University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the UW AHFTx Fellowship Program website! Please take the time to explore our pages and learn about our program. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us! Interested APPLICANTS are encouraged to contact program coordinators as primary contact.

Program Contact Information

David Murray, MD
Program Director

Theresa Teske
Program Coordinator

Jacki Johnson
Assistant Program Coordinator

Mission Statement

The UW AHFTx Fellowship Program aims are:

  • Train fellows towards mastery of the requisite skills and attitudes to evolve into competent, compassionate, and cost-effective specialists
  • Provide a robust, comprehensive didactic and clinical experience to develop a fellow’s clinical, cognitive, and technical skills
  • Maintain a collegial, team-oriented learning environment
  • Provide fellows the opportunity to find meaning and purpose, develop professional attitudes, empathy and emotional intelligence, and to find professional and personal satisfaction, and to mold their own educational experience
  • Continually enhance the learning experience by actively seeking and responding to fellow feedback

A fellowship position is available for a July 2021 start.

Please email the fellowship coordinators listed in the welcome box to the right with your CV if you are interested in an opportunity to interview.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our programs are unable to accept or confirm outside visitors for rotation/shadowing/observership at this time.

The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant (AHFTx) Fellowship Program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) is a comprehensive program offering state-of-the-art training in the management of advanced cardiac disease, including the use of support devices, as well the selection of and pre-/post-management of the cardiac transplant recipient. The AHFTx Fellowship Program is a fully funded, one-year training program for candidates who have completed an accredited fellowship in cardiovascular disease. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The AHFTx Fellowship training program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is unique in that trainees will find themselves working through an integrative program over 12 months, which will include training in both heart failure and cardiac transplantation. Trainees will learn to manage heart failure patients using a number of established and experimental treatment options. Trainees will also gain experience in the selection and management of implantable devices and be exposed to the transplant process, including donor selection and immunology care. Trainees are also required to participate in scholarly activity projects, which may be carried out over their one year as a fellow, or over an additional 6-12 months, pending sufficient funding.

Program Showcase

  • Comprehensive, learner-centered education
  • Program support to attend local and national conferences
  • Dedicated quarterly fellows meeting with program leadership
  • Weekly and monthly educational conferences
  • Support for fellows and faculty in addressing wellness and achieving life-balance
  • Multi-disciplinary team approach to management of complex cases
  • High volume transplant center with innovative approaches to management, and excellent outcomes



The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine is proud to have a long-standing, well-funded, robust research enterprise encompassing all forms between bench and clinical research. The major themes of CVM research topics include heart failure and ventricular function, electrophysiology and arrhythmias, and vascular biology including prevention and imaging.

Trainees with a strong research interest may also inquire about the possibility of further advancing their research interests and experience through the addition of a dedicated year of post-grad training on our T32 Research Grant.

Please visit our CVM Division Research and Fellowship Research Opportunities pages for more information.

Program History

Our Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship Program has maintained continuous accreditation since initial accreditation by the ACGME on July 1, 2012. We have had eight trainees successfully complete our program who have established careers in both academic and private practice settings.

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