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Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Overview

The cardiology fellowship was reaccredited in March 2014 without citations by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The program is led by a medical director (Dr. Susan Etheridge), and supported by the entire pediatric cardiology faculty.

Fellows will be engaged in the performance and interpretation of invasive and non-invasive diagnostic testing that provide the entire spectrum of diagnostic capabilities within the realm of pediatric cardiology. The first year of the fellowship program is highly structured as the fellow gains experience in all the disciplines of pediatric cardiology. Years two and three are less structured allowing the fellow significant research time as well as flexibility to design the fellowship that fits best with their future goals.

Clinical Experience & Teaching

Most of the clinical experience and teaching occurs at Primary Children's Hospital that includes a cardiac intensive care unit with 16 beds, a neonatal intensive care unit with 52 beds, and a cardiac step-down unit of 36 beds. All beds are linked to telemetry monitoring. Patients are also seen at the University of Utah Health's Neonatal ICU and occasionally in the Well Baby Nursery.

Outpatient services are provided to our cardiology population at Primary Children's Hospital and at outreach facilities throughout the states of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska.

Fellows at Primary Children's Hospital and the University of Utah Health are exposed to a patient population from a large geographical area. Nearly all pediatric patients with congenital and acquired cardiac defects and the majority of adults with congenital heart disease are managed at our center.

Care Team

The cardiology team consists of 25 full-time and one part time pediatric cardiologist. We service 14 outpatient locations and 13 hospitals throughout the Mountain West:

  • Primary Children's Hospital (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Primary Children's Outpatient Service (Layton, UT)
  • Pocatello Children's Clinic (Pocatello, ID)
  • Logan Regional Medical Center (Logan, UT)
  • McKay Dee Medical Center (Ogden, UT)
  • Intermountain Medical Center (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Primary Children's Riverton Outpatient Services - Clinic (Riverton, UT)
  • Riverton Hospital - Inpatient and ER Consults (Riverton, UT)
  • Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (Provo, UT)
  • St. George Regional Hospital (St. George, UT)
  • University of Utah Hospital (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Alaska Heart Institute (Anchorage, AK)
  • Alaska Children’s Heart Center (Anchorage, AK)

Care for the pediatric cardiology patients begins prenatally with a busy fetal cardiology program and continues throughout the life of the child with congenital heart disease culminating with our services provided by the adult congenital heart disease team.

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Utah provides full and comprehensive services for complex congenital and acquired heart disease including outpatient and inpatient evaluation and management, affiliation with a strong pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, interventional and diagnostic catheterization, cardiac transplantation, ventricular assist device and ECMO management, extensive non-invasive diagnostic imaging, and invasive and noninvasive electrophysiology. We treat more than 11,000 patients each year and have gained national recognition for our comprehensive care.

Program Statistics


Fellows 9
Full-time cardiology attendings 35
Cardiothoracic surgeries 509
Heart transplants (2015-2016) 18
Interventional catheterizations ~600
Diagnostic catheterizations 200
Electrophysiology studies 149
Ablations (radiofrequency and cryoablation) 174
Myocardial biopsies 130
Transthoracic echoes 15,004
Transesophageal echoes 367
Fetal echoes 901
Stress tests 531
Cardiac MRI’s 380

Program Director

Susan P. Etheridge, MD

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Associate Program Director

Kimberly M. Molina, MD

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Associate Program Director

John Colquitt, MD

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Program Manager

Ashley Boyington


Program Coordinator

Laurel Fortun


Contact Us

Phone: 801-662-5703
Fax: 801-662-5755