Interventional Cardiology

Portrait of Ganesh Raveendran

Ganesh Raveendran, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief of Clinical Cardiology
Director, Interventional Cardiology
Fellowship Program

Interventional Cardiology

The mission of our program is two-fold: to train physicians in interventional cardiology and to improve patient outcomes through innovation. Physicians in the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship train at three inherently different clinical programs: a traditional university, a high-volume private institution, and a VA Medical Center emphasizing approaches to complex atherosclerosis. By combining experiences at these three sites, we hope to achieve the three goals of training: scholarship, innovation, and clinical experience.

Clinical Program

Each fellow's clinical training will be equally divided between the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview, University of Minnesota Physicians Heart Care (Southdale Hospital), and the Veterans' Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis. Each fellow will become proficient in coronary intervention, including balloon dilation, atherectomy, and stent placement. In addition, fellows will gain proficiency in coronary physiology, intravascular ultrasound, coronary bloodflow measurement, ASD closure, and percutaneous wound closure. A smaller experience in valve dilation is available.

Research Opportunities

Educational and research programs are essential to the training program. Fellows are expected to conduct and participate in research studies that will result in publication. Additionally, each fellow is responsible for presenting at conferences throughout the year, including at least one in-depth research presentation.


Three (3) positions are available annually in the interventional cardiology fellowship program on a competitive basis. A limited number of additional positions are available for research training prior to starting the interventional cardiology subspecialty fellowship. To be eligible, applicants must have successfully completed three years of postgraduate training in an ACGME-accredited cardiovascular disease fellowship.

Application Process

Applications for the interventional cardiology fellowship beginning on July 1, 2019 will utilize ERAS. The deadline for submitting application materials is January 31, 2018.

Our program requires all of the following support documents:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement describing your research interests and experience, and your detailed career goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official college, graduate school, and medical school transcripts
  • An official record of USMLE board scores
  • A valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the United States or Canada). Graduates who are not United States citizens or permanent residents must obtain a J-1 Visa from the Education Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).