Morehouse School of Medicine Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Morehouse School of Medicine Cardiovascular Fellowship

Morehouse School of Medicine has reached a new milestone in its contribution to the national effort to increase the number of minority cardiovascular specialists in the U.S. with the establishment of the MSM Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship training program, according to Dr. Anekwe Onwuanyi, chief of cardiology.

Cardiovascular disease specialists treat patients who have serious acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions, including coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, “heart attacks” and congenital heart disease. With the national shortage of minority cardiologists and an increasingly aging population suffering with heart disease, MSM is creating its own pipeline of tomorrow’s exceptional physicians specializing in cardiac patient care and research. This critical step, integral in the effort to close the gap in cardiovascular disease outcomes, is consistent with our mission of “leading the creation and advancement of health equity.”  

Dr. Rajesh Sachdeva has been selected as inaugural program director. He is a board-certified interventional cardiologist and fellow of the Society for Coronary Angiography and Interventions. He completed his cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Sachdeva believes the presence of a cardiology fellowship training program strengthens our internal medicine program by attracting the best and brightest minds to the medical school as students, residents and faculty. The program will enhance our research enterprise across multiple fields as well.

"This is a historic event in the institution's existence," says Dr. Richard Snyder, Department of Internal Medicine chair.

The Morehouse School of Medicine Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship recently received ACGME initial accreditation effective July 1, 2016. Recruitment for our next two cardiology fellows is underway so please apply through ERAS. Successful candidates will begin the three-year program at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Veteran Affairs Medical Center starting July 1, 2019. By summer 2019, the program will have up to six cardiology fellows trained annually at the Morehouse School of Medicine.