Cardiology Fellowship Program

The UTHSC pediatric cardiology fellowship training program is a medium-sized but growing program expanding to eight fellows this year. It is based at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, the only subspecialty children's hospital within a 100-mile radius.

Le Bonheur's Heart Institute is ranked as a top program according to U.S. News & World Report. Highlights of the program include:

  • Cardiothoracic surgical program one of only 12 programs to receive the highest possible three-star rating form The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
  • Provides all pediatric cardiology services for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Regional One Health
  • Heart transplant program has established itself as a high-volume transplant center

Growth of the cardiology division from seven faculty in 2006 to the current 32 faculty has supported a focus on interventional cardiology, pediatric cardiomyopathy, cardio-oncology and adult congenital heart disease.

Learn more about UTHSC's Cardiology program and apply.

Research Interests:

  • Multiple projects assessing the outcomes in children, mitral valve function, electrophysiological aspects, genetic and mechanistic basis of left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy
  • Genetic, mechanistic and molecular basis of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathies
  • Renal function monitoring in heart transplant patients: Is cystatin C a better biomarker than creatine?
  • The role of viral genome in the heart of transplant patients and rejection and coronary vasculopathy
  • Discovery of common biomarkers in cardiac and skeletal myopathy

Current Projects:

  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus ligation syndrome: Surgical ligation vs. transcatheter closure of PDA
  • Neurodevelopmental outcomes after transcatheter closure of DPA, three year follow up
  • Creation of National Database Registry for transcatheter PDA closure

Program Staff: Cardiology

Program Director

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Dr. Wetzel is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with a cardiology subspecialty and is a professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He specializes in electrophysiology, cardiac arrhythmias, radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation.

Associate Program Director

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Dr. Yohannan is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with a cardiology subspecialty and is an instructor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He specializes in non-invasive cardiology, preventive cardiology, cardiomyopathies, cardiac failure and cardiac transplantation.

Assistant Program Director

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Dr. Swaminathan is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with a cardiology subspecialty. She is an assistant professor with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Fellowship Coordinator

Amie Ray
aray40@uthsc.edu
901.287.6034