Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

We are dedicated to educating cardiovascular fellows in excellence in patient care, education, research, and leadership.

Prospective Fellows

Welcome & About

MESSAGE FROM OUR PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Thank you for your interest in the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program at LSU Health Shreveport. Our program received accreditation from the ACGME to commence training in cardiology starting July 1987. LSU Health Shreveport has a rich tradition of academic excellence, which we intend to continue with the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship.

We have an excellent faculty with diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to providing comprehensive training in evidence-based cardiac care. Our goal is to provide a training experience that keeps the trainees and their interests in mind. I am hopeful that changing times will bring more women into the field. In the spirit of the mission of program, the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship aims to enhance the healthcare and awareness of the people of Louisiana through education, service, and scholarship. We are very proud of our long journey and growth. We welcome formal applications to our program through ERAS.

Kalgi Modi, MD
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease & Interventional Cardiology Fellowships

CONTACT:
Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Kalgi Modi, MD
cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5941

Associate Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Pavan Katikaneni, MD FSCAI
cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5941

Program Coordinator:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Cristal Willcox
cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5943

Mission and Overall Goal

The program prepares fellows for successful career in Cardiology, and is a stepping stone for specialization in the fields of Interventional cardiology, cardiac electrophysiology, adult congenital heart disease and cardiac imaging. Structured boot camps, simulation and daily conferences are part of our yearly curriculum. All our trainees have a full subscription to CardioSource, an online interactive educational resource. We foster our education with a dedicated research program. Trainees have an opportunity to present scientific work at regional and national meetings. This combination of educational and scientific inquiry, and patient-centered hands on learning, produces highly qualified cardiologists.

Our dedicated faculty supervise and teach cardiology fellows in cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories, cardiac intensive care unit, echocardiography laboratory, nuclear cardiology and ambulatory clinics. 

We believe the following elements are essential to the training of Cardiologists:

  • Education in a comprehensive cardiac care team model
  • Technical proficiency in performing safe invasive cardiovascular procedures
  • Stimulating environment of scientific inquiry -- valuing  mentorship and research-based, lifelong learning
  • Care for a medically underserved population and work alongside diverse health care team

Key Characteristics

One-on-One Teaching: 
Fellows see a multitude of patients and are supervised closely by faculty. During each fellow’s assigned monthly rotation s/he will be guided by at least one attending faculty.

Research Experience:
All fellows are given a 3-month block of dedicated research rotation during which they work with an overseeing faculty member. 
 
Large, Diverse Patient Base with Wide Range of Pathology: 
Our sites draw on a large geographic area comprised by most of Louisiana and significant parts of Arkansas and Texas. By the end of training most fellows have seen the entire spectrum of cardiovascular disease. We handle a large volume of critically ill and complex patients.

Outstanding Practice in Non-Invasive & Invasive Cardiology: 
All fellows gain experience in cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and imaging as well as electrophysiology laboratories.

Environment for Learning and Comprehensive Patient Care:
LSU Health Shreveport is a full-fledged academic health center with a full complement of departments and centers– including Ochsner LSU Health hospital, adjacent Biomedical Research Foundation, the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, the Regional Transplant Center, and the PET Center with onsite cyclotron.

Proven Record of Quality Training: 
More than 90% of fellows who trained with us have achieved Board Certification in Cardiovascular Disease.

Shreveport, situated in northwest Louisiana, embraces both South Louisiana culture and East Texas charm. People are naturally pretty informal and friendly. We celebrate life with music, food, and art festivals throughout the year. Shreveport is a comfortable, convenient city where you seldom have to pay to park your car and where commutes are always short. Those requiring a periodic “more urban fix” will find the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex three hours to the west on Interstate 20, with Houston and New Orleans just a little farther to the southwest and southeast.

Who, What, Where?

Faculty

Key Faculty & Staff

Kalgi Modi, MD
Program Director
 

Pratap Reddy, MD
 

Paari Dominic, MD
 

Narendra Duddyala, MD

Pavan Katikaneni, MD FSCAI
 

George Mina, MD
 

Aristotelis Papayannis, MD
 

Elizabeth Mora Garzon, MD
 

Amornpol Anuwatworn, MD
 

Cristal Willcox, Program Coordinator

Sites and Clinics

Sites/Institutions

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport (OLSU)
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport serves as Northwest Louisiana’s academic medical center, providing state-of-the-art care to patients, as well as research opportunities. It is a major referral center for patients across north Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas, providing cardiology trainees with a broad range of patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.


The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
The VA was named in 1988 in honor of former Louisiana 4th  District Congressman Overton Brooks who is credited with pacing the medical center in Shreveport. This 111 bed medical center serves the population over 37,000 veterans per year within its primary service area encompassing fifteen (15) Louisiana parishes, five (5) counties in Southern Arkansas and ten (10) counties in East Texas. The VAMC provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, and a broad spectrum of outpatient services. The computerized medical records system provides easy access to the patients’ medical records for documentation and data retrieval.

Clinics

Ambulatory, Outpatient and Continuity Care Clinics
Ambulatory experience will be obtained through continuity and specialized clinics. The clinics include general cardiology, arrhythmia, cardiac device, heart failure, interventional cardiology, structural heart disease, pregnancy and heart disease clinics. Most of the clinics will be in the DCI building adjacent to the hospital.

General Cardiology Clinics at OLSU and VA
Under the supervision of all cardiology faculty. The goal is to get insights into ambulatory management of all types of basic and complex cardiovascular disease, and referral to specialty clinic when appropriate.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic
Under the supervision of Dr. Jones and Dr. Todman. The fellows get experience in the management of pediatric and adult congenital heart disease.  

Heart Failure Clinic
The goal is to provide experience in post-hospital management of HF patients, optimizing medical management per guidelines, patient education, minimizing hospital admissions, decisions on device therapies, hospice referral, and referral for heart transplant or LVAD as destination therapy as appropriate.

Interventional Cardiology Clinic
Under the supervision of Dr. Modi, Dr. Katikaneni, and Dr. Mina. The fellows will gain training in ambulatory management pre and post coronary interventions, with exposure to peripheral and structural procedures. In addition, the interventional cardiology fellow will obtain experience in the consultation from complex coronary artery disease referral from EA Conway hospital.
 

Arrhythmia Clinic
Under the supervision of Dr. Dominic and Dr. Duddyala. The goal is to get insights into ambulatory management of all types arrhythmias, understand indications for ablation, ablation options and their outcomes. The fellows will also get insights into complex management of Afib including ablation.
 

Device Clinic
Under the supervision of Dr. Dominic and Dr. Duddyala. The fellows get experience in the management of ICD, pace makers, and loop recorders.

The Fellowship Experience

 

Connect with us:

Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Kalgi Modi, MD
cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5941

 

 

 


Associate Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Pavan Katikaneni, MD FSCAI
cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5941





Program Coordinator:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Cristal Willcox
cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5943

How to Apply

We welcome all inquiries from qualified applicants

The Cardiovascular Disease fellowship is an accredited three-year program with twelve positions available to fulfill all requirements and policies of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and the Cardiovascular Disease Subspecialty of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). All fellows successfully completing the program will be eligible for board certification in Cardiovascular Medicine.

Application to the program is via the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS).
Selection of fellows is through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)


Application checklist:
We will only accept applications that are submitted through ERAS.
•    Universal Application
•    Curriculum Vitae including personal statement
•    Picture
•    Copy of medical school transcript
•    Four letters of recommendation; including one from the current Program Director
•    ECFMG certificate
•    USMLE scores (actual sheets) and a record of the number of times a step was taken
•    Copy of state license (if available)

All of us here at LSU Health Shreveport look forward to meeting you and helping you in your journey.

CONTACT:
Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Kalgi Modi, MD
cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5941

Associate Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Pavan Katikaneni, MD FSCAI
cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5941

Program Coordinator:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Cristal Willcox
cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5943