Heather N. Anderson, M.D.
What attracted you to pediatric cardiology?
I was interested in cardiac anatomy and physiology in medical school and the diverse spectrum of congenital cardiac defects presents a unique challenge with each patient. I also love getting to know the children and their families!
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
Mayo provides an opportunity for individualized subspecialty training with strong mentorship in both research and clinical care. My husband is also in training in an adult subspecialty, so Mayo offers excellent training for both of us.
How is your fellowship at Mayo Clinic going?
I have greatly enjoyed my time at Mayo thus far. I feel that I am encouraged to take ownership of the patients I care for and develop their care plans while receiving appropriate support and guidance from the consulting staff. We also have the opportunity to develop skills in the echo and cath labs early on which has been very helpful.
Did anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
I don't know that it was a surprise, but the collegiality within the fellowship is unparalleled. The leadership is easy to talk to and open to ideas, and the fellows are supportive of one another and enjoy gathering outside of work.
What is living in Rochester, Minnesota, like for you?
Rochester provides a great living experience, particularly for families. I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking the trails and parks in the area. The Twin Cities are nearby and we like to drive up to go shopping, eat dinner, or attend events. The other nice thing is the short commute to work in the morning!