Interventional Cardiology Fellowship


Thank you for your interest in the Interventional Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program at the LSU Health Shreveport. Our program received accreditation from the ACGME to commence training in cardiology starting July 2009, and currently offers one position. The Interventional Cardiology Fellowship is designed to provide cardiology training in coronary interventions, with exposure to peripheral and structural procedures. In addition, the Interventional Cardiology Fellow will obtain experience in the clinical interventional cardiology research program.

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

Program Overview


Our Interventional Cardiology Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited one-year program.

The goal of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program is to provide compassionate, evidence-based care utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. We are dedicated to excellence in patient care, research, and education. The Fellow is expected to assume primary, hands-on responsibility for invasive patient care, with an appropriate degree of independence in management decisions. Experienced faculty provide close supervision and oversight of all care, in an atmosphere that fosters cooperation and mutual respect. We believe that change and innovation are essential to the continued success of the Fellowship program. Thus, all clinical and educational aspects of the program are under continuous review to improve the effectiveness of the program.

Key Elements

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

  • Clinical and procedural encounters with patients with a wide variety and balanced mix of common, unusual and complex cardiovascular diseases
  • Interaction with knowledgeable faculty dedicated to teaching
  • Stimulate scientific inquiry and prepare for lifelong learning
  • Formulate research questions and carry out scientific investigations under guidance of faculty
  • Develop teaching skills and put them into practice
  • Exposure to the business of medicine and various practice systems
  • Emphasis on effective communication skills
  • Embracing diversity in the work place and patient care

Our fellowship programs offer superb clinical training in an excellent academic setting, enhanced by a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Contact Us

Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Kalgi Modi, MD
(318) 675-5941

Associate Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Pavan Katikaneni, MD FSCAI
(318) 675-5941

Program Coordinator:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Cristal Willcox
(318) 675-5943

Who, What, Where?

The IC Fellowship Experience

A Year in the Life

The IC Fellowship experience comprises:
1. Daily Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory experience in procedural techniques
2. Weekly ambulatory clinic
3. Consultative services for coronary, peripheral and structural cardiology referrals
4. Inpatient Interventional cardiology
5. On-call experience
6. Weekly multimodality, multimedia and other conferences
7. Heart Team interactions
8. Research
9. Independent reading and learning
10. Simulation training


The Interventional fellow spends 5 days per week in the cardiac catheterization laboratories at LSUHSC participating in diagnostic procedures and coronary, peripheral vascular and structural Interventional procedures. Half a day per week is spent in the outpatient clinic with Interventional cardiology faculty. The other half of the clinic day is devoted to research, concurrent with cath lab responsibilities. If any research project requires more time, an additional day may be devoted for research or other arrangements can be made for dedicated research time.


As is expected of Interventional cardiologists in “real world” practice, these experiences occur simultaneously throughout the Interventional fellowship year. This allows the fellow to participate in all aspects of the care of a wide variety of Interventional cardiovascular patients, including pre-procedural assessment, diagnostic and interventional procedures, post procedural care in the hospital and long-term follow up, and in research relative to the field. As the fellow learns and gains experience, it is expected that he/she will integrate this knowledge and finesse to become a complete, well rounded, competent Interventional cardiologist.


Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport

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.

Current Fellow: Dr. Augustine Njoku

Faculty & Staff

Kalgi Modi, MD Program Director


Pavan Katikaneni, MD FSCAI
Director – Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Associate Director – Fellowship Program
Co-Director – Cardiovascular Course modules
Assistant Professor – Interventional Cardiology and Medicine


George Mina, MD

Cristal Willcox, Program Coordinator

Goals & Objectives

Training Program Goals
•    Understand the pathophysiology of acute and chronic ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease and peripheral vascular disease

•    Understand the indications and contraindications of interventional procedures

•    Appreciate the effectiveness and limitations of interventional procedures

•    Learn predictors, recognize and manage interventional complications

•    Recognize and value the different modalities of treatment including medical therapy and surgical revascularization

•    Understand and apply the latest methods of heart disease prevention

•    Learn and apply the clinical and technical aspects of interventional procedures in compliance with the highest standards of care that emphasize the importance of humanistic qualities

•    Cultivate and maintain a quality approach to patient care based on critical thinking, compassion and dedication

•    Promote scholarly research and foster excellence in teaching

Training Program Objectives
Upon completion of this training program, fellows are expected to:

•  Be clinically experienced in the diagnosis and management of patients with acute and chronic ischemic heart disease and valvular disease
• Have developed an understanding of the indications and contraindications of coronary and peripheral interventions, and have a comprehensive understanding of the different modalities of revascularization and medical alternatives
•   Have acquired knowledge to develop the decision-making process that leads to the selection of medical therapy versus coronary revascularization
•  Have developed a clear understanding of coronary physiology, plaque morphology and composition, plaque vulnerability, lesion characterization and plaque response to intervention
•  Have developed sufficient competency to practice interventional procedures without direct supervision
•    Be able to recognize and manage procedure-related complications
•  Have acquired knowledge in post-procedure management of bleeding; groin complications; acute vessel closure; etc., and in patient education, including risk factor modification and discharge planning
•  Have acquired the skills needed for the completion and interpretation of angiograms, hemodynamics, intravascular ultrasound, doppler, coronary flow reserve and pressure measurement
•    Comprehend and have acquired experience in cardiovascular pharmacology
•    Have learned femoral, brachial/radial cannulation for coronary and peripheral interventions
•    Be able to recognize and manage all aspects of mechanical and ischemic complications
•    Have acquired the necessary skills that are needed to manage acute hemodynamic resuscitation including use of vasoactive agents, use of antiarrhythmic drugs, use of thrombolytic agents, CPR, advanced life support, pericardiocentesis, intra-aortic balloon pump

Contact Us

Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Kalgi Modi, MD
(318) 675-5941

Associate Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Pavan Katikaneni, MD FSCAI
(318) 675-5941

Program Coordinator:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Cristal Willcox
(318) 675-5943

How to Apply

We welcome all inquiries from qualified applicants

Interventional Cardiology fellowship is an accredited one-year program with one position 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 applicants entering the program must have completed an ACGME-accredited Cardiovascular Disease training program to include complete training in diagnostic cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography.

Application to the program is via the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS).

Application checklist:
•    Universal Application
•    Curriculum Vitae including personal statement
•    Photograph (Most recent)
•    Four letters of recommendation; including one from current Program Director
•    Copy of medical school transcript
•    Official USMLE transcript
•    Copy of state license(s)
•    Copy of ECFMG certificate

Note: Graduate Medical Education and Office of Legal Affairs can assist with J-1 visa sponsorship through ECFMG. We do not sponsor or renew H1B visas.

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

Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Kalgi Modi, MD
(318) 675-5941

Associate Program Director:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Pavan Katikaneni, MD FSCAI
(318) 675-5941

Program Coordinator:
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology - Cristal Willcox
(318) 675-5943