Heart Failure & Transplantation Fellowship

The Division of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery and the Siragusa Transplantation Center, in conjunction with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, offer a funded position for a 4th year of advanced training in pediatric heart failure and transplantation.

We are presently looking for well-qualified candidates who have completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at an ACGME accredited program and will be board eligible at the beginning of this fellowship.

About Our Heart Failure & Transplant Services

The cardiomyopathy, heart failure and transplant service at Lurie Children’s is a busy service, with a combined expertise of 50 years between the medical and surgical director, four heart transplant cardiologists, three transplant surgeons and four transplant APNs. We typically perform between 15 to 20 heart transplants annually and directly manage patients with primary cardiomyopathy, heart failure secondary to congenital heart disease, and pediatric and ACHD patients post-transplant on the inpatient service.

We have a well-established ECMO/ECPR and ventricular assist device program to support infants, children, adolescents and young adults with acute and chronic low cardiac output. We are active in basic, translational and clinical research related to heart failure and transplantation. We have scheduled monthly lecture sessions with Cardiac Pathology and Transplant Immunology, transplant/heart failure journal club, as well as a regular review of coronary angiograms.

Our cardiomyopathy/heart failure clinics occur four days per week and follow more than 400 patients annually with dilated, restrictive, hypertrophic and non-compaction cardiomyopathy, as well as complex congenital heart disease. We also have the Families with Cardiomyopathy Program, which we operate in conjunction with the Northwestern Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

The 4th year fellow will see patients in these clinics, including the neuromuscular clinic, cardiac oncology clinics and adult outpatient VAD clinics. An important component of advanced heart failure and transplant training is an independent research project, as well as education of trainees. The successful applicant will participate in conferences and teach on a regular basis.

Our Heart Center includes 39 attending cardiologists, three pediatric cardiac surgeons, a dedicated cardiac anesthesia service and a state-of-the-art 36-bed Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit, staffed 24/7 by dedicated cardiac intensivists.

The Siragusa Transplantation Center at Lurie Children’s has been pioneering procedures and approaches to pediatric transplantation since 1964. It had the first pediatric heart transplant program in Illinois and consistently ranks among the top pediatric transplant centers in the nation on an annual basis, both in volumes and outcomes.

Lurie Children's is ranked among the top hospitals for children nationally. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the hospital is near miles of open lakefront full of recreational opportunities and an abundance of cultural activities.

How to Apply

Northwestern University and Lurie Children’s are committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Interested and qualified candidates should forward a copy of their CV, personal statement and three letters of recommendation (one should be from the current cardiology fellowship program director) to:

Elfriede Pahl, MD, FACC, FAHA
Medical Director, Heart Transplantation
M.E. Wodika Research Professor
Co-director Research and Academic Affairs, Heart Center
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
225 E Chicago Ave, Box 21
Chicago, IL 60611


A formal fellowship application will be available from the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University's website or through Brittany Dixon at bdixon@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.5329.