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A Brief History of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program at the Westchester Medical Center


TThe 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 subsequently expanded to nine fellows when the ABIM certification requirements increased from two to three years of training.


Today the program is accredited for 15 fellowship positions, including 12 general cardiology fellows, one 4th year interventional cardiology fellow, one 4th year electrophysiology fellow, and one 4th year advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology fellow. Julio Panza, MD, an internationally-renowned clinician and scientist recently recruited from Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC, is the Chief of the Division of Cardiology. The Cardiology Fellowship Program Director is Howard Cooper, MD, who also serves as Director of Cardiology Inpatient Services. Other key leaders of the fellowship programs include: Martin Cohen, MD (Program Director for Interventional Cardiology); Alan Gass, MD (Program Director for Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology); Sei Iwai, MD (Program Director for Electrophysiology); and Wilbert Aronow, MD (Senior Research Mentor).


Westchester Medical Center sits within a 600 acre campus, which also includes the basic science labs of New York Medical College. The basic science labs have a particular strength in vascular biology, hypertension and cardiac stem cell research, and fellows are encouraged to collaborate in these research efforts. Fellows also participate in ongoing clinical trials, and the program hosts the site for two prestigious national journals.


It is our practice to mentor our fellows in a collegial, one-on-one fashion. We believe that this approach allows 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 of all of our patients.



Page updated: June 2, 2015


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