Smith Center Cardiology Research Training

About Our Research Education Programs

The first of its kind in Boston, the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology places the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and BIDMC at the forefront of a field that will only become more critical in the years ahead as health care reform places a greater emphasis on providing high-quality, cost-effective care that is centered on the patient.

The Smith Center Fellowship

The Smith Center offers a fellowship training program for researchers interested in studying cardiovascular outcomes. The fellowship provides early career cardiologists with an opportunity to develop the expertise and skills needed to advance their portfolio in outcomes research.

The fellow will undertake formal training at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in research methodology, develop novel research ideas, apply for grants, conduct research and publish their findings. They will be expected to submit abstracts at national and international conferences, and develop relationships within the broader research community focusing on this specialized field of research in both academia and industry.

The Joan and Marcel Zimetbaum Fellowship

The Joan and Marcel Zimetbaum Fellowship, established in 2021 and named for the parents of Director of Clinical Cardiology Dr. Peter Zimetbaum, aims to support the training of students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine. In partnership with the Smith Center, the Fellowship is a unique one-year intensive research training program designed to provide foundational training in biostatistics and public health, pairing a physician in training with a dedicated faculty researcher for one-on-one mentorship. The Zimetbaum Fellow will focus their research on health services and outcomes, clinical epidemiology, public and population health, health equity and disparities, and/or health policy.

Dr. Wadhera, Dr. Yeh, Dr. Zimetbaum with Zimetbaum Fellow Ashley KyalwaziAshley Kyalwazi, BSc, seen here with Smith Center Director Dr. Robert Yeh, mentor Dr. Rishi Wadhera, and Dr. Peter Zimetbaum, is the inaugural recipient of the Zimetbaum Fellowship. A current student in Harvard Medical School’s class of 2023, her research focuses on issues of health equity in cardiovascular medicine from both clinical and health policy standpoints. Ashley looks forward to building upon the training that she receives here throughout her medical career, where she intends to continue working with and advocating for historically marginalized populations.