Cardiovascular Medicine

Program Details
Chief & Program Director: Jonathan Marmur, MD
Assistant Program Directors: Adam Budzikowski, MD
Louis Salciccioli, MD
Administrator: Sharon Young
Fellowship Coordinator: Velda Jones
Address: 450 Clarkson Avenue, MSC 1199
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Telephone: 718 270-1568
Fax: 718 270-2917

Jeffrey Borer, MD
Non-Invasive Cardiology

Adam Budzikowski, MD
Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Erdal Cavusoglu, MD
Interventional Cardiology

Alan Feit, MD
Interventional Cardiology

Jason Lazar, MD
Director, Non-Invasive Cardiology

Jonathan Marmur, MD
Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Interventional Cardiology

Judith Mitchell, MD
Heart Failure+ Non-Invasive Cardiology

Louis Salciccioli, MD
Non-Invasive Cardiology

Fellows rotate to:

University Hospital of Brooklyn

Kings County Hospital Center

VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

Brookdale Medical Center

Richmond University Medical Center

Staten Island University Hospital



The goal of the program is to train cardiovascular medicine sub-specialty residents (fellows) to become highly competent specialists in all areas of cardiovascular disease. Each rotation in the program is designed within the constructs of the AAMC-GME Core Curriculum; each rotation has competency-based goals and objectives for each assignment at each educational level which has been integrated into the curriculum.

Fellows will, after three years, have the requisite training and experience to perform careful and accurate cardiovascular examinations in a wide variety of patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases, interpret routine and specialized laboratory studies and initiate and monitor pharmacologic therapy. In addition, all fellows will have gained experience at the COCATS Level 2 requirements.

Upon completing the CVD fellowship, the program director will provide each fellow with a summative evaluation that will document the fellow's performance during the final period of education, and verify that the fellow has demonstrated sufficient competence to enter practice without direct supervision.

Sample Schedule

First Year:

  • CCU/Consult/Chest Pain Unit (CPU)/Cardiac Progressive Care Unit (CPCU - heart failure, arrhythmia, NSTEMI, etc.) - 4 months
  • Non-Invasive Lab - 4 months
  • Catheterization Lab - 2 months
  • EPS lab - 1

Second Year:

  • CCU/Consult/Chest Pain Unit (CPU)/Cardiac Progressive Care Unit (CPCU - heart failure, arrhythmia, NSTEMI, etc.) - 3 months
  • Non-Invasive Lab - 3 months
  • Catheterization Lab - 3 months
  • EPS lab - 1 month
  • Research - 1 month

Third Year:

  • CCU/Consult/Chest Pain Unit (CPU)/Cardiac Progressive Care Unit (CPCU - heart failure, arrhythmia, NSTEMI, etc.) - 4 months
  • Non-Invasive Lab - 2 months
  • Catheterization Lab - 4 months
  • EPS lab - 1
Conference Schedule:
  • Essentials of Cardiology
    8:00 am
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays in July
    Lectures given by SUNY-HSCB Faculty
    Covering cardiology emergencies, basics and other information essential to new fellows in Cardiology
  • September Noon Lectures
    KCHC Cardiology Faculty series for Residents
    Case presentation series for Residents in Medicine. Basics of cardiac Pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment are covered.
  • Pathophysiology Course
    Cardiology Lectures given by SUNY-HSCB Faculty
    Cardiology lecture series component to second year medical students.
  • Catheterization-Angioplasty Conference
    3:30 pm
    Cases from the previous week are presented and discussed. Attended by Faculty, Fellows and Cardiac Surgery Residents.
  • Radiation Safety Course - KCHC
    7:00 am
    Radiology Lecture series on the essential of Radiation Safety in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
  • Non-Invasive Conference
    12:00 noon
    Patient case-based conference with interesting non-invasive studies from the previous week are presented for discussion.
  • Electrophysiology Conference
    8:00 am
    Ongoing reviews and updates in CCEP, interesting cases are presented for discussion.
  • Journal Club
    12:00 noon
    First, Third and Fifth Thursdays
    Recent articles from cardiology literature are presented by fellows for reviewing analysis and discussion.
  • Board/SAP Review
    8:00 am
    Monday and Wednesdays
    Begins in April of each year
    Board exams Nuclear, Echocardiography, Cardiovascular Disease.
  • Seminars in Cardiovascular Medicine
    5:00 pm
    Program Director presents current topics in Cardiology (basic and clinical). Fellows= Self-Assessment is a regular component.
  • EPS Journal Club
    5:00 pm
    Fourth Wednesday
    Recent articles from EPS literature are presented by EPS Fellow.
  • Principles of Research Methodology Course
    5:00 pm
    16 Wednesdays throughout the year
    Didactic sessions with interactive components led by Faculty of the Division and the School of Public Health and focused on study design, hypothesis generation, avoidance of biases, principles of scientific paper writing, etc.

Fellows are expected to develop a knowledge base in the proposed research area, develop a research project, gain necessary research skills, collect data, publish research findings, and become familiar with the grant submission process. He or she will participate in the planning, data collection, and analysis of clinical and/or research projects.

Faculty will select individual fellows and encourage and supervise their participation in clinical research. Interested fellows will be encouraged and supported in the development of projects and studies.

Time will be made available, for research at our program or at an appropriate extramural site.

Fellows will develop an adequate knowledge base and an enthusiastic interest in the areas of basic and clinical science that relate to Cardiovascular Medicine. A formal course, Principles of Research Design (16 weeks, one hour per week) is provided. Attendance is mandatory for all Fellows. In addition, a series of didactic discussions of basic science topics will be presented during Rounds and at conferences. Opportunities will be provided for Fellows to participate in the regular research conferences of the Division and of the monthly joint research conference of the Division and the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Further Information also at Howard Gilman Institute of Heart Disease.

All fellow trainees are required to have completed an accredited three year residency program in internal medicine. The Cardiovascular Disease Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center participates with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and accepts application through ERAS system. Applicants are encourage to visit the ERAS website.

The application deadline is December 31 and interviews are scheduled in January/ February for March interviews. Candidates must complete a three year accredited Internal Medicine Program. The following documents are required with the application:

  • Dean's letter
  • Minimum 3 letters of reference - one from Program Director
  • Residency completion Certificate
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • Proof of citizenship
  • USMLE transcript
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)

Applicants scheduled to be interviewed will meet with the Program Director and be interviewed by faculty and fellows in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases. Each applicant will be evaluated on his/her medical knowledge, training background, participation in research, personality, motivation and letters of recommendation. The faculty will rank the candidate and make comments; each evaluation form will be reviewed by the Program Director or his/her designee and those candidates with high ranks are reviewed and ranked.