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Cardiovascular Fellowship Program Begins at Sanford Heart Hospital

Program Led by Sanford Cardiologists

(Sioux Falls, SD) – The Sanford Heart Hospital is teaming up with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine to implement a fellowship program in which two fellows begin their specialized training in cardiovascular care. This program, which officially began earlier this month, is the only one of its kind for cardiovascular training in the region and is one of just 187 Cardiovascular Fellowships approved for development in the United States. Fellows selected for the Sanford School of Medicine program will receive education and training from faculty that has more than 130 years of combined teaching experience, including Sanford Health cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons.

“Sanford Health cardiologists look forward to guiding this important fellowship,” stated Adam Stys, MD, interventional cardiologist with Sanford Heart Hospital, who is the program director. “These cardiovascular fellows will be among the best trained in the world. For our patients, this will strengthen the already internationally recognized cardiovascular program at Sanford Heart Hospital. Cardiologists will be stimulated to teach and stay on or ahead of cutting edge diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease."

Sanford proudly announces its first fellows selected for the 2012 program:

Naveen Rajpurohit, MD- Dr. Rajpurohit attended medical school at Dr S.N. Medical College in Rajasthan, India. In June 2012, he completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Missouri, Columbia.  He has had the privilege of living on three continents:  Africa (Libya), Asia (India) and North America.

Muhammad Khan, MD- Dr. Khan completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Sanford School of Medicine in Sioux Falls, SD in June 2012. He attended medical school at The Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Khan and his wife currently live in Sioux Falls.

The program requires three full years of commitment for two fellows per year. Fellowship training will include rotations in areas such as cardiac catheterization lab, coronary critical care, electrophysiology, non-invasive cardiac evaluations, cardiac research and others. The rotations will occur primarily at Sanford Heart Hospital, with some rotations at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls. This very competitive training program will result in the release of two board eligible cardiologists yearly.

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Jessica Brovold
Sanford Media Strategist – Sioux Falls Region
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