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

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,
Katie Fuhs.

Takuya Wada, MD

Takuya Wada, MD

Mechanical Circulatory Support & Cardiac Transplantation Fellow

Akita University Hospital, Cardiovascular Surgery, Akita, Japan

Medical School
Asahikawa Medical University, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan

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