The Interventional Cardiovascular Fellowship at Lankenau Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education certified and has been training two trainees each year for over twenty-five years. The fellows are trained in both coronary and peripheral vascular angiography and interventions in this one-year Fellowship. In addition to time spent in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, we have a core lecture series covering every topic in our field. We have weekly meetings with our cardiovascular surgeons to discuss case management. Our program has an emphasis on running our Shock team through which the Fellows assist in taking care of the sickest of our patients.
The hospital serves a large community with a diverse population that presents to our Emergency Department with acute coronary syndromes. Lankenau Medical Center is part of a four-hospital network and receives transfers from these hospitals and others for care of the most complex coronary, valvular, electrophysiologic and heart failure patients.
The Lankenau Heart Institute conducts and participates in numerous clinical trials. Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing clinical trials.
Lankenau Medical Center is also a high-volume cardiology structural referral center. We presently train two Fellows a year in advanced structural cardiovascular procedures including but not limited to aortic valve balloon angioplasty, transcutaneous aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair with MitraClip, transcutaneous mitral valve replacement, experimental tricuspid valve repairs, PFO/ASD closures, Watchman left atrial appendage closure and closure of paravalvular leaks. Lankenau Interventional Cardiology Fellows have the opportunity to apply for this additional one year training program.
Our goal is to train each of our Fellows to be experts in Interventional Cardiology. They leave our program with comprehensive training and excellent procedural volumes. They are ready for independent practice. We also emphasize training not only on the procedural aspects of our field but also on the cognitive components that go into making the best possible decisions for each patient.