About the Program
The cardiovascular fellowship program at CPMC was founded in 1959 at a time when Presbyterian Medical Center had emerged as a major center of innovation in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. The first open heart surgery on the West Coast was performed here in 1954. In fact, from the time the institution was originally founded as Cooper Medical College in the late 1800s, there has been a strong tradition of clinical training at this site. CPMC was established as a merger of four of the oldest medical centers in San Francisco, and the institution has come to treat more cardiovascular patients than any other hospital in San Francisco. As the largest medical center within the Sutter Health system, CPMC is a tertiary referral center for complex cardiac services from throughout Northern California. Drawing patients regionally, nationally, and internationally, CPMC is an exceptional institution for cardiovascular training.
From its inception, the fellowship program has been closely integrated into the Division of Cardiology, and fellows train in an intimate setting, working side-by-side throughout the day with faculty cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. A collegial environment is fostered that encourages fellows to participate in patient care as junior attendings. In a center with the latest technologies, and without other cardiac subspecialty fellows, the nine cardiovascular fellows are directly involved in the most advanced levels of cardiovascular care delivery, including coronary and valvular interventions, complex catheter ablations, pacemaker and ICD implantation and extractions, and advanced heart failure management. A long-standing adult congenital heart disease population at CPMC, co-managed now with faculty from the Stanford Adult Congenital Heart Program, provides experience in complex cardiac imaging. A cardiothoracic surgery department enthusiastic about working with and teaching cardiovascular fellows, provides experience in management of LVADs and heart transplantation.
Through close to two decades of support from the William E. & Aenid R. Weisgerber Foundation the program has created a rigorous didactic curriculum to accompany its clinical rotations, including a weekly cardiology grand rounds series that features national and international experts. The recent generous endowment from Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem will allow expansion of other lecture series as well as continued support for fellows attending cardiovascular conferences and review courses for subspecialty certifications. First year fellows also participate in a Research Design Course that helps initiate their required scholarly projects. While many graduates go on to further subspecialty training at a university program, most find positions in group and foundation practices in the Bay Area. Wealth of clinical experience coupled with resources for expansive learning opportunities, has allowed CPMC to provide training for exceptional clinicians that are well-prepared for board examinations and clinical practice.
Cardiology Fellowship Program Coordinator
California Pacific Medical Center
Division of Cardiology
2351 Clay Street, Room 380
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 775-7437 fax