Welcome from the Program Director

Dr. SmallfieldWelcome to VCU's Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship training program. We have had an ACGME accredited fellowship program since 2011. I have been the program director since 2017, and we are excited for your interest. VCU has a long history of excellence in heart transplantation with Dr. Richard Lower performing VCU's first heart transplant in 1968. This was the first heart transplant in Virginia and the 16th in the world. VCU has the oldest heart transplant program on the East Coast and the second oldest program in the country.

In the fall of 2020, we will be looking for one fellow to start in July 2021.  We have a robust program with 5 full time board certified heart failure cardiologist and three cardiothoracic surgeons. We performed 35 heart transplants in 2019 and implanted 32 durable mechanical support devices. We implant a wide range of support including HMII, HM3 and HVAD left ventricular support devices plus the total artificial heart for biventricular failure. We have started a Hep C+/NAT+ heart transplant program. We perform dual organ transplants with heart/kidney and heart/liver and work in close contact with our abdominal transplant team. 

Richmond is also an amazing place to live. We are known for our James River Park system and exciting outdoor sports. Richmond has great restaurants and breweries and is frequently listed as one of the top regions for food, beer and relaxation. Richmond is located in the heart of Virginia with mountains, lakes, rivers and beaches within a short drive.