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Welcome from the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program Director

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Welcome from Daniel Katz, MD, Program Director

Welcome to Bassett Healthcare Network's Cardiovascular Fellowship Program. Our program offers a 3-year cardiovascular training program where fellows are primarily based at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York, with the opportunity to complete key rotations at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan.

The fellowship is located centrally in what is known as the Leatherstocking Region of upstate New York, we are less than a 5-hour drive to New York City, Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, and Montreal, Canada. Our fellows receive outstanding clinical and research training at Bassett Healthcare Network, one of the nation’s best rural healthcare systems, as well as experience training at Columbia in one of the nation’s best urban academic medical centers. Bassett Healthcare Network offers robust and cutting-edge clinical experience, including a structural heart disease program with TAVR, left atrial appendage closure, 3 Tesla cardiac MRI, a broad range of noninvasive imaging, interventional and electrophysiology procedures, and a history of presenting research at national cardiology meetings. Cardiology research activities are supported by the Bassett Research Institute.

We currently have faculty members with expertise, board certification, and experience in cardiovascular disease, cardiac surgery, echocardiography, nuclear imaging, advanced imaging with CT, cardiac MRI, interventional cardiology, and electrophysiology.

Our program believes in the reduction of burnout to increase resiliency and well-being that will translate into improving patient safety, quality, and satisfaction. In our program, we try to instill a sense of belonging, trust, and partnership for active involvement and leadership. Our fellows live and train in a wonderful upstate New York lakeside community, with a seasonal tourist population and a peaceful year-round life. Hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, running, kayaking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, cycling, and boating are among the outdoor activities enjoyed, just to name a few. Many of our fellows and faculty walk or bike to work.

We aspire to achieve true workforce diversity through mentoring, coaching, advocacy, and the cultivation of an inclusive work environment. We are immensely proud of the graduates of this program and their potential to advance the field of cardiology. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about the cardiovascular fellowship program at Bassett.

Daniel Katz, MD

Our Leadership Team

Daniel Katz, MD
Program Director

Melissa Hochbrueckner, PACE

Melissa Hochbrueckner, PACE
Program Coordinator