General Cardiology Disease Fellowship

Melinda Davis, MD
Melinda Davis, MD
Megan Joseph, MD
Megan Joseph, MD
Marty Tam, MD
Marty Tam, MD

We appreciate your interest in the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Our mission is to develop a diverse group of leaders in cardiovascular medicine with skills in clinical care, education, and research. We aim to provide a rigorous and compassionate training program that supports fellows in achieving their fullest potential.

In our fellowship program, the first two years involve a core clinical curriculum. The third year supports opportunities to tailor the educational plan to the unique career interests of each fellow. Our fellows also work with a diverse group of faculty members with national reputations across multiple subspecialties, engaging in both clinical care and research. Our training program encompasses a broad span of disciplines through rotations at both the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor VA Health System.

The University of Michigan opened the first University Hospital in 1850 and has a longstanding tradition of excellence in training leaders in cardiovascular disease. We continue this tradition by providing comprehensive patient-centered care using cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment modalities in state-of-the-art facilities. Additionally, Ann Arbor is a wonderful place to live, with many diverse cultural opportunities and outdoor spaces.

In this program, our fellows are our greatest asset. We are fortunate to recruit outstanding individuals, and aim to actively empower them throughout the educational process. Our team invites you to explore how Michigan can help you reach your potential!


Melinda Davis, MD, Program Director
Megan Joseph, MD, Associate Program Director
Marty Tam, MD, Associate Program Director

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Identity Statement

We, at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, believe that delivering the very best heart and vascular care in the world can only be achieved through a culture of respect for one another and by celebrating the diversity of our patients, their families, and our workplace community. We strive to inspire an equitable and inclusive environment that welcomes and respects individuals from all races, ethnicities, gender identities, religions, beliefs, abilities, appearances, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Diversity is at the heart of our values, improving patient outcomes, enhancing our work culture and optimizing health care.


Thank you for your interest in the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the University of Michigan (general cardiology). The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship is a 3-year ACGME accredited program. We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applications for fellowship starting July 2023 should be submitted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please reference program ID 1412521096.

Interview Dates

All interviews will be conducted virtually. Dates are September 16, September 19, September 30, October 3, and October 7, 2022.

** We will gladly consider applicants with a J-1 visa, but cannot consider other visa types.

We look forward to receiving your application and wish you well through the process.

Required Documentation

(Please refer to the ERAS website for specific application and required documentation submission details.)

  1. A completed ERAS Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Application
  2. A current copy of your curriculum vitae
  3. A personal statement
  4. A letter of recommendation from your Internal Medicine Program Director
  5. Two additional letters of reference
  6. A copy of your medical school Deans' letter
  7. An official copy of your medical school transcripts
  8. Copy of your USMLE Scores (Steps1, 2, 3)
  9. ECFMG Status Report if applicable
  10. Photo

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the Graduate Medical Education Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows”.

If you have any questions during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at (734) 936-8214.


Below you will find sample schedules for the first and second year of the University of Michigan Cardiology Fellowship. The third year varies depending on the research or subspecialty interest of each fellow. Fellows often use this year to pursue investigational research, but in the case of fellows pursuing careers in intervention or imaging, they may begin clinical training during this year.

First Year
Cardiology Consults
Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac Electrophysiology (VA)
Outpatient Heart Failure/Transplantation
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Night Float
Second Year
Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Cardiology Consults (VA)
Cardiac Catheterization (VA)
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Cardiac CT/MRI
Cardiovascular Surgery ICU
Inpatient Heart Failure/Transplant
Nuclear Cardiology
Echocardiography (VA)
Vascular and Preventive Cardiology

In addition to the above rotations, fellows maintain continuity clinics at Michigan Medicine and the VA Health System.

Educational Conference Schedule

Educational Conference Schedule

Clinical Facilities

Michigan Medicine includes the U-M Medical School, with its Faculty Group Practice and many research laboratories; North Campus Research Complex, the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, which includes University HospitalFrankel Cardiovascular CenterC.S. Mott Children's HospitalVon Voigtlander Women's Hospital, 120 outpatient clinics and approximately 40 health centers

Its hospitals have 925 licensed beds. As a tertiary care center, UMHS has 179 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, giving it one of the highest numbers of ICU beds in the country. UMHS is also a high-volume surgical center with a total of 66 operating rooms.

Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Ann Arbor Healthcare System is a major referral institution within the Veterans Health Agency. It is responsible for providing primary, secondary, and tertiary care to veterans residing in the lower peninsula of Michigan and also Northwestern Ohio. It operates 105 acute care beds and 40 Community Living Center (extended care) beds. More than 550,000 outpatient visits are made to its facilities yearly.


The clinical and translational research programs outlined below are at the disposal of all cardiology fellows at Michigan Medicine. Research opportunities are uniformly strong across disciplines, and fellows are encouraged to create new collaborations across the schools and institutes at the University. Over the course of training, fellows have been known to publish in high impact journals such as the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Formal Clinical Research Programs

Ongoing Clinical Trials

Clinical Registries

Basic Science Research Opportunities

Follow this link for an in depth description of basic science research opportunities

  • Justus Anumonwo, PhD
    • Researching molecular interactions involved in the regulation of cardiac ion channels
    • Investigating arrhythmia mechanisms in animal models and in patient-specific, stem cell-derived cardiac myocytes
    • Understanding excess adiposity induced electro-mechanical dysfunction of the heart
  • Omer Berenfeld, PhD
    • Investigating the mechanisms of ventricular and atrial fibrillation with emphasis on translation of potential therapies from bench to bedside
  • James Brian Byrd, MD, MS
    • Discovering novel biomarkers to guide the personalized treatment of resistant hypertension
    • Understanding the role of mineralocorticoids in obesity-associated hypertension
  • Yuqing Chen, MD, PhD
    • Understanding molecular mechanisms underlying the development and progression of diabetes-induced cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and stroke
  • Daniel T Eitzman, MD
    • Determining the impact of various genetic alterations on atherosclerosis and arterial thrombosis using in vivo mouse models
  • Todd J Herron, PhD
    • Studying cardiovascular regeneration and the development of cell based therapies
  • David Ginsburg, MD
    • Understanding the components of the blood clotting system and how disturbances in their function lead to human bleeding and blood-clotting disorders
  • Daniel R Goldstein, MD, PhD
    • Focusing on how aging impacts inflammation during acute viral infections and during chronic inflammatory disorders such as atherosclerosis
  • Jose Jalife, MD
    • Employing mathematical and biophysical concepts to increase the understanding of the mechanisms of life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, from the molecule to the bedside
  • Isom Lori, PhD
    • Studying human patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell neurons and cardiac myocytes to understand the mechanism of inherited epilepsy and co-morbid cardiac arrhythmias linked to mutations in sodium channel genes
  • Hector Valdivia, MD, PhD
    • Using molecular, cellular, whole heart and intact animal approaches to elucidate basic mechanisms of excitation-contraction coupling and the role of calcium mishandling in the generation of ventricular arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation
  • Margaret Westfall, PhD
    • Understanding the roles played by protein kinase C and downstream myofilament targets in the modulation of cardiac performance under physiological and pathophysiological conditions
  • Stephen Weiss, MD
    • Investigating transcriptional regulators and proteolytic effectors that control cardiac development, vasculogenesis and angiogenesis in vivo, ex vivo as well as 3-dimensional model systems that recapitulate morphogenic and differentiation programs in vitro

NIH T32 Training Grant

  • The purpose of this NIH sponsored training grant is to provide an intensive research training experience in cardiovascular research. The program is designed for postdoctoral MD's or PhD's in preparation for independent investigative careers related to cardiovascular disease.
  • Follow this link for further information

Fellows Visiting Professor & Wellness Initiatives

Fellows Visiting Professor

Each year the cardiology fellows collectively invite an expert clinician as a visiting professor to the University of Michigan Health System. The fellows spend a two day time period with the visiting professor where they participate in case based discussions in a variety of venues. The list of the most recent fellows visiting professors are:

  • 2020 - Lynne Stevenson, MD
  • 2019 - Clyde Yancy, MD
  • 2018 - Valentin Fuster, MD
  • 2017 - Eugene Braunwald, MD
  • 2014 - Rick Nishimura, MD
  • 2013 - Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD
  • 2012 - Morton Kern, MD
  • 2011 - L. David Hillis, MD
  • 2010 - James Willerson, MD

Fellows Wellness Initiatives

Over the past 2 years, we have developed a wellness curriculum to discuss topics such as burnout/moral injury, medical mistakes, and how to deal with difficult situations/patient deaths. Outside of the hospital, we have activities to help with team bonding including annual tailgating, bowling, and karaoke. Twice a year, we have a "Beer with a Peer" event where we invite one of our faculty to join us for dinner and discuss their experiences and advice about career paths. There is also a monthly "Joy in Work" lunch in our cardiac critical care unit to help foster unit culture and collaboration between all of the staff.

Our Faculty & Fellows

Our Faculty

To see all of our faculty, click here.  

Our First Year Fellows

Devang Amin, MD, PhD

Devang Amin, MD, PhD
Medical School: Northwestern University
Residency: University of Colorado

S. Nabeel Hyder, MD

S. Nabeel Hyder, MD
Medical School: University of North Dakota
Residency: University of Michigan

Nicolas Krepostman, MD

Nicolas Krepostman, MD
Medical School: Northwestern University
Residency: Loyola University

Nicholas Pietrini, MD

Nicholas Pietrini, MD
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Residency: Vanderbilt University

Averie Tigges, MD

Averie Tigges, MD
Medical School: Indiana University
Residency: University of California San Diego

Heather Wheat, MD

Heather Wheat, MD
Medical School: Central Michigan University
Residency: Case Western Reserve University

Jeff Xie, MD, PhD

Jeff Xie, MD, PhD
Medical School: University of Toledo
Residency: University of Michigan


Our Second Year Fellows

Abdel Ahmed, MD

Abdel Ahmed, MD
Medical School: University of Khartoum
Residency: Detroit Medical Center

Katie Fell, MD

Katie Fell, MD
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Residency: University of Wisconsin 

Henry Han, MD

Henry Han, MD
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern
Residency: University of Michigan 

Ashwini Kerkar, MD

Ashwini Kerkar, MD
Medical School: Boston University
Residency: Stanford 

Scott Ketcham, MD

Scott Ketcham, MD
Medical School: University of Buffalo
Residency: University of Michigan 

Matt Lacey, MD

Matt Lacey, MD
Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Residency: Case Western Reserve University 

Erika Parisi, MD

Erika Parisi, MD
Medical School: Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine – Quinnipiac University
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital


Our Third Year Fellows

Kent Brummel, MD

Kent Brummel, MD
Medical School: Northwestern University
Residency: University of Chicago

David Hamilton, MD

David Hamilton, MD
Medical School: University of Chicago
Residency: Massachusetts General

Daniel Kobe, MD

Daniel Kobe, MD
Medical School: Northeastern Ohio University
Residency: Case Western Reserve

Michael Madigan, MD

Michael Madigan, MD
Medical School: Washington University
Residency: Washington University

Daniel McBride, MD

Daniel McBride, MD
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Residency: University of Pennsylvania

Rabel Rameez, MB

Rabel Rameez, MD
Medical School: Dow Medical College, Pakistan
Residency: Cleveland Clinic

Raymond Yeow, MD

Raymond Yeow, MD
Medical School: Oakland University
Residency: University of Michigan



We are incredibly proud of our network of alumni who are advancing cardiovascular care in all regions of the country and world. Please follow this link to learn more about our alumni network, and join our LinkedIn and Facebook alumni groups.

Contact Us

Peggy Engel

Peggy Engel, Program Coordinator 
Michigan Medicine
2381 CVC SPC 5853 
1500 E. Medical Center Drive 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5853 
Phone: (734) 936-8214
Fax: (734) 615-3326