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Sanford Heart Hospital to begin accredited interventional cardiology fellowship program

Program offered within USD Sanford School of Medicine

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —The Sanford Heart Hospital and University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine have been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for an interventional cardiology fellowship program.

Fellows selected for the USD Sanford School of Medicine program will receive education and training from faculty and Sanford Health cardiologists who developed the program. Just one position will be available annually.

“We expect the application process for this one prestigious position to be very competitive,” said Adam Stys, M.D., interventional cardiologist with Sanford Heart Hospital and program director. “These specialty trained fellows will have the ultimate advantage in quality and training and will bolster our internationally recognized cardiovascular program at Sanford.”

“We are grateful for Dr. Stys’s leadership, and fortunate to have his team of internationally recognized cardiologists among our faculty members in the USD Sanford School of Medicine,” said Russell Wilke, M.D., chair of the medical school’s department of internal medicine. “Their rigorous academic training program benefits all of our junior trainees - students, residents, and fellows alike; and the clinical care they provide is among the best in the world.”

Scheduled to begin July 1, 2017, fellowship training will include areas such as coronary diagnostic and interventional procedures including percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, stent placement, intravascular ultrasound, fractional flow reserve, percutaneous valve implantation and repair as well as ASD closure procedures.

This new program is one of just 147 interventional cardiology fellowship programs approved by ACGME for physician specialty training in the United States.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

About USD Sanford School of Medicine

USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research. 

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