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This one-year, ACGME-accredited training experience is designed to promote expertise through outstanding clinical, surgical, academic, investigative and administrative instruction. Our Heart Center is one of the higher-volume pediatric heart centers in the nation with a survival rate frequently above the national average.

The Ward Family Center for Congenital Heart Disease includes 13 board-certified pediatric cardiologists and three congenital cardiothoracic surgeons with support from nursing, social work, nutrition and exercise physiology. The high-volume center offers the region's most comprehensive care from birth to young adulthood for congenital and acquired heart disease, boasting outstanding clinical facilities, and research training opportunities.

Salaries and benefits

2022-23 salaries

  • PGY 4: $73,104.03
  • PGY 5: $74,983.71
  • PGY 6: $77,302.28
  • PGY 7: $79,636.38

Benefits for fellows

  • $1,500 Educational stipend per academic year for books, travel and other educational materials
  • $2,250 Professional stipend for academic year to present scholarly activity
  • Health and dental insurance for trainee and dependents with no premiums
  • Hospital-issued iPad
  • Free parking
  • Moving allowance
  • 20 days of vacation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid board exam
  • Access to clinical and research librarians, statisticians, scientific writers and learning specialists
  • Tuition allowance of $5,250 per year
  • On-site fitness center and wellness center

Academic curriculum

Learn more about the curriculum, including didactics, courses and workshops.

Faculty and fellows

Meet the team of fellows and faculty for the Congenital Cardiac Surgery fellowship.

Apply for the program

Learn about how to apply and begin the application process.

Our Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship team

James O'Brien, MD, FACS
Program Director
jobrien@cmh.edu

Danelle Vogt, MBA
Fellowship Coordinator
(816) 983-6875
dkvogt@cmh.edu