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Sanford School of Medicine approved for Cardiovascular Fellowship

Sanford Heart Hospital Cardiologists to Lead Program

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a Cardiovascular Fellowship - two specialist training spots per year – for the three year program.

This new program is one of just 187 Cardiovascular Fellowships approved for development in the United States and addresses a critical health care need in South Dakota. 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, 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. Our cardiologists will be stimulated to teach and stay on or ahead of cutting edge in diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. “

Scheduled to begin July 1, 2012, 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 release of two board eligible cardiologists yearly.

For more information, please visit the Sanford School of Medicine website at or email


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.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News