"Vanderbilt Cardio-oncology fellowship team"

Vanderbilt Cardio-Oncology program is offering 1 year or 2 year clinical and research fellowships to highly motivated individuals. Our program includes clinical training, didactic teaching and a research experience. The primary goal of the training program is to prepare trainees to become outstanding academic physicians in cardio-oncology, involved in research, education and clinical activities and future leaders in this young field.

The Vanderbilt cardio-oncology fellowship is a Vanderbilt Graduate Medical Education (GME) approved fellowship that provides a structured curriculum including weekly didactic sessions, clinical rotations, and cardio-oncology based research experience. Fellows rotate through the outpatient cardio-oncology and amyloid clinics as well as dedicated oncology clinics, which will expose them to the various aspects of oncology and oncology care. These dedicated oncology clinics will include breast cancer, prostate cancer, melanoma, leukemia/lymphoma, transplant, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and radiation oncology clinics, as well as the early drug development and survivorship oncology clinical programs.  This broad clinical experience is made possible by an integrated cardiovascular center and access to world-class academic faculty in oncology and cardiology. Close collaboration with various departments at Vanderbilt University allows for integration with other aspects of the cardiovascular division including heart failure, vascular medicine, cardiac imaging, arrhythmia, autonomic dysfunction and genetics programs.

Importantly, the cardio-oncology fellowship can be tailored to each individual’s training needs. Because of the broad expertise of the Vanderbilt cardiovascular division, the cardio-oncology fellowship can be combined with specific areas of interest in cardiology including imaging, heart failure, interventional cardiology, basic research, clinical/translational research and clinical trials. Applicants who are interested in basic/clinical research may be supported by the longstanding T32 NIH. Cardio-oncology collaborates closely with other graduate schools at Vanderbilt to allow for opportunities for graduate degrees including Master of Public Health or Master of Science and Clinical Investigation (MSCI>).

Because cardio-oncology is a new field, an important emphasis of the Vanderbilt cardio-oncology training is innovation and research. Research begins with the development of a focused plan during the early phase of fellowship. The trainee research goals can be integrated into the many ongoing basic, translational, and clinical projects within the group. Vanderbilt cardio-oncology program is also closely aligned with other programs in the university, including Vanderbilt Translational and Clinical Cardiovascular Research Center (VTRACC)http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/root/vumc.php?site=vancart).

All interested applicants need to have completed cardiology fellowships to be considered eligible.  However, individuals with exceptional research backgrounds will also be considered. Interested individuals should send their curriculum vitae to Dr. Moslehi, Director, Vanderbilt Cardio-Oncology program, at javid.moslehi@vanderbilt.edu or javid.moslehi@vumc.org.

Vanderbilt Cardio-Oncology Fellows


Wouter Meijers, M.D., Ph.D.

Wouter Meijers, M.D,. Ph.D. obtained his medical degree at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, after which he started his Ph.D. training at the Experimental Cardiology department of the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. He investigated heart failure biology and the role of biomarkers, with a special interest in galectin-3 and natriuretic peptides in both clinical and pre-clinical studies. During the last years of his PhD trajectory Wouter became specifically interested in the field of cardio-oncology. His most recent research in this field was partially funded by the Netherlands Heart Institute who granted him a Young Talent award. He presented his research at various international congresses and is currently fellow of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology and has a position in the study group on biomarkers coordinated by prof. Mueller. Wouter is currently a cardiology fellow at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. He will temporarily interrupt his residency to pursue his research ambition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His goal is to expand a pre-clinical and clinical frontier in cardio-oncology in the Netherlands. The Vanderbilt Cardio-Oncology Fellowship will provide a strong scientific foundation, which he believes will allow him to succeed as a physician-scientist. The successfully obtained Netherlands Heart Institute fellowship grant enables him to conduct this research abroad for one year.

Amar Parikh, M.D.

Amar Parikh is a cardiology fellow at Vanderbilt who will complete a cardio-oncology fellowship as part of his third year of fellowship. He studied English and Biology at Duke University, then obtained his medical degree at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He went on to complete his internship and internal medicine residency training at NYU Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident. In 2017, he started his cardiology fellowship at Vanderbilt in part because of its unique training opportunities in cardio-oncology. His past research interests have been diverse - he has performed basic science investigations on the anti-thrombotic potential of endothelial progenitor cell-seeded titanium cardiovascular devices, public health research studying the impact of a medical education program for middle school students in East Harlem, and a clinical meta-analysis of the effect of various types of bariatric surgery on lipid levels. His current research project is to investigate the association of the American Heart Association's "Simple 7" health metrics with incident cancer rates in the Southern Community Cohort Study. He is passionate about medical education and hopes to someday develop a cardio-oncology program at an academic center.  

Vanderbilt Cardio-Oncology Fellowship - Alumni

Nirmanmoh Bhatia, MD – 2016-2017

Wendy Bottinor, MD – 2017-2018

Kristopher Swiger, MD – 2017-2018

Joe-Elie Salem, MD, PhD – 2017-2018

Weijuan Li, MD, MS – 2018-2019