Cardiovascular Disease

Welcome from the Program Director

We are pleased to introduce the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University (MSU) cardiovascular disease fellowship program at Spectrum Health Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute. We are committed to providing the best academic and clinical training program for our fellows.

Meijer Heart Center HR1815Our passion is teaching, and our entire program is designed with the fellow in mind. Our fellows will train at the largest medical center in Western Michigan, affiliated with MSU’s College of Human Medicine. Our cardiology continuum of care philosophy ensures our fellows are provided a tremendous clinical experience in a multi-disciplinary setting.

As a fellow in our program, you will pursue your passion in clinical or academic cardiology. For interested fellows, we offer level 2 certification in echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization beyond the core cardiology curriculum.

Our tremendous procedural volumes allow fellows to participate in transplant cardiology, cardiac CT/MRI, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, vascular cardiology, adult congenital cardiology and preventive cardiology. We are dedicated to high quality outcomes and exceptional patient experience.

Our dynamic educational conference series focuses on your educational needs. In addition, our cardiovascular research program allows fellows to support novel investigator-initiated research studies. Fellows have the opportunity to be part of a quality program initiative and research.

On behalf of the cardiology faculty, our goal is to make your fellowship training the best in the country. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Nagib Chalfoun, MD FHRS
Spectrum Health Medical Group Chair, Education
Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute Program Director, Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Cardiology Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Liz Herppich
Program Coordinator


Our Mission

The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University (MSU) cardiovascular disease fellowship’s mission at in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is to train the best cardiologists by educating and mentoring our fellows to become the clinical and academic leaders of tomorrow.

Program Overview

Spectrum Health offers a wide breadth of cardiology, cardiothoracic and vascular services. As a partner with MSU, fellows are surrounded by an academic environment including residents and medical students. Fellows will also enjoy opportunities to learn in a state-of-the-art facility providing innovative cardiovascular care. From open heart surgery and transplant to minimally invasive interventions, our physicians and clinical teams are experienced in blending individualized patient plans with a complete dedication to quality outcomes.

With a network of care that spans 13 counties in western Michigan, our experts perform more advanced lifesaving heart and vascular procedures than any other hospital in Michigan. Our high LVAD and electrophysiology volumes allow fellows the opportunity to participate in complex procedures led by expert cardiologists. We are also a state leader year after year, in PCI for STEMI volumes. We always strive to adopt the latest technologies, including WatchmanTM, TAVR, Mitraclip, chronic total occlusion (CTO) interventions, and the latest LVAD devices.

World-renowned physicians call Spectrum Health’s Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center their medical home. Our fellows receive educational opportunities few locations can provide.

Spectrum Health/MSU Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program Brochure


Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award (2016)

Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award (2016)

Healthgrades Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services (2016)

Healthgrades Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures (2016)

BCBS Cardiac Center of Excellence (2016)

ACTION Registry – GWTG; 2015 Performance Achievement Award

Diversity and Resident Wellness

Spectrum Health is committed to creating a healthy work environment which promotes wellness and a culture that is respectful, inclusive and positive .  Please visit the Spectrum Health Resident Wellness page and the Spectrum Health Diversity page to learn more.

Ready to Apply?

All applications are accepted through ERAS. Please see the For Applicants section of your preferred program for additional details.

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