We are one of the finest programs to train in cardiovascular diseases and to practice medicine
As the primary teaching hospital for the upcoming Kaiser Medical School, the Los Angeles Medical Center leads the way in evidence-based, cost-effective and compassionate medical care.
The Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) Fellowship program at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC) was established in 1978 and has been continuously accredited by the ACGME since its inception. Three (3) fellows are accepted each year into our three-year program. All graduates have successfully passed the ABIM Certification Examination and are Board-Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD).
Kaiser Permanente LAMC is a 480+ bed, state-of-the-art hospital (renovation and modernization completed in April 2009) that is the tertiary and quaternary referral center for more than 4 million Southern California Kaiser Permanente (KPSC) members. Tertiary/quaternary cardiac services include adult and pediatric diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization, clinical cardiac electrophysiology (CCEP), and cardiothoracic surgery. All faculty members are associates or partners of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) and all hold clinical faculty appointments from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
The CVD Fellowship at LAMC is supported by a highly competitive Internal Medicine Residency Program. Other independent Internal medicine subspecialty fellowships include Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Interventional Cardiology. The Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine Department at LAMC sponsors a joint fellowship with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC).
CVD Training Facilities
All mandatory, non-elective CVD fellowship rotations take place at LAMC except for:
(1) A 4-week block of Cardiac Computerized Tomography (CCT) training during the third year (PGY 6). This rotation, established in academic year (AY) 2009, takes place at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA Biomed) at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center under the tutelage of Dr. Matthew Budoff.
(2) A 4-week block of Advanced HF and Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) training during the third year. This rotation, established in AY 2015, takes place at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center under the renowned Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Transplant group led by Dr. Jon Kobashigawa.
Collaboration with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) CVD Fellowship
Beginning in AY 2015, the CSMC 2nd yr (PGY 5) fellows maintain a weekly ambulatory clinic at LAMC under the supervision of Kaiser faculty. Additionally, each CSMC 2nd yr fellow rotates through the LAMC inpatient cardiology consult service for 2 weeks.
Beginning in AY 2016, the CSMC fellows may elect to rotate through the Kaiser Regional Cath Lab located at LAMC. This has proven to be a highly popular elective for the CSMC fellows.