Chief Fellow's Corner

Isaac Tea, MD


Dear Applicant,

Houston Methodist is an internationally recognized institution with historic achievements and discoveries in the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. Our world-renowned faculty are leaders in their fields and include those who are past presidents of the American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, as well as chairs and authors of multiple guidelines. 


Not only are they leaders in their respective fields, the faculty are also incredibly approachable and make the education of the fellows a number one priority. What is most enlightening is the great collegial relationship between both faculty and fellows, who are themselves treated as junior partners and colleagues. 


Being in the heart of the Texas medical center, the Houston Methodist cardiovascular fellowship offers a a breath of exposure like no other. You will experience all areas of cardiovascular medicine and also the forefront of innovation. It is a very clinically robust program that will train not only the best general cardiologists, but also show you what your next steps could be, and to prepare you for this. At the Methodist Debakey Heart & Vascular Center, we have both the right faculty and right equipment to help you succeed. There is no shortage of cases and autonomy with appropriate supervision. From cardiac CT to cardiac MRI, from intra-aortic balloon pumps to Imeplla and ECMO, we have everything we need to provide the best care for our patients and the best training for you. 


We pride ourselves especially on exceptional clinical training, such that fellows are able to comfortably handle a wide range of complex cases by their second year of training. This includes but is not limited to running the Cardiac PET laboratory, insertion of emergent bedside intra-aortic balloon pumps for patients in cardiogenic shock, running the cardiac intensive care unit as an intensivist, and scrubbing in as the primary operator in a wide variety of complex cath lab cases. The faculty are always ready to support you to achieve greater things, and I have personally done all these myself, before the end of my second year. 


For those who are interested in research, our department offers fellows abundant opportunities for impactful clinical research along with the mentorship with world-renowned faculty to excel in both academics and clinical practice.


Despite our many successes, our fellowship continues to grow every year. On completion of your general cardiology fellowship, we also offer advanced subspecialty fellowships in interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure, advanced imaging and electrophysiology. At Houston Methodist, the world is your oyster, and we are here to help you achieve your dream to become an outstanding physician and cardiologist, no matter your interest. Graduates of this fellowship have gone on to achieve great success at both academic institutions and community practices throughout the nation. 


Finally, we are a tightly knit and diverse group of fellows and faculty from all over the world. The program is small enough that you would get to know your fellows and attendings very well on a personal level. The department heavily supports the fellows in many areas. We emphasize work/life balance which is very important for the overall health, well-being, and happiness of all the fellows. Rotation schedules and time off are highly flexible with the third year being 100% elective time. This allows each fellow to tailor his/her schedule according to their long-term goals and interests. Educational conferences are ample (check out our YouTube channel!) and the fellows are always supported to attend national and regional meetings and courses. 


I often get asked, "If you had to, would you choose Houston Methodist again for your cardiology training?". This is an easy answer for me and will always be a resounding yes. I have been fortunate to be able to call this my home for the past two years. The relationships I have built here with my co-fellows and the faculty are life changing and will see me through both my career and also on a more personal level, my life. 


I look forward to meeting you during the interview season, and welcoming you to our cardiology family here at Houston Methodist. 


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly at


Isaac Tea, MD
Department of Cardiology
2020-2021 Chief Fellow