LVADThe Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah is offering a one-year clinical fellowship in mechanical cardiac support and cardiac transplantation. This advanced, one year fellowship is designed to develop proficiency in surgical implantation and medical management of mechanical circulatory devices and heart transplants.


During this fellowship, the fellow will be involved in the patient selection, preoperative optimization of patients, implantation of devices, heart transplantation, and postoperative care and management of patients. Additionally, fellows participate in the evaluation of donor hearts and travel for donor organ procurement.

Academically, fellows will be involved in weekly conferences, transplant meetings, multidisciplinary rounds, and journal club. Funding will be available for participation in the annual ISHLT meeting and presentation of clinical research.


Candidates must either be certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, be ABTS Board eligible, or have completed the international equivalent. In addition, the candidate must either be eligible for medical licensure in the State of Utah (must have passed all USMLEs, COMLEX, or LMCCs and completed two years of ACGME accredited residency training) or be eligible for a license exemption.

Internationally trained physicians must hold valid ECFMG certification. If not a US citizen, please be aware a J-1 Visa is required.

Application form

University of Utah Mechanical Support Heart Program

Program Director

Craig Selzman, MD, FACS
Surgical Director, Cardiac Mechanical Support and Heart Transplant

Program Contact

Shawnda Gillespie

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Utah
30 North 1900 East, SOM 3C-127
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Phone: 801-581-4222
Fax: 801-585-3936