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Pediatric CVICU Fellowship

Fellowship Programs

Our Center for the Heart Care is the premier regional referral center for the specialized care of infants and children with congenital heart disease.  As part of its mission, the Center for the Heart Care is helping train the next generation of leaders in the field of Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine. Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine has become increasingly specialized over time as the conditions of patients have become more complicated. There is no greater example of this than the field of Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine, where providing excellent care to these very complex patients requires training beyond what is provided in most Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowships. In addition, as the number of children with congenital heart disease in society continues to grow, there becomes a greater demand for highly trained physicians to care for them.

Our Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) is a 36 bed unit including twelve step-down beds. We admit more than 1,000 patients per year, who are expertly cared for by a team of dedicated practitioners. Our Center for the Heart Care performs more than 275 cardiopulmonary bypass cases of all complexities every year. Additionally, our CVICU is the fulcrum of an extremely busy heart failure/heart transplant program, performing about fifteen transplants a year, as well as caring for patients with a wide variety of extracorporeal cardiac assist devices, from Berlin LVADs to Total Artificial Hearts.

Program Description and Goals

The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine Fellowship provides trainees the necessary specific knowledge base and experience to perform the comprehensive management of critically ill pediatric patients with congenital or acquired heart disease. This non-ACGME accredited 12-month didactic and clinical training program is intended for individuals who have completed an accredited fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine or Pediatric Cardiology and are interested in achieving expertise in the most advanced aspects of Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine.

The fellowship is designed to prepare physicians for a career in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine. The goals and objectives are achieved through direct patient care, supervision of fellows, resident and medical student clinical care, and a comprehensive curriculum that includes conferences, didactic lectures, courses, hands-on learning activities, and workshops. Throughout the year, the CVICU fellow will assume greater responsibility, while being monitored and mentored by members of the faculty.


To qualify for this fellowship, applicants must have previously completed an ACGME accredited fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine or Pediatric Cardiology.

The conference schedule depends on fellow training and will include exposure in either PICU or Cardiology teaching lectures. Weekly conferences occur on Wednesday mornings including M&M and Journal Club. The fourth-year fellow will be involved in teaching PICU and Cardiology fellows CVICU topics.

Employment Agreement, Salary & Benefits, and Rosters



To apply to the CVICU Fellowship, please download the CVICU Fellowship Application and return the completed form to us with a brief personal statement or cover letter explaining your interest in pursuing fellowship, current curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation.

If you have any questions about the fellowship program, please feel free to contact us. We are always more than willing to discuss our program with potential applicants.


Nicholas Huggins, MD
Program Director, CVICU Fellowship
Phoenix Children’s
1919 E Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Marissa Romo
Program Administrator, CVICU Fellowship
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
1919 E Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 933-1864

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