Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship

Program Director: Andreas Brieke, MD

Advanced Heart Failure Aims

The AHF program at UCH is primarily a clinical training program to train the fellow to be equipped to treat patient with end stage heart failure, transplant, and mechanical circulatory support. As most programs are located in an academic setting, focus is given to teach the fellow to be a teacher with evidenced based background.

The advanced heart failure program at the University of Colorado is headed by Dr. Andreas Brieke. It is the only program in the state and provides services to the entire Rocky Mountain region. The fellowship is designed to complete the ABIM requirements for board certification in this subspecialty. There are 9 key clinical faculty members with extensive experience in the medical management of advanced heart failure, ventricular assist devices, and transplantation. There is broad exposure to cardiac imaging, endomyocardial biopsy, metabolic exercise testing and genetics. Scholarly activity is an expectation and clinical, translational, and basic science research opportunities are available. 
The institution has laboratories conducting research on:

  • Exercise physiology in the failing heart and after LVAD and transplant. 
  • Shared decision making and risk communication for advanced heart failure therapies
  • Adrenergic signaling in heart failure
  • Sarcomere dynamics and Contractile Proteins
  • Gene programming in Hypertrophy and failure
  • Cytokines and Cardiac Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension, Angiogenesis
  • Diabetes and Metabolic syndromes
  • Cardiac Metabolism and RV function​

To apply:

  • Board certification or eligibility in cardiology is a requirement for program entry.​
  • ​This Fellowship is a 1 year ACGME-accredited program with a complement of 1 annually.
  • Applications for fellowship should be submitted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) - July Cycle.
  • Application Requirements: ERAS application, 3 Letters of Recommendation, USMLE scores, publications
  • We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). ​

All visa applications are welcomed and reviewed on a case by case basis.

Cardiology (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 1

12605 East 16th Avenue

3rd Floor

Aurora, CO 80045


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