Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship

Message from the program leadership

Welcome to the OHSU Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Training Program! OHSU has offered training in pediatric cardiology for well over 25 years. We are the only pediatric cardiology fellowship program in Oregon and one of two programs in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest.

We are committed to providing a rigorous and challenging training experience while nurturing personal wellbeing. Our fellows graduate with a solid and comprehensive foundation of knowledge and clinical experience, as well as a record of scholarship and teaching which position them well for the next steps in their career.

Part of our commitment to our fellows is to help them achieve their ideal position following graduation. Graduates of our program typically pursue advanced training and remain in academic positions. Our fellows have been offered advanced training opportunities at Stanford, Boston Children’s Hospital, UCSF, UCSD, Colorado Children’s Hospital, NYU, and other outstanding programs throughout the US and Canada.

We are a mid-sized surgical program, performing over 200 cardiac surgeries and over 300 cardiac catheterizations per year. Our 19 faculty members provide sub-specialty expertise in interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, echocardiography, fetal cardiology, cMRI and CT, pulmonary hypertension, aortopathy, cardiogenetics, neurodevelopmental outcomes, single ventricle disorders, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, dyslipidemia, and others. Our program is closely integrated with the adult congenital heart disease program at OHSU.

Our two congenital cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr. Irving Shen and Dr. Ashok Muralidaran, together with two advanced practice providers, perform all congenital cardiac surgical procedures with the exception of heart transplantation for which we closely collaborate with internationally recognized pediatric heart transplant centers.  The surgical team are closely involved in all aspects of peri-operative care and fellow education.

Our fellows primarily work at a single facility. Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is a free-standing academic children’s hospital providing the widest range of pediatric services in Oregon. The echo lab, operating room, pediatric ICU, wards, and continuity clinic are all located within Doernbecher. Additional training environments, including the catheterization lab, cardiac MRI/CT, cardiopulmonary exercise studies, obstetrics units, NICU, emergency department and adult congenital services are located in the OHSU Hospital which is connected to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital via a bridge.

We take immense pleasure and pride in training fellows in pediatric cardiology. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely, 

Laurie Armsby, M.D., FAAP, FSCAI 
Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program

Christina Ronai, M.D., MSEd 
Associate Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program

Liz Schultz 
Coordinator, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program

  • To develop outstanding clinical pediatric cardiologists 

  • To provide a rigorous scholarly experience preparing graduates for a fulfilling academic career 

  • To train future leaders in Pediatric Cardiology 

  • To capitalize on unique aspects of OHSU in order to enrich the training experience and teach unique skills that may not be offered at other programs 

  • To provide a rigorous training experience while nurturing personal well being

Fellows receive four weeks of vacation per year.  

Funds are available for fellows through grant opportunities or in discussion with the fellowship program director to support expenses to present their research at a regional or a national conference. 

The fellowship has established a textbook library available to all pediatric cardiology fellows.  

Individual office space and desktop computers are provided to each fellow. Laptop computers for rounding and conference presentations are available to the fellows.   

Please see the Department of Pediatrics fellowship page for departmental benefits available to all pediatric fellows, and the OHSU GME page for Employment and Benefits information, including salary, transportation, and insurance.

The pediatric cardiology fellowship program is structured to provide a challenging and rigorous training experience while supporting behaviors that establish a healthy work-life balance and nurture personal well-being. You will find that while the faculty and your co-fellows are committed to providing excellence in clinical care, and in contributing to the education and scholarship within our field, we are also well-rounded individuals devoted to our families and engaged in a variety of leisure activities.

Clinical training

Fellowship training is an intense and exhilarating immersion into all aspects of pediatric and congenital cardiology. We have structured our schedule to ensure that you will work at a pace that is appropriately challenging yet facilitates the educational opportunity in each experience.

Over the three years of fellowship training, you will be assigned to approximately 24 months of clinical rotations and be given a minimum of 12 months of research experience. Clinical rotations are interspersed across the three years of training so as to continually strengthen your knowledge and skill sets. In the second year, you will be assigned fewer clinical rotations to support and maximize research productivity. A sample curriculum is provided; however, one of the strengths of our program is that we are able to tailor each fellow’s training in a way that best suits their anticipated career direction, while at the same time providing a solid foundation of the fundamentals of our field.

The rotation schedule consists of 26 two-week blocks per academic year. Standard rotations include the cardiology inpatient and consult service, echocardiography, interventional cardiology, elective, and research. Fellows attend a continuity clinic each week with their assigned faculty mentor. Over the three years of training, fellows will also attend additional sub-specialty clinics, including Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Electrophysiology, Dyslipidemia, Pulmonary Hypertension and Single Ventricle clinic.  Attendance at one of the additional 14 outreach clinics across the region are encouraged as they are excellent training opportunities, but not required.

Didactic teaching and clinical conferences

Faculty from across the cardiac program contribute to the pediatric cardiology fellows’ didactic curriculum, which is updated each year and based in part on the content guidelines of the American Board of Pediatrics Subspecialty Examination. Fellows are excused from all clinical activities on Thursdays between 10-11:30am to attend these sessions.  

In addition to this curriculum, weekly and monthly didactic sessions are provided by the echo staff, electrophysiology staff, and the cardiovascular surgeons. Fellows review electrocardiograms with a faculty mentor every other week. A monthly teaching session covers interventional cardiology and angiography. Additional didactic sessions are provided by pediatric critical care, the Stanford Heart Transplant Program, the adult cardiology service, and the adult congenital cardiology program. For the coming year, our fellows will also participate in a cardiac critical care curriculum provided by Heart University. 

Fellows take a primary role in presenting the echocardiograms at our weekly Medical/Surgical Cardiology Conference. Fellows also lead our monthly Journal Club, the Cardiac Interventional Morbidity & Mortality Conference, as well as an every other month Non-Invasive Morbidity & Mortality Conference. 

The Department of Pediatrics presents a monthly didactic session for fellows across pediatric subspecialties within the department.  

Weekly conferences

  1. Clinical Sign-in (Mondays): All in-patients and active out-patients on the cardiology service are presented by the weekend fellow on-call.  

  1. Medical/Surgical Conference (Fridays): Our combined cardiology/cardiothoracic surgery conference reviews all patients scheduled for surgery during the following week. This includes a brief patient history, imaging and catheterization data, and a discussion of the planned procedure. Patients scheduled for catheterizations during the following week are briefly reviewed, as are impending births with fetal diagnoses. Lastly, patients considered for surgery or patients with complex clinical issues are discussed. The fellow assigned to the conference month presents all echos shown at the conference. The catheterization data and images are presented by the fellow involved in the procedure, or the faculty if no fellow assisted.  

  1. Pediatric Cardiology Fellows Didactic Teaching (Thursdays): A rotating curriculum providing comprehensive coverage of pediatric cardiology topics during the three-year fellowship.  

  1. Pediatric Cardiology Fellows Subspecialty Teaching: Echo, EP, and CV surgical faculty hold additional fellows teaching sessions topics on a weekly to monthly basis.  

  1. Basic Sciences/Physiology Seminar (Fridays): This is an excellent educational experience organized by the Adult Cardiology Service and staffed by Adult Cardiology, Basic Sciences, and occasionally Pediatric Cardiology staff. The topics vary on a three-year rotational basis. Fellows are expected to participate in the review of articles.  

  1. "TOFS" Conference (Mondays): This conference is designed to be a research conference for presenting new or preliminary data. It is attended by fellows, graduate students, and staff from Adult and Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, and Basic Science Divisions. The forum offers an excellent exposure to the variety of research being done within the institution.

Monthly conferences

  1. Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology Interventional (Cath/Surgical) Morbidity and Mortality Conference (last Monday, 4-5:30 pm): A detailed review of cardiac catheterizations or surgeries. Patients are presented by the fellows along with a detailed literature review.  

  1. Pediatric Cardiology Journal Club (first Monday, 12-1 pm): Articles reviewed from major cardiology journals. Several articles are selected and moderated by a faculty member with fellows presenting the papers. Emphasis is placed on achieving an evidence-based practice of medicine and arriving at a consensus statement among the group members.  

  1. Core Physiology Didactic Series: Fellows review core principles related to cardiopulmonary physiology. 

  1. “Winegio” Interventional Cardiology/Angiography Teaching: Fellows review interventional cardiology and angiography topics over dinner with the director of congenital interventional cardiology.  

  1. Non-invasive Imaging Morbidity and Mortality: Every other month, patients presented by faculty, fellows, and sonographers along with a detailed literature review.

Scholarly activity

All fellows participate in a structured core curriculum in scholarly activities organized by the OHSU Human Investigations Program, supported by the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute. In addition, fellows complete at least one research project typically culminating in a submitted manuscript and presentation at a regional or national conference. Each fellow will also submit at least one grant application to support their scholarly activity. Fellows work with research mentors as well as a Scholarly Oversight Committee, responsible for providing individual guidance and support to each fellow. Our goal is to provide fellows the experience and skills to become successful clinician scientists.

Fellows also participate in our patient safety and quality improvement projects. The Cardiac Program Operations and Quality Committees each provide mentorship and ideas for important QI projects.

Teaching Opportunities

Our fellows work closely with pediatric residents and medical students in the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, Cardiac Ward, and Cardiology Clinic. There are numerous rewarding opportunities for the fellows to teach at the bedside, in didactic sessions and ad-hoc teaching environments. Our fellows are frequently honored for their teaching and clinical mentorship of pediatric residents and students. There are a number of faculty mentors available to fellows interested in making education a focus of their careers.

How to apply

To apply to the pediatric cardiology fellowship at OHSU please submit an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) website. For the current application cycle, we ask that all items in the checklist below be submitted through ERAS by August 15, 2020. Once we have reviewed your materials, we will notify you via email regarding invitations to interview.

Application checklist (all submitted through ERAS): 

  • MyERAS application 

  • Personal statement 

  • Medical school transcript 

  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) from medical school 

  • Letters of recommendation (minimum 3) 

  • United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) scores 

Please also see the OHSU GME information on Applying to OHSU Residencies and Fellowships.

Oregon Health and Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu

Interview day

Due to COVID-19 precautions, all interviews for the 2020 application season will be performed via virtual meetings. Interviews will be offered between August-November, 2020. During your interview, you will have a chance to meet with a number of our faculty and fellows, and we will provide you additional information about our program and facilities. We understand that this is a very important decision for you, and that the situation is not ideal, but we will do our best to give you a sense of our program to help you make the best decisions.

Rank order lists will be submitted by December 2, 2020, through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Match Day will follow on December 16, 2020.

    • Appointments and titles

      • Division Head, Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
      • Echocardiography
    • Appointments and titles

      • Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program
    • Areas of interest

      • Interventional Cardiology
      • Heart Transplant
      • Dyslipidemia
      • General Pediatric Cardiology
      • Global Health
    • Appointments and titles

      • Director, Pediatric Electrophysiology
    • Areas of interest

      • Electrophysiology
      • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
    • Areas of interest

      • General Pediatric Cardiology
      • Echocardiography
      • Fetal Cardiology
      • Advocacy
    • Areas of interest

      • Echocardiography
      • Fetal Cardiology
      • General Pediatric Cardiology
    • Appointments and titles

      • Director, Pediatric and Congenital Interventional Cardiology
    • Areas of interest

      • Interventional Cardiology
    • Areas of interest

      • Pulmonary Hypertension
      • Echocardiography
      • Fetal Cardiology
      • General Pediatric Cardiology
    • Areas of interest

      • Echocardiography
      • Fetal Cardiology
      • General Pediatric Cardiology
      • Aortopathies
      • Global Health
    • Appointments and titles

      • Director, Ambulatory Cardiology
      • Director, Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Exercise and Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Areas of interest

      • Echocardiography
      • Fetal Cardiology
      • Exercise Physiology
      • Cardiac Rehabilitation
      • General Pediatric Cardiology
      • Global Health
    • Appointments and titles

      • Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program
    • Areas of interest

      • Pulmonary Hypertension
      • Echocardiography
      • Fetal Cardiology
      • General Pediatric Cardiology
    • Appointments and titles

      • Director, Pediatric Echocardiography
      • Director, Fetal Cardiology
    • Areas of interest

      • Echocardiography
      • Fetal Cardiology
      • General Pediatric Cardiology
      • Global Health
    • Areas of interest

      • Echocardiography
      • Fetal Cardiology
      • General Pediatric Cardiology
    • Appointments and titles

      • Elizabeth N. Gray Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics, School of Medicine
      • Former Division Head, Pediatric Cardiology
    • Areas of interest

      • Echocardiography
    • Appointments and titles

      • Director, Single Ventricle Program
      • Associate Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program
    • Areas of interest

      • Echocardiography
      • Fetal Cardiology
      • Interstage and Single Ventricle Program
      • Neurodevelopmental Outcomes
      • General Pediatric Cardiology
    • Areas of interest

      • Echocardiography
      • Fetal Cardiology
    • Areas of interest

      • Echocardiography
      • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Areas of interest

      • Inpatient Cardiac Ward Services

Additional Faculty

Additional Staff

Pediatric Sonographers

  • Randal Imus 
  • Cori Feist 
  • Annalisa Focht 
  • Lindsay Hamilton-Scott 
  • Matthew Janssen 
  • Mia Long 
  • Christopher Marcella 
  • Kori Mohr 
  • Lorna Tonn 

Cardiac Nurses 

  • Amy Brown 
  • Kristine Gutshall 
  • Annie Kachman 
  • Sara Labarge 
  • Kay Phillips-Hamblett
Two men and two women standing in a row holding up heart-shaped pillows.

Current fellows

First-year fellow

Emily Yang, M.D.
B.S. University of Washington, 2012
M.D. University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, 2017
Pediatric Residency, University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital, 2020 

Second-year fellow

Mohammad Alnoor, M.D. 
B.S. University of Washington, 2011 
M.D. Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, 2015 
Pediatric Residency, University of Texas-Houston, 2018 
Chief Resident, University of Texas-Houston, 2019

Third-year fellows

Marica Baleilevuka-Hart, M.D. 
B.A. Life Pacific College, 2007 
B.S. Azusa Pacific University, 2010 
M.D. OHSU, 2015 
Pediatric Residency, OHSU, 2018 

Mayme Marshall, M.D. 
B.S. University of Washington, 2010 
M.D. Creighton University School of Medicine, 2015 
Pediatric Residency, OHSU, 2018

Alumni

2007

Anoop Singh
Advanced Training: EP, Duke 
Current Position(s): Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin 
Director of Electrophysiology 

2008

Ronald Wells 
Advanced Training: Air Force 
Current Position(s): Madigan Air Force Base, WA 

2009

Misty Carlson 
Current Position(s): Assistant Professor, Director of Outreach, OHSU 
Now Peace Health Medical Center, OR 

2010

Erin Madriago 
Advanced Training: Imaging, Stanford 
Current Position(s): Associate Professor, Oregon Health Sciences University 
Director of Echocardiology and Fetal Cardiology 

2011

David Bailly 
Advanced Training: PICU, Boston Children’s Hospital 
Current Position(s): Assistant Professor, Primary Children’s Hospital, UT 
Cardiac Critical Care 

Michael Hainstock 
Advanced Training: Cath, Boston Children’s Hospital 
Current Position(s): Assistant Professor, University of Virginia 
Director of Cardiac Catheterization 

2012

Amy McCammond 
Advanced Training: CVICU, Stanford 
Current Position(s): Director of Quality, Cardiac Critical Care, UCSF, CA  

2013

Monique Bohun 
Advanced Training: Imaging, University of Alberta 
Current Position(s): Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico  
Now Oregon Health Sciences University 

2014

Emilio Quezada 
Advanced Training: Imaging, UCSF/OHSU 
Current Position(s): Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco 
Fetal Cardiology 

Jennifer Huang 
Advanced Training: Imaging, Stanford 
Current Position(s): Assistant Professor, Oregon Health Sciences University 
Director of Ambulatory Care and Exercise Physiology 

2015

Arthur Legg 
Current Position(s): St Mary’s Health & Vascular Center, MN 

Sunil Saharan 
Advanced Training: Cath, NYU 
Current Position(s): Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU 
Interventional Cardiology 

2016

Eric Johnson 
Current Position(s): Peace Health Medical Center, OR 

2017

Matthew Campbell 
Advanced Training: Fetal/Imaging, OHSU 
Current Position(s): Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma Heart Center 

2018

Shilpi Garg 
Current Position(s): Children’s Heart Center of Nevada 

Nancy Hua 
Current Position(s): Pediatric Cardiology at Billings Clinic, MO 

2019

Andrew Cave 
Current Position(s): Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma Heart Center 

2020

Cesar Gonzalez 
Advanced Training: Imaging, Children’s Hospital Colorado 
Current Position(s): Advanced Fellowship, Children’s Hospital Colorado 

Contact us

Laurie Armsby, M.D., FAAP, FSCAI 
Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program 
armsbyl@ohsu.edu

Christina Ronai, M.D., M.S.Ed. 
Associate Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program 
ronai@ohsu.edu 

Liz Schultz 
Coordinator, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program 
schulliz@ohsu.edu 
503-494-9899