Cardiology Fellow Research Training Pathways

As the major academic medical center in Arizona, the University of Arizona incorporates research as an integral component of modern cardiovascular training. Depending on the fellow’s interest, multiple avenues of investigation can be pursued, ranging from clinical and population-based studies to bench research in NIH-funded laboratories. In addition to a minimum protected research time of three months provided to all fellows, we have developed individualized, funded research options for highly motivated fellows interested in academic careers:

  • Full year of dedicated research training:
    Fellows may pursue an additional year of dedicated research, under the mentorship of one of our many basic research or physician-scientist faculty. The timing of the research year is flexible and can occur at any point during the training program, for a total of four years. For example, Keng Pineda, MD, PhD, a 2018 Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Graduate, continued to work as a clinical and research fellow with Jil Tardiff, MD, PhD before starting his Interventional Cardiology fellowship . They began developing novel analytical approaches to computational modeling of structure and dynamics of the cardiac thin filament, a basis for designing new small molecule-based therapeutics for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Dr. Pineda's research was awarded first place at the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting.
  • Enhanced third year research training: 
    Fellows who wish to have an enhanced research experience may seek to employ further elective time as research. This can achieve up to an additional six months of research time, if desired.  For example, Imo Ebong, MD, a 2018 Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Graduate, worked with Jennifer Cook, MD, in investigating relationships between menopause and heart failure.


Our goal is to individualize your research experience. Please contact us if you wish to discuss research options in more detail.