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Cardiovascular Disease and Global Health Equity Fellowship

Gene Bukhman, MD

Gene Bukhman, MD

Program Director

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The Cardiovascular Medicine Division, in collaboration with the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital offers advanced fellowship training in Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Global Health Equity (GHE).

The CVD and GHE Fellowship prepares trainees to be academic leaders in the areas of clinical innovation, education, and research addressing the cardiovascular burden among populations living in extreme poverty.

Quick Facts

  • The Cardiovascular Disease and Global Health Equity Fellowship is a one to two year non-ACGME-accredited fellowship program.
  • The Cardiovascular Disease and Global Health Equity Fellowship accepts at least one fellow per year.
  • Application deadline is March 31, 2020. 

Program Goals

The CVD and GHE program specifically focuses on training fellows to do the following:

  • Practice cardiology competently in resource-limited settings;
  • Lead clinical innovation around CVD practice in these setting;
  • Provide clinical training to other providers in these settings; and
  • Effectively collect and analyze data on innovative CVD interventions.

Clinical Training

The CVD and GHE Fellowship Program provides fellows with a combination of Boston- and international site-based clinical training, formal didactics, and mentored research rotations. The Fellowship begins with a focused didactic period aimed at preparing trainees for rotations abroad. During this initial training period fellows participate in:

  • Harvard School of Public Health’s Global Health Delivery Intensive (GHDI) Program – a summer program designed for mid-career global health professionals seeking training in global health delivery concepts and skills. The GHDI Program’s three courses -Epidemiological Methods for Global Health (ID505), Introduction to Global Health Care Delivery (GHP532), and Management Practices in Health Care Delivery (GHP555) - introduce fellows to the science of global health delivery and provide them with tools essential to practice in resource limited settings. More information found at
  • Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) Continuing Medical Education Course in CVD and GHE – A focused three-day course led by the Program in Global NCDs and Social Change at HMS will equip fellows with the knowledge, clinical skills, and assessment strategies needed to navigate cardiovascular policy and integrated service delivery in low- and lower-middle income countries. Fellows will specifically learn about global CVD policy and epidemiology, approaches to the diagnosis and management of CVD in highly-constrained health systems, and development of integrated care teams to address severe and common CVDs.
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Introduction to Global Health and Social Medicine - A 10-day international course led by the Division of Global Health Equity designed to give fellows the opportunity to become familiar with direct clinical care and programmatic makeup in resource-poor settings while under the supervision of experts in the field. The course uses site visits, direct patient care, didactic lectures, and facilitated discussions to build deeper understanding within fellows of the social, political, and economic factors that have shaped health care systems while also providing them with firsthand experience with a collaborative and effective model of care that addresses social determinants of health.

Trainees will then participate in field-based practical experiences at Partners In Health-supported sites in Haiti, Malawi, Liberia, and Rwanda over a period of 8 months. Trainees also have 6 weeks of dedicated writing time over the course of the year. Trainees will be guided by experienced mentors and learn primarily through practice-based, experiential learning, and by teaching key concepts and skills to mid-level providers.

Trainees will also have the opportunity to extend their fellowship for an additional year.


Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a scientific, clinical and academic stronghold with a long history of firsts. Our culture promotes excellence in patient care, teaching and research and affords an exceptional environment for clinical training and participation in exciting advances in research.  Our faculty are board certified physicians with full-time academic appointments at Harvard Medical School.  Every member of our faculty is uniquely skilled and focused, with dedication to providing the best in individualized care for each patient. While most of the learning is one-on-one, each faculty member will also provide state-of-the-art updates in their special areas. 

Cardiovascular Medicine Faculty

Division of Global Health Equity Faculty:

  • Dr. Gene Kwan, MD, MPH
  • Dr. Paul Park MD, MSc
  • Dr. Jason Beste, MD, MPH
  • Dr. Neil Gupta, MD, MPH
  • Dr. Joia Mukherjee, MD
  • Dr. Dan Palazuelos, MD, MPH
  • Dr. Joseph Rhatigan, MD
  • Dr. Emily Wroe, MD

Teaching Facilities

The fellows receive training at BWH and a choice of four international locations managed by national Ministries of Health and supported by Partners In Health and the Brigham’s Division of Global Health Equity.

International facilities include

  • In Rwanda: Rwinkwavu District Hospital, Kirehe District Hospital, Butaro District Hospital
  • In Haiti: the University Hospital of Mirebalais
  • In Malawi: Neno District Hospital
  • In Liberia: J.J. Dossen Memorial Hospital


Applications for the fellowship are accepted November through March from physicians who will have completed a three-year ACGME-equivalent accredited cardiovascular disease fellowship by the time the vascular medicine program begins in July. 

Selection of Interview Candidates

Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character. The program accepts one fellow per year. 

We interview approximately 6-8 candidates for the program each year. Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, it is not possible to interview all who apply. Every effort is made to notify applicants of their interview status in a timely manner in order to allow sufficient time for making travel arrangements.

Interview Format

Each candidate will meet individually with key faculty members at BWH. If available, our current fellow will visit informally with the candidates, provide a tour of the facility and have lunch.

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

For the purposes of making travel arrangements, applicants may anticipate being finished with all interview and tour activities by 5pm. Please see our hotel accommodations page for more information. Applicants are expected to fund all travel costs.


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