Advanced Echocardiography Imaging Fellowship

The Stanford Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Imaging section offers a one-year non-ACGME fellowship program.

This dedicated clinical imaging fellowship training is echo focused, designed to provide advanced echo training and fulfill the COCATS requirements for level III training in echo, including significant experience with transesophageal echo guidance of transcatheter structural interventions, including TAVR, mitral valve repair, paravalvular regurgitation repair, left atrial appendage occlusion, and congenital interventions, such as atrial and ventricular septal defect closure. It is expected that fellows that complete this training will pursue board certification in echocardiography.

The training will also include clinical training in multimodality imaging, including cardiovascular MRI and coronary CTA. Cardiovascular MRI curriculum will allow intense investigation to wide array of pathology including, ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, myocardial perfusion stress study, T1/T2 map, regurgitant quantification, 4-D flow study, and adult congenital heart disease. Opportunities for further exposure to coronary CTA, nuclear cardiology, and PET are also available. Although this is a clinical fellowship, development of and/or contribution to a wide array of research project focused on advanced imaging is encouraged.

Prerequisites for the clinical fellowship position include eligibility for California medical licensure, US citizen or permanent resident status, and completion of clinical fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease. Individuals with potential interest in the position may contact Christiane Haeffele, MD, Fellowship Director. Three letters of reference will be requested of candidates who apply for this position. Applications for July 2021 are no longer being accepted. Applications for July 2022 will be considered between July 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022. Applications can be submitted to Christiane Haeffele, MD, MPH at

In addition to the one-year non-ACGME clinical fellowship opportunity, opportunities for dedicated self-funded research and clinical fellowship training in cardiovascular MRI may be available under the mentorship of Phillip Yang, MD, Cardiovascular MRI Program Director, whose research interest focuses on the clinical translation of the fundamental molecular and cellular processes of myocardial restoration and regeneration. Individuals with potential interest in a self-funded opportunity in cardiovascular MRI may contact Dr. Yang. Opportunities for research projects in close collaboration with scientists in stem cell biology, electrical engineering, vascular biology, cardiac surgery, molecular imaging, and radiology may be available. Applications can be submitted to Phillip Yang, MD.

Cardiovascular Medicine Advanced Echocardiography Imaging Faculty Insight Corner

Faculty and fellows share personal insights into what makes them excited about being at Stanford - including diverse research interests, breadth and depth of training and clinical experiences, life in the Bay Area, robust mentor-mentee relationships, and learning how to be a leader in Cardiovascular Medicine.

Christiane Haeffele, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
ACHD Faculty


Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine
General Cardiology and Prevention Faculty

George Lui, MD

Clinical Associate Professor
ACHD Faculty

Imaging Fellowship