The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship program, offered through MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University, provides fellows with exceptional clinical training and research opportunities. Our program is based at MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute, which is located on the campus of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and is partnered with Georgetown University School of Medicine.
The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship is a one-year program and is ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) accredited in good standing since its inception in 2013. We accept two fellows each year balancing the optimal clinical exposure with a high faculty to fellow ratio.
Our Advanced Heart Failure program has well over 30 years of experience in managing patients with Stage D heart failure, including our first heart transplant in 1987. We are one of the largest mechanical circulatory support centers in the country and the largest advanced heart failure program in the mid-Atlantic region. Since the fellowship program started in 2013, we have averaged around 80 LVAD implants annually, making ours one of the largest volume MCS programs in the nation. Our transplant program is averaging more than 18 transplants annually for the past seven years, has an observed one-year survival of 93% and three-year survival of 86%, both above the expected. Our program has performed 23 transplants this past year. The heart transplant program is United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) accredited in good standing and is a designated center of excellence for most of the major insurance providers. Additionally, our program is the exclusive mechanical circulator support center for Kaiser Mid-Atlantic. We have a large team of hospitalists and nurse practitioners to provide high quality clinical care to our patients on both our inpatient service and in our clinics. The program also has a Palliative Care team embedded within our inpatient and outpatient services.
In addition to the mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation programs, the Advanced Heart Failure program supports a large infiltrative cardiomyopathies program, pulmonary hypertension program, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy program, as well as multiple research studies within MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute.