The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center and Emory University School of Medicine offer the largest accredited pediatric cardiology fellowship program in the Southeast. Our program was accredited, without citations, by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2003.

Why choose Children’s for your pediatric cardiology fellowship

As a top-ranked heart center by U.S. News & World Report, we are uniquely positioned to leverage the high patient volumes and excellent outcomes of Children’s and the academic strength of Emory University to provide a comprehensive training program in all disciplines of pediatric cardiology. There are also opportunities to collaborate with other organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Goizueta Business School, as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Key facts about the Children’s Heart Center

  • We are top five in the nation for cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) volumes, surgical procedures and catheterization procedures.
  • We have the busiest CICU in the country.
  • We have the largest fetal cardiology program in the Southeast, performing more than 2,000 fetal echocardiograms each year.
  • We treat more infants, children and teenagers with heart conditions in Georgia than anyone else.

Our facilities include:

  • A 32-bed CICU, one of the largest dedicated CICUs in the U.S.
  • A 35-bed, fully equipped CACU
  • Three dedicated cardiac biplane catheterization laboratories
  • 10-bed catheterization laboratory recovery area
  • Cardiac operating room suites near the CICU
  • First-year fellows

    Marisaa Adamson
    Medical school: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

    Michael Lin
    Medical school: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Residency: University of Washington

    Michelle Moore Padilla
    Medical school: FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
    Residency: Ohio State University Hospital Program

    Ryan Sheets
    Medical school: University of Alabama School of Medicine
    Residency: University of Alabama Medical Center

    Megan Simpson
    Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

    Second-year fellows

    Anne-Marie Marrone
    Medical school: University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    Residency: University of Pittsburgh

    Jameson Cole Miller
    Medical school: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
    Residency: Carolinas Medical School

    Ian Milligan
    Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
    Residency: University of Michigan Health System

    Vincent Palmieri
    Medical school: Medical University of South Carolina 
    Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

    Trisha Patel
    Medical school: Emory University School of Medicine
    Residency: Children's National Medical Center

    Third-year fellows

    Andrew Dailey-Schwartz
    Medical school: Wayne State University School of Medicine
    Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

    Matthew Dove
    Medical school: University of Mississippi School of Medicine
    Residency: Vanderbilt University

    James Dyal
    Medical school: USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
    Residency: John Hopkins University All Children's Hospital Program

    Jay Patel
    Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

    Daniell Ziebell
    Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

    Fourth-year fellows

    Sabikah Alam
    Medical school: University of Florida College of Medicine
    Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

    Rachel Ayers
    Medical school: Mercer University School of Medicine
    Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

    Maria Batsis
    Medical school: University of Athens School of Health Sciences
    Residency: University of Texas Southwestern

    Lisa Gregorcyk
    Medical school: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
    Residency: National Capital Consortium

    Rohit Madani
    Medical school: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    Residency: University of Michigan Health System

    See a full list of our past fellows

    Cardiology Fellowship Program

    Fellowship prerequisites

    To be considered for the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program, applicants must complete an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) pediatric or internal medicine/pediatric residency by the beginning of the fellowship program. Fellowship applicants must be board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) or must be eligible to sit for the ABP general pediatric examination during the first year of fellowship training.

    Application requirements

    We accept applications until July 31 but encourage application materials to be complete by July 1 when Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) opens to programs. Incomplete applications after July 31 will not be considered. Please note that we are not able to add materials to your application, such as curriculum vitae changes, publications, etc.

    To apply for the program, you must submit:

    • An online application through ERAS
    • A personal statement (one page only)
      • Why do you want to specialize in pediatric cardiology?
      • What past experiences have given you this motivation?
      • What are your career plans and/or goals?
    • Letters of recommendation (no more than four), including:
      • The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Evaluation form (found and submitted through ERAS)
      • Letters from faculty members who know you well and can speak to the qualities that will make you a good fellow, such as:
        • A member of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at your residency training institution
        • Your residency program director
        • A professional of your choosing
        • A research mentor (if applicable)
    • A dean’s letter and evaluation
    • Your medical school transcript
    • Copies of United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX) scores

    Visit ERAS to apply.

    Application timeline and selection process

    Applicants must apply directly to the department. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the selection of first-year fellows.

    Register with NRMP using our program code: 1113325F0.

    • June 1, 2021: Applicants can begin working on their applications through ERAS.
    • July 1, 2021: Program opens for applicants.
    • July 15, 2021: Program begins to download applications.
    • July 31, 2021: Deadline for completed applications, and applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.
    • Early August 2021: Invitations for interviews are sent out. Due to the large number of applications submitted, we are unable to interview all applicants.
    • August to November 2021: Interviews with selected applicants conducted. The committee will meet at the end of the interview process to review the applicants and prepare the order list for the NRMP.
    • September 2021: NRMP opens.
    • November 2021: The Fellowship Selection Committee ranks applicants based on personal interviews, prior performance, letters of recommendation and academic promise.
    • Early December 2021: NRMP match results are posted.


    For more information about our Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program or training verifications, contact:

    Shelley M. Ash
    Coordinator, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program
    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
    1405 Clifton Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30329
    Phone: 404-785-6210
    Fax: 404-785-9188