The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Vanderbilt University is housed in the Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and receives full support from and works in collaboration with the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. Our fellowship is directed by Benjamin P. Frischhertz, MD  and Angela J. Weingarten, MD, associate director.

The ACHD fellowship is a two-year program and is open to applicants from three training pathways: 

1) completion of internal medicine residency and adult cardiology fellowship

2) completion of pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship, or

3) completion of residency in combined internal medicine/pediatrics and then completion of fellowship in pediatric cardiology, adult cardiology, or combined pediatric and adult cardiology. 

Fellows in the ACHD program learn the medical and surgical management of CHD, including technical and diagnostic expertise in invasive and noninvasive procedures.  Fellows participate in the outpatient ACHD clinic, inpatient consultative services, imaging laboratories, and cardiac catheterization laboratories.

We have (1) slot available annually for our 2-year program. To apply for our fellowship, you must have completed a three-year Cardiovascular Medicine or Pediatric Cardiology program prior to starting the Adult Congenital Heart Disease program.  Applications are accepted only through the ERAS website and it opens for applicants to develop applications in July of each year.

Please send the following documents to ERAS when applying:
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (one preferably by program director)
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation / Dean's Letter
  • J1 or H1B Visa applicants, send copy of  DS-2019 and Visa status
  • Wallet Size Color Photograph attached to your Application
  • USMLE Transcript - Transmitted by the NBME  (International Medical Graduates only)
Address Correspondence to:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship Training Program
2220  Pierce Avenue
383  Preston Research Building
Nashville,  TN  37232-6300

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Faculty:

"Benjamin Byrd, MD"

Benjamin Byrd, M.D.

Frank A. Fish, M.D.

Benjamin P. Frischhertz, M.D.

Robert Piana, M.D.


Weingarten, Angela

Angela J. Weingarten,  M.D.