Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship

Timothy Cotts, MD
Timothy Cotts, MD
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the University of Michigan Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship Program. Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) is a new and rapidly growing field of medicine. Historically, patients born with congenital heart disease did not survive into adulthood. However, with advances in in the care of infants and children with congenital heart disease, an infant born today with congenital heart disease has a greater than 90% chance of surviving to adulthood.

Because of the increase in number and complexity of ACHD patients, the American Board of Internal Medicine established board certification in adult congenital heart disease, with the first examination offered in October 2015. As of July 2019, only practitioners who have completed a two-year ACGME accredited Fellowship will be eligible to take the examination and be board-certified.

Time in our program will be divided between our C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the Samuel & Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center - both on the same Michigan Medicine campus.

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We will be interviewing for one fellow in the fall of 2023 for a July 1, 2024 start date. Applications will only be accepted via ERAS. All interviews will be virtual.

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The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits, and employment eligibility is available on the Graduate Medical Education Office website.

Messages From Our Leaders

Message from the Program Team

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease training program at the University of Michigan has the following principal goals:

  1. Train future academic leaders in Adult Congenital Heart Disease following ABIM board certification guidelines.
  2. Further develop a research program in combination with current activity in order to provide a better understanding of these complex diseases and to utilize the research and clinical programs to augment the training environment.
  3. Continue to demonstrate that by combining the resources of both pediatric and adult cardiology we can provide optimal and innovative care of patients with adult congenital heart disease.

Central to this purpose is the exposure of trainees to the concepts, approaches, and techniques that represent the latest advances in clinical cardiology and cardiovascular sciences in order to prepare them to work at the forefront of their chosen field of investigation. The University of Michigan can provide you with such opportunities. The facilities here at University of Michigan are state of the art. At the conclusion of the training, Fellows will be eligible for certification in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease.

Message from Frankel Cardiovascular Center Clinical Director

Dear Doctor,

Thank you for your interest in the University of Michigan Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship. I am confident that you will find our fellowship to be an exceptional training environment. We espouse a unique patient-centered and quality-focused approach to cardiovascular care. Our state-of-the-art facility, the Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center, is designed to promote an integrated approach to care that encourages respect, compassion, collaboration, and seamless outstanding care delivery.

Fellows at the University of Michigan have a wealth of resources for both clinical and research development at their disposal and our goal is to help fellows reach their clinical and academic potential. The University of Michigan has a long history of cultivating innovation in cardiovascular care, and training leaders in the field of heart failure and heart trasplant. We look forward to meeting you, and wish you the best of success in your cardiology training.


Kim Eagle, MD

Message from the Cardiovascular Medicine Division Chief

Dear Doctor,

Thank you for your interest in the University of Michigan Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship. At Michigan, we are at the forefront of providing exceptional care to our patients and advancing cardiovascular science. We are extremely enthusiastic about training leaders who will shape the future of cardiovascular care.

At the University of Michigan, we have abundant resources available to develop the careers of our fellows. Our outstanding Adult Congenital Heart Disease program, combined with a strong department, health system, and university provide an exceptional training environment.

We invite you to explore the opportunities at Michigan, and wish you the best of success in your career.


David J. Pinsky, MD
J. Griswold Ruth MD & Margery Hopkins Ruth Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Founding Scholar A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute
Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center


Trainees from multiple training backgrounds are eligible to apply for the ACHD fellowship. Possible pathways include:

  • Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology
  • Med-Peds/Pediatric Cardiology
  • Med-Peds/Adult Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine/Adult Cardiology

Although the core rotations in ACHD are consistent across the training pathways, supporting rotations will vary based on a trainee’s background. For example, a trainee from a pediatrics background will have several months of general internal medicine as part of their fellowship, while a trainee from an internal medicine background will have several months of pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. 


Timothy Cotts, MD

Timothy Cotts, MD
Program Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Mark Norris, MD

Mark Norris, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Michael Joynt, MD

Michael Joynt, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine




Angela Quain, MD, MS

Angela Quain, MD, MS
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Residency (Med/Peds): Indiana University
Fellowship (Peds): University of Michigan



Josue Diaz-Frias, MD

Josue Diaz-Frias, MD
Medical School: Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez School of Medicine
Residency (Peds): The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Fellowship (Peds): Spectrum Health/Michigan State University


Contact Us

Melissa Rice, Program Coordinator
Michigan Medicine
2396A CVC, SPC 5853
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-5853

Phone:  (734) 936-5265
[email protected]