Interventional Cardiology


Core training: Comprehensive interventional training is provided to three applicants during a fourth year of training, which provides experience in over 350 percutaneous coronary interventions per fellow, including coronary, peripheral, and structural heart procedures, angioplasty and stenting, intravascular ultrasound, pressure wire and other adjunctive devices such as rotablator, cutting balloon, embolic protection, intra-aortic balloon pump, Impella, and the use of investigational agents and technology for the performance of intravascular revascularization. In addition to excellence in the procedural aspects of intervention, our fellows gain ample experience in the pre and post-procedural care of their interventional patients, and will perfect their skills in diagnostic cardiac catheterization.

Peripheral interventional training is integral to the training year with each fellow working ~50-100 cardiovascular procedures per fellow. Non-coronary cardiac interventional procedures include alcohol septal ablations, Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) & Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) closure procedures, mitral and aortic valvuloplasty and percutaneous aortic valve implantations.

Research: Our program is committed to academic excellence and thrives with opportunities for our trainees. Our fellows have exposure to one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic clinical research programs in the nation with a census of more than 20 active clinical trials, including studies in novel pharmacological strategies, drug-eluting stents and other device technologies.  Interested fellows will have the opportunity to get involved in an active clinical research program.

Curriculum: Procedural training is supplemented by a comprehensive lectures series that reviews an extended core curriculum of interventional cardiology topics and a weekly case-based conference. Our fellows also benefit from our Division’s active visiting professor program.

Fellows IC – Current and Alumni

IC Fellowship-Handbook-2016-2017

ACGME Accreditation:
Fully accredited since 2002

Duration: 1 year

Number of Positions:
3 per year

Core Faculty:

Barry Uretsky, MD (Director)

Abdul Hakeem, MBBS

Malek Al-Hawwas, MD                                                                                             

David Mego, MD

William Rollefson, MD

Key Faculty:

Ian Cawich, MD

Mehmet Cilingiroglu, MD

Patrick Joseph Flaherty, MD

D Andrew Henry, MD

Carl John Leding, MD

Vasili Lendel, MD

Main Teaching Facilities:

University Hospital: the primary teaching hospital of The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine; with a tradition of excellence in the management of cardiovascular disease endorsed by high ranks in national cardiology QA benchmarking initiatives such as CRUSADE and the UHC (University Hospital Consortium).

John L McClellan VA Hospital: the Little Rock station of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS):  the main cardiology regional VA referral center with one of the busiest cardiac catheterization laboratories in the VA system.

Arkansas Heart Hospital: the Arkansas Heart Hospital (AHH) is an entire hospital dedicated to the treatment of heart disease. 

Application: Apply through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please have completed applications in ERAS by early December. The Application Review Committee reviews completed applications in early December for January interviews. Please ensure completed application also includes CV, 3 Letters of Recommendation (LORs), Personal Statement, USMLE Transcripts or equivalent, ECFMG Certificate if applicable & other ERAS information are uploaded into ERAS. UAMS sponsors H-1B & J-1 Visas. Stipends are determined by the number of years of training after the MD degree (Post Graduate Year – PGY).

For more information, please contact:

Fellowship Coordinator: Amanda Dozier
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
4301 West Markham Street, Slot 532
Little Rock, AR 72205-7199

501-686-6439 (fax)