Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship

Fellowship Director:
David Gregg, IV, M.D.
Professor of Medicine; Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program Director;
Adult Echo Lab Medical Director

About the Program:

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is designed for those interested in a cardiovascular career specializing in the care of adults with congenital heart disease. The fellowship duration is two years. One fellow is accepted every other year, and in order to be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited fellowship in either Adult Cardiovascular Disease or Pediatric Cardiology.

Program Faculty

David Gregg, M.D. 

David Gregg, M.D.

Program Director

Dr. Stephanie Gaydos 

Stephanie Gaydos, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Anthony Hlavacek, M.D. 

Anthony Hlavacek, M.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Lanier Jackson 

Lanier Jackson, M.D.

ACHD Electrophysiologist

Daniel P. Judge, M.D. 

Daniel Judge, M.D.

Program Director General Cardiology, Cardiovascular Genetics

Dr. Minoo Kavarana 

Minoo Kavarana, M.D.

Surgical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Dr. Kimberly McHugh 

Kimberly McHugh, M.D.

Director of Cardiac Transitions Program

Christopher D. Nielsen, M.D. 

Christopher Nielsen, M.D.

ACHD Interventionalist

Dr. John Rhodes 

John Rhodes, M.D.

ACHD cardiologist and inteventionalist

Dr. Andrew Savage 

Andrew Savage, M.D.

ACHD Heart Failure and Transplant

Pal Spruill Suranyi, M.D., Ph.D. 

Pal Suranyi, M.D.

Congenital Radiology

Dr. Rochelle Judd 

Rochelle Judd, MSN

Adult Congenital Nurse Practitioner

The Medical University of South Carolina Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship seeks the following for its trainees:

  1. Assist in determining and serving the needs of inpatient and outpatient adults with acquired or congenital diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
  2. Complete a history and physical examination on patients admitted to or consulted by the ACHD service.
  3. Examine and assess ACHD cardiology inpatients on a daily basis.
  4. Patients in special care units require multiple daily evaluations.
  5. Inform the attending physician and appropriate nursing staff and house staff of all important historical information, physical examination findings, and laboratory results involving ACHD cardiology patients.
  6. Participate in or direct rounds on ACHD cardiology inpatients.
  7. Determine, organize, and review laboratory studies obtained in the care of ACHD cardiology patients.
  8. Write notes on cardiology inpatients and outpatients Coordinate, assess, and improve the care delivered by more junior house staff, medical students, and nursing staff.
  9. Assist in or perform discharge planning for inpatients.
  10. Participate in or perform the formal evaluation of junior house officers and medical students rotating through ACHD service.
  11. Assist in or perform, under attending physician supervision as appropriate for their knowledge and experience, echocardiograms, ECGs, cardiac MRIs, Holter monitors, exercise testing with or without gas analysis, autonomic testing, pacemaker interrogation and programming, and cardiac catheterizations.
  12. Dictate catheterization summaries in a timely fashion.
  13. Present and participate at patient care and didactic conferences.
  14. Provide care of outpatients in ACHD Cardiology Continuity Clinic under the supervision of ACHD cardiology attending physicians.
  15. Assist or perform the following procedures under the degree of attending physician supervision appropriate to the trainee's knowledge and experience and the urgency of the patient's need: central venous line insertion, arterial line insertion, endotracheal intubation, cardioversion, pericardiocentesis, thoracentesis, chest tube insertion and withdrawal, and central line removal.
  16. Provide telephone consultation to outside physicians and to the MeduCare Emergency Transport Service.
  17. Assist in or direct the coordination and supervision of the transfer of ACHD Assist in planning and participate in the ACHD Cardiology On-Call Schedule.

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease fellow will attend conferences to complement their patient care educational activities. These include the various cardiology sub-specialty teaching conferences, journal clubs, clinical case conferences, imaging conferences, M & M, and cardiology grand rounds. Teaching Conferences will be composed of didactic talks, literature reviews, and reviews of complex and/or interesting cases.

How to Apply:

The Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) and NMRP for the screening and selection of qualified candidates.

All candidates must pass USMLE Step 3 Exam (or COMLEX step 3) before entering program and provide documentation.

Candidates are screened based upon variety of criteria including:

  • Clinical experience
  • Academic record and productivity
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Interview

All specialty and subspecialty residents must have passed the USMLE Step 3 Exam (or the equivalent COMLEX Step 3 exam) before entering any MUSC GME program. We accept candidates who are United States citizens, permanent residents (Green card holders), or with J1 visas.

2021 Graduate

Stephanie Gaydos, M.D. - Medical University of South Carolina, Assistant Professor of Medicine in Cardiology

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