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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship


Rochester Regional Health’s ACGME-accredited Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program had its inaugural year in 2019. Our Cardiovascular Disease Fellows are trained by the nationally-renowned group of physicians at the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute, and is a Cleveland Clinic Heart Surgery Affiliate. Fellows are offered the opportunity to study various areas of Cardiology at Rochester Regional Health, and have the option to select elective rotations based on clinical interest.

Director’s Letter

Doctor PhotoIt is my privilege to be a part of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship. Our team is honored to provide a diverse and supportive community that fosters the growth of tomorrow’s cardiologists as compassionate, knowledgeable and capable of enhancing lives and preserving health through education, wellness promotion, and research.

The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program at Rochester Regional Health is built on a strong foundation and history of training physicians who have enhanced our communities. We believe medical education is at the forefront of healthcare, and this program further strengthens our unwavering commitment to excellent, high-quality care. It combines the two things we are most passionate about - patient care and exceptional clinical cardiology training.

While our program is focused on providing the care our community needs and deserves, we are not your typical community hospital program. We take care of the sickest of the sick in our community and have an extremely complex case load, which includes many structural cases, ECMO procedures, LVAD placements and open heart surgery. 

I am looking forward to the growth of this fellowship program and the many successes of our fellows.


Mohan Rao, MD, FACC
Program Director

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Program Contact 

Pamela Buonaccorso, Program Coordinator
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Why Choose Rochester Regional Health

Rochester Regional Health consists of five hospitals covering a 14-county area in Western New York, with seamlessly integrated health care and the highest level of cardiovascular care through the nationally-renowned Sands-Constellation Heart Institute. As a Cardiovascular Disease Fellow, you will primarily care for patients at Rochester General Hospital, our flagship hospital, and Unity Hospital.

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Main entrance of Rochester General Hospital.

About the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Areas of Study

As Fellows of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program, you will gain experience in the following specialty areas:

  • Advanced Cardiac Imaging
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Circulatory Support
  • Ambulatory Cardiology
  • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiovascular Clinical Research
  • Echocardiography
  • General Cardiology
  • Nuclear Cardiology Imaging




The Rotation Schedule for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship is:

PGY 4 Rotation

  • Echo ­– 8 weeks
  • Nuclear Imaging ­– 4 weeks
  • Cath Lab ­– 8 weeks 
  • RGH General Consults ­– 6 weeks
  • CCU ­– 8 weeks
  • Unity Imaging ­– 4 weeks
  • Unity Imaging ­– 4 weeks
  • Unity General Consults ­– 4 weeks
  • Congestive Heart Failure ­– 4 weeks
  • EP Lab ­– 4 weeks
  • Night Float ­– 6 weeks

PGY 5 Rotation

  • Echo ­– 4 weeks
  • Nuclear Imaging ­– 4 weeks
  • Cath Lab ­– 8 weeks
  • RGH General Consults ­– 4 weeks
  • CCU ­– 4 weeks
  • EP Lab ­– 4 weeks
  • CT Surgery ­– 2 weeks
  • Unity Imaging ­– 4 weeks
  • Unity General Consults ­– 4 weeks
    Elective ­– 8 weeks
  • Congestive Heart Failure ­– 4 weeks
  • Advance Imaging ­– 2 weeks 
  • Night Float ­– 4 weeks

PGY 6 Rotation

  • Echo ­– 8 weeks 
  • Nuclear Imaging ­– 4 weeks
  • Cath Lab ­– 4 weeks
  • RGH General Consults ­– 2 weeks
  • CCU ­– 4 weeks
  • EP Lab ­– 4 weeks
  • Unity General Consults ­– 4 weeks
  • Elective ­– 18 weeks
  • Congestive Heart Failure ­– 4 weeks
  • Optional Cath COCATS II ­– 4 weeks
  • Night Float ­– 2 weeks 

We also offer a rural cardiology elective in Batavia, NY and Clifton, NY.

Benefits & Compensation

The following is a list of benefits granted to all fellows.

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    Life insurance

    Employer paid coverage equal to 1x salary with option to purchase added coverage up to five (5) times annual salary.

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    Short-Term Disability

    Residents are entitled to up to six months of pay in the event of an approved disability, compensated at 60% of the resident stipend.

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    Long-Term Disability

    Residents are provided with long-term disability of 50% of resident stipend in the event of an approved long-term disability.  Residents have an option to purchase additional long-term disability to bring the amount up to 66.67%.

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    Opportunity to enroll in one of two comprehensive medical insurance plans.

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    Option to enroll in tax deferred annuity plan.

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    Option to purchase one of two plans.

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    Vision/Hearing Plan

    Option to purchase a vision & hearing plan

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    EAP is free, confidential service for employees and immediate family members that provides assistance with everyday work and family issues, as well as more challenging personal concerns.

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    On-site Child Care

    Child care programs are offered for children between the ages of eight weeks to pre-school, and a before and after-school program is available to serve employees and the community. Preferential consideration is given to Hospital employees based upon availability; these employees receive a discounted rate.

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    Paid Vacation

Second Year Fellows

  • Abdullah Sayied Abdullah

    Abdullah Sayied Abdullah, MD

    Residency: Unity Hospital

  • Erfan Alotaki, MD

    Residency: Rochester General Hospital

First Year Fellows

  • Abu Sheikha Mohammad

    Mohammad Abu-Sheikha, MD

  • Ahmed Hussein

    Ahmed Hussein, MD

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    Amr Salama, MD

  • Abdul Jawwad Samdani

    Abdul Jawwad Samdani, MD

  • Tong Qiu

    Qiu Tong, MD


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Why Choose Rochester

Rochester is the third-largest city in New York State, inhabited by more than one million people. With more than 140 festivals each year, 12,000 acres of meticulously-maintained parks, 60+ public golf courses, and more than 100 breweries, distilleries, and wineries, Rochester, NY is more than just a city nestled against Lake Ontario.

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All applicants must apply through the ERAS website.

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Pamela Buonaccorso, Program Coordinator

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