Chief Fellow's Corner



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, but they are incredibly approachable.  We have a great collegial relationship between the faculty and fellows who are treated as junior colleagues (quoting our previous chair, Dr. Quinones).  As a result, our department offers fellows abundant opportunities for impactful clinical research along with the mentorship to excel in academics and clinical practice.

In addition, the Department of Cardiology provides exceptional clinical training such that fellows are able to comfortably handle a wide range of complex cases by their second year of training. The breadth of exposure covers all areas of cardiovascular medicine and the department is always at the forefront of innovation. There is no shortage of cases and autonomy with appropriate supervision. 

The department also 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 the trainees. 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 supported to attend national and regional meetings and courses. Furthermore, being part of a large hospital that focuses on patient care allows us to minimize menial tasks and focus on becoming cardiologists.

Finally, we are a tightly knit and diverse group. Our fellowship continues to grow and having multiple advanced fellows in each subspecialty allows us to teach and learn from one another. Fellows are relentless in helping others when needed with clinical questions and call coverage. Graduates of this fellowship have gone on to achieve great success at academic institutions as well as community practices in Texas and throughout the nation.


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


Jiken Bhatt, MD
Department of Cardiology
2019-2020 Chief Fellow

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