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Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship

Overview from the program director

The clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center is a two year accredited program that provides comprehensive training for a career in academic and clinical electrophysiology. The program is ACGME accredited and fulfills requirements for training as indicated in the July 1, 2007 ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Cardiovascular Diseases. The cardiology program at KUMC currently has 42 cardiovascular physicians with active general cardiology, interventional cardiology and electrophysiology services, including subspecialty fellows in these disciplines. The KUMC cardiovascular medicine and cardiac surgery program is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 programs in the nation by the US news and World Report. The trainee will have the opportunity to utilize various types of advanced mapping and ablation techniques including ultrasound guided mapping, epicardial mapping and ablation, and cryoablation. In addition, the fellow will gain exposure to high risk lead extractions from a high volume center. There is an opportunity to rotate through pediatric EP and advanced imaging.  The EP program is well-known for clinical research and has a presence in all national meetings.  During his/her training, the fellow is also expected to enhance his/her research experience with an independent project to be submitted for publication at a peer reviewed journal at the conclusion of their training. The KU Hospital is a 623-bed academic tertiary care referral center for the Kansas City metropolitan area, western Missouri, and eastern Kansas. It includes a 72-bed state of the art, Center for Advanced Heart Care that opened in 2006. KU Hospital and clinics feature a robust electronic medical record system from Epic Systems Corporation. The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship is a high-volume program performing a wide variety of procedures. There are four electrophysiology laboratories (including a hybrid operating room suite where high risk lead extractions and complex ablation procedures are done with readily available cardiothoracic surgical support). The case load continues to grow every year. In calendar year 2013,almost 2400 procedures were performedwith over 300 atrial fibrillation ablations, 150biventricular ICD, and almost 900 SVT ablations. Our state of the art EP lab rooms include 3D noncontact mapping (Biosense Carto and ESI) as well as Stereotaxis navigation systems. We are a regional referral center for complex ventricular arrhythmias and lead extractions with patients traveling throughout all areas of the Midwest. In October 2012 we opened the first "MediGuide" enabled suite which allows us to significantly decrease radiation exposure to patients and physicians. In addition, we are one of the leading performers of epicardial left atrial appendage ligations. This program is a joint venture between interventional cardiology and electrophysiology. The fellow will work with six electrophysiology specialists who are all high volume operators. The electrophysiology fellow will obtain experience in performing comprehensive electrophysiology procedures including ablation of both supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. In addition, the fellow will become proficient at implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators, and biventricular devices. Both inpatient and outpatient consultations as well as the management of arrhythmia patients will be emphasized during the fellowship year.

Apart from a well-rounded experience in the electrophysiology laboratory, the fellowship program provides other learning activities such as monthly journal clubs, weekly didactic and clinical conferences, as well as monthly morbidity and mortality conferences. A monthly research conference and Cardiology Grand Rounds are also offered to round out the fellow's educational experience. The electrophysiology section is actively involved in a variety of research activities including both multi-center studies and investigator initiated trials. We are currently involved in more than 20 clinical trials, a number of which are unique phase 3 trials. We routinely present at national meetings of the Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology. In 2013, 22 abstracts were accepted for presentation at Heart Rhythm Society. Academic research is considered an important part of the fellowship with the expectation that the clinical cardiac electrophysiology trainee will complete at least one project with submission of at least one abstract and one manuscript to a peer reviewed journal. After completion of the one year accredited fellowship program the fellow will meet all requirements to be able to sit for the ACGME sponsored clinical cardiac electrophysiology boards. The University of Kansas Medical Center's Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology program offers an intense high volume, academic experience that will result in development of superior cognitive, clinical and procedural skills required for a successful career in clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

CCEP Fellowship Applicants
Applications for the CCEP fellowhip are accepted each year through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  In addition to the ERAS application, the following documents are required:  current CV, personal statement, four (4) letters of recommendation, USMLE transcript, medical school transcript, MSPE, photo, and for international graduates, the ECFMG certificate.

Please contact: Anna Bryan, for questions or concerns.
Email: abryan@kumc.edu

Faculty

R Pimentel Rhea C. Pimentel, MD, FACC
CCEP Fellowship Director
Associate Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
rpimentel@kumc.edu
Medical School: Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL)
IM Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)
CV Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
CCEP Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
L Berenbom Loren D. Berenbom, MD
Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
ldberenbom@kumc.edu
Medical School: Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL)
IM Residency: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
CV Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
CCEP Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
R Dendi Raghuveer Dendi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
rdendi@kumc.edu
Medical School: Osmania Medical College (Hyderabad, India)
IM Residency: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse (Syracuse, NY)
CV Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City, IA)
CCEP Fellowship: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA)
Martin Emert Martin P. Emert, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
mpemert@kumc.edu
Medical School: University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Med (Kansas City, MO)
IM Residency: Case Western Reserve, University Hospitals of Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)
CV Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
CCEP Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
Y. Madhu Reddy Y.Madhu Reddy, MD, FACC, FHRS Associate Professor of Medicine - Cardiology Director, Division of Cardiac Electrophysiology
yreddy@kumc.edu
Medical School: Armed Forces Medical College (Pune, India)
IM Residency: Creighton University School of Medicine (Omaha, NE)
CV Fellowship: Creighton University School of Medicine (Omaha, NE)
CCEP Fellowship:University of Kansas (Kansas City, KS)
Seth Sheldon Seth H. Sheldon, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
ssheldon@kumc.edu
Medical School:
University of Kansas (Kansas City, KS)
IM Residency:
Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education (Rochester, MN)
CV Fellowship:
Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education (Rochester, MN)
CCEP Fellowship:
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Current Fellows

Nachiket Apte, MD
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow

Medical School: BJ Medical College, Pune, India
Residency: Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Fellowship: LSU Health Sciences Center(Cardiology)

Research interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Device-based therapy

Ongoing Research Projects:

  • Cardiac arrhythmias in cancer patients: IRB-approved. Retrospective study to create a local registry of cancer patients with cardiac arrhythmias and observe trends and outvcomes when compared to the general population with either of these conditions. 
  • Endothelial dysfunction in patients with atrial fibrillation: IRB-approved case control study measuring the endothelial function in patients with atrial fibrillation and supraventricular tachycardia and comparing it with the control population.

Publications/Book Chapters/Posters/Case Reports:

  • Raizada A, Apte N, Pham S. Q fever endocarditis presenting with superior mesenteric artery embolism and renal infarction. TX Heart Inst Journal. 2016;43(1):91-93.
  • Stanton, Raizada, Apte, et. al. An observational study comparing pressure-guided isolation of pulmonary veins to standard radio contrast dye during cryoablation patients of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Arrhythmis and Clinical EP JACC;March 2015 -- submitted to Indian Heart Journal.
  • Meeran TAR, Apte N, Lev E, Gesheff MG, Tantry US, et. al. Pharmacogenomics of oral P2Y12 receptor blockers. Parmacogenomics; October 2013.
  • Gurbel P, Apte N, Tantry U. Role of inflammation and hypercoagulability in thrombosis.  Antiplatet therapy in cardiovascular disease; Chapter 6.  ISBN 978-1-118-27575-7
  • Apte N, Douglas K, Garcia N, Lockhart V, Gu X, Modi K, Abdulbaki A. A case of cardiac amyloidosis with left vintricular outflow obstructions with significant response to therapy. Cardiovascular Disorders and Medicine.
  • Apte N, Hanna M, Dherange P, Dawson D, Atkins J, Peddi P, Reddy P, McLarty J, Mansour R, Swaminathan D. Characteristics of cardiovascular disease in cancer patients: A case control study. Poster presentation at the 2018 HRS Meeting in Boston, MA.
  • Apte N, Dahal K, Dominic P, Lakshmanadoss U. A case of atrio-esophageal fistula post ablation for atrial fibrillation. Poster presentation at the 2018 LA-ACC Chapter Meeting. 
  • Apte N, Hanna M, Dherange P, Dawson D, Atkins J, Peddi P, Reddy P, McLarty J, Mansour R, Swaminathan D. Characteristics of cardiovascular disease in cancer patients: A cae control study. Poster presentation at the 2018 ACC Meeting in Orlando, FL.   

Last modified: Nov 15, 2018
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