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Program Overview


Faculty & Current Fellows




Cardiology Fellowship- Program Overview

aaaProgram Director
Kenneth Gatto, DO
 Program Coordinator
Leslie Zang
[email protected]
 Program Duration
36 months
 Number of Postions
4 total over 3 years

The Cardiology Fellowship program at Doctors Hospital OhioHealth accepted the first fellow into the training program in July of 2006.  The fellowship is an AOA approved 36 month program that provides the osteopathic trained Board Eligible/Certified Internist with advanced training in the field of diseases of the cardiovascular system and prepares the trainee for the AOBIM subspecialty certification in Cardiovascular Disease. Our program is unique in that the designated fellow will have the opportunity to participate in clinical and didactic sessions at our facility as well as The Ohio State University Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital, and the McConnell Cardiac Rehabilitation Facility.  These opportunities allow the fellow an enriching and varied experience in all facets of general cardiology with multiple faculty members.  The fellowship has the flexibility to tailor to the educational interest of the qualified candidate.

Doctors Hospital and its affiliated programs are well known locally and nationally.  Some of our accomplishments and recognitions include:

National Recognition

  • Recognized by Thomson Reuters in 2011 as one of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® in the Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Fellowship Programs category.  Doctors Hospital is the only hospital in Central Ohio to earn this recognition.
  • Recognized by Thomson Reuters in 2009, 2010, and 2011 as a 100 Top Hospital® in the Major Teaching Hospital category based on quality, patient safety and patient satisfaction.  This award places Doctors Hospital alongside some of the top medical institutions in the country.

Local Recognition

  • One of three Columbus area hospitals to receive designation as an accredited chest pain center.
  • Heart Services available 24/7 with a full range of diagnostics and treatment; a fifty-five minute door to balloon time for percutaneous coronary intervention; better than the national standard of 90 minutes

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Cardiology Fellowship- Curriculum

Clinical Cardiology
  • 8 rotations
  • Ongoing inpatient management and consultation
  • 3 rotations
  • 6 rotations
  • Includes performance and interpretation of 2 D-M Mode and color flow Doppler, nuclear medicine, peripheral vascular, etc.
Non-invasive Service
  • 3 rotations
  • Includes exposure to physiologic and pharmacological (Dobutamine, Adenosine) modalities as well as echo and nuclear imaging techniques
Cardiac Cath Labs
  • 6 rotations
  • Includes RHC, LHC, interventional techniques, and IABP
  • Exposure to a minimum of 400 cath cases
Electrophysiologic Studies
  • 2 rotations
  • Includes Pacemaker implantation, follow-up, programmed ventricular stimulation studies and exposure to radio-frequency ablation and AICDs.
  • 3 rotations (1 per academic year)
  • Areas in which trainee would like to achieve Level II, independent operator status, as defined by COCATS.
Specialized Areas of Training
  •  3 rotations
  • 1 rotation- Prventative cardiology/Rehab/Lipids
  • 1 rotation- Transplant/CHF
  • 1 rotation- Adult Congenital
Additional Electives
  • 5 rotations
  • Additional cath, echo, nuclear, cardiovascular imaging
  • Clinical Cardiology
  • Peripheral Vascular
  • Other electives available with program director approval

Ambulatory Clinic

Ongoing outpatient clinical experience is mandatory for all cardiovascular fellows. One-half day per week in the cardiology fellow clinic with appropriate supervision throughout the 36-month period will be provided.  This will allow the cardiovascular fellow to gain experience and exposure to the management of cardiovascular problems in the outpatient setting.


Clinical training is accompanied by a comprehensive didactic curriculum that not only presents clinical information, but encourages the in-depth discussion of particular cases and an exchange of ideas among professionals. Didactics are held five days per week.  These include:

  • Cardiology Grand Rounds – held at Doctors Hospital and The Ohio State University Medical Center
  • Braunwald Review
  • EKG Conference
  • Fellow Topic Discussion
  • Cardiology M & M
  • Board Review
  • Journal Club


  • Year 1 – One week of conference
  • Year 2 – One to two weeks of conference
  • Year 3 – One week of conference

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Cardiology Fellowship- Faculty & Fellows

The fellows interact with six core faculty members at Doctors Hospital and 12+ additional staff at affiliate institutions.  The core members include Aref Amro, M.D., Kenneth Gatto, D.O., Howard Levin, D.O., Yun You Li, M.D., Nicholas Maksim, D.O., Hetul Patel, D.O.


Aref Amro, M.D.

  • Graduate of Damascus University
  • Internal Medicine Residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
  • Cardiology Fellowship at University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Coronary and Peripheral Interventional Training at Cardiovascular Institute of South, Houma, LA
  • Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH


Kenneth Gatto, D.O. – Program Director

  • Graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
  • Internal Medicine Residency at Grandview Hospital, Dayton, OH
  • Cardiology Fellowship at Deborah Heart & Lung Center, Brown Mills, NJ


Howard Levin, D.O.

  • Graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Internal Medicine Residency at Delaware Valley Medical Center, Langhorne, PA
  • Cardiology Fellowship at Deborah Heart & Lung Center, Brown Mills, NJ


Yun You Li, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Graduate of Henan Medical University School of Medicine, China
  • M.Sc. Immunology at Tianjin Medical University, China
  • Ph.D. Molecular Cardiology at Nanjing Medical University, China
  • Internal Medicine Residency at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cardiology Fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center


Nicholas Maksim, D.O.

  • Graduate of Ohio University Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
  • Internal Medicine Residency at Doctors Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Cardiology Fellowship at Doctors Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Interventional Cardiology at Midwestern University/St. James Hospital & Health Center, Olympia Fields, IL


Hetul Patel, D.O.

  • Graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
  • Internal Medicine Residency at Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills, MI
  • Cardiology Fellowship at Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills, MI




Jason Foreman, DO

  • Graduate of NOVA Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Internal Medicine Residency at Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA

Jeff Neal, DO

  • Graduate of Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, VA
  • Internal Medicine Residency at Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA

Lawrence Ukpong, DO

  • Graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
  • Internal Medicine Residency at The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

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Cardiology Fellowship- Application Process

Those interested in applying:

1. Must have completed either an AOA-approved or ACGME-approved internal medicine residency.

2. Fellows who completed an ACGME-approved internal medicine residency must gain AOA approval of their training prior to completion of the first year of the fellowship and supply documentation of this to the program director.

3. The application deadline is July 31.

4. Contact Leslie Zang, Program Administrator for an application at [email protected].

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