Fellowship Research

Fellow Research Bios

Xuan Ding, M.D.

Research Topic: Comparing Vector Flow and Doppler Methods for Quantification of Cardiac Input
Mentor: Dr. Allison Hays

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Richard Ferraro, M.D., M.Ed.

Research Topic: Quantifying the Effectiveness of Digital Education
Mentor: Dr. Karan Desai

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Joseph Goldenberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Topic: Energetic Basis of Diastolic Dysfunction and Heart Failure Outcomes
Mentor: Dr. Robert Weiss

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Alan Jacobsen, M.B.B.Ch., B.A.O.

Research Topic: Eligible until the evidence is there (underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in athletes)
Mentors: Dr. Lili Barouch, Dr. Cindy James

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Maeve Jones-O'Connor, M.D.

Research Topic: Assessing variability in opportunities for diagnosis of aortic stenosis by primary care practice site
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Czarny 

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Kellen Knowles, M.D.

Research Topic: Exploring use of wearables as a tool for guiding exercise in patients and athletes with HCM
Mentors: Dr. Lili Barouch, Dr. Seth Martin

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Minhal Makshood, M.D.

Research Topic: The association of psychosocial stress with cardiovascular disease among women with adverse pregnancy outcomes
Mentors: Dr. Anum Minhas, Dr. Allison Hays

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Nestor Vasquez, M.D.

Research Topic: Neuromodulation for the Treatment of Refractory Ventricular Arrhythmias Using Stellate Ganglion Blockade
Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Chrispin 

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Edwin Yoo, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Topic: Toward Precision Epigenetic Therapy for Heart Failure
Mentor: Dr. David Kass

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Past Silverman Award Winners

The Howard S. Silverman Award is an annual event in honor of Dr. Howard S. Silverman, a former Cardiology fellow and faculty member who died in 1996 from heart disease. The Silverman Awards is a research conference in which the 2nd year cardiovascular disease fellows present their research projects to the division. The faculty award the fellow whose project is the most original, creative and has the greatest scientific potential a monetary prize and certificate.

  • 2022-2023 Edwin Yoo, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2021-2022 Jana Lovell, M.D.
  • 2020-2021 Richard Carrick, M.D.
  • 2018-2019 Eunice Yang, M.D.
  • 2017-2018 Marios Arvanitis, M.D.
  • 2016-2017 Virginia Hahn, M.D.
  • 2015-2016 Thorsten Leucker, M.D.
  • 2014-2015 Steven Hsu, M.D.
  • 2013-2014 Libin Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2012-2013 Seth Martin, M.D.
  • 2011-2012 Grant Chow, M.D.
  • 2010-2011 Lincoln Shenje, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2009-2010 Hiroshi Ashikaga, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2008-2009 Chao-Wei Hwang, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2007-2008 Dou (Alvin) Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2006-2007Jacob Abraham, M.D.
  • 2005-2006 Henry Sun, M.D.
  • 2004-2005 Rich George, M.D.

Dlabal Clinical Research Award

The Dlabal Clinical Research Award was established in 2019 by generous support from Dr. Paul Dlabal, a former Johns Hopkins School of Medicine graduate. The Dlabal Clinical Research Award is given annually to a fellow demonstrating originality and creativity in clinical research.

  • 2022-2023 Nestor Vasquez, M.D.
  • 2021-2022 Mariam Meddeb, M.D.
  • 2020-2021 Richard Vakil, M.D.
  • 2018-2019 Anum Minhas, M.D. M.H.S.

Timeline by Fellowship Year: Year 1

Fellowship Year Goals Suggested Completion Date
First Year Identify a career mentor November/December
Explore research opportunities and meet with potential research mentors Throughout year
Mid-year check in with fellowship leadership to discuss progress November to January
Decide whether you are pursuing the early research track December to March
Identify a clinical interest (prevention, imaging, HF, interventional, EP, etc.) June

Timeline by Fellowship Year: Year 2

Fellowship Year Goals Suggested Completion Date
Second Year Discuss research project with potential research mentor July to August
Select research mentor September
Initial IDP completion November
Check in with fellowship leadership team November to December
Apply for advanced training fellowship (if applicable) Interventional: December ERAS cycle (discuss with Dr. Hasan)
Formalize details of research plans, submit IRB December to March
Mentorship team meeting with Wendy, Steve or Thorsten included April
Present research plans at Silverman May

Timeline by Fellowship Year: Years 3-4

Fellowship Year Goals Suggested Completion Date
Third/Fourth Year Apply for advanced training or job EP: July ERAS cycle

Heart Failure: July ERAS cycle Non-ACGME: congenital, imaging, critical care, prevention, women’s health

Jobs: July to September
Submit abstract for national meeting Deadlines vary
Present at Fellows Research Conference October to April
Complete/submit IDP November
Mentorship team meeting November
Prepare a research manuscript for publication December to June
Submit abstract for Hopkins CV retreat Spring
Submit updated IDP, Research Update April

Optional Research Tracks

Our Cardiology Fellows are given complete flexibility in structuring their research year(s), as long as ACGME and COCATS requirements are satisfied. The division and fellowship support any additional research time desired by fellows.

Some track options include:

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Research as a Cardiology Fellow

Overview of Research Training During Fellowship | Dr. Wendy Post

Cardiovascular genomics | Marios Arvanitis, M.D.

Academic Success in Cardiology | Virginia Hahn, M.D.

Excessive O-GlcNAcylation causes cardiomyopathy | Priya Umapathi

Link Between Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Cardiovascular Disease | Anum Minhas

Pulseless Electrical Activity | Daniel Ambinder, M.D.

Myocardial Infarction, Recovery, Enhancement (MiCORE) Study

Clinical Educator Pathway: Global Health Focus | Keva Garg

Optional Clinical Educator Track

The goal of the optional clinical educator track is to become a leader as a clinician educator.

Fellowship Year Goals
Year 2 Fellows would choose this track at end of the first half of their second year along with one to two mentors.
Year 3 and/or 4
Fellows would meet with their mentorship team at least twice a year.
Fellows would present at the Silverman conference their track and what they will be pursuing with goal of publishing their work as original research or review.
Fellows on the above tracks will be strongly encouraged to pursue coursework, present scholarly work (as related to a clinical program, quality improvement or education) at national meetings and demonstrate engagement in institutional and national societies.

Internal Award Opportunities

The Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards provide grant awards to cross-divisional teams, comprised of faculty and/or non-faculty members from at least two schools or affiliates of the university, who are poised to arrive at important discoveries or creative works.

Cardiology Fellowship Alumni

Our past cardiology fellows have made tremendous strides in the field of cardiovascular medicine. View the list of alumni that have entered into research and clinical care.