Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship

A One-Year Training Program in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

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

About Our Program

Physicians choose the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant 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.

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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 volumes ensure individual attention and experience that far exceeds many heart failure fellowship programs. The Minneapolis Heart Institute® Center for Advanced Heart Failure Treatment works with a large number of patients who have benefited from placement of mechanical assist devices and extracorporeal mechanical oxygenation (ECMO). We also have a cardio-oncology clinic that offers services for cancer patients with heart conditions that include: a pre-existing heart condition; one that developed during cancer treatment, and a heart condition that needs immediate treatment before the patient can start or continue cancer treatment.

Working together, we train advanced heart failure and transplant 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 Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship in 2017.
  • 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.

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.

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  • 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.

  • A premier Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center
  • State-of-the Art fully digital interventional lab with a high percentage of acute percutaneous coronary interventions.
  • Cardiothoracic surgery and peripheral vascular disease programs
  • Access to one of the nation's top nonprofit research institutions, the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation


Katarzyna Hryniewicz-Czeneszew, MD, Program Director

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Cheryl Christenson

Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-9990

Hennepin County Medical Center
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, G5
701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55415

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The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship at HCMC is ACGME accredited.