Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program

Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program

Program Information

Our Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program begins July 1, 2024, obtaining its initial accreditation by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since April 5, 2024.

The Program consists of three years of training in the specialty of Cardiology and with an enrollment of two (2) fellows per level.

The Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program has a group of attendings who provide support and excellent education to fellows. Our program requires scientific research during the three years and we will offer you the necessary tools and guides to achieve these goals.

Our Mission

  • Prepare cardiologists outstanding in all six ACGME competencies, giving our fellows a strong base to practice high quality Cardiology.
  • Maintain a culture of fellow and faculty wellness, including fellow and faculty support, mentorship; addressing aspects of well-being which includes physical, emotional, and social well-being to ensure a work-life balance during their three-year training.
  • Provide an intensive educational environment with a diversity of clinical settings which promote compassion, progressive responsibility, medical ethics, professionalism, graduated autonomy, and team based collaborative care.
  • Encouraging the majority of our fellows to practice in our island upon completing their training in order to provide high quality care to underprivileged communities.


Our program consists of three years training in Cardiology.  During their training, fellows receive an important exposure in rotations, such as:

  • Consults
  • Non invasive studies (Echocardiography, Holter, Stress Testing)
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Procedures
  • Coronary and Surgical Intensive Care Units
  • Cardiac Imaging (Cardiac CT, Cardiac MRI, Nuclear Cardiology)
  • Research
  • Electrophysiology
  • Elective Rotation
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure and Structural Heart Disease
  • Outpatient Cardiology Continuity Clinic


We offer fellows:

  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Vacation Time (28 days)
  • Maternity / Paternity Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Free access to faculty parking area
  • 24-hour library with technological resources for learning and access to on-line scientific literature, including access to Ponce Health Sciences University virtual library.
  • American College of Cardiology Membership during the three-year of fellowship.
  • Mentorship Program
  • Psychological Support
  • Resting area which includes lounge with snacks, coffee, and water available 24/7.
  • American College of Cardiology Review during third year of fellowship reimbursed by the Institution.
  • Reimbursement of the American Board of Internal Medicine – Cardiovascular Diseases Certification Exam upon obtaining a passing score.

Educational Activities

  • Morning Reports
  • Core Curriculum Conference Series
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conferences
  • Quality Improvement Conferences
  • Clinical Case Conferences
  • Research Conferences
  • Journal Club
  • Cardiac Boards


Meet Our Fellow Staff!

Sra. Cristina Ramírez
Program Coordinator
Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program

David R. Bermúdez Núñez, MD, FACC
Program Director

Juan F. Rodríguez Acosta, MD, FACC
Associate Program Director

Hector J. Martínez González, MD, FACC
Core Faculty

Edgar J. Vázquez Vargas, MD, FACC
Core Faculty

Brian J. Torres Mercado, MD

Joseph Maldonado Suárez, MD


Telephone: 787-652-9200

Cristina Ramirez Ellin
Program Coordinator

Address: PO Box 600 Mayagüez, PR 00680