Cardiology Fellowship

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The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Children's National is an accredited program committed to the training of outstanding physicians dedicated to the care of patients with pediatric cardiovascular disease. During the program, fellows develop skills in clinical care, research, and teaching over a 36-month period. Fellows benefit from the vast expertise of and dedicated teaching by faculty from the Division of Cardiology as well as the other programs within the Children's National Heart Institute (CNHI).

The CNHI is a multidisciplinary team comprising Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiac Intensive Care, and Cardiac Anesthesia. It is a national and international referral center and is the largest congenital heart program in the mid-Atlantic region. This large and diverse patient population offers a robust clinical experience in all facets of pediatric cardiology. Our research benefits from the resources of Children's National including the Children's Research Institute, the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a partnership with George Washington University. We maintain strong collaborations with the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Washington Hospital Center.

Children's National is a member of the Pediatric Heart Network as well as the NHLBI Bench-to-Bassinet Program's Cardiovascular Development Consortium.

If you have any questions, please contact our fellowship coordinator:

Brenda Roach
Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 202-476-2020
Fax: 202-476-5700

Lowell Frank, MD

Lowell Frank, MD
Director, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program

Christopher Spurney, MD

Christopher Spurney, MD
Associate Director, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program



Research experience consists of approximately 12 of the 36 months of training and occurs predominantly in the second and third years.  Opportunities for clinical and basic science research are available with Children’s National faculty in Cardiology and other divisions as well as at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Washington Hospital Center, and the National Institutes of Health.  Fellows are provided support to prepare their research for presentation at national meetings and for publication in peer-reviewed journals. 

In July 2010, Children’s National was awarded the prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to establish the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN). This is the first, and to date only, such funding awarded directly to a freestanding children's hospital and recognizes the outstanding strengths in clinical and translational research that will be further enhanced. CTSI-CN is a partnership between Children’s National and The George Washington University.

Our fellows have been very successful in their academic endeavors.  They routinely publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present their work at national meetings.  Highlights of our fellows’ recent research are included in the Cardiology Fellowship Program Overview.

A list of our division's recent publications is available here.



The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at Children’s National Medical Center involves 36 months of clinical, research, and academic training. An approximate breakdown of the fellowship schedule is shown below:

  Number of Training Weeks
Year One Year Two Year Three Total
Research 5 25 25 55
CICU 6 4 2 12
HKU* 4 4 2 16
Consults* 6
Echo 7-8 2 6 15-16
EP 5-6 2 3-4 11-12
Cath 8 4 4 16
ACHD 2 3-4 2 7-8
Nights 4 4 4 12
Vacation 4 4 4 12

* During the second and third years of training, HKU and consults are performed together


Clinical rotations include the Cardiology Inpatient Service (HKU), the Inpatient Consultation Service, the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, the Echocardiography Laboratory, the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, the Electrophysiology Service, and the Adult Congenital Service. Fellows participate in outpatient continuity clinic for one half day per week during their first year and for one full day every other week during their second and third years. Training during the third year can allow for flexibility for elective experience and to tailor the year to meet individual training goals.

On call responsibilities for the cardiology fellowship are performed predominantly through a night float system, which allows for continuity of care without sacrificing time from clinical and research duties. Monday night through Saturday night coverage is provided by an in-house cardiology fellow. Saturday day shift and Sundays are covered by an additional fellow, allowing for continuity of care over the weekend. Sunday overnight call may be performed at home if the clinical service allows. Call responsibilities include coverage of cardiology service and consult patients, new consults throughout the hospital and in the Emergency Department, answering parent phone calls, and assisting in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit as needed. On call fellows may also spend time performing echocardiograms and participating in cardiac catheterizations and electrophysiology procedures as they arise. Fellows are on call for approximately four weeks of night float and four weekends per year.

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit call is approximately every fourth night while on service in the CICU and is shared by cardiology and critical care medicine fellows. Each fellow also performs a limited number of additional cross-cover CICU calls per year. CICU call responsibilities include the primary care of all Cardiac Intensive Care Unit patients.

The cardiology fellowship program is supportive of and compliant with all ACGME duty hour standards.

Academic Curriculum

The fellowship training program prides itself on a robust schedule of protected time for fellow lectures and conferences, including formal fellow conferences, cardiology division conferences, and hospital-wide conferences.

Division conferences include our weekly combined Cardiology - Cardiovascular Surgery management conference, catheterization conference, and performance improvement conference. Fellow conferences incorporate a wide variety of both topics and learning modalities and are relevant to both a robust education in pediatric cardiology as well as the pediatric cardiology board examination. Regular fellow conferences include sessions on echocardiography, electrophysiology, cardiac critical care, core book review, surgical techniques and perspectives, pathology, embryology, and principles of outpatient management.

Fellows are also encouraged to attend Pediatric Grand Rounds, Pediatric Professorial Rounds, hospital basic science research lectures, and Washington Hospital Center cardiology conferences.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Children's National Health System will be participating in the National Resident Matching Program ( NRMP ) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for those applying for fellowship beginning July 1, 2017.

To Apply:

Visit the ERAS site to submit your application.

The required documents include:

  • ERAS application
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Personal statement
  • A recent photo of the applicant
  • Pediatric Cardiology fellowship evaluation form (found on the ERAS website)

ERAS Applications become available to Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Programs as of December 1, 2015. The ERAS website will guide you in uploading your documents.  Children's National accepts applications through January 4th, 2016.  However, early applications are encouraged as interviews are granted on a rolling basis.

Match Begins: February 3, 2016
Rank Order List Opens: March 30, 2016
Quota Change Deadline: April 27, 2016
Rank Order List Closes: May 11, 2016
Match Day: May 25, 2016

Children's National will be accepting four fellows to begin in July 2017. Interviews for select applicants will occur January through April 2016.

For questions, please contact Brenda Roach:
Phone: 202-476-2315
Fax: 202-476-5700

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Benefits for all Children's National employees include health, dental and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts, life insurance, sick leave, disability insurance, and back-up dependent child and elder care. A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in our Benefits Guide.

Salary scale

The FY16 salary scale for fellows at Children's National Health System is as follows:

  • PGY4 - $70,395
  • PGY5 - $74,285 
  • PGY6 - $78,466 
  • PGY7 - $82,875 
  • PGY8 - $87,555 
  • PGY9 - $92,485 
  • PGY10 - $97,747 

Additional Educational Materials

All cardiology fellows receive a laptop computer for use during their training with full access to cardiology clinical and educational content. Each fellow receives a $1,500 educational stipend per year for books, conferences, and other educational materials.

Recent Graduates

All graduating cardiology fellows have been successful at pursuing academic, private, or military careers after completing their fellowship, including both research and senior clinical fellowships at Children's National and other prestigious institutions. The post-graduation experiences of our recent graduates are shown below.


  • Justin Georgekutty - Adult congenital fellowship at Baylor/Texas Children’s 
  • Elena Grant - Interventional cardiology fellowship at Emory 
  • Asha Nair - Cardiac critical care fellowship at Boston Children’s
  • Ann Punnoose - Heart failure and transplantation fellowship at Lurie Chilren’s   


    • Peter Dean - Faculty at University of Virginia 
    • Christopher Jordan - Faculty at Walter Reed National Military Center 
    • Jay Patregnani - Critical care fellowship at Children's National 
    • Nefthi Sandeep - T32 research fellowship at Children's National 
    • Jacqueline Weinberg - Advanced imaging fellowship at Children's National


    • Brandon Harden - Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory faculty 
    • Ofer Schiller - Cardiology/Cardiac Critical Care faculty, Schneider Children’s Medical Center, Israel 
    • Lasya Gaur - Imaging/MRI fellowship at Children's National; faculty at Johns Hopkins 
    • Alan Riley - Texas Children’s Hospital faculty 


    • Andrea Beaton - NIH K12 Early Career Investigator Award
    • Smitha Bullock - University of Louisville faculty
    • Aparna Prasad - Morristown Medical Center faculty
    • Tom Seery - Texas Children's Hospital faculty


    • Kristin Burns - Medical officer at NIH, part-time Children's National faculty
    • Jessica Coyler - Children's National faculty
    • Amy Sims - Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellow in Malawi


    • Ahmad Ellini - University of Maryland faculty
    • Laura Olivieri - Imaging/MRI fellowship, Children's National faculty and NIH staff
    • Darren Klugman - Completed combined cardiology-critical care fellowship, Children's National CICU faculty
    • Jodi Pike - Imaging fellowship, Children's National fetal/echo faculty

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