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.

2021-2022 Innovation Fellows

Mazen Albaghdadi, MD, Msc (USA)

Mazen Albaghdadi, MD, MSc (USA)

Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto
  • Fellowship, Adult Congenital and Structural Interventions
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, MIT
  • Chief Fellowship, Vascular Medicine and Intervention
  • Fellowship, Interventional Cardiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • MSc, Clinical Investigation
  • Fellowship, Cardiology, Advanced Cardiology Research
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Physician-Scientist Training Program
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • MD, Research Distinction, Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship
University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BS, Bioengineering, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Honors College

Leonardo Paim, MD, PhD (Brazil)

Leonardo Paim, MD, PhD (Brazil)

University of São Paulo
  • PhD, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thesis: “Transcatheter mitral valve-in-valve implantation for the treatment of patients with degenerated bioprostheses: evaluation and impact of initial results”
Heart Institute of the University of São Paulo Medical School
  • Fellowship, Transcatheter Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Residency, Cardiovascular Surgery
Clinics Hospital of the University of São Paulo Medical School
  • Residency, General Surgery Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • MD, Magna Cum Laude

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

For general questions, please email

The deadline for the 2022-2023 Innovation Fellowship program has now passed. Please check back in Fall 2022 for updated submission details.

Please update your browserClose this window

Please update to a current version of your preferred browser, this site will perform effectively on the following:

Unable to update your browser?

If you are on a computer, that is maintained by an admin and you cannot install a new browser, ask your admin about it. If you can't change your browser because of compatibility issues, think about installing a second browser for browsing and keep this old one for compatibility