Department of Medicine Academic Division:
A Brief History of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program at the Westchester Medical Center
The fellowship program in cardiovascular disease at the Westchester Medical Center was begun with four clinical fellows in July, 1980 by Dr. Michael Herman who had been designated as Chief of the Division of Cardiology at New York Medical College after holding that position at Mount Sinai Medical Center. The program expanded to nine fellows when the ABIM certification requirements increased from two to three years of training.
Today the program has 13 fellows, including one fourth year interventional cardiology fellow. Dr. John McClung has been the program director since 2001 and also serves as Director of the Non-invasive Lab, and Julio Panza, M.D., FACC, FAHA serves as the Chief of Cardiology. Dr. Wilbert Aronow serves as the Director of the Cardiovascular Clinic and Senior Research Mentor. Dr. Martin Cohen serves as the Acting Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Dr. William Gotsis, recently recruited from Montefiore, serves as the Director of Interventional Cardiology and Program Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship. Linda Cuomo is Acting Director of the Coronary Care Unit and Dr. Alan Gass is the Director of the Heart Failure Program.
Westchester Medical Center is in a 600 acre campus which includes the basic science labs of New York Medical College which provides a site for fellow research. The basic science labs have a particular strength in vascular biology, hypertension and cardiac stem cell research. Fellows also participate in ongoing clinical trials and the program hosts the site for two prestigious national journals.
It has been our goal to attempt to mentor our fellows in a collegial, one-on-one fashion, and to try to combine the rigor of a New York fellowship program with a more relaxed and personalized experience. It is our hope that this approach will allow each fellow to learn to the best of his or her ability, experience the excitement of individual research, and to work interactively as an integral member of a team to improve the health care of all of our patients.
September 30, 2013