Cardiovascular Prevention Research Fellowship in the Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health


The Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) aims to change the paradigm from cardiovascular disease to cardiovascular health through efforts in research and education. As part of the educational aim for the center, a one-year fellowship in cardiovascular prevention has been created to provide a robust experience to an individual interested in the field of cardiovascular prevention. Dr. Felipe Martignoni is serving as the cardiovascular prevention fellow for 2023-2024.

The Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health is uniquely positioned to help determine the optimal approach to cardiovascular prevention through research, education and leadership. MHIF is strongly positioned for success with the center through its partnership with 70+ Minneapolis Heart Institute® cardiologists, who see more than 50,000 individual patients at more than 60,000 clinic visits each year at Abbott Northwestern and United Hospitals.

Key Objectives

The key objectives for the Cardiovascular Research Prevention Fellowship are for the fellow to gain, through research and clinical experience, a thorough knowledge base and expertise in:

  • Optimal methods of cardiovascular risk assessment, including coronary artery calcium scoring
  • The importance of nutrition, physical activity, and smoking cessation in cardiovascular prevention as well as optimal counseling methods to implement behavioral change
  • The diagnosis and treatment of complex lipid disorders, including familial hypercholesterolemia
  • The diagnosis and treatment of cardiometabolic disorders, including type 2 diabetes
  • The diagnosis and treatment of hypertension

Program Implementation

The curriculum for the program consists of:

  • A broad range of CVD prevention research opportunities with close mentoring, support from a biostatistician, and access to local and national databases.
  • Active participation in weekly cardiovascular prevention clinic at several different sites to allow exposure to urban, suburban, and rural populations.
  • Opportunities to present and discuss research findings at regional and national meetings.
  • Routine interaction with physician mentors in clinical and research settings to gain insight into patient care and areas of need for research.
  • Funding to support attendance the AHA’s annual 10-day Seminar in Cardiovascular Prevention

MHIF has multiple personnel dedicated to prevention research, and who will serve as resources for the Fellow. In addition to the program staff listed, staff members include study coordinators, data abstracters and a doctoral-level biostatistician.


Fellowship Faculty

Michael D. Miedema, MD, MPH
Program Chair, Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health

Courtney Jordan Baechler, MD, MS
Director, Emerging Science Centers

Thomas Knickelbine, MD
Director of Lipid Research

Susan White, RDN
Clinical Program Lead, Cardiovascular Health

Gretchen Benson, RDN
Program Director, Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health

View the full Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health team here.

Key Dates

Applications due: November 13, 2023

Interviews: November 27 - December 1, 2023

Candidate selected: December 12, 2023

Position start date: July 1, 2024

Eligibility Information and Application

Application Materials - All applicants must submit:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • Personal statement


  • Applicants must be a currently licensed MD and be eligible for board certification in internal medicine or cardiology
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
  • Applicants must be able to perform work in-person in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

The Cardiovascular Prevention Fellowship does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, disability or national origin.

Please note, sponsorships are unavailable for this position. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

For any questions about the fellowship, please contact Gretchen Benson.

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The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) strives to create a world without heart and vascular disease. To achieve this bold vision, we are dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education.

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We are honored to celebrate the culmination of years of research that has resulted in new technologies for patients! In the few last weeks, we announced a similar research milestone with the FDA approval of the TriClip system for tricuspid regurgitation. We celebrated this important milestone with local media KSTP-TV, who spotlighted the importance of this new technology. We were proud to be a leading clinical site led by Global PI Dr. Paul Sorajja and the MHIF research team who contributed significant data to the pivotal trial.