The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship is an ACGME accredited 1-year training program at St. Vincent Hospital and the St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. Currently we have one heart failure fellow per year in the program, who participates in research as well as clinical activities throughout the year.
We accept applications throughout the academic year. Completion of a 3-year clinical cardiology fellowship is required of applicants being considered.
Please note that you must be a U.S. citizen, permanent U.S. resident, or J1 Visa holder to apply to the AHFTC fellowship program. St. Vincent Hospital does not sponsor H1B Visas and your application cannot be considered.
We invite you to explore the links of this web page for more detailed information regarding our curriculum and our current fellows, along with application information. The Fellowship Program Coordinator is Diana Carey, and she can be reached at 317-338-6024, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the Midwest’s busiest and most experienced programs for congestive heart failure (CHF). Much of our success can be attributed to our multidisciplinary approach to patient care and treatment. We combine the expertise of cardiologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, care coordinators, pharmacists, social workers and many other professionals – and work closely with surgeons when surgery is the best option for our patients. St. Vincent’s has a dedicated inpatient unit and a reputation for excellent follow-up care after discharge, and providing patients outstanding cardiac care through evidence-based therapies. In 2011, our composite scores for assessment of left ventricular function, use of ACEI / ARB, smoking cessation advice / counseling and discharge instruction were 97%.
Our CHF program is a leader not only in treatment, but also in modeling success for our peers. We have been Five-Star rated by HealthGrades for the treatment of heart failure for seven years in a row (2006-2012). In 2009, St. Vincent Hospital became the first health institution in the state to earn the Disease-Specific Care Certification for Heart Failure from The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading healthcare accreditation organization. Dr. Mary Norine Walsh, AHFTC Program Director, has been a leader in system-wide Ascension Health initiatives for clinical excellence, sharing best practices at St. Vincent Hospital and with her colleagues across the nation.
St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana remains the largest and most active cardiac transplant program in the state of Indiana. In 2011, we performed 24 heart transplants and 64 ventricular assist device (VAD) procedures, both increases over 2010.
In February 2012, St. Vincent celebrated the 25th anniversary of our first heart transplant, performed by Dr. John Paris. Today, as the largest heart transplant program in the state, we are helping more patients with cardiomyopathy, congenital heart defects, heart valve disease, debilitating arrhythmia and other heart conditions live more active, fulfilling lives.
Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, earned both her business administration and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Walsh completed her cardiology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.
Her areas of expertise include nuclear cardiology, congestive heart failure and cardiac transplantation with a special interest in women and heart disease. She is the medical director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Programs at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital; director of Nuclear Cardiology at The Care Group, a member of St. Vincent Medical Group; and clinical associate professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Walsh has been active in the American College of Cardiology (ACC), both locally and nationally. She has served as president of the Indiana Chapter, and has been a long-standing member and past chair of the ACC Women in Cardiology Committee. She is currently chair of the Patient Centered Care and Cardiac Care Associates committees; a member of the Budget and Finance Committee; and a member of the ACC Board of Trustees.
Dr. Walsh’s teaching activities include instruction of students, residents and fellows, and she lectures frequently on congestive heart failure (CHF), heart disease in women and topics in nuclear cardiology. She is actively involved in clinical research in heart failure, nuclear cardiology and systems approaches for quality initiatives in the practice setting.
Associate Program Director
M.P.H., University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Twin Cities, MN
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities, MN
IM Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center
Cardiovascular Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Subspecialty Fellowship: Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
IM Residency: Duke University Medical Center
Cardiovascular Fellowship: The University of Michigan Medical Center (Chief Fellow)
Subspecialty Fellowship: Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, The University of Michigan
Additional Postdoctoral Training: The University of Michigan School of Public Health Graduate Training Program in Clinical Research, Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis
Douglas E. Pitts, MD, FACC, earned a bachelor of arts and medical degree from Indiana University. He completed his medical education residency and cardiology fellowship at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Dr. Pitts specializes in heart failure, transplant cardiology and ventricular assist device (VADs), and has over 25 years of experience in these areas. Most of his clinical experience was at Methodist Hospital where he was the medical co-director of transplant.
In December 2008, Dr. Pitts came to St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and St. Vincent Transplant Services to specifically practice in the heart failure, transplant and VAD program. He is the co-director of the Heart Failure and St. Vincent Transplant Services program at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.
Dr. Pitts has also published extensively on both heart failure and cardiac transplants.
Thomas P. Schleeter, MD, FACC, FASNC, earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, and completed an internal medicine residency and a Cardiology Fellowship from The Ohio State University Medical Center.
Dr. Schleeter is board certified in cardiology and provides cardiology services in the following Indiana cities; Indianapolis, Lebanon and Winamac.
He is the medical director of Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) and is a member of the St. Vincent Transplant Services team. His specialties include general cardiology, advanced therapies for congestive heart failure, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography.
David A. Heimansohn, MD, FACS, is a member of the St. Vincent Heart Transplant team and specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery at CorVasc. He also has a special interest in coronary revascularization, heart transplantation, minimally invasive mitral and aortic valve repair, and thoracic aortic aneurysm repair.
Dr. Heimansohn received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine at Indianapolis in 1984. He completed his general surgery residency in 1989 and cardiothoracic surgery residency in 1991; both at the Indiana University Medical Center.
Dr. Heimansohn is board-certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is also actively involved with several professional societies that include the Society of Thoracic Surgeons; American College of Chest Physicians; American College of Surgeons; American College of Surgeons, Indiana Chapter; International Society of Heart/Lung Transplantation; and is a board member of the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.
Christopher T. Salerno, MD, FACS, is a member of the St. Vincent Heart Transplant team and specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery at CorVasc.
Dr. Salerno received his medical degree from Rush Medical College of Chicago in 1992. He completed his general surgery internship in 1993; surgical infectious disease fellowship in 1998; and general surgery residency in 2000; all at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In 2003, Dr. Salerno completed a second residency in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiopulmonary transplantation at Stanford University.
Dr. Salerno is board-certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is also board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Salerno is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also actively involved with several professional organizations which include: American Medical Association; American College of Surgeons Candidate Group; American Association for Cancer Research; Association for Academic Surgery Candidate Group; International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation; Xenotransplantation Society; Society of Thoracic Surgeons; and Western Thoracic Surgical Group.
Robert J. Robison, MD, FACS, is a member of the St. Vincent Heart Transplant team and specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is also a managing partner for the Cardiothoracic Division of CorVasc.
Dr. Robison received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1979. He completed two residencies: General Surgery in 1984 and Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1986, both at the IU Medical Center. In 2002, Dr. Robison completed his master’s degree in Medical Management at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Dr. Robison is board-certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has co-authored numerous publications and abstracts along with presenting at national conferences.
Dr. Robison is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Surgeons and American College of Chest Physicians. He is also actively involved with several professional organizations which include: Society of Thoracic Surgery; International Society of Heart Transplantation; American Medical Association; Marion County Medical Society; The American College of Physician Executives; and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.
Cardiology: Marshall University, Huntington, WV
IM Residency: New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Medical School: King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan
Cardiology: Ohio Health Doctors Hospital, Columbus
IM Residency: Ohio Health Doctors Hospital, Columbus
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
St. Vincent Hospital and Heart Center of Indiana is recruiting eligible candidates for 2016-2017 Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Cardiology (AHFTC) Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is an ACGME accredited 1-year program. The curriculum will include patient management in the outpatient, inpatient and catheterization laboratory settings. Experience in transplant infectious disease, imaging and device management is included.
Applications are currently being accepted with a deadline of September 1, 2015. To apply please submit:
Mary Norine Walsh, M.D., FACC
AHFTC Program Director
8333 Naab Road, Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Indianapolis, the capital city of Indiana, is the 12th largest city in the United States and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is one of the top 25 most visited cities in the country, in part due to being a powerhouse in the sporting event and convention industries.
Indianapolis has shed its image as a Rust Belt city, due in part to an aggressive downtown revitalization campaign. The diversification of the city’s economic base since the 1960s has also contributed to this transformation.
Indianapolis has hosted Super Bowl XLVI, the 1987 Pan American Games, both Men’s and Women’s NCAA Final Fours, the Big Ten football and basketball championships, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the United States Grand Prix, and is perhaps most famous for the annual Indianapolis 500.
Indianapolis is a great place to relocate. With one of the lowest costs of living among large cities in the nation, incomes reach much further than just about anywhere else.
Indianapolis is ranked as having the “No. 3 Downtown in the U.S.” based on entertainment options, beautiful architecture, green spaces and planning that went into the city’s design.livability.com
Indianapolis is not only the Crossroads of America from a geographical standpoint, but from a cultural one as well. There are a multitude of local restaurants, museums, art fairs, and theater districts all around the city that cater to just about every individual’s needs.
The city is home to hundreds of local parks, an extensive and growing network of bikeways, with over 200 miles of new bike lanes planned for the near future, and a many natural destinations available for recreation and relaxation.
Indianapolis also has several distinct cultural districts that have developed throughout the years.
Broad Ripple is on the near north side of Indianapolis, and is a cultural mecca for much of the city. It contains a wide variety of dining options, boutique shops, corner pubs, and a vibrant nightlife, all nestled conveniently between the popular north side suburbs and downtown.
Massachusetts Avenue, or Mass Ave, is the road that extends northeast from downtown Indianapolis. It’s also the location of great dining, local art, and a great scene for entertainment. It houses destinations such as the Athenaeum and the Murat Theatre, both sites for live bands, musicals, and other exciting forms of entertainment.
The Wholesale District sits at the heart of Indianapolis. It has more than 85 dining options, and over 13 hotels, including the new JW Marriott, the world’s largest. It’s also home to Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the 2012 Super Bowl, Victory Field, recognized as the “Best Minor League Ballpark in America”, and Conseco Fieldhouse, voted the number 1 venue in the NBA.
Additionally, there is a vibrant nightlife along Meridian Street, and a completely indoor downtown mall that connects to many of the downtown hotels through tunnels and walkways, ensuring that weather won’t slow you down.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Lucas Oil Stadium
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Historic Fountain Square
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Eagle Creek Park
Klipsch Music Center
Indiana State Museum
Hilbert Circle Theatre
The Murat Centre
Indianapolis Art Center
Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum
Indiana Repertory Theatre
The Fashion Mall at Keystone
Indy offers a climate that has seasons without the harsh extremes of a desert in the summer or getting your toes frozen off in the winter. In the summer months the average temperatures range from 61 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter it’s cold enough to get some sledding in and have an occasional snow fight with your coworkers.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — U.S. News just posted a survey with the top 100 best places to live in the U.S.
They analyzed the 100 most populous cities and then ranked them according to four categories: good value, desirable place to live, strong job market and a high quality of life.
To be in the top, cities had to have a good score from all four.
Indianapolis ranks at 43. It was ranked with a 6.6 score overall.
The article cited the city’s wealth of sports, neighborhoods and shopping areas as the top draws to the city.
Denver ranked as number one with Austin, Texas as second.