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Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular DiseaseThe Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Wilson Medical Center, established in 2017, is fully accredited by the ACGME and sponsored by the Internal Medicine Residency. It is a 3-year program that accepts 1 fellow per year. Our goal is to provide advanced education to allow our fellows to acquire competency in the sub-specialty with sufficient expertise to act as an independent consultant in accordance with COCATS guidelines.

United Health Services is a high-volume cardiac institution, admitting more than 100 STEMI patients per year and about 1,000 PCI procedures with more than 20 cardiac consults every day. More than 8,000 echocardiograms and 3,000 nuclear stress tests are performed every year. The organization is dedicated to providing excellence in cardiovascular treatment with a new Heart and Vascular Institute, established in December 2014, to unify all aspects of cardiac services to provide patients and fellows a comprehensive multidisciplinary coordinated patient care approach.

Program Highlights:

  • Wilson Medical Center is a high-tech, regional referral and level 2 trauma center
  • An extensive and diverse patient population
  • Solid, well-established base residency programs
  • Weekly lectures, grand rounds, case presentations, and M&M conference
  • Opportunities in clinical research activities including participation in regional poster sessions
  • Faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Instructor of Upstate Medical University

Program Director

Afzal Rehman, MDAfzal Rehman, MD, PhD, MBA

Title: Vice President, Informatics

Medical School: King Edward Medical College

Residency: United Health Services, Johnson City, NY

Fellowships: Cardiovascular Disease, Medical College of Georgia; Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Wisconsin

Curriculum, Faculty and Fellowship

PGY-4:

Consult Service (5 months)
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (3 months)
Echocardiography (2 months)
Cardiac Catheterization (1 month)
Stress Testing/Nuclear Cardiology (1 month)

PGY-5:

Consult Service (3 months)
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (2 months)
Echocardiography (1 month)
Cardiac Catheterization (3 months)
Nuclear Cardiology/CTA (1 month)
Electrophysiology (2 months)

PGY-6:

Consult Service (2 months)
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (2 months)
Echocardiography (2 months)
Cardiac Catheterization (2 months)
Stress Testing/MPI (1 month)
Electrophysiology (1 month)
Elective (2 months)

In addition, fellows will participate in continuity clinic for 1 half day per week, with an average of 8 patients per session. Extra ambulatory experience will include heart clinic, hypertension clinic, and heart failure clinic.

Fellows are also required to complete at least 1 research or scholarly activity project over the course of their 3 years.

Faculty

Afzal Rehman, MDAfzal Rehman, MD, PhD, MBA

Title: Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship; Vice President, Informatics
Medical School: King Edward Medical College
Residency: United Health Services, Johnson City, NY
Fellowships: Cardiovascular Disease, Medical College of Georgia; Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Wisconsin

Keyoor Patel, MDKeyoor Patel, DO

Title: Associate Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship; Director, Echocardiography
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset
Fellowship: Cardiovascular Disease, Milwaukee Heart Institute, Aurora Sinai, St. Luke’s Medical Center

Sreekanth Kondareddy, MDSreekanth Kondareddy, MD

Title: Director, Cardiac Care Unit
Medical School: Osmania Medical College
Residency: Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital
Fellowship: Cardiovascular Disease, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

Waseem Sajjad, MD
Title: Cardiologist
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Medical College
Residency: Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
Fellowships: Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Program; Cardiovascular Disease, University of Rochester Program

Owais Ahmed, MDOwais Ahmed, MD

Title: Director, Nuclear Cardiology
Medical School: Punjab Medical College
Residency: United Health Services, Johnson City, NY
Fellowships: Cardiovascular Disease, Albert Einstein Medical Center; Interventional Cardiology, Albert Einstein Medical Center

Alon Yarkoni, MDAlon Yarkoni, MD

Title: Cardiologist
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Residency: Yale University School of Medicine
Fellowships: Cardiovascular Disease, Good Samaritan Medical Center; Interventionl Cardiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Structural Heart Disease, Henry Ford Hospital

Current Fellows

Mouhamed Amr Sabouni, MD University of Aleppo
UHS Wilson Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency
Umama Gorsi, MD Allama Iqbal Medical College
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Internal medicine Residency
Preventive Cardiology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester

Stipends and Benefits

Salary: $60,000 (PGY-4)

Sample Fellowship Agreement

Benefits:

  • Insurance Coverage
    • Health Insurance: UHS is partnered with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to provide our employees with UHS Preferred Provider Organization (UHS PPO). UHS covers a major portion of the health insurance premiums. Premiums are deducted bi-weekly from your paycheck.
    • Pharmacy: Prescriptions may be filled through UHS, an Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield network pharmacy, or through mail order.
    • Life Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital, equal to your annual salary.
    • Malpractice Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital.
    • Dental Insurance: Standard and high option dental plans available at shared cost with the hospital.
  • Personal Time Off (vacations, holidays, unexpected absences including illnesses)
    • 20 Days
  • Moving Allowance
    • A moving allowance of $300 is provided to each fellow.
  • Professional Development Fund
    • Each fellow is allotted $1,500/year to be used toward professional development, conferences, books, PDA’s, software, etc.
  • Academic Appointment
    • All fellows receive an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Instructor at Upstate Medical University (SUNY), Syracuse, New York.
  • Athletic/Gym Privileges
    • Fellows have access to the non-fee based athletic facilities at Binghamton University: gymnasium, weight room, indoor and outdoor tracks, pools, racquetball and tennis courts.
  • Licensure
    • Obtaining a full New York medical license is required of fellows. NYS licensure fees are covered by GME.

To Apply

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a residency in Internal Medicine from an ACGME accredited program. The interested applicant should apply to our program using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), September through November 1st, to include the following materials:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation (minimum of 3), including 1 from your Residency Program Director
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX Transcript For more information e-mail: medical_education@uhs.org