The Interventional Cardiology fellowship is a training opportunity of one year's duration for physicians to become certified as a primary operator in Invasive and Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine according to the standards set forth by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  The successful trainee will be board eligible for the Interventional Cardiology Board administrated by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

"Colin Barker, MD"
Colin M. Barker, MD

Our Interventional Cardiology fellowship is directed by Colin Barker, MD.  The primary goal of the training program is to provide comprehensive subspecialty training in invasive and interventional cardiology to physicians who have completed both a residency in Internal Medicine and a categorical fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine. The training program is in a continual state of evolution to keep pace with the rapidly advancing field of Interventional cardiology.  Clinical training takes place at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Nashville Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center. In addition, trainees take part in clinical research within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine as well as in collaboration with the Division of Cardiac Surgery.

A wide variety of basic and clinical research experiences are available to the fellow within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and in allied disciplines. We expect that during the fellowship, each fellow will have the opportunity to participate in experimental or clinical study design, to gain expertise in one or more research techniques, to learn how to acquire data, analyze it, understand its importance, and present it clearly. We hope that each fellow will have a chance to share the intellectual excitement of bringing a research project to development.

At the end of the training period, our fellows will be able to: independently perform interventional procedures to include balloon angioplasty, coronary stenting, cutting balloon angioplasty, directional atherectomy, rotational atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound, intra-aortic balloon pump insertion, operation and troubleshooting, Impella device management, tandem heart insertion and management, ECMO initiation and management, trans-radial and trans-brachial access for coronary angiography and intervention, intracoronary doppler flow analysis and fractional flow reserve determination. Gain experience in the medical and interventional management of valvular heart disease including aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation. An opportunity to participate in transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures is available.
We have (3) slots available annually for our 1-year program. To apply for our fellowship, you must have completed a three-year Cardiovascular Medicine program prior to starting the Interventional Cardiology program.  Applications are accepted only through the ERAS website and it opens for applicants to develop applications in December of each year. 
Please 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
Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program Coordinator
2220 Pierce Avenue
383 Preston Research Building
Nashville, TN  37232-6300

Interventional Cardiology Faculty:


Ahmad Abu-Halimah, MD

Brent Anderson,  MD

Jayant Bagai, MD

David Dantzler, MD

Pete P. Fong, MD

Mark D. Glazer, MD

Kashish Goel, MBBS

Amit N. Keswani, MD

John McPherson, MD

Jared M. O'Leary, MD

Robert Piana, MD


Thomas Richardson, MD

Joseph Salloum MD