Program Director


Kelly Gajewski, MD  
(504) 896-9751


Associate Progam Director

Amira  Soliman, MD
(504) 896-4732


Program Coordinator

Hanh Rimmer
(504) 894-6851

LSU Pediatrics
200 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

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Thank you for your interest in our fellowship program in Pediatric Cardiology!

Our division offers an accredited 3-year training program with positions available to 1-2 fellows per year.   

Our program is the only Pediatric Cardiology training program in Louisiana and our division provides care for patients across Louisiana and the Gulf Coast community from fetus and into adulthood. Our primary focus is to produce Pediatric Cardiologists with unparalleled clinical skills who will successfully transition into any clinical or academic setting including local, state-wide and nation-wide positions. To ensure success, we also prepare fellows to prioritize patient safety, to value inter-professional teamwork, and to improve healthcare quality for all.

While the fellowship program was initially accredited in 2010, our Heart Center here at Children’s Hospital has been undergoing an extensive transformation over the past few years and has resulted in significant improvements in training opportunities for fellowship candidates.  In fact, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans (our primary institution) is in the midst of a $300 million expansion that includes a state of the art, family centered cardiac intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, two new Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology laboratories, new emergency and inpatient radiology departments, and a same-day surgery unit with private rooms. We moved into the new 28 bed CICU in January 2020 and two new cardiac operating rooms and two new cardiac catheterizations labs in April 2020. The complete hospital three-phased project is now beyond its half-way point and is expected to be completed in 2021. 

Each year, nearly 2000 children and adults visit our center for cardiac-related services, including: pediatric and adult congenital cardiothoracic surgery, dedicated cardiac intensive care management, diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology services, echocardiography, MRI and CT-angiography, maternal fetal care, adult congenital heart disease care, exercise stress testing, heart failure and cardiomyopathy diagnosis and management, and pediatric coronary artery disease. Our highly trained and experienced cardiothoracic surgeons perform 150- 200 surgical procedures a year in newborns to adults, including Norwood, Glenn, Fontan, and arterial switch operations. ECMO technology and dedicated perfusionists support the comprehensive surgical program.

We currently have 19 faculty, including sub-specialty trained adult congenital cardiologists, fetal and non-invasive imaging specialists, congenital and adult congenital electrophysiologists, cardiac interventionalists, 6 cardiac intensivists and two cardiothoracic surgeons.

In addition, New Orleans is a wonderful city to live in and experience first-hand with a lot of cultural and entertainment opportunities outside of the workplace.


Please click here for our services: Heart Center of CHNOLA


Clinical Training

During the cardiac fellowship, the trainee gains extensive inpatient and outpatient experience in the following areas:

  1. Inpatient Cardiology
  2. Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Procedures
  3. Echocardiography: Transthoracic, Transesophageal and Fetal
  4. Electrophysiology and Non-Invasive Testing
  5. Cardiac Intensive Care
  6. Outpatient Cardiology
  7. Consultation
  8. Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy
  9. Pediatric Coronary Artery Disease
  10. Cardiac CT and MRI
  11. Congental Heart Disease