Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Emory University has been training leaders in cardiology for well over fifty years. The goal of this ACGME-accredited program is to train leaders in cardiovascular medicine through structured and systematic instruction in the science and art of cardiovascular disease. Our training program emphasizes understanding of the entire spectrum of cardiovascular pathophysiology, from the molecular and cellular level to organ function and clinical presentation. Similarly, fellows receive excellent training in direct patient care, from bedside diagnosis to incorporation of state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic management, with an emphasis on evidence-based and guideline-oriented diagnosis and therapy.

The curriculum provides comprehensive training in the evaluation and management of a wide variety of patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases. During training, each fellow is exposed to both intensive didactic instruction and substantial direct patient care encounters in Emory's four major training sites, which represent diverse patient populations and practice environments. Our program also provides substantive opportunities for fellows to gain experience and skills in basic and clinical research and quality improvement. Together, these experiences equip fellows to become leaders in academic medicine and research and to diagnose and care for a multitude of cardiovascular diseases including:

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Pathways

  • Cardiovascular Research Scientist Pathway is a four-year program aimed at training MD and MD/PhD clinician scientists interested in pursuing a career in academic basic science research cardiology. Two years of protected, mentored research training is followed by two years of clinical training leading to board eligibility in Cardiovascular Disease.
  • Academic Clinical Investigator Pathway is a four-year program aimed at training MD and MD/MPH clinician scientists interested in pursuing a career in academic outcomes cardiology focused on clinical or translational research.  Two years of mentored research training is followed by two years of clinical training, leading to board eligibility in Cardiovascular Disease.
  • Clinical Cardiovascular Pathway is a 3-year program aimed at preparing clinician-educators with a broad exposure to all aspects of clinical cardiology.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted only through ERAS from July 1 - 30. Applying to multiple tracks is possible through ERAS, however, applicants will only be invited to interview for one track at the discretion of the application committee.   If during the application/interview process, it becomes clear that another track is most appropriate, requests to switch tracks will be considered. We encourage applicants to contact the program if they have questions about which track is most appropriate for them.

Program Application Information 

Required ERAS Components

  • Common Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (1 must be from your Program Director)
  • MSPE (Dean’s letter)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Transcript
  • ECFMG, if applicable

Foreign Medical School Graduates

International Medical Graduates interested in a fellowship must be certified by the ECFMG and enter the training program on a J-1 or H-1B1 visa, unless a citizen of the United States or holding an Alien Registration Card or EAD. All such documentation must be verified by Emory's Graduate Medical Education Office before the resident starts in the training program.

For information on J-1 visas, visit the ECFMG website for further information. For information on H-1B1 visas, visit Emory University's International Student and Scholar Services.

Contact Us

Byron Robinson Williams, III MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program
cardiology@emory.edu
404-727-4724

Charles Searles Jr, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Basic Science Track, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program
cardiology@emory.edu
404-727-4724

Neal Dickert Jr, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine 
Associate Director, Clinical Investigator Track
cardiology@emory.edu
404-727-4724

Byrd Perkerson
Program Coordinator
Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program
101 Woodruff Circle, WMB 319
Atlanta, GA 30322
cardiology@emory.edu
404-727-4724