Fellowship - Council on Clinical Cardiology

Fellowship provides a mean to recognize and award Premium Professional members for excellence, innovative and sustained contributions in the areas of scholarship, practice and/or education, and volunteer service and/or leadership within the American Heart Association (AHA). International members may be nominated for International Fellowship and may demonstrate volunteer service and/or leadership in similar societies within their own countries.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for AHA Fellowship the candidate must:

  1. Must be an active member at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level at the time the nomination is submitted.
  2. member dues must be up-to-date.
  3. Must have been an AHA member for at least two years.
  4. Applicant must be affiliated with the Council through which the application is submitted.


AHA Fellowship conferred by the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD) is generally reserved for physicians and scientists who are board certified in cardiovascular disease. In exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Leadership Committee, Fellowship may be granted to individuals who do not have subspecialty boards in cardiovascular disease. Candidates must be able to demonstrate ongoing interest and contributions after completing training through research, education or patient care; and must be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Must be continually active in the practice of cardiology or in scientific or educational work bearing directly on cardiology.
  • Must be board certified in cardiovascular disease.
  • Must be of good character, ethical in his or her practice and have good standing in the community.
  • Must be recognized by peers as a competent physician consultant in cardiovascular disease who holds the highest ethical standards of professional behavior.
  • Candidate must be able to show significant volunteer service to the AHA at the council, national, affiliate and/or local level. Examples of volunteer service include :
    • Active participation as members and chairpersons of AHA and/or council committees, boards and task forces at the local, affiliate, and/or national level.
    • Active leadership role in Development and Fundraising (Heart Walk, galas, Go Red fund raisers, etc.) such as organizing Heart Walk teams, raising funds, promoting AHA events and recruiting others to participate.
    • Active participation in Advocacy efforts including participating in You’re the Cure, leading policy adoption or change, informing legislators about AHA and cardiovascular health issues at state and national levels.
    • Active participation in Professional and lay education programs, including participation in a local AHA speaker’s bureau, providing talks for Go Red activities, media activities, leading education activities and Get with the Guidelines.
    • Sharing expertise through AHA research and scholarship activities such as serving on a writing group, abstract grading, and research grant peer review.

Note: Attending and/or presenting at the AHA Scientific Sessions or other AHA sponsored conference may be considered as scholarly contributions but not AHA volunteer service.

International Fellowship Criteria

International candidates may show evidence of volunteer involvement and service in the American Heart Association or similar organizations/associations in countries or regions where they have trained, previously worked, or currently reside. Other avenues of community or volunteer involvement may be submitted, if these activities are well documented and perceived as equivalents regarding volunteerism and engagement, to those through the AHA.

Some examples of service and volunteerism include, but are not limited to:

  • Active, voluntary participation on committees, boards and task forces
  • Development and fundraising
  • Advocacy efforts
  • Scientific or educational services, such as guideline/performance measure writing groups, abstract grading, and research grant peer review.

Successful candidates for International Fellowship have typically completed their training years earlier and are at the academic rank of Assistant Professor or similar, or hold a more senior position.

AHA Staff Fellowship Criteria

  • AHA Staff applying for FAHA status must meet the General and Council specific criteria with experience and service outside the scope of their position at the AHA. Any council and/or committee participation, support of AHA volunteer initiatives, AHA writing groups etc., that fall within the staff applicant’s job at the AHA will not be considered during scoring of FAHA applications.
  • AHA Staff must be a paid AHA member for 1 year prior to submitting a FAHA application.

Application Submission and Deadlines

The Council on Clinical Cardiology considers applications for AHA Fellowship during the spring and fall of each year. Applications may be submitted through the Council Awards/FAHA Application System(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window) until:

  • Spring Review Cycle: January 10, 11 p.m. Central Time
  • Fall Review Cycle: July 10, 11 p.m. Central Time
  • Applications entered after the deadlines cannot be successfully submitted.

How to Apply

Candidates must be proposed by an active AHA Fellow (dues and print subscription [if applicable] are up-to-date) or Emeritus Fellow (Emeritus Fellows are exempt from paying dues and maintaining a print journal subscription) affiliated with any AHA Council who are well acquainted with the candidate's professional activities and volunteer involvement in the AHA or international society. To apply for AHA Fellowship please follow the procedures below:

  • Use your Professional Heart Daily login info to log on to the Council Awards/FAHA Application System.
  • Complete all sections of the application in order to avoid delay. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Attach documentation as required. Applications that do not include the required documents will be considered incomplete and will not be considered:
    • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
    • Complete bibliography
    • One (1) letter of recommendations from an active AHA Fellow. The letter must be written on business letterhead, be signed by the proposer, and must clearly articulate how the candidate meets each of the criteria. Electronic signatures are acceptable.
    • Clear head and shoulder photograph. The photograph may be used to recognize elected Fellows in Connections and the Professional Heart Daily website.

Locate a Proposer

Locate AHA Fellows by name or council in the online Member Directory. To access the AHA online Member Directory:

  1. Log into professional.heart.org with an active login
  2. Click on your Dashboard and choose Member Directory under the Links section
  3. Click on the “Advanced Search” link
  4. On the Member Type field, click the arrow to drop down the selection list
  5. Select the Fellow category you are searching for to populate the field
  6. Click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page

Review and Election Process

Fellowship applications are peer reviewed by the Member Committee during the spring and fall of each year. A slate containing the names of candidates that meet the eligibility requirements and criteria is presented to the Leadership Committee for election its bi-annual meetings. Candidates will be advised of the status of their application prior in late April (spring review) and prior to the Scientific Sessions (fall review).

Recognition and Acknowledgement

Newly elected Fellows will be acknowledged at the Annual Council Dinner held during the AHA Scientific Sessions; we strongly encourage newly elected FAHAs to attend this event. Fellowship certificate will be mailed after the Leadership Committee meetings (Spring review cycle) and after Scientific Sessions (Fall review cycle).

FAHA Benefits

  • Entitlement to use the designation of Fellow of the AHA (FAHA). This designation reflects not only the professional stature of the Fellow, but also his/her record of valuable service to the association and the council.
  • Access to online AHA journals at no cost.
  • Reduced subscription rates for all AHA print journals.
  • Priority registration and housing for Scientific Sessions and International Stroke Conference.
  • Reduced registration fee to the AHA Scientific Sessions and other AHA sponsored conferences.
  • Opportunity to serve as a Mentor in the Mentoring for Professionals program.
  • Access to the FAHA Lounge at Scientific Sessions.
  • 8" X 11" Fellowship certificate suitable for framing.
  • Complete roster of council Fellows (by request only).

Annual Member Dues/FAHA Maintenance

AHA Fellows elected through the Council on Clinical Cardiology are required to maintain member account at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rendering your FAHA status inactive.


Contact the AHA Fellowship Desk:

Email: Professional.Membership@Heart.org

Phone: (214) 706-1306

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