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General Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship

Overview from the program director

The cardiology fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center is a three year program to train for a career in academic as well as clinical cardiology. The program is ACGME accredited and fulfills requirements for training as indicated in the July 1, 2012 ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Cardiovascular Diseases. There are currently forty-two (42) cardiovascular physicians at the KU Hospital with active interventional cardiology and electrophysiology services, including subspecialty fellows in these disciplines. 

The University of Kansas Hospital is a 750-bed academic tertiary care referral center for the Kansas City metropolitan area, western Missouri, and eastern Kansas. It includes a 156-bed Center for Advanced Heart Care that opened in 2006. KU Hospital and clinics feature a robust electronic medical record system, O2, a product from Epic Systems Corporation.

There are three cardiac catheterization laboratories with procedure volume (2013) of 3,598, including 710 PCIs, 586 peripheral vascular procedures, and 140 structural procedures. There are three active electrophysiology laboratories with a procedure volume (2013-14) of 721 SVT ablations, 310 atrial fibrillation ablations, 26 VT ablations, 262 ICD implantations, 289 pacemaker implantations, 146 biventricular pacemaker and defibrillator implantations, and 147 lead extractions. Advanced 3D mapping techniques are used with the majority of ablation procedures.

The Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center is part of VA Integrated Service Network 15 (VISN 15). The Kansas City VA opened in 1952 and currently has 156 beds with two cardiac catheterization laboratories, where cardiac catheterizations and percutaneous coronary interventions are performed and permanent pacemakers and ICDs are implanted. With approximately 2000 admissions per year, it serves as a referral center for Topeka and Leavenworth VA hospitals and 7 Community Based outpatient clinics.

The Cardiovascular & Cardiothoracic Research division offers state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure for basic, clinical, or translational cardiovascular research. A number of physicians within the division are actively engaged in numerous investigator-initiated projects. Fellows are strongly encouraged to initiate and participate in innovative projects, present at conferences, and publish.

The first year of training includes rotations in coronary care unit, cardiovascular consultations, cardiac catheterization, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, and electrophysiology at the University of Kansas Hospital or at the Kansas City Veterans Medical Center. Additional rotations during subsequent years include cardiac CT and magnetic resonance imaging, noninvasive peripheral vascular imaging, cardiothoracic surgery, and pediatric cardiology. Research rotations commensurate with the need (up to a maximum of twelve months) are made available to fellows interested in such pursuits.Once essential COCATS requirements are completed, the fellowship program administration is very flexible in modifying fellow activities and rotations to fit their future career goals.

All fellows have a weekly half-day continuity clinic at the University of Kansas Hospital or one of its local clinic sites with staff cardiology mentors. Current night call is a night float rotation. With the current program size (14 fellows), first year fellows have night float for six weeks, second year fellows for 4 weeks, and third year fellows for two weeks. On-call fellows can easily contact on-call cardiac sonographers, staff cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and interventional cardiologists.

Conferences are held at 7 AM, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The Cardiovascular Medicine grand rounds is held on the fourth (4th) Tuesday of the month at 7 AM. There is a separate noninvasive imaging conference at noon on Thursday. There are also monthly cath conferences, journal clubs, and ECG coding lectures. The division supports attendance at a major national meeting at each year of fellowship.


General Cardiology Fellowship Applicants

Applications for the general cardiology fellowship are accepted each year through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  In additon to the ERAS application, the following documents are required:  current CV, personal statement, three (3) letters of recommendation (new for 2020 application season), USMLE transcript (or COMLEX transcript), medical school transcript, MPSE, photo, and for international graduates, the ECFMG certificate.

Complete applications are due in ERAS by August 5, 2021.
 Please contact Anna Bryan for questions or concerns.

Current Fellows

P Acharya

Prakash Acharya, MD
3rd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal
Residency: Montefiore New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY

T Dalia

Tarun Dalia, MD
3rd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, New Dehli, India
Residency: The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS

A Nuqali

Abdulelah Nuqali, MD
3rd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Umm Al-Qura University Faculty of Medicine, Saudi Arabia
Residency: The George Washington University, Washington, DC


Michael Pierpoline, DO
3rd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: A. T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
Residency: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Ranka Sagar Ranka, MD
3rdYear Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital, Mumbai, India
Residency: John H. Stoger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL

Sethi Prince Sethi, MD
3rd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
Residency: University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD

Tyler Buechler

Tyler Buechler, DO
2nd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: A. T. Still University of Health Sciences - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Kansas Medical Center

Grant McKinley Grand McKinley, DO
2nd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Ohio State University Department of Internal Medicine

Alex Rabinson Alex Robinson, DO
2nd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Residency: University of Kansas Medical Center

Maya Safarova Maya Safarova, MD
2nd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: First Moscow State Medical University
Residency: St. Barnabas Medical Center / Rutgers NJ Medical School

Taher Tayeb Taher Tayeb, MBBS
2nd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: King Abdulaziz College of Medicine
Residency: The George Washington University

Noel Torres Noel Torres, MD
2nd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Universidad de Montemorelos Escuela de Medicina
Residency: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Al-Kofahi

Mejali Al-Kofahi, MD
1st Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: University of Kansas Medical School
Residency: University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Barker

Sarah Barker, MD
1st Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine
Residency: University of Utah

Dr. Jiwani

Sania Jiwani, MD
1st Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Osmania Medical College
Residency: Louisiana State University Health Science Center

Dr. Mehta

Harsh Mehta, MD
1st Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Shah Medical College
Residency: Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health

Dr. Vindhyal

Mohinder Vindhyal, MD
1st Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: S.V.S. Medical College
Residency: University of Kansas - Wichita

Last modified: Jul 15, 2021