Message from the Program Director

Daniel Sporn, MD FACC

The Guthrie Cardiovascular Fellowship Program was established in 2009. With two new fellows each year, the three year program trains six fellows at a time in all aspects of Cardiology, including heart failure, arrhythmia management, and noninvasive and invasive imaging, to name a few. 

Currently Guthrie’s only fellowship, we have recently graduated our 11th and 12th fellows and we are pleased to claim a 100% first-time pass rate for the General Cardiology Board Exam. Additionally, many fellows choose to take Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, and CT Boards during their training, all optional certifications. The first-time pass rate has been 100% for these Boards as well. Our program is somewhat unique in that many training programs do not allow their fellows to sit for these subspecialty Boards, while the opinion of our Cardiology faculty is that preparing for these exams enhances the knowledge of our trainees, and better prepares them for practice. 

Cardiovascular trainees at Guthrie have found a strong, engaged faculty that takes pride in what we do and in our desire to teach. The program is a comprehensive one, in which teamwork, professionalism, and mutual respect are keys to success. We take pride in the fact that all of our trainees have attained/exceeded their goals, with half pursuing further fellowship training in Interventional Cardiology and Advanced Imaging and Electrophysiology, and the other half entering practice.

Personally, my Internal Medicine Residency at Guthrie in the late 1980s was invaluable in terms of my future accomplishments. Since I joined Guthrie as an Interventional Cardiologist in 1991, I have strived to mentor others in the positive way that I was mentored as a trainee. I am proud to have directed the Cardiovascular Fellowship since 2012, and to have recruited three excellent fellows to our faculty during this time. 

Given the wonderful team of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, secretaries, technologists, and administrators, the future of Cardiology and of our training program is bright, as we continue to provide cutting edge treatments to those in our region and beyond. 

Daniel Sporn, MD FACC, MHA
Program Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship
Chief, Section of Cardiology