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Current Fellows

Meet our current cardiology fellows by their program listed below:


 

Interventional Fellows

 
  • 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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  • Rimsky Denis

    Hometown: Miami, Florida
    Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Interventional and Structural Cardiology
    Research Interest: Health Inequities in Cardiovascular Disease
     
    Rimsky was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Prior to beginning his cardiovascular disease fellowship, he completed his internal medicine residency at Brown University in Rhode Island, and his medical school training at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Rimsky holds a masters degree in public health with a concentration in disease prevention, and a masters degree in business administration with a focus in healthcare policy. His research interest pertains to the assessment of health inequities within structural heart disease and interventional cardiology.
     
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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. 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! 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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Structural 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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  • 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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Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellows

 
  • Fabrizio Assis

    Hometown: Campina Grande, Brazil
    Medical School: Federal University of Paraiba
    Clinical Interest: Electrophysiology
    Research Interests: Cardiac neuromodulation, ventricular arrhythmias, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), cardiac implantable devices, innovative technologies, esophageal protection
     
    Fabrizio graduated from Medical School at Federal University of Paraiba and completed his training in Cardiology and Electrophysiology at Hospital Beneficencia Portuguesa de Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a postdoctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Assis was actively involved with multiple research activities, including the development of a new, minimally invasive technique for cardiac neuromodulation, and new strategies of therapeutic hypothermia and esophageal protection against thermal injury during catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.
     
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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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  • Usama Daimee

    Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    Clinical Interest: Arrhythmias, catheter ablation, cardiac implantable devices
    Research Interests: Clinical outcomes associated with catheter ablation procedures and cardiac implantable devices; prospective registries and clinical trials
     
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  • Richard Jones II

    Chief Fellow
    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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  • Weijia Wang

    Hometown: Nanjing, China
    Medical School: Zhejiang University, School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Cardiac electrophysiology, general cardiology
    Research Interests: Epidemiology, inherited heart disease, atrial fibrillation
     
    I attended Zhejiang University, School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China. I completed residency at Tufts Medical Center and cardiology fellowship at UMass. Between residency and fellowship, I obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University. I am interested in the electrophysiology, general cardiology, and epidemiology.
     
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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

 
  • Miguel Pinilla Vera

    Hometown: Colombia, South America
    Medical School: Javeriana University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Cardiovascular disease
    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 his 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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  • Kristin Stawiarski

    Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interest: Heart failure biomarkers, left ventricular assist devices
    Research Interests: Heart failure biomarkers, left ventricular assist devices
     
    Kristin Stawiarski attended Saba University School of Medicine and subsequently completed her Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology fellowship at Yale University/Bridgeport Hospital. She has joined Johns Hopkins this year to complete her training in advanced heart failure and transplant. She is interested to continue her research on heart failure biomarkers and their application to left ventricular assist devices in follow up to her most recent publication entitled “Impact of Perioperative Lymphopenia on Survival Following LVAD Placement”.
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Advanced Echocardiography and Imaging Fellows

Anum Minhas

Chief Fellow
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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T32 Fellow

Edwin Yoo

Hometown: Millbrae, California
Medical School: Temple (MD), UPenn (PhD)
Clinical Interests: HFpEF, Pulmonary Hypertension, RV Failure, Preventative Cardiology
Research Interests: Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Biomarkers, Proteomics, Epigenetics
 
Edwin was born and raised in San Francisco, California and went on to study Biochemistry at UC San Diego, followed by medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia. During a summer research internship at the University of Pennsylvania, Edwin discovered a novel drug target in smooth muscle which led him to develop a passion for translational research. He completed a PhD in Pharmacology at UPenn where he was awarded a NIH NRSA grant, a patent, and several publications on his thesis research. Edwin subsequently completed residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York where he confirmed his aspirations to become a physician-scientist in Cardiology. Outside of the hospital, Edwin enjoys spending time with his wife and playing the electric guitar.
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Cardiovascular Disease Fellows

 

Year 1

  • Xuan Ding

    Hometown: Houston, TX
    Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
    Clinical Interest: Cardiovascular imaging
    Research Interests: Ultrasound imaging, acoustics, technology development
     
    Xuan grew up in Houston, TX and attended medical and graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed residency at Vanderbilt University. His clinical and research interests include cardiovascular imaging especially with echocardiography as well as development of novel ultrasound imaging technologies. Outside of medicine, he enjoys cooking and trying out new restaurants.
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  • Richard Ferraro

    Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
    Medical School: Weill Cornell Medicine
     
    Originally from Chicago, Rick Ferraro spent two years as a Teach For America Corps member teaching science before medical school at Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC. Previous senior resident at the Osler Medical Residency program. In addition to cardiology fellowship acts as a producer and content creator at the CardioNerds.
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  • Erin Goerlich

    Hometown: San Antonio, TX
    Medical School: University of Texas at Houston, McGovern Medical School
    Clinical Interest: 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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  • Joseph Goldenberg

    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
    Clinical Interest: Advanced heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, cardiovascular disease prevention
    Research Interests: Myocardial recovery in heart failure, interactions between myocardial and systemic metabolism, obesity and cardiovascular disease, pulmonary hypertension
     
    Joseph was born and raised in southern California. He studied biochemistry and cellular biology at University of California, San Diego, where he developed an interest in metabolism. This led him to focus on myocardial fatty acid metabolism in heart failure for his graduate doctoral thesis during medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He continued his medical training at the University of Chicago internal medicine residency program and where he cultivated his passion for cardiovascular disease. He continued heart failure research and studied the occurrence of myocardial recovery after LVAD implantation. He plans to focus on understanding the connections between systemic and cardiac metabolism to achieve myocardial recovery and improve heart failure outcomes.
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  • Alan Jacobsen

    Hometown: Galway, Ireland
    Medical School: National University of Ireland, Galway
    Clinical Interest: Cardiovascular disease
    Research Interests: Preventive Cardiology
     
    Alan was born in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. He attended medical school at National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). He moved to Baltimore to complete internal medicine residency in the Osler Medical Residency Program. Here he was welcomed by members the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease where research interests such as antithrombotic therapies and hypertension were fostered. Outside of medicine he enjoys cycling and listening to podcasts.
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  • Maeve Jones-O’connor

    Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
    Medical School: University College Dublin, Ireland
    Clinical Interest: Cardiac critical care
    Research Interests: Prevention, digital health
     
    Maeve is a native of Dublin, Ireland where she completed her medical degree at University College Dublin. She completed her transitional intern year at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin before moving to Boston for internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. From there, she has made the move southward to Baltimore to complete her cardiology training. She has a particular clinical interest in cardiac critical care, and in developing this subspecialty as it integrates the leading edges of cardiology, cardiac surgery, critical care and medical device technology. She also plans to develop her research interests in prevention and digital health during her fellowship years. Outside of the hospital, she spends as much time as possible hiking, cycling, running or travelling.
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  • Chang Kim

    Hometown: Seoul, South Korea ; San Diego, CA
    Medical School: State University of New York Upstate Medical University
    Clinical Interest: General cardiology, prevention, cardiac imaging
    Research Interests: Big data, risk modelling, machine learning/artificial intelligence
     
    Chang was born in Seoul and grew up in San Diego. He pursued his MD degree in upstate New York followed by internal medicine training and hospitalist work at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Anticipating a paradigm shift towards precision medicine enabled by big data and artificial intelligence, he pursued a PhD degree in biomedical informatics at Rutgers University, applying machine learning to the electrocardiogram for long-term cardiovascular risk prediction. Following cardiology fellowship, Chang plans to further pursue his clinical and research interests as an academic cardiologist.
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  • Minhal Makshood

    Hometown: Albany, NY
    Medical School: Albany Medical College
    Clinical Interest: Prevention and Heart failure
    Research Interests: Understanding the pathophysiology of coronary artery disease in South Asians
     
    Originally Sri Lankan but born in Saudi Arabia. I I came to the United States at the age of 17 as an undergraduate at University at Albany. I subsequently went to medical school at Albany Medical college and completed internal medicine residency and one year as Assistant Chief of service at Johns Hopkins Bayview. I enjoy cooking, hiking, fashion designing and travel!
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  • Nestor Vasquez

    Hometown: Lima, Peru
    Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima, Peru)
    Clinical Interest: Preventive cardiology, cardiovascular imaging, critical care
    Research Interests: Lipoprotein (a), lipids, cardiovascular disease in Hispanics/Latinos
     
    I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. I completed medical school at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia after which I joined the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins to investigate left atrial myopathy in HCM patients with atrial fibrillation. Subsequently moved to Dallas for residency at University of Texas Southwestern, becoming very interested in cardiovascular disease prevention, particularly using lipids and lipoprotein (a) to predict atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. I plan to pursue a career in academic cardiology focusing on clinical research. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my dog, grilling, and trying new restaurants.
     
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Year 2

  • 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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  • 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 3

  • 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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Year 4

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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