Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship

The Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support, and Transplantation Fellowship through the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Saint Luke’s Hospital provides one Fellowship per academic year.

Program training

The fellow will participate in a top 15 national heart transplantation program. Participants have extensive exposure to outpatient, inpatient, critical care, and advanced heart failure procedures. Access to national, consortium, and internal research databases along with dedicated statistical support is also integral to the program. Instructors include: 10 board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant physicians.

Achievements and accolades

  • First in a group of 40 programs accredited in 2012
  • Earned AHA Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award; received highest award level for several consecutive years
  • Recognized in more than 100 publications and presentations (local, national, and international) annually
  • Conducted 25 clinical trials from 2016 to 2019 with over 500 subjects enrolled
  • Performed more than 900 heart transplants

Saint Luke's faculty

Program leadership


Anthony Magalski, MD
Program Director


Brett Sperry, MD
Associate Program Director

Additional faculty


  • U.S. citizen or J1 visa sponsorship only
  • Completion of a three-year ACGME-approved Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Application process 

Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from July 1 to September 1.  Interviews will be during the months of September and October.  The fellowship program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

A complete application will include the following documents:

  • ERAS common application form
  • Photograph
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • MSPE (Dean’s letter)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your current or prior cardiology program director

More information

We welcome your interest in the Advanced Heart Failure Transplant Cardiology Fellowship.  For more information, contact Jeanette Wheeler C-TAGME, Sr. GME Coordinator, Cardiovascular Fellowship Programs at or 816-932-5475.

About Kansas City

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