Cardiology Research and Methods Conference

Bimonthly

M&M Conference

Bimonthly

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Conference

Monthly

Cardiology Board Review Conference

Biweekly

Boot Camp for 1st year fellows (PGY4) (over the summer - basic initial hands-on training): Basics of echocardiography, catheterization laboratory, pacemakers/ICD equipment.

Research

Fellows are expected and encouraged to be involved in research from first year and dedicated research time will be provided in the 3rd year. Through integration of research mentorship and clinical training, our fellows will be well prepared for scientific discovery. The approach to research training during the cardiology fellowship training includes mentor identification from the start of training, research plan presentation, and formal structured curriculum focused on approaches to research design, execution and writing.  Research interests of the members of the cardiovascular division at AdventHealth Orlando are broad and include studies and clinical trials related to general cardiology and preventive cardiology, invasive and interventional cardiology, structural heart disease, heart failure and cardiac transplant, electrophysiology, and cardiac imaging.

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Training Sites

Primary clinical training occurs mainly at the AdventHealth Orlando campus.

The outpatient clinic and non-invasive outpatient training takes place at the AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Apopka.

Program Information

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Application Process

Join Our Team

We proudly received our ACGME accreditation in January 2021 and have filled all of our three fellows positions to start July 2021. 

For consideration to our program in appointment year 2022, please note we will be participating in the NRMP Match. At that time, all applicants will need to apply through the ERAS website. 

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Fellowship Coordinator
Contact Information

Randal Torres