Messages from program leadership
Thank you for your interest in the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Our clinical and academic training prepares graduates to provide competent, evidence-based, and ethical care for patients with cardiovascular disease, and to pursue careers in clinical practice, education, and research. We make your development and career goals our priority, and work to tailor your training pathway accordingly. Our general cardiovascular fellowship provides strong foundational training in all cardiovascular disciplines and the flexibility to develop a broad skillset for clinical practice and to pursue academic interests. Our dedication to fellows’ professional development is shared at all levels of our Heart and Vascular Center’s leadership.
We have a longstanding tradition of providing outstanding cardiovascular training, and we owe that success to our tremendous faculty, busy and state-of-the-art facilities, and academic resources. Dartmouth-Hitchcock provides care to a catchment area of over 1.5 million patients living in New Hampshire and Vermont. We are fortunate to partner with Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (founded in 1797) and the White River Junction Veterans Administration Medical Center to facilitate clinical training and additional educational and research opportunities. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice is also located on-site and provides tremendous academic resources and options for advanced degrees. The Tuck School of Business and Thayer School of Engineering provide additional opportunities for collaboration.
We take great pride in our fellows. They are a diverse group of talented individuals with wide-ranging professional interests and goals. We view our fellows as important colleagues and strive to help them find positions that will help them advance their careers. Feedback from fellows is sought regularly and used to drive improvements in the program.
The Upper Connecticut River Valley, in which Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth College are located, is a fabulous place to live. The natural beauty of Northern New England, coupled with the sophistication that Dartmouth College brings, creates a uniquely rejuvenating environment. Our fellows have easy access to abundant year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, including hiking, cycling, paddling, and skiing.
We can confidently say that Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Upper Connecticut River Valley provide an ideal environment in which to train well while living well. We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to meeting you!
Terrence D. Welch, MD
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Education
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Gregory A. Dadekian, MD
Associate Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Education
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Message from the Heart and Vascular Center Director
As the Director of the Heart and Vascular Center (HVC) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, I would like to thank you for your interest in our Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program. Cardiovascular Medicine is one in a triad of interdisciplinary programs that make up the HVC, the other two being Cardiac Surgery and Vascular Surgery. Together, our faculty, trainees, and dedicated staff work in a collaborative and cohesive manner to treat patients with cardiovascular diseases, advance science, and learn together. In addition to the dedicated care we provide at our main campus, we also provide cardiovascular services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health member hospitals and other institutions throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.
At our institution, the HVC functions as an independent program, but in close alignment with the Department of Medicine and Department of Surgery. This multidisciplinary nature enables us to seamlessly care for patients who require the expertise of each of our sections. Cardiovascular Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a wide-ranging clinical program that includes interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, imaging, critical care, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, prevention, vascular medicine, and sports cardiology.
In addition to a comprehensive clinical curriculum, the HVC takes pride in offering a robust research experience for our fellows. Through the resources and infrastructure provided by the Heart and Vascular Center Research Operations program, we provide a mentored research opportunity for each trainee. Our program includes didactic presentations on the principles of research, development, and completion of a research project with a faculty mentor, opportunities to present at regional and national meetings, and support for the publication of research in high-impact journals. We also have collaborative arrangements with faculty at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, as well as faculty in the foundational departments at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Additionally, I have established a scholarship for a master’s program for selected candidates seeking advanced research training.
On behalf of the Heart and Vascular Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and the section of Cardiovascular Medicine, I thank you for your interest in our program and wish you the best of luck as you pursue the next steps of your training.
Mark A. Creager, MD
Director, Heart and Vascular Center