Fellow Research Bios
Anum Minhas, M.D., M.H.S.
Dr. Anum Minhas is the chief cardiology fellow and interested in cardiovascular disease in the setting of pregnancy and using novel cardiac imaging techniques to enhance understanding of disease pathophysiology. She has completed several projects at the intersection of adverse pregnancy outcomes (preeclampsia and gestational diabetes) and cardiovascular disease, using cardiac MRI and echocardiogram data.
She also designed and completed a one-year subspecialty fellowship in Cardio-Obstetrics and obtained a Master of Health Science in Cardiovascular and Clinical Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH). During her training she has received support from the JHSPH Cardiovascular Epidemiology T32 training grant, the Dlabal Clinical Research Award, the Trudy Bush Fund, the Charlotte Ferencz Award, The Lou and Nancy Grasmick Endowed Research Fellowship and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Endowed Fellowship. She is also co-PI/co-I on several extramural and institutional research grants.
Nino Isakadze, M.D.
Dr. Nino Isakadze is a fourth-year cardiology fellow with research interests at the intersection of digital health and atrial fibrillation. In collaboration with the American Heart Association and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, Dr. Isakadze incorporated Human Centered Design methodology to develop mobile application for management of atrial fibrillation in a way that will meet the needs of diverse groups of patients and clinicians.
Dr. Isakadze currently plans to conduct a pilot randomized clinical trial to evaluate clinical outcomes with the use of atrial fibrillation application. She received a Master of Health Science Degree in Graduate Training in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health during her third year of fellowship. She was also selected to be the American Heart Association Health Technology and Information Scientifically Focused Research Network fellow. Dr. Isakadze received The Michael Mirowski and Semyon and Janna Friedman Friedman Fellowship awards given to fellows with the greatest potential for academic success.
Renato Quispe, M.D., M.H.S.
Dr. Renato Quispe is a third-year cardiology fellow interested in preventive cardiology and lipidology. Using big-data and epidemiologic approaches, his research has focused on the role of coronary calcium score in refining prediction of cardiovascular risk, the metabolism of different lipoproteins and its effect on atherosclerosis, and the importance of emerging lipid markers such as remnant particles and triglyceride-rich lipoproteins.
Dr. Quispe obtained a Master of Health Science in Graduate Training in Clinical Investigation from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH) in 2016. He has been a finalist for the AHA Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award in 2018 and Samuel A. Levine Young Investigator Award in 2020. Dr. Quispe is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Clinical Investigation at JHSPH, with a focus on machine learning/artificial intelligence and genomics in cardiovascular disease. His training and research have been supported by the Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional Research Training Program (T32) and the Trone Family Foundation.
Virginia Hahn, M.D.
Dr. Virginia Hahn is a physician-scientist and recent graduate of the Johns Hopkins Cardiology fellowship. She performs translational research in heart failure/cardiometabolic disease using bioinformatics tools, functional assays, and molecular techniques. During her fellowship, she was supported by several funds/awards including the NIH T32 training grant, the NIH Loan Repayment Program, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Endowed Fellowship, three foundation grants (as co-PI), the Howard Silverman Award, first prize at the Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators' Forum, and the Joseph Loscalzo Award from Circulation. She completed Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology fellowship and is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins.
Daniel Ambinder, M.D.
Dr. Daniel Ambinder is an interventional/structural cardiology fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. With a passion for medical education, he co-founded CardioNerds, a platform that aims to democratize cardiovascular education, promote diversity and inclusion, provide mentorship and sponsorship, and invigorate a love for cardiovascular medicine and science. In this capacity, he designed and maintains the CardioNerds website, helped established the CardioNerds Academy, Narratives in Cardiology, Medical Journalism, and Scholarship programs. He is an assistant social media editor for Circulation.
Marios Arvanitis, M.D.
Dr. Arvanitis recently graduated from cardiology fellowship and is currently an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Cardiology. His research interests focus on the use of high dimensional multi-omic data in order to discover new mechanisms for cardiovascular disease and novel targets for treatment and prevention.
During his cardiology fellowship, Dr. Arvanitis led several projects to identify and characterize novel genetic mechanisms for heart disease and to develop a novel method to identify the cell type targets of genome wide association loci for cardiovascular disease. During his training, he received support from the Cardiovascular Disease T32 training grant, the Johns Hopkins Discovery Fund, the Howard Silverman Research Award, the Michel Mirowski Endowed Fellowship, the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Endowed Fellowship, and the Johns Hopkins Young Investigators Program.
Francoise A. Marvel, M.D.
Dr. Marvel is a recent graduate of the cardiology fellowship and now an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Cardiology. She is interested in understanding the role of digital biosensors, biomarkers, and software that can generate, gather, and share data in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Marvel was recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association Presentation Finalist, Johns Hopkins Stanley L. Blumenthal Oral Presentation Winner of Cardiovascular Research Retreat, the Johns Hopkins Medicine/Whiting School of Engineering Research Conference and received the 2021 PJ Schafer Award. Apple also featured Corrie (developed by Drs. Marvel and Martin) at Tim Cook's Keynote Address at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference for Apple Health in 2021. Additionally, Dr. Marvel was selected to participate in the American Heart Association’s Empowered to Serve program focused on accelerating the impact of Corrie in East Baltimore’s community to improve cardiovascular health.
Past Silverman Award Winners
The Howard S. Silverman Award is an annual event in honor of Dr. Howard S. Silverman, a former Cardiology fellow and faculty member who died in 1996 from heart disease. The Silverman Awards is a research conference in which the 2nd year cardiovascular disease fellows present their research projects to the division. The faculty award the fellow whose project is the most original, creative and has the greatest scientific potential a monetary prize and certificate.
- 2020-2021 Richard Carrick, M.D.
- 2018-2019 Eunice Yang, M.D.
- 2017-2018 Marios Arvanitis, M.D.
- 2016-2017 Virginia Hahn, M.D.
- 2015-2016 Thorsten Leucker, M.D.
- 2014-2015 Steven Hsu, M.D.
- 2013-2014 Libin Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
- 2012-2013 Seth Martin, M.D.
- 2011-2012 Grant Chow, M.D.
- 2010-2011 Lincoln Shenje, M.D., Ph.D.
- 2009-2010 Hiroshi Ashikaga, M.D., Ph.D.
- 2008-2009 Chao-Wei Hwang, M.D., Ph.D.
- 2007-2008 Dou (Alvin) Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
- 2006-2007Jacob Abraham, M.D.
- 2005-2006 Henry Sun, M.D.
- 2004-2005 Rich George, M.D.
Dlabal Clinical Research Award
The Dlabal Clinical Research Award was established in 2019 by generous support from Dr. Paul Dlabal, a former Johns Hopkins School of Medicine graduate. The Dlabal Clinical Research Award is given annually to a fellow demonstrating originality and creativity in clinical research.
- 2020-2021 Richard Vakil, M.D.
- 2018-2019 Anum Minhas, M.D. M.H.S.
Timeline by Fellowship Year: Year 1
|Fellowship Year||Goals||Suggested Completion Date|
|First Year||Identify a career mentor||November/December|
|Explore research opportunities and meet with potential research mentors||Throughout year|
|Mid-year check in with fellowship leadership to discuss progress||November to January|
|Decide whether you are pursuing the early research track||December to March|
|Identify a clinical interest (prevention, imaging, HF, interventional, EP, etc.)||June|
Timeline by Fellowship Year: Year 2
|Fellowship Year||Goals||Suggested Completion Date|
|Second Year||Discuss research project with potential research mentor||July to August|
|Select research mentor||September|
|Initial IDP completion||November|
|Check in with fellowship leadership team||November to December|
|Apply for advanced training fellowship (if applicable)||Interventional: December ERAS cycle (discuss with Dr. Hasan)|
|Formalize details of research plans, submit IRB||December to March|
|Mentorship team meeting with Wendy, Steve or Thorsten included||April|
|Present research plans at Silverman||May|
Timeline by Fellowship Year: Years 3-4
|Fellowship Year||Goals||Suggested Completion Date|
|Third/Fourth Year||Apply for advanced training or job|
EP: July ERAS cycle
Heart Failure: July ERAS cycle Non-ACGME: congenital, imaging, critical care, prevention, women’s health
Jobs: July to September
|Submit abstract for national meeting||Deadlines vary|
|Present at Fellows Research Conference||October to April|
|Mentorship team meeting||November|
|Prepare a research manuscript for publication||December to June|
|Submit abstract for Hopkins CV retreat||Spring|
|Submit updated IDP, Research Update||April|
Advanced Research Training
- Online Science of Clinical Investigation Training Program
- JHSPH Certificate Programs (several options: Clinical Trials, Health Education, Quality and Outcomes Research)
- Winter and summer institutes at Bloomberg School of Public Health (one day or one week courses – 1 free course per term for postdoc fellows from SOM)
- One-week ICTR Course- Introduction to clinical research
Optional Research Tracks
We offer flexibility in clinical and research training, allowing fellows to design their fellowship schedule individually as long as ACGME and COCATS requirements are satisfied.
|Fellowship Year||Research Tracks|
|Year 1||12 month ACGME core clinical rotations|
|Year 2||12 month ACGME core clinical rotations|
|Year 2||3 month clinical/9 month research|
|Year 3||3 month clinical/9 month research|
|Year 4||Advanced Fellowship|
|Year 4||6 month clinical/6 month research|
Research as a Cardiology Fellow
Cardiovascular genomics | Marios Arvanitis, M.D.
Academic Success in Cardiology | Virginia Hahn, M.D.
Excessive O-GlcNAcylation causes cardiomyopathy | Priya Umapathi
Link Between Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Cardiovascular Disease | Anum Minhas
Pulseless Electrical Activity | Daniel Ambinder, M.D.
Myocardial Infarction, Recovery, Enhancement (MiCORE) Study