Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
September 28, 2020
Los Angeles, CA
Work Setting


The Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, part of the Smidt Heart Institute, plays a leading role in identifying female-pattern heart disease, developing new diagnostic tools and advancing specialized care for women. The Fellowship in Women's Heart Disease and Health at Cedars-Sinai is designed to accomplish several goals:

Provide focused training in clinical, basic and translational research in cardiovascular disease in women, and sex and gender differences in cardiovascular health and disease.

Provide training in the comprehensive care of women across their lifespans.

Train practitioners in research, teaching, health administration and policy in women's health.

Respond to the needs of residents, fellows, faculty and volunteer staff in regard to their work on women's health issues at Cedars-Sinai and in the community.

Institution: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Program Type: Clinical Research Fellowship in Women's Heart Disease and Health

Date Established: 2002

Number of Positions: 3 per year

Duration of Program: 1 year

Sponsored by:

Barbara Streisand Women's Heart Center

The Constance A. Austin Fellow in Women's Heart Health

Edythe Broad Endowed Cardiology Research Fellowship

Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Program

Program contact:

C Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC

Director, Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center Smidt Heart Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

127 S. San Vicente Blvd., AHSP-A3206 Los Angeles, CA 90048
Telephone: (310) 423-9680

Fax: (310) 423-3522

E-mail: merz@cshs.org

BS WHC Program Website: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/programs/heart/clinical/womens-heart.html

BS WHC Fellowship Website: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/education/graduate-medical/fellowship/womens-health.html

Eligibility Requirement(s):

Medical Degree from accredited school.

Completion of an accredited residency, internal medicine preferred; completion of a clinical cardiology fellowship preferred. Unrestricted California Physician license.

Required Activities:

Under the direction of the faculty Drs. Bairey Merz, Shufelt, Wei and Minissian, the Fellow will work in the pioneering research in the prevention and diagnosis of heart disease in women in this 1 year unaccredited clinical research fellowship. Specifically, the Fellow will participate and facilitate the clinical aspects of the ongoing research directed at improved understanding the sex and gender differences in heart disease, in order to translate these research findings into improved heart disease care for women.

Didactic Components:

The fellows may participate in the Cedars-Sinai Clinical Scholars Program which includes didactics in biostatistics, ethics, research study design, abstract/manuscript writing, grant writing and submission, research budgeting and contracting, and electives. Additional monthly conferences, journal club, Colloqui and quarterly Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds. Additional tutorials with Designated Mentor(s), as appropriate. Career Development Seminars, as well as additional didactic and ad hoc options are available through the UCLA and USC systems.

Special Degree(s)/Certificate(s) Offered:

Fellows are eligible for the Cedars-Sinai Clinical Scholars Program

Fellows are eligible for the Cedars-Sinai Master’s Program

Fellows may be eligible for course work at UCLA leading to a Master of Public Health degree

Fellows who have completed their Clinical Cardiology training may be eligible for the Smidt Heart Institute T32 Research Training Program

Goals of the Program:

To provide focused training in clinical and translational research with regard to heart disease in women, to train heart health practitioners in research, teaching, heart health administration and policy in women's heart health, and to respond to the needs of individual residents, fellows, faculty and voluntary staff regarding women's heart health in the medical institution and community.

The Women's Heart Center Teaching Faculty (Drs Bairey Merz, Shufelt, Wei, Minissian) will assess the activities and performance of the fellow and will discuss the evaluations with the fellow. For the purpose of graduation, the fellow in this program is evaluated and must demonstrate competency in the following areas: 1) Patient care, 2) Medical knowledge, 3) Practice­ based learning and improvement, 4) Interpersonal and communication skills, and 5) Professionalism

For additional information, please contact Debbie Krems: kremsd@cshs.org or 310-423-9989.


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