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Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program 

Welcome to the Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) and thank you for your interest in the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program, which is a highly competitive one-year fellowship accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for applicants who have completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases. We review over 30 applications annually and fill our two positions. HUMC is the quaternary care hospital within the Hackensack Meridian Health Network comprising seventeen hospitals throughout New Jersey and a teaching hospital of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

Our fellows perform a high volume of PCIs and are exposed to a wide variety of diagnostic and interventional coronary procedures, including FFR/IFR, IVUS, OCT, atherectomy (orbital, rotational, laser), intravascular lithotripsy and coronary microvascular assessment. Each fellow can expect to perform between (400-500) interventions with progressive responsibility.

Trainees will perform STEMI interventions and gain experience with placement of intra-aortic balloon pumps and percutaneous mechanical circulatory support devices. In addition to coronary training, the program also offers exposure to peripheral and structural procedures, including peripheral arterial interventions, catheter-based therapies for management of PE, ASD/PFO closure, balloon valvuloplasty, TAVR and mitraclip.

We put a strong emphasis on quality conferences and productive research. Our institution has been selected to participate and is a top enroller in numerous multicenter national and international clinical trials, offering our fellows an opportunity to be exposed to the latest advances in interventional cardiology.

The catheterization laboratory at Hackensack University Medical Center is composed of five rooms, state-of-the-art digital, flat panel-equipped rooms, including two hybrid OR. One hybrid OR has CT-fusion technology that allows for multimodality real-time imaging.

An unaccredited Structural Heart Diseases Fellowship is available by application as a separate program that follows completion of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship.

Mission & Goals

Our interventional cardiology faculty has been instrumental in advancing the field for over 40 years. A dedicated, diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory was started at Hackensack University Medical Center by Virender Sethi, M.D. in 1974/1975. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) was started by Dr. Virender Sethi and Dr. Pranaychandra Vaidya in 1983/1984.

Our mission is to prepare fellows to become highly experienced, humanistic clinical and academic interventional cardiologists with evidence-based knowledge. We offer broad clinical experiences, advanced medical facilities, and numerous research opportunities available at HUMC and throughout the broader Hackensack Meridian Health community to achieve our goals. We expect graduates to have successful careers in clinical practice and leadership as their careers progress.

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Hackensack University Medical Center is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment where people from all backgrounds are accepted, celebrated and respected as being truly ourselves. Our success depends on our ability to collaborate with others in order to change the future of healthcare. Our team members are supported, regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural background, language proficiency, literacy, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability or socioeconomic status. We look for candidates to help us to continue to make our organization a great place to work.

Fellowship Rotations

  • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Rotation – Interventional fellows will rotate with core and voluntary faculty members and gain a comprehensive, hands-on experience on all modalities.
  • On Call – Interventional fellows will be assigned to be on call with core faculty. During call, which includes night and weekend coverage, fellows will have primary responsibility for emergent consultations and procedures.


  • One half-day per week will be protected time for working on research.
  • One full day every other week will be protected time for working on research.
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