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Current Fellows

Meet our current cardiology fellows by their program listed below:


 

Interventional Fellows

 
  • Daniel Ambinder

    Hometown: Monsey, New York
    Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Cardiovascular disease
    Research Interests: Atherosclerotic heart disease and cardiac critical care
     
    Daniel was born and raised in Monsey, New York. Prior to starting college, he spent four years studying abroad in Israel. He is a graduate of University of Maryland School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at the the Osler Medical Housestaff Training Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is passionate about taking care of patients and educating medical students and housestaff. His life-force stems from his incredibly superhuman wife, Rikki, and four adorable children.
     
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  • Imran Aslam

    Hometown: Houston, Texas
    Medical School: University of Texas
    Clinical Interest: Cardiovascular disease
    Research Interests: Intersection of heart failure and electrophysiology
     
    Imran went to medical school at University of Texas in San Antonio where he was already convinced I would be a physician-scientist in Oncology; he even did a 1 year Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Fellows research year in the laboratory doing basic science research in receptor and non-receptor tyrosine kinases in alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma utilizing a pre-clinical genetically engineered mouse model. He then went on to complete my internship and residency in the Osler Medical Residency Program. Here, He realized my love for clinical cardiology and now find himself searching for a niche in the world of cardiovascular disease research as a fellow. Currently, his research interests lie within the intersection of heart failure and electrophysiology, though he imagines his interests will evolve with time.
     
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  • Jacqueline Latina

    Hometown: North Andover, MA
    Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: General cardiology, Non-invasive cardiovascular imaging
    Research Interests: Cardiovascular disease Prevention and Epidemiology
     
    Jacqueline attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY. She subsequently completed an AHA research fellowship working with a multifaceted urban community-based clinical trial and completed a masters degree in biostatistics at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is interested in preventive cardiology and non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, particularly in regards to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, atrial fibrillation, valvular heart disease, and ischemic heart disease.
     
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Structural Fellow

 

Faisal Rahman

Hometown: Australia
Medical School: University of Oxford
Clinical Interest: Critical Care
Research Interests: Atrial fibrillation and flutter with the Framingham Heart Study
 
Faisal Rahman was born in Australia then grew up in Bangladesh, Nepal, England and Switzerland before moving to the US. Faisal received his medical degree from the University of Oxford, England, and did his residency at Boston University Medical Center where he was also Chief Medical Resident before coming to Johns Hopkins for cardiology fellowship. Faisal has done research on atrial fibrillation and flutter with the Framingham Heart Study while he was at Boston University.
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Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellows

 
  • Konstantinos Aronis

    Hometown: Patras, Greece
    Medical School: University of Patras, School of Medicine (Patras, Greece)
    Clinical Interest: Arrhythmias and Cardiac Electrophysiology
    Research Interests: Atrial fibrillation prevention and treatment, Atrial fibrillation-related stroke prevention, Complex dynamical systems with a focus on fundamental mathematical principles underlying cardiac arrhythmias
     
    I was born and raised in Greece and, after graduating from the University of Patras Medical School, I decided to move to the US to seek superior clinical and research training. I completed a 2.5 year clinical and translational research fellowship in metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, followed by internal medicine residency at Boston University Medical Center. I am currently a cardiovascular disease fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. My clinical interests are arrhythmias and cardiac electrophysiology and my research interests include computational cardiology and complex dynamical systems. I am extremely grateful to be a fellow at the best program of the country, the place where all your training dreams come true.
     
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  • Dominik Beer

    Hometown: Linz, Austria
    Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Catheter ablation, cardiac device therapy, and medical education
    Research Interests: Conduction system pacing
     
    Dominik Beer was born in Austria and spent the early part of his childhood there. He moved to Pittsburgh with his family and received his undergraduate training at Duquesne University. He received his medical training at PCOM in Philadelphia before moving on to Danville, PA for internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center where he served as chief cardiology fellow. His clinical interests include catheter ablation, cardiac device therapy, and clinical electrophysiology. He is passionate about resident and medical student education.
     
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  • Richard Jones II

    Hometown: Goldsboro, NC
    Medical School: Florida State University
    Clinical Interest: Electrophysiology
    Research Interests: Arrhythmia prevention and treatment
     
    Richard attended Florida State University College of Medicine after obtaining a Master’s degree in Pharmacology from Georgetown University. He completed residency and a chief resident year at Johns Hopkins Bayview. He is interested in the prevention and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.
     
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  • Klitos Konstantinidis

    Chief Fellow
    Hometown: Pafos, Cyprus
    Medical School: University of Athens, School of Medicine, Greece
    Clinical Interest: Electrophysiology
    Research Interest: Molecular pathways in cardiovascular diseases
     
    Klitos Konstantinidis graduated from Athens Medical School in Greece. After graduating form medical school, he received postdoctoral research fellowship from the A. G Leventis foundation and joined Rick Kitsis' lab at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York where he studied mechanisms of cell death in cardiovascular diseases. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is on the research track and currently working in Mark Anderson's lab studying the role of oxidative stress signaling in cardiovascular diseases. He is also the 2016-2017 Chief Fellow for Cardiovascular Fellowship.
     
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  • David Okada

    Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania
    Clinical Interest: Non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, electrophysiology
    Research Interests: Cardiovascular imaging, arrhythmia, and cardiac sarcoidosis
     
    David attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. He is interested in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, especially as a research and a clinical tool in the following areas: cardiac sarcoidosis, atrial fibrillation, stable ischemic heart disease, pulmonary vascular disease, and venous thromboembolic disease.
     
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  • Eunice Yang

    Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
    Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Electrophysiology and advanced imaging
    Research Interests: The application of advanced imaging in interventions within electrophysiology. Myocardial fibrosis and arrhythmogenesis.
     
    Eunice Yang is a postdoctoral clinical and research fellow in cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree with honors in biochemical sciences at Harvard College and completed both her medical school training and internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins. Her clinical interests are multi-modality cardiovascular imaging and electrophysiology. Dr. Yang’s research interests involve myocardial fibrosis and arrhythmogenesis. Her long-term career aspiration is to lead an integrated clinic and laboratory that utilizes advanced cardiac imaging and electrophysiology techniques for detection of early stage fibrosis and localization of arrhythmogenic foci. She hopes to ultimately couple these translational efforts with basic science work studying pathways that promote fibrosis in the myocardium that can contribute to arrhythmias, with a particular eye out for interventions that prevent or reverse this process.
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Advanced Heart Failure Fellows

 
  • Anahita Ghorbani

    Hometown: Mashhad, Iran
    Medical School: Mashad University of Medical Sciences
    Clinical Interest: Advanced Heart Failure
    Research Interests: Clinical and translational research on pathophysiology of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
     
    Anahita earned her medical degree from Mashhad University of Medical Science and her MPH dual majoring in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University. She then joined Dr. Thomas Wang’s lab at Massachusetts General Hospital to research biomarker of cardiovascular disease. She subsequently completed her internal medicine residency at Mount Auburn hospital and cardiology fellowship at University of Connecticut. She has joined Johns Hopkins to complete her training in advanced heart failure and transplant. Anahita is the recipient of multiple awards including ASE Foundation Top Investigator Travel Grant Award, Howard Levine Science Award, Herb Kayne Prize for Excellence in Biostatistics, and Boston University Woman’s Council Scholarship. She is interested to continue her research focusing on pathophysiology of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction during her fellowship at Johns Hopkins.
     
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  • Virginia Hahn

    Hometown: York, Pa
    Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania
    Clinical Interest: Advanced Heart Failure
    Research Interests: Translational research, Heart failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
     
    Virginia Shalkey Hahn completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. During medical school, she received a Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Fellowship to study in the laboratory of David Kass at Johns Hopkins University. After residency, she spent a year working as an ICU hospitalist at the St Louis VA Hospital. She is on the research track and will be working with David Kass and Kavita Sharma on deep phenotyping and discovery of novel therapeutic targets for patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction.
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Advanced Echocardiography and Imaging Fellows

  • Joseph Meyer, M.D.

    Hometown: Sister Bay, Wisconsin
    Medical School: University of Rochester
    Clinical Interest: General cardiology, non-invasive cardiovascular imaging
    Research Interest: Endothelial dysfunction, functional imaging for characterization of disease, heart failure
    Joe attended medical school at the University of Rochester and completed his internal medicine training in the Osler Medical Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is interested in non-invasive imaging to characterize endothelial dysfunction and its role in worsening advanced cardiovascular diseases, particularly heart failure.
     
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  • Karan Kapoor

    Hometown: Marlboro, New Jersey
    Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
    Clinical Interest: General Cardiology; Cardiovascular Imaging
    Research Interests: Cardiovascular Imaging, Risk Assessment
    Karan completed a combined, 7-year B.S./M.D. program through The College of New Jersey and Rutgers New Jersey Medical school prior to pursuing Internal Medicine Residency training at the University of Maryland, where he also served as Chief Resident. His clinical and research interests include the intersection of advanced cardiovascular imaging techniques and risk assessment as it pertains to a variety of cardiac conditions
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Cardiovascular Disease Fellows

 

Year 1

  • Rick Carrick

    Hometown: Wakefield, MA
    Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
    Clinical Interests: Critical Care, Electrophysiology
    Research Interests: Computational modeling and simulation in electrophysiology
     
    Rick grew up in New England, attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and completed his internal medicine residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He plans to pursue a career that combines clinical cardiology with his interest in computational modeling and simulation based research. Recent projects have focused on using machine learning to develop prediction models for new onset atrial fibrillation in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients. Outside of medicine, he enjoys running, painting, and playing music.
     
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  • Erin Goerlich

    Hometown: San Antonio, TX
    Medical School: University of Texas at Houston, McGovern Medical School
    Clinical Interests: Cardiovascular imaging, coronary artery disease
    Research Interests: Noninvasive imaging, novel echocardiographic techniques, endothelial dysfunction
     
    Erin was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and completed medical school at the University of Texas at Houston. She went on to complete Internal Medicine training in the Osler Residency Program at Johns Hopkins. She then joined the Hopkins T32 post-doctoral cardiology research fellowship studying noninvasive assessment of endothelial dysfunction via MRI and investigation of novel echocardiographic findings in a variety of CV disease states. She plans to pursue an academic cardiology career focusing on clinical research. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her son, husband, and 2 doodles.
     
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  • Keva Garg

    Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
    Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interests: Preventative Cardiology
    Research Interests: HIV related cardiac disease
     
    Keva is a Maryland native. She earned her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, and returned to the area for her masters and medical degree from Georgetown University. She completed her residency at Duke University Hospital, and has returned home to complete her training in cardiology. Her clinical passion lies in preventative cardiology, with a special academic interest in HIV’s impact on the risk for ischemic cardiac disease. Ultimately, she hopes to work as an academic cardiologist, working to improve preventative cardiac care to marginalized populations locally and abroad.
     
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  • Arune Gulati

    Hometown: Kingston, NY
    Medical School: University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
    Clinical Interests: Heart Failure, LVAD, RV Failure, Pulmonary Hypertension
    Research Interests: RHF After LVAD
     
    Arune is a native New Yorker who has progressively inched southward for training, beginning with medical school at Penn followed by residency at JHH. Since coming to Hopkins, he has developed a clinical and research interest in the hemodynamics of LVAD and particularly RHF after LVAD. He was fortunate enough to meet his wife and co-fellow, Alison, in medical school and is currently enjoying the suburb life with their rambunctious toddler, Elliott. Outside of medicine, he is passionate about the Baltimore food scene and always making sure his next meal is better than his last.
     
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  • Esra Gucuk Ipek

    Hometown: Ankara, Turkey
    Medical School: Gazi University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interests: Advanced Cardiac Imaging
    Research Interests: Atrial remodeling using multimodality imaging and associations with outcome
     
    I was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey where I completed my medical education followed by post-graduate training in Cardiology. After spending 3 months exploring cardiac MRI at King’s College of London in UK, I moved to US and pursued research first at UCSF, later at Johns Hopkins University where I studied atrial remodeling using strain echocardiography and cardiac MRI. Before returning Baltimore for Cardiology fellowship, I completed internal medicine residency at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. My research interests include identifying factors that contribute adverse atrial remodeling using multimodality imaging and associations with clinical outcome.
     
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  • Jana Lovell

    Hometown: Lutherville, MD
    Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interests: Advanced Heart Failure
    Research Interests: Translational research, heart failure, immunology
     
    Jana was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She completed medical school at Johns Hopkins. During medical school, she participated in translational research involving primary immunodeficiency disorders through the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program. She then completed internal medicine training in the Osler Medical Residency Program. Her clinical and research interests include advanced heart failure and immunology.
     
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  • Mariam Meddeb

    Hometown: Tunis, Tunisia; Strasborug, France
    Medical School: University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France
    Clinical Interests: Cardiac critical care, heart failure
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of decompensated heart failure, novel therapeutic approaches for the acutely failing heart, gene editing
     
    Mariam earned her medical degree and Master of Science at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France, where she also completed clinical pathology training and cultivated her passion for translational research. Pursuing her interest in becoming a physician scientist, Mariam moved to the United States in 2016 where she completed internal medicine residency at the University of Maryland midtown, while working on gene editing approaches. After her general Cardiology fellowship, she intends to pursue additional training in cardiac critical care. For her research, she is interested in working on better understanding the molecular mechanisms of the acutely failing heart and proposing novel therapeutic approaches for heart failure.
     
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  • Martin Tibuakuu

    Hometown: Jirapa, Ghana
    Medical School: Université d'Alger (Algiers, Algeria)
    Clinical Interests: Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: Prevention and Interventional Cardiology
    Research Interests: Preventive cardiology
     
    Martin was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. After completing his medical training, he pursued a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He then continued as a research fellow at the Department of Epidemiology and the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins. His research focused on novel risk factors contributing to cardiovascular disease risk such as Vitamin D deficiency, inflammation, frailty and low muscle mass (sarcopenia). Martin was also a fellow at the AHA Tobacco Regulatory and Addiction Center (A-TRAC) where he worked on research focused on tobacco regulatory science from a cardiovascular perspective. He received the AHA Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award for his research on “Patient-Reported Outcomes, Resource Utilization and Healthcare Expenditures across the Three Major Atherosclerotic Diseases”. He enjoys spending time with family, friends and playing soccer.
     
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  • Alison Wand

    Hometown: Wallingford, PA
    Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
    Clinical Interests: Heart Failure, Cardiac Imaging
    Research Interests: Cardiac sarcoidosis, inflammatory cardiomyopathies
     
    Ali grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and stayed nearby to complete college and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. She came to Baltimore to begin internal medicine training in the Osler Medical Residency Program and served an additional year as an Assistant Chief of Service. Her clinical and research interests include advanced heart failure and inflammatory cardiomyopathies, with a specific focus on cardiac sarcoidosis. She also has a passion for medical education and mentoring. Outside of the hospital, Ali enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and spending as much time as possible with her husband and their adorable son.
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Year 2

  • Renato Quispe Ayala

    Hometown: Lima, Peru
    Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima, Peru)
    Clinical Interest: General Cardiology, Prevention, Heart Failure
    Research Interest: Prevention, lipids, risk modeling, big-data, machine learning/artificial intelligence, genomics
     
    Renato was born and raised in Lima, Peru, where he attended medical school at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Afterwards, he joined CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases where he studied the effect of migration and socioeconomic factors on noncommunicable diseases, being subsequently appointed as one of the World Heart Federation’s Emerging Leaders in 2015. He joined the Ciccarone Center for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease where his work on lipids using big-data allowed him to be finalist at the Northwestern Young Investigators’ Forum (2015) and the AHA Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Young Investigator Award (2018). He also obtained a Master of Health Sciences (MHS) degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He then completed internship and residency at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY). Renato plans to continue developing his career as Clinician-Investigator in preventive cardiology with a focus on big-data and machine learning/artificial intelligence.
     
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  • Ilton Cubero Salazar

    Hometown: Bluffton, South Carolina
    Medical School: Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Heart Failure
    Research Interest: Mechanisms underlying myocardial hypertrophy and heart failure, HFpEF
     
    Ilton attended medical school at Dartmouth during which time he completed a research year at the Seidman laboratory in Boston funded by the Sarnoff Research Fellowship. He subsequently completed an internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His research interest has been focused around genetic modifiers of the hypertrophic response in animal models and in genetic variants associated with hypertrophy and heart failure.
     
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  • Marc Engels

    Hometown: Willemstad, Curaçao
    Medical School: Leiden University
    Clinical Interest: Electrophysiology
    Research Interest: Atrial fibrillation, sudden cardiac death
     
    Marc was born and raised in Curaçao, a small island in the Caribbean. He graduated from medical school at Leiden University in the Netherlands and completed PhD training there as well. During his PhD training he focused on arrhythmia research and specifically shockless defibrillation using optogenetics. He subsequently moved to the US for residency training at Emory University. He plans to pursue a career in cardiac electrophysiology.
     
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  • Paul Scheel

    Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
    Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Heart failure, transplant, critical care cardiology, ARVC
    Research Interest: Cardiopulmonary exercise testing, ARVC, heart failure outcomes
     
    Paul is a Baltimore native but left the Charm City for undergraduate (University of Notre Dame) and medical school (WashU St. Louis) education prior to returning for residency in the Osler Medical Residency Program at Johns Hopkins. He has been involved in research within the ARVC Program at Johns Hopkins and has a wider interest in heart failure and cardiac transplant. At this time he plans on pursing an academic cardiology career focusing on clinical research. Outside of his clinical and academic pursuits, he enjoys playing basketball, cooking new dishes and traveling the world whenever possible.
     
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  • Gabriel Shaya

    Hometown: Baltimore, MD
    Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Preventive cardiology, cardiovascular imaging
    Research Interest: Cardiovascular epidemiology, cardiovascular risk assessment
     
    Gabriel earned both his Medical Degree and Masters of Public Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He went on to complete his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center. He has returned to his hometown of Baltimore for Cardiology fellowship with the intent of pursuing a career as an academic cardiologist. His clinical and research interests center on the refinement of cardiovascular risk assessment with the goal of tailoring preventive therapies to avert adverse cardiovascular events before they happen.
     
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  • Nick Smith

    Hometown: Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
    Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Critical Care, Advanced Heart Failure
    Research Interest: Cardiac MRI, Ventricular Tachycarida, and Cardiac Sarcoidosis. Emergency Management Simulation in Medical Education.
     
    Nick grew up in Northern Maine and attended Boston University School of Medicine by way of Bowdoin College, where he graduated with a degree in Neuroscience in 2009. He joined the Osler Medical Residency in 2016 as an intern on the Janeway Firm. He developed a passion for critical care cardiology and advanced heart failure and envisions additional fellowships in one or both of these fields. His clinical research interests include cardiovascular imaging in cardiac sarcoid. He is additionally passionate about medical student and resident education, specifically the role of simulation, and stewarded the the PGY-1 Emergency Management curriculum in his senior year of residency. Outside of cardiology he dares to be an average climber, runner, and cyclist, and has been called both a catastrophic cook and an insufferable dinner guest by nearly all of his peers.
     
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  • Ethan Tumarkin

    Hometown: Toronto, Canada
    Medical School: University of Toronto
    Clinical Interest: Heart Failure, valvular heart disease
    Research Interest: Polymer material integration into biological and non-biological tissues, anti-thrombotic and anti-microbial surfaces.
     
    Ethan was born in Israel and immigrated to Toronto when he was 6. He began his university studies in Astronomy and Physics but soon changed his focus to chemistry. He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto on the Microfluidic studies of biological and chemical processes. He subsequently completed both his medical school and internal medicine training in Toronto. Throughout residency he found excitement working in the high paced environment of a coronary care unit, and has been focused on the integration of new materials into cardiovascular research.
     
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  • Rachit Vakil

    Hometown: Manahawkin, NJ
    Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    Clinical Interest: Electrophysiology, heart failure
    Research Interest: Obesity related cardiovascular comorbidities, prevention, epidemiology
     
    Rachit attended Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for medical training. He received his Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he focused on epidemiology and biostatistics. He completed his Internal Medicine training in the Osler Residency Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. His research interests include prevention and epidemiology with a focus on obesity related cardiovascular disease. Outside of the hospital he enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and strolling down to the harbor with his wife to get gelato. He is excited about continuing his training in Baltimore.
     
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  • Wendy Ying

    Hometown: Novi, Michigan
    Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: General cardiology, prevention, heart failure
    Research Interest: Heart failure prevention, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, sex differences in cardiovascular disease
     
    Wendy completed both medical school and internal medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is currently pursuing an American Heart Association post-doctoral research fellowship studying sex differences in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Her clinical and research interests are in the intersection of heart failure and preventive cardiology.
     
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Year 3

  • Abdulhamied Alfaddagh, MD

    Hometown: Kuwait
    Medical School: Kuwait University Faculty of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Coronary artery disease
    Research Interest: Mechanisms and determinants of coronary plaque progression or regression
     
    Abdulhamied (Hamied) earned his Medical Degree from Kuwait University Faculty of Medicine after graduating as the Valedictorian of his class in 2013. After completing internship in Kuwait, Hamied joined the Welty Lab at Harvard Medical School as a research fellow primarily focusing on cardiovascular disease prevention research. He studied the determinants of coronary atherosclerotic plaque progression measured by coronary computed tomography angiography in patients with coronary artery disease. He then went on to complete his residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he continued to do research in cardiovascular prevention. Hamied is passionate about pursuing a career as an academic cardiologist and a physician-scientist in the field of coronary artery disease.
     
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  • Pranoti Hiremath, MD

    Hometown: Seattle, WA
    Medical School: Harvard Medical School
    Clinical Interest: General cardiology and cardiovascular imaging
    Research Interest: Medical device and algorithm development, intraoperative imaging
     
    During her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering at University of Washington, Pranoti worked on building mobile health tools for global health settings, and on developing strategies for implanting pediatric medical devices. Subsequently, she completed medical training at Harvard Medical School, then returned home for Internal Medicine residency at University of Washington Hospitals, and now she is looking forward to returning to the east coast for Cardiology fellowship! Ultimately, she hopes to integrate clinical experience with knowledge from research to develop tools that can positively impact the care of patients with cardiovascular disease. Pranoti enjoys dancing of all kinds, kickboxing, cooking for friends, and spending time with people she adores.
     
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  • Nino Isakadze, MD

    Hometown: Tbilisi, Georgia
    Medical School: David Tvildiani Medical University
    Clinical Interest: General Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
    Research Interest: Atrial Fibrillation, Medical Innovation, M Health
     
    Nino was born and raised in the Republic of Georgia. After graduating from the David Tvildiani Medical University, Nino decided to move to the United States for the exceptional clinical and research training. During Residency, Nino worked on a project involving atrial fibrillation detection using wristband technology, which deepened her passion towards electrophysiology and medical innovation. She strives to continue research in arrhythmia detection/treatment using novel technologies.
     
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  • George Leef, MD

    Hometown: Raleigh, NC
    Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
    Clinical Interest: Electrophysiology
    Research Interest: Atrial Fibrillation
     
    George received his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh and completed internal medicine residency at Stanford. His main research interest is in catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation and he is planning on pursuing advanced training in cardiac electrophysiology. In his spare time, he is an accomplished classical pianist.
     
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  • Francoise Marvel, MD

    Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
    Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Preventive Cardiology
    Research Interest: Translational Research, Digital Health, Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure
     
    Francoise has a clinical interest in preventive cardiology and healthcare transformation and is CO-PI on an Apple collaborative clinical study called MiCORE (Myocardial infarction, COmbined device, Recovery Enhancement). MiCORE is investigating the role of a digital health management system on post-acute myocardial infarction recovery. The intervention consists of a preventive cardiology CareKit application (“app”), Apple watch, and Bluetooth blood pressure cuff called Corrie (“Cor” is Latin for heart). Francoise completed Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and served as Chief Resident prior to starting Cardiology Fellowship.
     
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  • Vasanth Sathiyakumar, MD

    Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
    Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Prevention, Interventional Cardiology
    Research Interest: Prevention, Health Policy
     
    Vasanth attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where his research focused on “big data” epidemiologic projects within health policy. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Throughout residency, he served as a research fellow in the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. His clinical and research interests revolve around atherosclerosis, especially as they pertain to prevention, interventional cardiology, and mobile health. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
     
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  • Nazir Savji, MD

    Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: General Cardiology, Heart Failure
    Research Interest: Cardiometabolic risk factors for heart failure subtype
     
    After spending his whole life in Canada, Nazir moved to the USA in 2004 to attend Amherst College in western Massachusetts. After that, he spent three years working in an infectious disease lab, even though his true passion was for cardiology all along. He attending NYU School of Medicine before completing residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is interested in advanced heart failure and is interested in better understanding differences between preserved and reduced ejection fraction patients. He is also interested in teaching. In his spare time, he enjoys watching basketball, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
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Year 4

  • Bolanle Akinyele

    Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
    Medical School: Howard University
    Clinical Interest: General Cardiology
    Research Interests: Cardiovascular disease in developing countries, Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes
     
    Bolanle was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She completed her medical training at Howard University and Internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview after which she served an additional year as Chief resident. Bolanle hopes to pursue a career as a clinical investigator with a research interest in cardiovascular disease in developing countries. Outside work, she loves spending time with family and dabbles in making beaded jewelry.
     
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  • Marios Arvanitis

    Hometown: Preveza, Greece
    Medical School: University of Athens, School of Health Sciences
    Clinical Interest: Non-invasive cardiology
    Research Interests: Computational genetics and biology with respect to cardiomyopathies and other cardiovascular disease
     
    Dr. Arvanitis currently serves as a postdoctoral clinical and research fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After completing his medical training in Athens, Greece, Dr. Arvanitis moved to the United States to pursue his desire to become a physician scientist. He worked for 2 years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Brown University where he studied the pathogenesis, immune mechanisms and diagnosis of infectious diseases. He then went on to complete his internship and residency at Boston Medical Center where he continued to work in biomedical research studying, among other projects, the effect of biomarkers associated with the immune response in the diagnosis and prognosis of amyloid cardiomyopathy before moving to Baltimore for his fellowship. He is interested in continuing his research on the effect of immune mechanisms in the development of cardiovascular disorders by using computational biology techniques.
     
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  • Carine Hamo

    Hometown: Great Neck, New York
    Medical School: St. George's University
    Clinical Interest: Advanced Heart Failure
    Research Interests: heart failure preserved ejection fraction, acute heart failure, novel therapies for heart failure, cardio-oncology
     
    Carine received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and attended medical school at St. George's University. She completed residency at Stony Brook University Hospital and stayed there for an additional year as Chief Resident. She is interested in pursuing advanced heart failure training. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of heart failure and cardio-oncology.
     
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  • Anum Minhas

    Hometown: Memphis, TN
    Medical School: Duke University
    Clinical Interest: Non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, general cardiology
    Research Interests: CT, stress cardiomyopathy, preoperative medicine
     
    Anum went to medical school at Duke University. She had an interest in imaging and spent a year studying radiation dose estimation and radiation safety. She also developed a passion for clinical cardiology and subsequently went to the University of Michigan for internal medicine residency. Here she studied CT reconstruction for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, as well as the incidence of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. She hopes to combine her interest in cardiac imaging with population studies in the future. In her free time she enjoys drawing, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
     
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  • Miguel Pinilla Vera

    Hometown: Colombia, South America
    Medical School: Javeriana University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Cardiovascular
    Research Interests: Cardiomyocyte biology in heart failure and cardiac regeneration
     
    Miguel Pinilla Vera was born and raised in Colombia, South America. He went to medical school at Javeriana University School of Medicine, in Bogota. Miguel developed an early interest in cardiovascular physiology during medical school. He performed Post-doctoral fellowship training in laboratory research at Duke University Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital before doing Internal Medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He plans to continue to develop a career in basic laboratory research involving cardiomyocyte biology in heart failure and cardiac regeneration.
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