We are pleased to announce an unprecedented $1 million gift to the newly-formed Cardiovascular Center for Research Innovation (CVCRI) from Boston-based Abiomed, Inc. that will resource a novel Interventional Heart Failure (IHF) Clinical and Research Fellowship Program.
Under the direction of Navin Kapur, MD, The Robert Kung Interventional Heart Failure Clinical and Research Fellowship Program grant will be used to support the annual salaries and related costs of dual fellows in IHF:
- The Kung IHF Clinical Fellow will complete a 2-year clinical training program in Advanced Heart Failure and Interventional Cardiology with an emphasis on advanced hemodynamics, acute and durable mechanical circulatory support, invasive cardiology, and cardiogenic shock management. Tufts Medical Center intends that the Kung IHF Clinical Fellowship Program be ACGME accredited and include a year of advanced heart failure clinical training under the direction of David DeNofrio, MD.
- The Kung IHF Research Fellow will complete 1-year clinical or preclinical research program focused on acute mechanical circulatory support within the domain of interventional cardiology, heart failure, or cardiogenic shock. Both Kung IHF Fellows will be required to submit a minimum of 3 abstracts and 2 manuscripts per year, participate in the TEACH (advanced hemodynamic program) through the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, and attend the TransCatheter Therapeutics (TCT) and A-CURE meetings during their fellowship training program.
This partnership represents an innovative and integrated way for Tufts MC to provide scientific, educational and training opportunities to ambitious and talented Advanced Heart Failure students and can be used as a model for further collaboration between research, industry, and philanthropy across the Medical Center.