The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship program (CCEP) is designed to provide a structured training experience in the evaluation and management of a wide spectrum of patients with acute and chronic cardiac conditions. Our program offers a 2-year clinical fellowship for qualifying trainees for subspecialty board certification in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Complete training is provided in the diagnosis and management of cardiac rhythm disturbances, interpretation of electrophysiology studies, catheter ablation procedures, laser lead extraction and the evaluation and implantation of permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillator systems. The mandated clinical experience conforms to the American College of Graduate Medical Education guidelines for Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. The CCEP fellowship is directed by Arvindh Kanagasundram, MD, FHRS and Jay Montgomery, MD (associate program director).

Under the direction of  Dr. Greg Michaud, MD, FHRS, FACC the electrophysiology service has a mission of providing state-of-the-art treatment of heart rhythm disorders on a regional and national level with a focus on furthering arrhythmia research and education. Pablo Saavedra, MD directs the Electrophysiology laboratories at the adjoining Veterans' Administration hospital. Approximately 2800 CCEP procedures (including pacemaker, ICD implants, lead extractions, atrial fibrillation ablations, ventricular tachycardia, SVT ablations, and diagnostic studies) are performed annually. Fellows also rotate through the consultative service and outpatient clinics at Vanderbilt and the VA hospital. Vanderbilt is a regional referral center for VT ablation, complex lead extraction, left atrial appendage management and repeat ablation of refractory atrial fibrillation. We have national leaders in the various areas of electrophysiology including:

  • Dr. Dan Roden, Molecular electrophysiology and personalized medicine
  • Dr. Bill Stevenson,  VT Ablation
  • Dr. Chris Ellis, Left atrial appendage management
  • Dr. George Crossley, Device therapy and lead management
  • Dr. Greg Michaud,  Refractory atrial fibrillation

There is a robust educational program consisting of daily patient-care centered discussions and conferences which include didactic and electrogram conferences. Many other conferences and seminars on arrhythmia and electrophysiology topics are held in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology. Our research program spans the spectrum from the basic science lab to the various areas of clinical research. It is anticipated that the fellows will actively participate in clinical and/or basic research projects.

CCEP fellows will be capable of managing patients with acute and chronic arrhythmias, including interpretation of telemetry data, safety and use of anti-arrhythmic medications, programming and evaluation of pacemakers and ICDs.  This will include training in device implantation and lead management, laser lead extractions, left atrial appendage occlusion and the full spectrum of ablations.

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

(AY2020) NRMP Match Day:

December 4, 2019

(AY2020) Positions

Send the following documents to ERAS when applying:

  • ERAS  Application Worksheet
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (one preferably by program director)
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation / Dean's Letter
  • Wallet Size Color Photograph
  • ECFMG  Status Report  (International Medical Graduates Only)
  • USMLE Transcript - Transmitted by the NBME

 

Address Correspondence To:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program

Director:  arvindh.n.kanagasundram@vumc.org

Associate Director:  jay.a.montgomery@vumc.org 

Program Manager:  Charlene Thompson

2220 Pierce Avenue

383 Preston Research Building

Nashville,  TN  37232-6300

 

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Faculty:

Robert Abraham,  M.D.

Walter Clair, M.D.

George Crossley, M.D.

Christopher Ellis, M.D. 

Juan Estrada, M.D.

Roy John, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

Arvindh Kanagasundram, M.D.,

Director

Gregory Michaud,  M.D.

 

 Jay Montgomery, M.D.

Associate Director

Katherine Murray, M.D.

 

Dan Roden,  M.D.

Pablo Saavedra, M.D.

Sharon Shen, M.D.

M. Benjamin Shoemaker, M.D.

William Stevenson, M.D.