About the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

The goal of the cardiovascular disease fellowship program is to provide fellows with a comprehensive training experience, which will enable them to pursue careers in either academic or private practice cardiology. Emphasis is placed on both excellent clinical training and a research experience, which is tailored to the individual's aspirations and previous activities. Clinical training consists of practical clinical rotations, didactic instruction, conference preparation and presentation, and both self-directed and assigned reading.

The program offers two separate training tracks to accommodate the training needs of each individual fellow ­— a clinical track (three years) and a research track (four years). The clinical track will be appropriate for the majority of our fellows, while the research track is aimed at fellows who plan investigation-based careers. You can learn more about these tracks in the Cardiovascular Disease Curriculum Page.

Cardiovascular disease fellows do clinical rotations at VCU Medical Center and at the affiliated Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Training is provided in all areas of clinical cardiology, including invasive/interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, echocardiography, stress testing, critical care cardiology (medical and surgical), ambulatory cardiology, consultative cardiology, pediatric cardiology and transplant/heart failure.

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Curriculum

Conferences

Scholarship

We pride ourselves on identifying opportunities for research early in a fellow's career. See the recent scholarly booklet to view all of our fellow’s research accomplishments.

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Gautham Kalahasty, MD

Gautham Kalahasty, MD

Program Director

Gautham Kalahasty, MD

Gautham Kalahasty, MD

Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Cardiology

Email: gautham.kalahasty@vcuhealth.org

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Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, MD

Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, MD

Division Chair

Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, MD

Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, MD

Division Chair

Internal Medicine

Division of Cardiology

Email: kenneth.ellenbogen@vcuhealth.org

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Class of 2022

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Rajiv Kabadi, MD, MS
Medical School:  New York Medical College
Residency:  Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University


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Dinesh Kadariya, MBBS
Medical School:  Nalanda Medical College
Residency:  Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine


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Joseph Nicolazzi, DO
Medical School:  Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus
Residency:  Wake Forest University School of Medicine 


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Sumon Roy, MA, MD
Medical School:  Boston University School of Medicine
Residency:  Rochester General Hospital 


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Anna Tomdio, MD
Medical School:  Ross University School of Medicine
Residency:  Vidant Medical Center/East Carolina University 


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Xin Wei, MBBS
Medical School:  Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Residency:  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Class of 2021

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Amar Doshi, MD
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine - WF Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Residency: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


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Ajay Pillai, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, GA
Residency: Augusta University Medical Center, Augusta GA


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Jaideep Patel, MD
Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Antigua and Barbuda
Residency: Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center – University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD


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Aaron Schatz, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA 
Residency: VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, VA


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Zachary Tushak, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA
Residency: University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT


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Chau Vo, MD
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City Viet Nam
Residency: VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, VA


Class of 2020

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Justin Heizer, MD
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Residency: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Charleston, SC


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Arehzo Jahangiri, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA 
Residency: VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, VA


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Pranav Mankad, MD
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA 
Residency: VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, VA


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Kunal Sangal, MD
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA 
Residency: Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
Chief Resident: Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC


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April Shewmake, DO
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, IA 
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA


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Todd Teigeler, MD
Medical School: VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, VA 
Residency: Brown University, Providence, RI


Alumni

Eligibility Requirements

A major aim of the Cardiology fellowship is to offer comprehensive training that will prepare fellows for careers in either academic medicine or clinical practice.

We typically have six first year positions to fill; we interview upwards of 50 applicants for the six positions. As you are probably aware, fellowship programs are extremely competitive. The number of applicants is increasing each year. To help guide your decision in applying.  Here are some of our requirements:

1. Fellows must have U.S. citizenship or a permanent or J1 Visa.  YOU MUST POSSESS YOUR PERMANENT OR J-1 VISA AT THE TIME OF YOUR FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION. H-1 Visa will NOT be considered.

2. Graduates of foreign (not U.S. or Canadian) medical schools should have three years of residency in internal medicine in the primary hospital of a university medical school in the U.S. or Canada. We cannot consider candidates without residency in a university hospital.

3. Personal statements should provide background information about you. We are interested in knowing why you have chosen Cardiology and what you plan to do after fellowship. We would also like to know what special interests you have during fellowship so we can include appropriate faculty among your interviews.

4. We judge you most heavily on what is comparable to other members of your cohort, e.g.:

  • Class standing in medical school.
  • Scores on USMLE examinations.
  • The quality of your residency program.
  • Research productivity.
  • Letters of recommendation are required. Please ask letter writers to objectively compare your work with that of your peers. The letter from the Chairman or Director of your residency program should summarize the scores of the latest evaluations of your work by the residency evaluation group, or in some way show where you stand among your peers.

How To Apply

All applications to the Cardiology Fellowship Program should go through ERAS. Starting in 2019, the timeline for application for medical subspecialty fellowships has been modified. The NRMP match for fellowships will move from June of the R2 year to December of the R3 year. Unfortunately, ERAS has not changed their application timelines and will not open for applications until June 7. This will leave very little time for completion of applications, review of applications, and selection of applicants for interviews.

Any interested applicants are urged to start their application process early. Requests for USMLE reports, reference letters, and other supporting documentation should be ready for submission on June 7 when you receive your applicant number from ERAS. We would recommend to applicants that they have all of the information required for the ERAS application form ready for submission on June 7. When reference letters are requested, we recommend that faculty members be notified that their letters should be ready for submission to ERAS on June 7, if possible.

Required Documentation

All applicants must apply through ERAS and register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Along with your application, we require several documents that ERAS does not scan.

They are: 

  • a copy of Virginia medical license (if you have one); 
  • ECFMG certificate;
  • copy of your J1 or green card; 
  • medical school diploma (and translation where applicable); and a fourth reference letter. 
  • Social Security number/card.

Our ideal candidate has completed three years of Residency in Internal Medicine in a university hospital.

*** The majority of the documents described in “Required Documents” are required by ERAS. However, ERAS will not scan several of the documents that we require, i.e. social security card, copy of Virginia medical license (if you have one), ECFMG certificate; copy of your J1 or green card; medical school diploma (and translation where applicable). Mail all documents to (if selected for fellowship):

VCU School of Medicine
Dept of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, VA 23298-0509
Phone: (804) 828-9726
Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org

Application Timeline

We plan on interviewing applicants on Thursdays during August through November. We will begin to review applications on July 15 and priority will be given to applications that are complete.  Our deadline for applications will be August 1.

Interview Information

Interview Days will be approximately 07:30 am to 4:00 pm.  This will include Cardiology Conference, a meet and greet and program overview, interviews with five faculty members and current fellows, lunch and a tour by current fellows and a wrap up with the Program Director.

Program Director

Gautham Kalahasty, MD
Phone: (804) 828-7576 
Email: gautham.kalahasty@vcuhealth.org

Fellowship Coordinator

VCU School of Medicine
Dept of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, VA 23298-0509 
Phone: (804) 828-9726
Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org