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Advanced Heart Failure Fellows

Heart Failure and Transplant Fellow

Jason duran pictureJason Duran, MD, PhD

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN
Undergraduate: Boston College
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: UC San Diego
General Fellowship: UC San Diego
Favorite aspects of the program: I stayed at UCSD for advanced heart failure fellowship because the volume of our transplant program offers incredible hands on experience that you cannot get at most other programs and for the opportunity to continue to work with our outstanding multidisciplinary team. The flexibility of our program has allowed me to explore multiple basic science and translational research projects while continuing my clinical training.

Career interests: I hope to continue my career at a large academic heart transplant center where I can continue to treat patients with genetic cardiomyopathies and work on basic and translational approaches to correct their underlying genetic defects
Research interests: Genetic cardiomyopathies and targeted gene therapies, inflammatory cardiomyopathies, cardiovascular sequelae of COVID-19
Research publications: Click here to view publications



BenJose Benjamin Cruz Rodriguez, MD, MPH

Hometown: Guatemala City
Undergraduate: Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala
Medical School: Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala
Residency: Methodist Dallas Medical Center
General Fellowship: Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, El Paso
Favorite aspects of the program: High volume transplant center; collegial environment; excellent support system; pivotal role as team leader on the service


Career interests: Advanced heart failure - Genetic cardiomyopathies, increase access to advanced heart failure therapies in the community
Research interests: Right ventricular failure, acute and chronic myocarditis, cost-effectiveness analysis of advanced heart failure therapies
Research publications: Click here to view publications



Cardiomyopathy Fellow


Matthew Brown, MDMatthew Brown, MD

Medical School: Saba University, School of Medicine
Residency: University of Cincinnati