Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship | Loyola Medicine

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship


Loyola University Medical Center offers an ACGME accredited advanced heart failure/transplant fellowship program.  Loyola is the one of the longest active accredited cardiac transplant centers in the United States with almost 850 total heart transplants performed, with 36 being performed in 2016.  It is also an extremely active LVAD and HVAD site, with over 60 patients currently being followed.  The program is a 12-month fellowship offered following general cardiology fellowship which is both clinically and research oriented.


1 Year Clinical Training Program

The Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Fellowship is a 12-month training program with an emphasis on treating patients with advanced heart failure and those who have undergone cardiac transplantation or VAD placement.

This advanced training program consists of three full time heart failure/transplant cardiologist along with a large multidisciplinary team of cardiac surgeons, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, LVAD and transplant nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapist, and nutritionists. Residents and general cardiology fellows also integrate with the team during their heart failure rotations. This multidisciplinary approach to each individual patient has allowed our excellent clinical outcomes.

The advanced heart failure/transplant fellow’s role includes leading the advanced heart failure team rounds, managing post-operative transplant and VAD patients, participating in the heart failure, VAD, and cardiac transplant clinics at Loyola, performing right heart catheterizations and endomyocardial biopsies, participating at transplant committee meetings, and managing immunosuppression medications. Specific rotations can also be arranged based on any of the individual applicant’s specific interests.

Research Training

In addition to the clinical training, all fellows are expected to participate in research endeavors.  Protected research time is permitted during the fellowship program. Fellows are encouraged to present and attend at least one conference during their 12 month fellowship. There is a wide range of active heart failure and transplant projects ongoing which fellow participation is highly encouraged.

Educational Programs, Conferences, Seminars

Trainees are encouraged to attend and present at a national meeting each year (HFSA, ISHLT, ACC, AHA).  The advanced heart failure fellow is expected to assist in resident and fellow education with trainees rotating through the heart failure services and clinics. In addition, the fellow is to actively participate in weekly multidisciplinary transplant committee meetings and conferences.

Application Process

Application is via ERAS.  After the application and all accompanying documents (current CV, three letters of recommendation including one from the current Program Director, USMLE scores, and Personal Statement) are received, the Program Director will review the application.  If an applicant is to be considered for our program, the applicant will be notified and an interview will be scheduled.  Please contact the Program Coordinator, Kim Treckler, for more information.


Dr. Max Liebo

Max J. Liebo, MD
Fellowship Program Director

For additional information, please contact:

Kimberly Treckler
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 South First Avenue
Building 110 - Room 6292
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: (708) 216-5911
Fax: (708) 327-2771
Email: ktreckler@lumc.edu