Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

A One-Year Training Program in Interventional Cardiology

One-On-One Training in a High Volume, State-of-the-Art Tertiary Medical Center

About Our Program

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Physicians choose the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at The Minneapolis Heart Institute and HCMC for its outstanding focus on clinical training and research, and its dual-site program, which showcases the full range of cardiovascular services and patient pathology in both public and private hospital settings.

Our fellows rotate at HCMC, one of the leading Level I Trauma Centers and public training hospitals in the country, and at the Minneapolis Heart Institute® of Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, an internationally recognized private practice medical center. At both locations, our fellows work one-on-one with practicing faculty, utilizing the latest technology to treat patients of all backgrounds.

Our small size (one fellow per year) and large case volume (~2100 interventional procedures, including ~1800 PCI cases) ensure individual attention and experience that far exceeds many interventional training programs. Working together, we train interventional cardiologists with superb clinical skills, a lifelong commitment to learning, and the ability to function as leaders in their medical communities.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Commitment to education. Training isn't a sideline at HCMC and Abbott Northwestern Hospital; it's a core part of our culture, reflected in our emphasis on learning, innovation, and collaboration. Nearly 300 physicians study with us each year as residents, fellows, and medical students. After 40 years of educating cardiovascular specialists in partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School, we launched our own Interventional Cardiology Fellowship in 2015.
  • Individual attention and leadership. Admitting one fellow per year offers unprecedented learning and leadership opportunities.
  • Cutting-edge equipment and procedures. Our facilities and our curriculum integrate the latest technology.
  • Clinical research opportunities. Our fellows learn and conduct clinical research as a key component of their education. Both organizations host active research programs and maintain their own research foundations.
  • Potential for structural heart interventional fellowship. The fellow will be given the opportunity to apply for a second year of training that specializes in structural heart disease interventions. Over 300 structural interventions are performed annually, consisting of the most complex procedures available commercially and under research study.

About Our Facilities

Fellows rotate primarily at the Minneapolis Heart Institute and at HCMC two leading hospitals in Minneapolis to experience firsthand the day-to-day operations of a major public hospital and a privately-owned cardiology practice.

Minneapolis Heart Institute Facts

Formed in 1981, the Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital is a private practice medical facility founded by several independent groups of heart specialists.

  • Internationally recognized leader in heart and vascular care
  • Serves more than 70,000 patients annually
  • Over 60 physicians and 650 staff
  • Primary referral center for more than 100 clinics and 11 hospitals in Minnesota
  • Features an advanced heart failure and transplant program
  • Selected as one of only seven "Centers of Excellence" by the Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network
  • Operates a companion, nonprofit research foundation, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Hennepin Heart Center Facts

The Hennepin Heart Center operates within the main HCMC campus, which spans five city blocks in downtown Minneapolis. We provide complete cardiovascular services to a diverse population that includes urban and underserved individuals as well as critical care patients from across Minnesota.

Contact us

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Paul Sorajja, M.D.

Program Director

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Cheryl Christenson

Program Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-9990
Email: cheryl.christenson@hcmed.org