MSM Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program participants standing in a group

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Message from the Program Director

Dr. Echols To our Incoming Fellows,

I would like to welcome you to the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program of Morehouse School of Medicine. We are happy that you are continuing medical education with our institution. The Cardiovascular Disease fellowship will provide you with a robust clinical, educational, and research experience as part of your medical training.

The Cardiovascular Disease fellowship accepted the first two candidates in July 2017 and will have a filled program of six fellows starting July 2019. Long before the first candidates were accepted, Morehouse School of Medicine strived for commitment and dedication to serve the underserved while pursuing excellence in medical education. The department of Medicine, partnered with the medical school leadership, has extended this mission to our Cardiovascular Disease fellowship, improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities of Atlanta, Georgia.

"The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Morehouse School of Medicine combines innovative training and site designation for optimal education of our participants."

The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Morehouse School of Medicine combines innovative training and site designation for optimal education of our participants. Our fellows can receive a wide depth and range of experience in each rotation, with selected sites specifically chosen to provide the best learning and fellow experience. These sites include Grady Memorial Hospital in metro Atlanta, which is the largest community hospital in the city and only trauma I medical center in Atlanta. The fellows will learn to communicate and serve a diverse patient population suffering from a wide range of cardiovascular pathology. The fellows will receive “bread and butter” experiences of consultative cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear imaging, cardiac catheterization, and electrophysiology training at the main Grady Campus. The fellows also participate in a STEMI program with our interventional cardiologist, developing an appreciation and confidence in management of patients requiring primary percutaneous coronary intervention. The Grady STEMI program, managed by the schools of Morehouse and Emory, has become a model of a successful collaboration between academic institutions, providing all fellows proficient training in radial and femoral access with diagnostic cardiac catheterizations.

The Cardiovascular Disease fellowship has also partnered with medical institutions over the region to provide a deeper experience and skillset training in many areas of cardiology. Our partnering institutions include the Atlanta Veterans Affairs hospital (electrophysiology), University of Alabama (advanced imaging/MRI), Emory School of Medicine (advanced heart failure and adult congenital heart disease), and Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia (advanced cardiac catheterization). Each institution is committed to working with Morehouse School of Medicine, placing emphasis on education and skills competency to enrich our fellows’ educational experience.

We have also established a rich didactic experience for our fellows which includes a diverse portfolio of noon conferences, Grand Rounds lectures, and Journal Club discussions. We also enrich our fellowship experience with strong mentorship and research training, allowing dedicated fellows the opportunity to experience several cardiac research conferences including the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, the Heart Failure Society of America, and many others. Our fellows also have access to the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) on the main campus of Morehouse School of Medicine, further providing a rich research experience within the institution.

Our mission aligns closely with the mission of Morehouse School of Medicine, with the intent and commitment to train competent cardiovascular medicine physicians able to thrive in any academic, research, or private practices setting. We are committed to the development of compassionate and knowledgeable cardiologists, capable of providing unparalleled care to the patients and communities they serve.

On behalf of our entire department and fellowship program, I would like to welcome you to the Morehouse School of Medicine family.


Melvin R. Echols, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, Program Director