Dr. Chawannuch Ruaengsri, Cardiac Transplant Fellow, and Dr. Kalei Walker, Cardiothoracic Fellow, harvesting a heart for transplant.

The Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Fellowship is an advanced one-year fellowship offered through the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. The fellowship develops proficiency in surgical implantation and medical management of mechanical circulatory devices and heart transplants.

This one-year fellowship is offered to those who have completed a fellowship PGY 7 level or greater and seeking advanced training in the subspecialty of heart failure, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support leading to cardiac transplantation.

The fellow will be responsible for the preoperative evaluation and optimization of patients, the implantation, and heart transplantation, and postoperative care and management of patients. Additionally, the fellow participates in the evaluation of donor hearts and travel for donor organ procurement.  The fellow ill participate in biopsies, long term management of immunosuppression, pathology rounds, and the procurement of organs.

The fellowship is for a one-year period for individuals who have completed the ABS or ABTS requirements or their equivalent. The applicant must hold citizenship or appropriate visa status.


There is one position available on a competitive basis each year in the Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Fellowship.

Application Process

Our program accepts applications for this program beginning September 1, 2023 through December 30, 2022 for a start date of July 2024.

We require the following supporting documents to be submitted for your complete application packet:

  • Current CV
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • USLME Step 1, 2, & 3 transcripts
  • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
  • Photo (optional)

Foreign medical graduates must have Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification.

Please submit all application materials to the Education Program Coordinator, Janel Johnson.

Takuya Wada, MD

Takuya Wada, MD

Thoracic Surgery Fellow

Residency General Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri Medical School Doctor of Medicine, Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Illinois  

Program Leadership
Amit A. Pawale, MBBS, FRCS, FACS

Amit A. Pawale, MBBS, FRCS, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery Section of Cardiac Surgery Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Katie Fuhs

Katie Fuhs

Program Coordinator