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Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program


 

Cardiovascular Medicine Fellows

Bryan Baranowski, MD leads cardiovascular medicine fellows on patient rounds in the coronary intensive care unit (CICU)

The General Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship is a comprehensive three-year program designed to provide the skills required for a successful leadership career in both academic and clinical practice. Our state of the art Heart Center under the Heart and Vascular Institute allows us to provide unparalleled clinical training throughout the three years of fellowship and allows for our fellows to leave as among the best trained cardiologists in the country. The challenging cases, procedural volume, dedicated faculty, and the academic strength of our fellows ensure that our trainees receive a comprehensive education in all aspects of cardiovascular medicine. The core curriculum is designed to provide a strong clinical foundation in cardiovascular medicine in the first year of training. The second and third year experience builds upon that foundation to enhance the scope of knowledge and skills by allowing more time for dedicated electives, research, and supervisory roles. The structure of our fellowship provides the opportunity for each fellow to tailor their experience to their specific interests and goals.

Research is an integral component of our training program. The majority of fellows graduating the program present at premier national meetings and publish in peer reviewed journals. Our success in research is evident by fellows receiving a variety of research awards and grants on an annual basis. Didactic conferences and research meetings are an integral component of the educational experience. For those interested in enriching their research education during their fellowship, we provide a variety of resources including formal biostatistics courses, advanced degrees (i.e. MPH), and training at our clinical research institute; all of which are supported by our program.

The program meets all requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Diseases. To qualify, you must have completed an internal medicine residency in the United States.

Cardiology fellow, Jason Lappe, MD reviews a cath film with staff cardiologist, Robert Hobbs, MD

First Year
(Months)
Second Year
(Months)
Third Year
(Months)
Cath Lab 3 2-3 1-3
Echo Lab 2 1 2
Coronary Care Unit 1 1
Consult Service 1
Stress Lab 1
Valve Hospital Service 1
Heart Failure Service 1 1
EP Consult Service 1
Nuclear Lab 1
EP Lab 1
TEE 1
Congenital 1
Electives 3-4 4-6
Vacation 1 1 1

James Thomas, MD, staff cardiologist, Section of Imaging, reviews echo films with Cardiology fellow, Junyang Lou, MD

First Year Fellows»

Joseph Campbell, MD
Medical School: Loyola University
Residency: Northwestern University

Mohamed Elshazly, MD
Medical School: Cornell University Qatar
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Serge Harb, MD
Medical School: Universite Saint-Joseph Lebanon
Residency: Cleveland Clinic

Nael Hawwa, MD
Medical School: University of Jordan
Residency: Cleveland Clinic

Michael Hoosien, MD
Medical School: University of Miami
Residency: University of Miami

Sam Horr, MD
Medical School: University of Rochester
Residency: Duke University

Michael Johnson, MD
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: University of Virginia

Antonio Perez, MD
Medical School: Harvard School of Medicine
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Grant Reed, MD
Medical School: Harvard School of Medicine
Residency: Brigham & Women's Hospital

Daniel Shivapour, MD
Medical School: University of Iowa
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Brett Sperry, MD
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: Georgetown University

Michael Vranian, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Newton Wiggins, MD
Medical School: University of Mississippi
Residency: Duke University

Second Year Fellows»

Terri Benjamin, MD
Medical School: Mt. Sinai School Medicine
Residency: Cleveland Clinic

Michael Chenier, MD
Medical School: University of North Carolina
Residency: Duke University

Corey Coleman, MD
Medical School: University of Mississippi
Residency: University of Alabama Birmingham

Paul Cremer, MD
Medical School: Harvard School of Medicine
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Justin Grodin, MD
Medical School: UT, Southwestern
Residency: UT, Southwestern

Brandon Jones, MD
Medical School: Boston University
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Rony Lahoud, MD
Medical School: University of North Carolina
Residency: University Michigan

Jason Lappe, MD
Medical School: CCLCM@CWRU
Residency: Duke University

Manj Pai, MD
Medical School: The Ohio State University
Residency: Boston University

Harsh Patel, MD
Medical School: University of Miami
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Julie Rosenthal, MD
Medical School: Drexel College Medicine
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dilusha William, MD
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
Residency: University of Pennsylvania

Marat Yanavitski, MD
Medical School: University of South Alabama
Residency: Brigham & Women's Hospital

Third Year Fellows»

Shikhar Agarwal, MD
Medical School: All India Institute
Residency: Cleveland Clinic

Andrew Goodman, MD
Medical School: University of Virginia
Residency: Duke University

Barbara Heil, MD
Medical School: University of Texas Galveston
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Michael McCulloch, MD
Medical School: University of Virginia
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

David Min, MD
Medical School: Loyola University
Residency: University of Washington

Peter Monteleone, MD
Medical School: Tufts University
Residency: University of Virginia

Sahar Naderi, MD
Medical School: Baylor College Medicine
Residency: Duke University

David Newton, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Residency: Washington University

Lee Pierson, MD
Medical School: University of North Carolina
Residency: Duke University

Monique Robinson, MD, PhD
Medical School: University of the West Indies
Residency: SUNY Brooklyn

Daniel Sedehi, MD
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
Residency: Stanford University

Todd Senn, MD
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Brian Stegman, MD
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Residency: Duke University

Richard Brunken, MD, is Director of Molecular Cardiac Imaging and a staff cardiologist in the Department of Nuclear Medicine in the nuclear reading room with Cardiology Fellow Dilusha William, MD. Fellows have experience with different types of stress testing, involving both PET and SPECT.

Fellow Publications»

»JoEllyn Abraham

Tanaka-Esposito, CC, Chung, MK, Abraham, JM, Cantillon, DJ, Abi-Saleh, B, and Tchou, PJ (2013). Real-time ultrasound guidance reduces total and major vascular complications in patients undergoing pulmonary vein antral isolation on therapeutic warfarin. J Interv Card Electrophysiol, published online 4/14/2013.

Abraham, JM, Cho, LS (2010). The homocysteine hypothesis: Is it still relevant to the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease? Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, 77(12), 911-918.

Appelbaum E, Abraham JM, Pride YB, Harrigan CJ, Peters DC, Biller LH, Manning WJ, and Gibson CM (2009). Association of thrombolysis in myocardial infarction myocardial perfusion grade with cardiovascular magnetic resonance measures of infarct architecture following primary percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. American Heart Journal, 158(1), 84-91.

Abraham JM, Gibson CM, Pena G, Sanz R, AlMahameed A, Murphy SA, Blanco J, Alonso-Briales J, Lopez-Mesa J, Gimeno F, Sánchez PL, Fernández-Avilés F, for the GRACIA-2 (Grupo de Análisis de la Cardiopatía Isquémica Aguda) Investigators (2009). Association of angiographic perfusion score following percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-elevation myocardial infarction with left ventricular remodeling at 6 weeks in GRACIA-2. Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, 27(3), 253-258.

Abraham, JM, Larson, J, Chung, MK, Curtis, AB, Lakshminarayan, K, Newman, JD, Perez, M, Rexrode, K, Shara, N, Solomon, AJ, Stefanick, ML, Torner, JC, Wilkoff, BL and Wassertheil-Smoller, S. (submitted to AJM). Does CHA2DS2-VASc Improve Stroke Risk Stratification in Postmenopausal Women with Atrial Fibrillation?

Newman, JD, Shimbo, D, Baggett, C, Liu, X, Crow, R, Abraham, JM, Loehr, LR, Wruck, LM, Folsom, AR, and Rosamond, WD for the ARIC Study Investigators (Submitted to JACC). Trends in Rates of Myocardial Infarction and Case Fatality by Anatomical Location In Four US Communities, 1987-2008: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study.

»Shikhar Agarwal

Vest AR, Heneghan HM, Agarwal S, Schauer PR, Young JB. Bariatric Surgery and Cardiovascular Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Heart. 2012. [Epub ahead of print].

Yuksel UC, Anabtawi AG, Cam A, Poddar K, Agarwal S, Goel S, Kim E, Bajzer C, Gornik HL, Shishehbor MH, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Predictive Value of Renal Resistive Index in Percutaneous Renal Interventions for Atherosclerotic Renal Artery Stenosis. J Invasive Cardiol. 2012; 24:504-9.

Agarwal S. Red Cell Distribution Width, Inflammatory Markers and Cardiorespiratory Fitness: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Indian Heart J. 2012; 64:380-7.

Rokadia HK, Agarwal S. Serum Heavy Metals and Obstructive Lung Disease: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Chest. 2012. [Epub ahead of print].

Gada H, Agarwal S, Marwick TH. Perspective of Cost-Effectiveness of Transapical Aortic Valve Implantation in High-Risk Patients: Outcomes of a Decision Analytic Model. Ann Cardiothorac Surg. 2012; 1:145-55.

Agarwal S, Bajaj NS, Kumbhani DJ, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Meta-Analysis of Transcatheter Closure Versus Medical Therapy for Patent Foramen Ovale in Prevention of Recurrent Neurological Events after Presumed Paradoxical Embolism. JACC: Cardiovasc Interv. 2012; 5:777-89.

Agarwal S, Bajaj NS, Zaman T, Banerjee S, Tuzcu EM, Ellis SG, Kapadia SR. Impact of Diabetes on Long Term Mortality Following Multivessel Percutaneous Interventions: An Insight into Optimal Statistical Analysis. Int J Cardiol. 2012. [Epub ahead of print].

Krishnaswamy A, Patel NS, Ozkan A, Agarwal S, Griffin BP, Saliba W, Tuzcu EM, Schoenhagen P, Kapadia SR. Planning Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Using Cardiac Multi-Detector Computed Tomography. Int J Cardiol. 2012. [Epub ahead of print].

Aksoy O, Tuzcu EM, Ellis SG, Whitlow PL, Cam A, Batizy L, Agarwal S, Franco I, Bajzer C, Simpfendorfer C, Raymond R, Nair R, Cho L, Shishehbor MH, Lincoff AM, Kapadia SR. Percutaneous Coronary Revascularization in Coronary Artery Disease: Lessons from a Single Center Experience. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2012. [Epub ahead of print].

Zaman T, Agarwal S, Anabtawi AG, Patel NS, Ellis SG, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Angiographic Lesion Severity and Subsequent Myocardial Infarction. Am J Cardiol. 2012; 110:167-72.

Agarwal S, Hachamovitch R, Menon V. Current Trial-Associated Outcomes With Warfarin in Prevention of Stroke in Patients With Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation: A Meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med. 2012; 172:623-31.

Agarwal S, Menon V. An Algorithmic Approach to ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction Triage: Effective but not Foolproof. Am Heart J. 2012; 163:313-4.

Rokadia HK, Agarwal S. Serum Cystatin C and Emphysema: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Lung. 2012; 190:283-90.

Philip F, Muhammad KI, Agarwal S, Natale A, Krasuski RA. Pulmonary Vein Isolation for the Treatment of Drug Refractory Atrial Fibrillation in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease. Congenit Heart Dis. 2012; 7:392-9.

Goel SS, Agarwal S, Tuzcu EM, Ellis SG, Svensson LG, Zaman T, Bajaj N, Joseph L, Patel NS, Aksoy O, Stewart WJ, Griffin BP, Kapadia SR. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis: Implications for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. Circulation. 2012; 125:1005-13.

Agarwal S, Wiland H, Rodriguez ER, Heresi GA. A 70-Year-Old Woman with Right Ventricular Failure and Circulatory Collapse. Chest. 2012; 141:259-64.

Goel SS, Tuzcu EM, Agarwal S, Aksoy O, Krishnaswamy A, Griffin BP, Svensson LG, Kapadia SR. Comparison of Ascending Aortic Size in Patients With Severe Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis Treated with versus without a Statin Drug. Am J Cardiol. 2011; 108:1458-62.

Agarwal S, Moodley J, Hoschar AP, Messinger-Rapport BJ. Unusual Case of Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Cutis. 2011; 87:177-80.

Agarwal S, Zaman T, Tuzcu EM, Shishehbor M, Lincoff AM, Whitlow PL, Bajzer C, Franco I, Nair R, Raymond R, Ellis SG, Kapadia SR. Comparison of Outcomes of Unprotected Left Main Versus Multivessel Coronary Artery Interventions. Am J Cardiol. 2011; 108:15-20.

Pantalone KM, Agarwal S, Faiman C. Glargine vs. NPH Insulin Therapy in Pregnancies Complicated by Diabetes: An observational Cohort Study-Comment on Negrato et al. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2011; 93:e9-10.

Agarwal S, Zaman T, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Heavy Metals and Cardiovascular Disease: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2006. Angiology 2011; 62:422-9.

Cam A, Goel SS, Agarwal S, Heupler FA, Menon V, Svensson LG, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Prognostic Implications of Pulmonary Hypertension in Severe Aortic Stenosis Patients. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2011; 142:800-8.

Aksoy O, Yousefzai R, Singh D, Agarwal S, O'Brien B, Griffin BP, Kapadia SR, Tuzcu ME, Penn MS, Nissen SE, Menon V. Cardiogenic Shock in the Setting of Severe Aortic Stenosis: Role for Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Support. Heart 2011; 97:838-43.

Agarwal S, DeKam MJ. Multiple Cardiac Anomalies in an Elderly Man with Klinefelter’s Syndrome. Singapore Med J. 2011; 52:e15-7.

Agarwal S, Moodley J, Ajani G, Thiel KS, Mahmood SS, Lang RS. A Rare Trigger for Macrophage Activation Syndrome. Rheumatol Int. 2011; 31:405-7.

»Michael Brunner

Cavalcante JL, Brunner MP, Hammer D, Smedira N, Schoenhagen P. An unexpected fate. JACC Images. Accepted for publication June 2012.

Rickard J, Tarakji K, Cronin E, Brunner MP, Jackson G, Baranowski B, Borek PP, Martin DO, Wazni O, Wilkoff BL. Cardiac venous left ventricular lead removal and reimplantation following device infection: a large single-center experience. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2012; 23:1213-1216.

Brunner MP, Shah SH, Craig DM, Stevens RD, Muehlbauer MJ, Bain JR, Newgard CB, Kraus WE, Granger CB, Sketch MH, Newby LK. Effect of Heparin Administration on Metabolomic Profiles in Samples Obtained During Cardiac Catheterization. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2011; 6:695-700.

Brunner MP, Tapson, VF. Platypnea-Orthodeoxia: Bilateral Lower-Lobe Pulmonary Emboli and Review of Associated Pathophysiology and Management. Southern Med J. 2011; 104:215-220.

»Michael Chenier

Chenier M, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia S, and Krishnaswamy A. Multimodality imaging in the cardiac catheterization laboratory: a new era in sight. Interv. Cardiol. (2013) 5(3), 335-344.

»Sachin Goel

Goel SS, Bajaj N, Aggarwal B, Gupta S, Poddar KL, Ige M, Bdair H, Anabtawi A, Rahim S, Whitlow PL, Tuzcu EM, Griffin BP, Stewart WJ, Gillinov M, Smedira N, Barzilai B, Menon V, Kapadia SR. Prevalence and outcomes of inoperable patients with severe symptomatic mitral regurgitation: Comprehensive analysis to determine potential role of MitraClip for this unmet need. Accepted for publication in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Goel SS, Ige M, Tuzcu EM, Ellis SG, Stewart WJ, Svensson LG, Lytle BW, Kapadia SR. Severe aortic stenosis and coronary artery disease – Implications for management in the transcatheter aortic valve replacement era: A comprehensive review. Accepted for publication in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (State-of-the-Art-Papers).

Goel SS, Aksoy O, Tuzcu EM, Krasuski RA, Kapadia SR. Patent foramen ovale closure device embolization: Incidence, role of imaging in identification, potential causes and management. Accepted for publication in Texas Heart Institute Journal.

Stackhouse KA, Goel SS, Qureshi AM, Prieto L, Kapadia S, Tuzcu EM, Krasuski RA. Off-label closure during CLOSURE study. Journal of Invasive Cardiology. 2012; 24:608-611.

Yuksel UC, Anabtawi AG, Cam A, Poddar K, Agarwal S, Goel S, Kim E, Bajzer C, Gornik HL, Shishehbor MH, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Predictive value of renal resistive index in percutaneous renal interventions for atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis. Journal of Invasive Cardiology. 2012; 24:504-9.

Aksoy O, Cam A, Goel SS, Houghtaling PL, Williams S, Ruiz-Rodriguez E, Menon V, Kapadia SR, Tuzcu EM, Blackstone EH, Griffin BP. Do bisphosphonates slow the progression of aortic stenosis? Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2012; 59:1452-9.

Goel SS, Agarwal S, Tuzcu EM, Ellis SG, Svensson LG, Zaman T, Bajaj N, Joseph L, Patel N, Aksoy O, Stewart WJ, Griffin BP, Kapadia SR. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis: Implications for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation. Circulation. 2012; 125:1005-13.

»James Lai

Hemopericardium, shock, and a linear density in the ascending aorta: is it a dissection? Lai, JE, Johnston DR, Stewart WJ, Vest AR, Menon V. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Mar 13; 59(11):1037. PMID: 22402077.

»Mike McCulloch

McCulloch MD, Smedira NG, Hawwa A, Tan CD, Rodriguez L. Atrial Myxoma Mimicking a Clot in Transit. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013; 61(14):e159.

»Amanda Vest

Vest AR, Heneghan HR, Schauer P, Young JB. Surgical Management of Obesity and the Relationship to Cardiovascular Disease. Circulation 2013 Feb. 26; 127(8):945.

Vest AR, Heneghan HR, Agarwal S, Schauer PR, Young JB. Bariatric Surgery and Cardiovascular Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Heart 2012 Oct. 17; 98:1763.

Hypertension in Pregnancy. AR Vest, LS Cho. Cardiology Clinics 2012; 30(3):407.

Lai JE, Johnston D, Stewart WJ, Vest AR, Menon V. Hemopericardium, Shock, and a Linear Density in the Ascending Aorta. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2012; 59(11):1037.

»Sahar Naderi

Naderi S, Sauris A, Rodriguez F, Foody JM. Community Based Interventions in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Curr Cardiovasc Risk Rep 2012; 6(6):503-510.

Naderi S, Foody JM. Ezetimibe and Simvastatin for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Pre-Dialysis Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: A Review. Int J Nephrol Renovasc Dis: Dec 19 2012.

Naderi S, Johnson C, Rodriguez F, Wang Y, Pollin I, Foody J. Characteristics of Women Lost to Follow-Up in Cardiovascular Community Health Interventions: Findings from the Sister to Sister Campaign. J Community Health 2012: 2013 Jan 13.

Naderi S, Cho LS. A Current Review of Women’s Cardiovascular Health. Cleve Clin J Med 2012: Pending Publication.

Rodriguez F, Wang Y, Naderi S, Johnson C, Foody J. Community-Level Cardiovascular Risk Factors Impact Geographic Variation in Cardiovascular Disease Hospitalizations for Women. J Community Health: Nov 30 2012.

Rodriguez F, Naderi S, Wang Y, Johnson C, Foody J. High Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in Young Hispanic Women: Findings from the National Sister to Sister Campaign. Metab Syndr Relat Disord: Dec 21 2012.

»Chris May

May CH, Lincoff AM. Safety profile and bleeding risk of ticagrelor compared with clopidogrel. Expert Opin Drug Saf 2012; 11, 959-67.

May CH, Johnston DR, Jaber WA, Pettersson GB. A novel approach to the aneurysmal coronary artery fistula. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2012; 144, 265-7.

»Chad Raymond

Raymond C. Jacob J, Aggarwal B, Kralovic D, Holloway D, Roselli E, Menon V. Is there a benchmark for Door-OR time in acute type A dissection? J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013; 61(10_S):. doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(13)61519-3.

Theodus G, Raymond C, Becker MC et al. Arteriotomy closure device safety after percutaneous coronary intervention in the direct thrombin inhibitor era. Catheter Cardiovasc Int. Article first published online : 23 JUL 2012, DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24393.

Aggarwal B, Raymond C, Jacob J, Kralovic D, Kormos K, Holloway D, Menon V. Transfer of Patients with Suspected Acute Aortic Syndrome. Am J Cardiol accepted for publication, anticipated print date Aug 2013.

»Todd Senn

Senn T, Hazen S, Tang WW. Translating metabolomics to cardiovascular biomarkers. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2012 Jul-Aug:55(1):70-6. Doi:10.1016/j.pad.2012.06.004.

»Brian Stegman

Stegman BM, Newby LK, Hochman JS, Ohman EM. Post-myocardial infarction cardiogenic shock is a systemic illness in need of a systemic treatment: is therapeutic hypothermia one possibility? J Am Coll Cardiol 2012; 59:644-7.

»Edwin Zishiri

Zishiri E, Williams S, Cronin E, Blackstone E, Ellis S, Roselli E, Smedira N, Gillinov M, Glad J, Szymkiewicz S, Chung M. Early Risk of Mortality After Coronary Artery Revascularization In Patients With Left Ventricular Dysfunction and Potential Role of the Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator. Published online ahead of print Circulation : Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology 2013; 6; 117-128.

Kumbhani D, Shishehbor M, Willis J, Karim S, Singh D, Bavry A, Zishiri Ellis S, Menon V. Influence of gender on long-term mortality in patients presenting with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndromes undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. American Journal of Cardiology. 15 April 2012; Vol. 109, Issue 8, 1087-1091.

Zishiri E,, Chung M. The Role of the Wearable Cardioverter-Defibrillator in Contemporary Clinical Practice. The Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management. 2011; 2 (5):307-316.

Chung M, Szymkiewicz S, Shao M, ZishiriE, Niebaue M, Lindsay B, Tchou P. Aggregate National Experience With the Wearable Cardioverter-Defibrillator: Event Rates, Compliance, and Survival. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010; 56:194-203.

Book Chapters»

»JoEllyn Abraham

Abraham, J and Baranowski, B (2012). Temporary cardiac pacing. Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Abraham, J and Mayer Sabik, E (2013). Women and heart disease. The Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Board Review, 2nd Edition.

Pride YB, Abraham JM, Gibson CM (2009). Low molecular weight heparin in the catheterization laboratory. Pharmacology in the Cath Lab, Waksman R & Ajani A, Eds. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

»Shikhar Agarwal

Agarwal S, Kapadia SR. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Current Evidence from Large Multicenter Registries. Multimodality Imaging for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation. 1st edition. Springer (In press).

Agarwal S, Griffin BP. Tricuspid Valve Disease, Pulmonary Valve Disease and Drug Induced Valve Disease. Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine. 4th edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (In press).

Agarwal S, Krishnaswamy A. Percutaneous Structural Heart Disease Interventions. Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine. 4th edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (In press) Peer Reviewer.

»Evan Lau

Lau E, Tuzcu EM. Chapter 27: Septal Ablation in Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. In: Carroll J and Webb J, eds. Manual of Adult Structural Heart Disease Interventions. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2012: 377-90.

Lau E, Tuzcu EM. Chapter 35: Alcohol Septal Ablation and Atrial Appendage Occlusion. In: 1001 Questions, an Interventional Cardiology Board Review. Mukherjee D, Cho L, Moliterno DJ, eds. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2012: 415-19.

Lau E, Tang WH. Chapter 57: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and restrictive cardiomyopathy. Cauthen C, Dunn J, Wu W, Griffin B, eds. Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine, 3rd ed. In press.

Lau E, Kapadia S. Coronary Angiography. In: Handbook of Endovascular Interventions. Ouriel K, Kumar A, eds. In press.

Lau E, Whitlow PM. Informed consent of the chronic total occlusion patient. Interventional Cardiology Clinics, In press.

Lau E, Klein A. Pericardial Disease. In: Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Board Review. Rimmerman C, Griffin B, and Kapadia S, eds. In press.

»Chris May

May CH, Lincoff AM. Antiplatelet Agents in Ischemic Heart Disease. Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology. Edited by Gustav V.R. Born, Paolo Gresele, Clive P. Page, and Carlo Patrono. Springer, 2012.

May CH. Ventricular Septal Defect. Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine. 4th edition. Edited by Brian P. Griffin. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2012.

»Edwin Zishiri

Zishiri E and Chung M. Electrophysiologic testing including his bundle and other intracardiac electrograms. The Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Board Review; second edition. Editors Brian. P. Griffin, Curtis. M. Rimmerman and Samir Kapadia. Pages 352-374. Published July 2012. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins publishers.

Zishiri E and Callahan T. Atrial fribrillation book chapter in the fourth edition of the Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine, Editors, Brian P Griffin and Eric J. Topol. Published fall 2012.

Abstracts & Presentations»

»JoEllyn Abraham

Hopper, DL, Abraham, JM, Samara, M and Wilkoff, B. (poster presentation, AHA 2012). Chronotropic Incompetence in Heart Failure and the Relationship of Minute Ventilation and Chronotropic Response During Exercise.

Abraham, JM, Larson, J, Chung, MK, Curtis, AB, Lakshminarayan, K, Newman, JD, Perez, M, Rexrode, K, Shara, N, Solomon, AJ, Stefanick, ML, Torner, JC, Wilkoff, BL and Wassertheil-Smoller, S. Stroke Risk in Post-menopausal Women with Atrial Fibrillation in the Women’s Health Initiative: A Validation and Comparison of the CHADS2, and CHA2DS2-VASc Risk Scores. Oral presentation, ACC 2012.

Abraham, J, Thomas, J, Wilkoff, B. Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) for Exercise-Induced Left Ventricular Dysfunction (oral presentation). Oral presentation, Heart Rhythm 2011 - 32nd Scientific Session.

»Shikhar Agarwal

Agarwal S, Rokadia HK, Senn T. Cardiovascular disease profile of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Chest 2012.

Agarwal S, Rajamanickam A, Bajaj NS, Griffin BP, Catacutan T, Svensson LG, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Impact of severe aortic stenosis on postoperative outcomes after non-cardiac surgery. Chest. 2012.

Agarwal S, Kapadia SR, Menon V. Unusual treatment of an unusual tumor. American Heart Association. 2012.

Agarwal S, Rajamanickam A, Bajaj NS, Griffin BP, Catacutan T, Svensson LG, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Impact of severe aortic stenosis on postoperative outcomes after non-cardiac surgery. Chest. 2012.

Agarwal S, Bajaj NS, Kumbhani DJ, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Effect of thrombophilia on recurrent neurological events after transcatheter closure of patient foramen ovale: A meta-analysis. American College of Cardiology. 2012.

Agarwal S, Bajaj NS, Kumbhani DJ, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Impact of morphology upon recurrent neurological events after transcatheter closure of patent foramen ovale: A meta-analysis. American College of Cardiology. 2012.

Agarwal S, Bajaj NS, Kumbhani DJ, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Comparison of devices utilized for transcatheter closure of patent foramen ovale: A meta-analysis. American College of Cardiology. 2012.

Agarwal S, Kumar P. Association of hemoglobin A1c and cardiovascular fitness in healthy adults: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004. American College of Cardiology. 2012.

Agarwal S, Kumar P. Association between red cell distribution width, inflammatory markers and cardiovascular fitness in healthy adults: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004. American College of Cardiology. 2012.

Agarwal S, Rajamanickam A, Bajaj NS, Griffin BP, Catacutan T, Svensson LG, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Impact of severe aortic stenosis on postoperative outcomes after non-cardiac surgery. American College of Cardiology. 2012.

Agarwal S, Bajaj NS, Bae C. Association between sleep duration and cardiovascular disease: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2008. Sleep. 2012.

Agarwal S, Bajaj NS, Zaman T, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Etiopathogenic differences in coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004. American College of Cardiology. 2012.

Agarwal S, Hachamovitch R, Menon V. Improvement in thromboembolic outcomes with warfarin in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation over last two decades. American College of Cardiology. 2012.

Agarwal S, Bae C. Association between sleep duration and cardiovascular disease: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2008. American College of Cardiology. 2012.

Agarwal S, Bajaj NS, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Meta-analysis of transcatheter closure versus medical therapy for patent foramen ovale in prevention of recurrent neurological events after presumed paradoxical embolism. American Heart Association. 2011. Orlando FL.

Agarwal S, Zaman T, Bajaj NS, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Vitamin D deficiency in coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease. American Heart Association. 2011. Orlando FL.

Agarwal S, Rajamanickam A, Bajaj NS, Griffin BP, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Impact of severe aortic stenosis on postoperative outcomes after non-cardiac surgery. American College of Cardiology-Ohio Chapter. 2011. Columbus, OH.

Agarwal S, Kumar P. Association between red cell distribution width, inflammatory markers and cardiovascular fitness in healthy adults: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey 1999-2004. American College of Cardiology-Ohio Chapter. 2011. Columbus, OH.

Agarwal S, Zaman T, Bajaj NS, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Relationship between homocysteine levels and atherosclerosis in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). American Public Health Association. 2011. Washington DC.

Agarwal S, Zaman T, Bajaj NS, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Etiopathogenic differences in coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease. Results from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). American Public Health Association. 2011. Washington DC.

Agarwal S, Zaman T, Bajaj NS, Tuzcu EM, Kapadia SR. Vitamin D deficiency in coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease. American Public Health Association. 2011.

Agarwal S, Rokadia H. Relationship between serum heavy metals and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. American Public Health Association. 2011. Washington DC.

Agarwal S, Rokadia H. Urinary heavy metals and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2008. American Public Health Association. 2011. Washington DC.

Agarwal S, Rokadia H. Serum Cystatin-C and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2002. American Public Health Association. 2011. Washington DC.

Kumbhani DJ, Bavry AA, Zaman T, De Souza R, Hassan M, Agarwal S, Kapadia SR. Comparison of the ischemic and bleeding complications from the use of bivalirudin monotherapy versus unfractionated heparin in patients undergoing PCI. Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions 2011.

»Andrew Goodman

Goodman A, Chenier M, Hornsby K, et al. Risk stratification and outcomes of patients with prior coronary artery stenting undergoing noncardiac surgery. Poster presented at TCT (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics) 2012.

»Chris May

May CH, Borowski A, Martin D, et al. Impact of Microgravity on Cardiac Shape: Comparison of Pre- and In-flight Data to Mathematical Modeling. Presented at the American Society of Echocardiography meeting, National Harbor, USA 7/2012.

Valvalle JP, Lopes RD, May CH, Starr AZ, Shaw LK, Mehta RH, Al-Khatib SM, Alexander JH, Granger CB. 10-year Mortality is Very High, and Warfarin Use Very Low in Patients with Myocardial Infarction and Atrial Fibrillation. Presented at the American Heart Association meeting, Orlando, USA 11/2011.

»Chad Raymond

Raymond C, Aggarwal B, Kralovic D, Kormos K, Manacci C, Schoenhagen, P, Menon V. False positive activation for transferred patients with acute aortic dissection: experience from a large acute aortic dissection treatment center. Abstract presented at ESC Congress 2012 and manuscipt under revision in Ann Emer Med.

Aggarwal B, Raymond C, Roselli E, Jacob J, Kralovic D, Kormos K, Holloway D, and Menon V. Transfer metrics in patients with suspected acute aortic syndrome. Abstract accepted for presentation at ESC 2013.

»Edwin Zishiri

Zishiri E, Cronin E, Willisam S, Blackstone E, Ellis S, Smerida N, Gillinov M, Gonzalez-Stawinski G, Johnson D, Roselli E, Glad J, Szymkiewicz, Lindsay B, Chung M. Use of the Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator and Survival After Coronary Artery Revascularization in Patients with Left Ventricular Dysfunction. Oral Presentation AHA Scientific Sessions November 2011.

Zishiri E, Hanna P, Tchou M, Bauer D, Wirka RC, BS, Barnard J, Smith J, Van Wagoner D, Chung M. Genetic, But Not Conventional Risk Factors Predict Risk Of Stroke Or Transient Ischemic Attack In Lone Atrial Fibrillation. American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions; March 14-16 2010; Atlanta, GA. Poster presentation.

Zishiri E, Mingyuan S, Lindsay B, Szymkiewicz S, Niebauer M, Tchou P, Chung M. Appropriateness of ICD Indications: Insights from an Analysis of Mortality Rates in Patients Using a Wearable Cardioverter-Defibrillator. Heart Rhythm Society 2010 Scientific sessions. Poster presentation.

Zishiri E, Taiger T, Baranowski B, Wazni O, Saliba W, Callahan T, Dresing T, Tchous P, Bhargave M, Kanj M. Edwin Zishiri, Tyler J, Taigen Brayan Baranowski , Oussama Wazni, Walid Saliba, David Martin, Thomas Callahan, Thomas Dresing, Patrick Tchou, Mandeep Bhargava and Mohamed Kanj. Safe and successful use of bivalrudin for anticoagulation during pulmonary vein antral isolation procedure in patients with heparin induced thrombocytopenia. Heart Rhythm Society Meeting May 2008. Poster Presentation.

During weekly noon conferences, fellows learn about a variety of topics

Our program strives to provide the best educational opportunities for fellows training in cardiovascular medicine. As such, we have outlined the following specific educational goals of the program:

  1. Provide outstanding training in all aspects of current clinical cardiology.
  2. Teach evidence based approaches to diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease.
  3. Provide an environment of continuous life long learning.
  4. Ensure a commitment to scholarship either in the basic or clinical sciences for fellows and faculty.
  5. Allow for a caring and compassionate environment for patients, fellows, faculty, and their families.
  6. Sponsor excellence in delivery of care, educational methodology, and mentored research.
  7. Attract and nurture the future leadership of cardiovascular medicine.

Our noon conference schedule for general fellows is an 18-month rotating curriculum that covers a wide range of topics within cardiovascular medicine. This allows for our fellows to be well prepared for clinical practice and sit for national board exams.

Application Process

We participate in the NRMP match. All applicants must apply through the ERAS website. We do not accept any applicants not participating in the match. All applicants must have completed an internal medicine residency program within the United States.

Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Contact Information

Core Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Lois Adamski
Cardiology Education Coordinator
216.444.3925

Venu Menon, MD
Program Director Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship
216.444.6812

Subspecialty Programs

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program
Samir Kapadia, MD
Program Director, Interventional Cardiology
Carol Marountous
216.444.6735

Heart Failure Transplantation
David Taylor, MD
Program Director Heart Failure Transplantation
Iva Strollo
216.444.2492

Electrophysiology and Pacing
Thomas Dresing, MD
Program Director, Electrophysiology and Pacing
Del Laura Hicks
216.444.0330

Cardiac Imaging
Leonardo Rodriguez, MD
Program Director, Cardiac Imaging
Iris Vega
216.445.2149

Vascular
Marcelo Gomez, MD
Program Director, Vascular Medicine
Debbi Birk
216.444.3352

For a Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship application, contact

Deadline for application is August 15th

For All Subspecialty applications contact the appropriate Program Directors.

Reviewed: 06/13

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