Welcoming the Next Generation of Heart Care Specialists

Houston, Texas— (June 30, 2020)—Since 1965, the Texas Heart Institute fellowship training programs at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine, have attracted some of the best and brightest clinical physicians from top-tier medical training programs around the country. This year was no exception.

Texas Heart Institute welcomed thirteen new fellows to its general cardiology and subspecialty programs. Overall the program will train 27 cardiologists and sub-specialist across its cardiovascular disease clinical fellowship programs in the 2020-2021 academic year.

The prestigious 3-year ACGME certified general cardiology fellowship is open to only six fellows per year. This year, over 750 exceptional candidates applied for the coveted positions. “We have a dedicated interview committee that employs a very rigorous selection process that matches the best fellows for our program year after year,” according to Fellowship Program Associate Director George Younis, MD.

Graduates of the general cardiology program are invited to continue studies in the advanced subspecialty fellowships in electrophysiology, interventional cardiologyadvanced heart failure, and cardiac imaging.  This year, six graduates of the THI/BSLMC general cardiology fellowship program accepted invitations to purse additional subspecialty training. These fellows will stay one-two years and expand their clinical training and engage in progressive research and education programs related to their subspecialty.

“Our clinician-educators take tremendous pride in training the next generation of leaders in cardiovascular care and provide one of the most sophisticated and focused training environment in the country. We have consistently trained outstanding cardiologists who are highly regarded for their clinical skills throughout the global cardiology community today, “ said Dr. Stephanie Coulter, Fellowship Program Director.

Meet the New Fellows…

General Cardiology Fellows

Anish Badjatiya
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University

Isabel Balachandran 
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Adam Brouillard
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medical and Biomedical Sciences at University of Buffalo
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Milad El Hajj
Medical School: Louisiana State University, New Orleans
Internship: Medical University of South Carolina

Jordan Gales 
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University

Patrick Marcus 
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Residency: University of Washington

Interventional Cardiology Fellows  

Aaron Bush
Justin Maxfield
Michael Millard
Agam Patel

​​​​​Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellows

Austin Howard
Grant Heberton

Advanced Heart Failure

Giancarlo Acosta