Founded in 1860, Denver Health is a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that provides hospital and outpatient care to the public, regardless of ability to pay. As Colorado's primary safety-net institution, Denver Health has provided billions of dollars in uncompensated care and serves as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation.
The Cardiac and Vascular program at Denver Health features inpatient consultative and ICU care, a complimentary outpatient practice and a full suite of diagnostic and therapeutic services. Three invasive laboratories support busy cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology programs, which offer services ranging from 24-hour STEMI care to Watchman implantation. Non-invasive services include an IAC-certified echocardiography laboratory as well as a complete stress testing laboratory with options for nuclear and echocardiographic imaging. Complimenting these services, the "Healthy Hearts" program and Cardiac Rehabilitation center have been recognized for their excellence in primary and secondary prevention by the American Heart Association.
Cardiology fellows typically spend some of their first few months in clinical rotations at Denver Health learning the fundamentals of Cardiology. The 525-bed hospital feels "just the right size" to grow and learn as a Cardiology trainee: large enough to gain exposure to a diverse range of cardiovascular disorders, while small enough to maintain a collegial and intimate environment. The catheterization and electrophysiology laboratory allows for hands on participation in a wide range of invasive procedures. Finally, the non-invasive service provides ample opportunity to learn echosonographic techniques and interpret both echocardiograms and nuclear imaging studies.
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*Formerly known as University of Colorado Hospital at Anschutz Medical Campus
University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus
The University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) on the Anschutz Medical Campus serves as the flagship hospital for the UCHealth system. UCHealth services one of the largest geographic areas of any health system in the country. UCH is the quaternary referral center offering complex cardiovascular treatments along with access to clinical trials within all sub-subspecialties of cardiology. Formal sections include: adult congenital heart disease; advanced heart failure, MCS/LVAD, and cardiac transplantation; clinical electrophysiology; interventional cardiology, complex structural heart disease, vascular medicine; multimodal cardiac imaging; cardio-oncology and cardiac amyloidosis; hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; prevention and lipid disorders; sports cardiology; and more.
Cardiology fellows rotating at UCH have access to high clinical volumes in all domains of cardiovascular disease as well as exposure to the latest technology in medical devices and involvement in cardiovascular clinical trials. The cardiologists who staff UCH are all faculty within the Division of Cardiology. Multi-disciplinary care with close collaboration is the norm, including formal relationships with cardiothoracic surgery, interventional radiology, vascular surgery, endocrinology, and pulmonary hypertension in the Heart and Vascular Center; medical oncology in the Cancer Center; various specialties in the Transplant Center; and emergency and critical care medicine through robust Cardiology Consultative and Primary Cardiology services (Step-Down, Cardiac Critical Care Units) on the inpatient side.
Fellowship required rotations include: Inpatient CCU, Inpatient Advanced Heart Failure-Transplant Cardiology, Echocardiography, Electrophysiology, Catheterization Lab, Advanced Imaging (including nuclear cardiology/PET, MRI, cardiac CT), Outpatient Specialty Clinics (preventative cardiology, vascular medicine, pulmonary hypertension, adult congenital heart disease). In addition, there are numerous opportunities for elective rotations to fit long-term career goals as well as research opportunities.
The Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center is one of the newest VA Medical Centers in the country. It is an inpatient and outpatient facility caring for our nation’s Veterans and serves as a referral center for the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and western Kansas and Nebraska. Inaugurated in 2018, the Medical Center is equipped with state-of-the-art cardiac catherization, electrophysiology, and hybrid OR laboratories, full facilities for non-invasive imaging and testing, and bench, animal, and clinical research facilities and equipment. Cardiac surgery is performed on site. Cardiology staff include twelve full-time academic faculty whose investigative programs span experimental, translational, clinical trials, and health services research.