General Information:

Chair: Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD
Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular Anesthesia Fellowship Director: Jacques Prince Neelankavil, MD
Mailing Address:
Department of Anesthesiology, 757 Westwood Plaza, Suite 3325
Los Angeles
Phone: (310) 267-8654

Application Process:

We are excited to offer 4 positions to residents who are creative, hard working, critical thinkers interested in gaining skills in patient care, echocardiography, research, leadership, and process improvement.  Our fellowship values integrity, team work, and perseverance, and our faculty members are a diverse group of motivated educators and leaders with a wide variety of clinical expertise.  We create a collegial environment for our fellows to learn complex adult and pediatric cardiothoracic cases, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), intracardiac echocardiography (ICE), and pacemaker and ICD management. Echocardiography is a vital component of fellow education, and we emphasize 3 dimensional echocardiography and strain imaging from a clinical and research perspective.  Our fellowship is designed to train future physician leaders; we look forward to reviewing your application.

General Program Information:

Number of positions: 4
Position(s) available 2012: 4

Position(s) available 2013: 4
Type(s) of Fellowship Training Avaible:

  • Clinical 
  • Clinical/Research
  • Clinical/Joint Degree

Annual Salary: $60,533
Minimum Length of Training: 12 months
Number of CA-4/CA-5 Fellows Completing 12-24 Months Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular Training in Previous 5 Years: 20


Ali Salehi, MD
Valvular Heart Disease, 3D Echocardiography
Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD
Cardiac Electrophysiology, 3D Echocardiography, Strain Imaging

Emily Methangkool, MD, MPH
Quality Improvement
Jacques Neelankavil, MD
3D TEE, TTE, Lung Transplantation
Jonathan Ho, MD
3D Echocardiography, Doppler and Strain Imaging
Jure Marijic, MD
Coronary Vascular Regulation, Myocardial Ischemia
Kimberly Howard-Quijano, MD
Congenital Heart Disease, TTE, Electrophysiology
Komal Patel, MD
Ischemic Heart Disease
Michael J. Sopher, MD
Organ Transplantation, Congenital Heart Disease

Reed Harvey, MD
Education, Leadership, Tricuspid Valve
W. Benjamin Kratzert, MD, PhD
Adult Cardiac and Thoracic, Cardiothoracic Critical Care

Academic Program:

Fellow Conferences Frequency: 2 per week
Type: Echo Rounds, TEE Lectures, Research Conferences, Journal Club, Multidisciplinary Surgical Conferences
Extra-Institutional Educational Conference Support: 1-2 meetings per year (SCA and/or ASA)
In the Previous 5 Years, Fellows were 1st or 2nd Author On:


Abstract: Yes
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles: Yes
Book Chapters: Yes
Other Publications: Yes


Comments: There are abundant clinical and translational research opportunities for fulfilling the ACGME academic requirements; Many fellows publish peer reviewed journal articles during their first year after fellowship based on research completed during their fellowship.  Several fellows have received national grants based on the work they completed during their fellowship.


Funding: Department/Institutional Funds, Grants, and NIH funding
Dedicated Research Time: 1-2 months depending on the project
Echocardiography Instruction: 11 months of Intraoperative and Perioperative Echocardiography
Critical Care Rotation: 1 month
Formal Course Work Available in: Dual degrees may be pursued (e.g. Master's Clinical Research, MBA, MPH, etc...)
Maximum Time in Non-OR Activities: 3 months out of 12 total months

Clinical Program:

Number of Cardiac Procedures with CPB Per Year: 1000
Distribution of cases: 15% heart and lung transplantation; 5-10% ventricular assist devices, 20% complex valve; 20% redo cardiac surgery; 5-10% percutaneous valve/hybrid procedures, 15% adult congenital/congenital
Average Number of CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year: 200
Number of Cardiac Procedures off-CPB Per Year: 100
Distribution of case: Hybrid procedures in the EP lab; Percutaneous Valves; Laser lead extractions
Average Number of off-CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year: 25
Number of Non-Cardiac Thoracic Cases Per Year: 300
Number of Heart, Lung and Heart/Lung Transplants Per Year: 150
Number of Major Vascular Cases Per Year: 100