Thank you for your interest in the UAB advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology fellowship program. We are very proud of our training program as it provides the foundation of excellence for our clinical programs. This one-year fellowship is offered to those who have completed a general cardiology fellowship (PGY7 level or greater) and are seeking advanced training in the subspecialty of advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and pulmonary vascular disease.

Program Highlights

  • Robust inpatient and outpatient experience in advanced heart failure, transplant cardiology, mechanical circulatory support and pulmonary vascular disease
  • Dedicated 20 bed Heart Transplant ICU (HTICU)
  • Regional and National leader in heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support (MCS)
  • Management of cardiogenic shock with temporary MCS
  • Extensive exposure in dual organ transplant including Heart/Lung and Heart/Kidney combined transplant
  • Robust pulmonary hypertension experience with one of the largest PH clinics in the southeast
  • Dedicated ECMO program
  • Participation in leading edge research and clinical trials
  • Tertiary/Quaternary referral center, UAB is the 3rd largest public teaching hospital in the US
  • UAB named “Best Large Employer” by Forbes magazine in 2021

Exceptional Experience:

The UAB advanced heart failure fellowship program offers comprehensive training in advanced heart failure, MCS and transplant with the goal of training the emerging leaders in the field. Our fellows will rotate between the inpatient and outpatient settings. The outpatient time is spent in our busy subspecialty clinic (the Kirklin Clinic), including CHF, PH, VAD and transplant clinics as well as in the biopsy suite doing procedures.

The hub of our inpatient experience is centered in our heart transplant ICU (HTICU) led by our dedicated and supportive faculty. Here we manage the cutting edge heart transplant, VAD and PH clinical programs drawing referrals from all over the region. We use a unique multi-disciplinary approach to manage the most critically ill patients with cardiovascular disease. We have robust heart transplant and VAD programs with patient outcomes that are among the best in the nation. We partner with CV surgery and interventional/ structural cardiologists in the treatment of cardiogenic shock with temporary MCS including ECMO, Impella, TandemHeart. Our HF fellows actively participate in the evaluation and management of patients requiring durable VADs/MCS and heart transplant.

We also offer exposure to unique clinical programs including Cardio-Obstetrics, Cardio-Oncology and Amyloid/infiltrative cardiomyopathies. Our HF cardiologists participate as members of the multidisciplinary valve team managing patients with complex valvular disease. Our HF fellows also have dedicated educational experience in immunology and pathology.

Dedicated Program Faculty:

Program Director:
Andrew Lenneman, MD

Assistant Program Director:
Joanna Joly, MD

Teaching Faculty:
Jose Tallaj, MD
Salpy Pamboukian, MD, MSPH
Ayman Haj Assad, MD
Charles Hoopes, MD
Eric Orozco-Hernandez, MD
Enrique Gongora, MD

How to Apply:

Apply to Fellowship

Julie BurgeSend Program Inquiries To:

Julie Burge
Education Coordinator
(205)-934-9886
Email: jburge@uabmc.edu



Andrew Lenneman, MD

Andrew Lenneman, MD
Program Director





Andrew Lenneman, MD

Joanna Joly, MD 
Assistant Program Director