The Structural Heart Innovation Fellowship is a first-of-its-kind program for early-career cardiologists and cardiac surgeons looking to make an impact in the development of new devices and technology serving the unmet needs of people living with structural heart disease.

This unique, real-world Fellowship provides newly practicing cardiovascular specialists with multidimensional training to become career leaders in needs-based innovation and champions of emerging cardiovascular technologies.

Building on Edwards’ 60+ year legacy of innovation, the Innovation Fellowship enables a “learn-by-doing” approach to understand the stakeholders and key elements which determine clinical adoption and change clinical practice.

Ideal candidates are early-career cardiologists (general, EP, interventional, structural, imaging, HF) or cardiac surgeons, no more than three years out of training, who are interested in better understanding how to work with technology innovators. Candidates are passionate about playing an active role in advancing patient-focused structural heart innovation through a creative and productive clinician-industry partnership.

The Innovation Fellowship offers the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary creative team alongside leaders in design and engineering, regulatory affairs, quality, strategy and marketing, health economics and reimbursement, policy, intellectual property and clinical trials.

Fellows will become active contributors to the team as they characterize unmet clinical needs and develop novel solutions with the potential to move forward to clinical use. They will receive training through experience, advancing personal development as a key opinion leader. Compensation includes a competitive salary, benefits and relocation package.

2020-2021 Innovation Fellows Testimonials

Afnan Tariq, MD, JD

Afnan Tariq, MD, JD

“Working with the professionally diverse members of the Advanced Innovation team through this experience has rapidly expanded my knowledge base, skill set, and network, and builds upon my years of clinical training to pursue a unique pathway in clinical innovation.”

Sam Chitsaz, MD

Sam Chitsaz, MD

“One invaluable benefit of participating in the Innovation Fellowship is the expansion of my professional network. This experience has provided me the opportunity to work directly with some of the industry’s most accomplished engineers and cardiologists.”

About the Innovation Fellowship

The Edwards Lifesciences Structural Heart Innovation Fellowship, established in 2020, is a paid, 12-month program offering full-time employment from July to June.

Fellows are based at the global headquarters of medical technology innovator Edwards Lifesciences (located in Irvine, Calif.) within the Advanced Technology group, led by Farzad Azimpour, MD and Todd Brinton, MD.

The innovation process within the Advanced Technology group builds on the fundamentals of the Stanford Biodesign approach to identify, invent and implement, focused on generating and developing novel concepts alongside expert innovators.

Hiring requirements include:

  • MD, DO, or equivalent medical doctorate degree
  • Recent completion (within 0-3 years) of fellowship training in one of the following: clinical cardiovascular medicine or related advanced field, completion of residency or fellowship in cardiovascular and/or cardiothoracic surgery
  • Demonstration of unique qualities that position candidate for leadership in the field
  • Demonstration of creative pursuits

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For general questions, please email

Deadline for application packet submission is January 15, 2021.

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