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Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology Fellowship

Program Description and Training

The one-year Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology Fellowship at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute is offered in affiliation with the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine. It’s an Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited program that includes patient management in outpatient, inpatient, and catheterization laboratory settings. 

Trainees will use established and leading-edge treatment options to manage heart failure patients and determine whether they would be best served through medication, a heart transplant, or a mechanical ventricular assist device.

The full-time training offers:

  • A collegial working relationship with a team of nine board-certified cardiologists in heart failure, eight transplant/VAD surgeons, seven dedicated heart failure nurse practitioners, 10 transplant coordinators, and three VAD coordinators.
  • A program that performs an average of 40 transplants and 15 LVADs per year. We recently completed our 800th heart transplant, making us one of 23 programs in the country to have achieved this milestone.
  • A rapidly expanding Center of Excellence.
  • A strong academic research program with opportunities for research innovation including a robust outcomes research division and a dedicated research nursing staff involved in more than 20 active heart failure research investigations.
  • An established fellowship program that includes General Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Interventional Cardiology, Structural Cardiology, and Cardiovascular Outcomes Research.

Specialized Accreditations

Saint Luke’s Hospital has attained Advanced Certification in Heart Failure by The Joint Commission. This means the program: 

  • Provides the next generation of heart failure care.
  • Has met and aims to, not only maintain, but exceed The Joint Commission’s high standards in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Saint Luke’s has had Joint Commission Heart Failure Certification since 2012 and Advanced Heart Failure Certification since 2014.
  • Is dedicated to fostering better outcomes for patients in its heart failure program.
  • Received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure® Gold Plus Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award.

Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Fellowship Faculty

Program Leadership

Anthony Magalski, MD

Anthony Magalski, MD
Program Director

Taiyeb M Khumri, MD

Taiyeb Khumri, MD 
Associate Program Director

Jeanette Wheeler portrait

Jeanette Wheeler, C-TAGME
Sr. GME Coordinator, Cardiovascular Fellowship Programs



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

Application Process 

Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from July 1 to September 1.  Interviews will be held 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, feel free to contact the program coordinator. 

About Kansas City

Saint Luke’s is proud to call Kansas City home. The health system straddles the Kansas and Missouri state line, serving more than 2.1 million residents and 240 neighborhoods. USA Today has regularly named Kansas City a top area for affordability, high-quality schools, and low traffic. Learn more at