Cardiology Fellowship Program

The Cardiology Fellowship Program at Magnolia Regional Health Center offers a structured three year program of training designed to prepare highly qualified candidates for careers in clinical and investigative cardiology.   We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

John W. Prather

John W. Prather, Ph.D.,MD, FACC, Cardiology Fellowship Program Director

Mandar Jagtap

Mandar Jagtap, DO, FACC, FASE, FSCAI, Cardiology Fellowship Core Faculty Member

Mehul Patel, MD. FACC

Mehul Patel, MD, Cardiology Fellowship Core Faculty Member

Nanni Pidikiti

Nanni Pidikiti, MD, Cardiology Fellowship Core Faculty Member

Christopher Ingelmo, MD

Christopher Ingelmo, MD, Cardiology Fellowship Core Faculty Member


This intensive experience, under close supervision of full-time staff, is provided in all major clinical and laboratory aspects of cardiology.

During training all fellows rotate through the cardiac catheterization laboratory, echocardiography, electrophysiology, graphics (ECG, stress testing, ambulatory monitoring, pacemaker analysis), and nuclear cardiology laboratories.

From the beginning of training one half day per week is spent working under careful supervision in the Outpatient Cardiology Practice and is expected to participate in one or more areas of ongoing research.

Academically & Clinically Structured Program

  • Journal Club
  • Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds
  • Mayo Board Review
  • Grand Rounds
  • Morbidity and Mortality
  • Morning Report
  • Case Presentation
  • Community Volunteer Opportunities
  • Fellow lecture
  • Research opportunities
  • Ambulatory care clinic experience weekly

Program Benefits

  • Competitive annually increasing salary
  • Health & Life Insurance
  • 20 PTO Days & Educational Days annually
  • Long Term Disability
  • Lab Coat Annually
  • MRHC Stipend / Loan Repayment Program
  • Complimentary Meals
  • Library Resources
  • Mobile & Electronic Devices
  • Research Opportunities

Two Positions Per Year

The fellowship program offers 2 positions per year and is a comprehensive program that fulfills fellowship requirements of specialty boards of certification.

Those training in invasive cardiology require the fourth separately accredited year in Interventional Cardiology to become fully proficient in angioplasty and other interventional techniques and/or certification.

Application Process

Magnolia Regional Health Center participates and accepts applications through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) along with an MRHC application. Two positions are offered at Magnolia Regional Health Center per academic.  A separate required application may be downloaded from our website: Download our Cardiology Fellowship Application along with the required information of :

Letters of Recommendation – At least three (3) letters of recommendation that attest to your personal qualifications and to your scholastic and clinical ability.

Transcripts/Diploma – A copy of your most recent medical school transcript should be included in your application.

Research and Scholarly Activity

We are extremely proud of the work our fellows have put in to completing scholarly activity amidst their rigorous training schedules. They continue to work diligently to present at national conferences, as well as regional conferences, including the MRHC Annual Cardiovascular Symposium.

Fellows are allotted a stipend to be used toward such conferences based on PGY year. Scholarship funds are to be utilized to help fellows pay for attendance to present posters and/or abstracts at educational conferences, cost of posters and other materials needed, and any other items deemed acceptable by the Graduate Medical Education Office. Utilization of such funds for items not listed above will only be allowed once an acceptable form of scholarly activity has been completed.

For the 2019-2020 Academic Year, stipend amounts were as follows:

PGY 4- $500

PGY 5- $1750

PGY 6- $2500

Dr. Ted Richards, PGY 5, and Dr. Mehul Patel, Cardiology Fellowship Core Faculty Member, present at the 2019 TCT National Conference in San Francisco, CA.


All of our Cardiology Fellows presented research posters and delivered excellent lectures at our 2019 Cardiovascular Symposium!


Dr. Kerry Morgan, Dr. John Prather (Cardiology Fellowship Program Director) and Dr. Ling Twohig (Cardiology Fellowship Alumnus) presented at the 2018 CCVC 7th Annual Symposium sponsored by UAB.

Conferences and Publications

Our fellows have also been published in national journals and presented at many other conferences, including the following, among others:

  • 2019 ACC Annual Scientific Session – posters presented by Dr. Thomas Flautt and Dr. Alison Spangler
  • 2019 Alabama/Mississippi ACP Scientific Meeting – posters presented by Dr. Thomas Flautt and Dr. Alison Spangler
  • 2019 TCT Annual Conference – poster presented by Dr. Likhitesh Jaikumar
  • 2018 CCVC 7th Annual Symposium – poster presented by Dr. Ted Richards, Dr. Ling Twohig, and Dr. John Prather
  • 2018 American College of Osteopathic Internists Annual Scientific Convention – poster presented by Dr. Thomas Flautt, Dr. Ashley Nickerson, Dr. Sahar Jahan, Dr. Alison Spangler, Dr. Paul Volansky, and Dr. John Prather
  • ACC 2018 Poster Presentation “Paralyzed: A Rare Case of Thromboembolism” Thomas Flautt, Do; Aaron Earles, DO, Billy D. Parsons, MD
  • Heart Rhythm Case Reports – Title: A Novel Mapping and Ablation Strategy of the Mitral Isthmus using Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE) in the Left Atrium
    Corresponding Author: Thomas Flautt, DO
    Co-authors: Alison Spangler, DO; John Prather, PhD, MD; David Lan, MD
  • “Noonan Syndrome with Coronary Anomaly” Twohig, Nickerson, Prather. Congenital Diseases Case Report. European Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine. Vol 5, Issue 3, September 2017
  • “Critical Limb Ischemia and Minor Tissue Loss as Initial Presentation of Peripheral Artery Disease” Accepted to SAWC – 9th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care; Las Vegas, NV, October 20, 2017. Paul Volansky, DO; Prateek K. Gupta, MD; John W. Prather, MD
  • Helping Residents See Clearly:Introducing CLER into the Daily Practice of a Newly Accredited Program- poster (presented at 2017 ACGME; 2017 IM Symposium; 2017 AL & MS ACP)
  • 2017 American College of Osteopathic Internists Annual Scientific Convention – Another Man Who Cried Wolf? A Rare Presentation of Endocarditis. H. Lusby, T. Cao, P. Volansky, J. Prather.


Click the link below to Meet our Cardiology Fellows!

Meet our Fellows

March Cardiology Fellow Spotlight

Our March Fellow of the Month is Dr. Dakshin Gangadharamurthy! Dr. Murthy received his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, India. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital/University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois. He obtained his Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Murthy brings considerable research experience to our fellowship program and was most recently a research fellow in the Department of Cardiology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is presently in his first year of Cardiology Fellowship at MRHC. 

He is a current member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. In his spare time, Dr. Murthy enjoys travel and spending time with his family. 


Cardiology Fellowship Faculty Member of the Month


Our Cardiology Faculty Member of the Month is Dr. John Prather! Dr. Prather presently serves as the Program Director for the Cardiology Fellowship. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is board certified in Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, and Cardiac CTA. He is a recipient of the Giannini Foundation Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and has been on staff at MRHC since 1979.

Dr. Prather is the Founding Chair of the Annual Cardiovascular Symposium CME Program at MRHC. He has presented at many regional and national conferences including the CCVC Annual Symposium, ACOI Annual Convention, MRHC Internal Medicine Symposium, MRHC Cardiovascular Symposium, American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting, University of Alabama at Birmingham Heart Failure Symposium, and the Advanced Wound Care Annual Symposium, among others. Dr. Prather has publications in many peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, The American Heart Journal, The American Journal of Cardiology, and was a co-author with Cardiology Fellows Dr. Alison Spangler and Dr. Thomas Flautt on a case report that was published in the Heart Rhythm Case Reports Journal. 

Dr. Prather is a tremendous asset to our program and we are proud to have him as our Program Director!

Contact Us

To arrange a site visit or assist with any questions you may have:

Office of Graduate Medical Education

Division of Cardiology
Magnolia Regional Health Center
611 Alcorn Drive
Corinth, Ms. 38834
Office (662) 293-1143
Fax (662) 293-4347