Division of Cardiovascular Diseases

General Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship

Overview from the program director

The cardiology fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center is a three year program to train for a career in academic as well as clinical cardiology. The program is ACGME accredited and fulfills requirements for training as indicated in the July 1, 2012 ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Cardiovascular Diseases. There are currently thirty-seven cardiovascular physicians at the KU Hospital with active interventional cardiology and electrophysiology services, including subspecialty fellows in these disciplines. The program offers both a three year clinical track and a four year basic science research track. If interested in the research track, the 2nd or 3rd year of fellowship will be used as a dedicated research year. Your track will be registered with ACGME and our Institutional GME Office will be notified.

The University of Kansas Hospital is a 628-bed academic tertiary care referral center for the Kansas City metropolitan area, western Missouri, and eastern Kansas. It includes a 156-bed Center for Advanced Heart Care that opened in 2006. KU Hospital and clinics feature a robust electronic medical record system, O2, a product from Epic Systems Corporation.

There are three cardiac catheterization laboratories with procedure volume (2013) of 3,598, including 710 PCIs, 586 peripheral vascular procedures, and 140 structural procedures. There are three active electrophysiology laboratories with a procedure volume (2013-14) of 721 SVT ablations, 310 atrial fibrillation ablations, 26 VT ablations, 262 ICD implantations, 289 pacemaker implantations, 146 biventricular pacemaker and defibrillator implantations, and 147 lead extractions. Advanced 3D mapping techniques are used with the majority of ablation procedures.

The Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center is part of VA Integrated Service Network 15 (VISN 15). The Kansas City VA opened in 1952 and currently has 156 beds with two cardiac catheterization laboratories, where cardiac catheterizations and percutaneous coronary interventions are performed and permanent pacemakers and ICDs are implanted. With approximately 2000 admissions per year, it serves as a referral center for Topeka and Leavenworth VA hospitals and 7 Community Based outpatient clinics.

The Cardiovascular Research Institute offers state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure for basic, clinical, or translational cardiovascular research. A number of physicians within the division are actively engaged in numerous investigator-initiated projects. Fellows are strongly encouraged to initiate and participate in innovative projects, present at conferences, and publish.

The first year of training includes rotations in coronary care unit, cardiovascular consultations, cardiac catheterization, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, and electrophysiology at the University of Kansas Hospital or at the Kansas City Veterans Medical Center. Additional rotations during subsequent years include cardiac CT and magnetic resonance imaging, noninvasive peripheral vascular imaging, cardiothoracic surgery, and pediatric cardiology. Research rotations commensurate with the need (up to a maximum of twelve months) are made available to fellows interested in such pursuits.Once essential COCATS requirements are completed, the fellowship program administration is very flexible in modifying fellow activities and rotations to fit their future career goals.

All fellows have a half-day continuity clinic at the University of Kansas Hospital or one of its local clinic sites with staff cardiology mentors. Current night call is a night float rotation. With the current program size (13 fellows), first year fellows have night float for six weeks, second year fellows for 4 weeks, and third year fellows for two weeks. On-call fellows can easily contact on-call cardiac sonographers, staff cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and interventional cardiologists.

Conferences are held at 7 AM, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The Internal Medicine grand rounds is held on Wednesday mornings at 8 AM. There is a separate noninvasive imaging conference at noon on Thursday and research conferences every third Wednesday of the month at 7 AM. There are also monthly cath conferences, journal clubs, and ECG coding lectures. The division supports attendance at a major national meeting at each year of fellowship.

 

General Cardiology Fellowship Applicants
Please contact the fellowship coordinator Cheryl Heverin, for applications, questions or concerns
Email:cheverin@kumc.edu


Current Fellows

R Afzal 

Rizwan Afzal, MD
4th Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan
Residency: Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Research interests: Cell therapy for cardiac regeneration, Cardiac Electrophysiology

Publications and Abstracts:

  • Afzal MR, Gunda S, Waheed S, Sehar N, Maybrook RJ, Dawn B, Lakkireddy D. Role of Outpatient Cardiac Rhythm monitoring in Cryptogenic Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2015 Jul 14. doi:10.1111/pace.12688. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26172621.
  • Afzal MR, Samanta A, Shah ZI, Jeevanantham V, Abdel-Latif A, Zuba-Surma EK,Dawn B. Adult Bone Marrow Cell Therapy for Ischemic Heart Disease: Evidence and Insights from Randomized Controlled Trials. Circ Res. 2015 Jul 9. pii:CIRCRESAHA.114.304792. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26160853.
  • Afzal MR, Chatta J, Samanta A, Waheed S, Mahmoudi M, Vukas R, Gunda S, Reddy M, Dawn B, Lakkireddy D. Use of Contact Force Sensing Technology During Radiofrequency Ablation Reduces Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Heart Rhythm. 2015 Jun 16. pii: S1547-5271(15)00800-0. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2015.06.026. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26091856.
  • Arun Kanmanthareddy, MD, Avanija Buddam, MBBS, Madhu Reddy, MD, Venkata M. Alla, MD, Claire Hunter, MD, Sampath Gunda, MD, Rizwan Afzal, MD, Hema Pamulapati, MD, Sudharani Bommana, MA, Donita Atkins, BSN and Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD, FHRS. Efficacy and safety of novel oral anticoagulants in the elderly patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation: a meta - analysis of 106,152 patieNTS. Heart Rhythm, 2015;12(5): S214.
  • Jayasree Pillarisetti, MD, Sampath Gunda, MD, Sanjay Arkuala,MBBS, Jahnavi Thummaluru, MBBS, Nivedita Adabala,MBBS, Nandhini Sehar, MBBS, Zeeshan Hussain, MD, Dmitry Familstev, MD, Rizwan Afzal, MD, Moustapha Atoui, MD,Sudharani Bommana, MS, Luigi Di Biase, MD, FHRS, Carola Gianni, MD, Roderick Tung, MD, FHRS, Kalyanam Shivkumar,MD, Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS, Madhu Reddy, MD, Rakesh Gopinathannair, MD and Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD, FHRS. Utility of coronary angiogram prior to monomorphic ventricular tachycardia storm. Heart Rhythm, 2015;12(5): S522. 
  • Sampath Gunda, MD, Madhu Reddy, MD, Jayasree Pillarisetti,MD, Rizwan Afzal, MD, Arun  Kanmanthareddy, MD, Luigi Di Biase, MD, Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS, Sanghamitra Mohanty, MD and Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD, FHRS. Manual navigation versus remote magnetic system for ventricular tachycardia ablation: a systematic review of literature. Heart Rhythm, 2015;12(5): S525. 
  • Muhammad R. Afzal, MD, Sampath Gunda, MD, Salman Waheed, MD, MPH, Ryan J. Maybrook, MD, Jayasree Pillarisetti, MD, Arun Kanmanthareddy, MD, Madhu Reddy, MD, Donita Atkins, RN, BSN, Sudharani Bommana, MS, Melissa Jaeger, RN, BSN, Buddhadeb Dawn, MD and Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD, FHRS. Role of outpatient cardiac rhythm monitoring in cryptogenic stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials and observational studies. Heart Rhythm, 2015;12(5): S528.
  • Arun Kanmanthareddy; Avanija Buddam; Madhu Reddy; Muhammad Afzal; Sampath Gunda; Claire Hunter; Venkata Alla; Donita Atkins; Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy. Efficacy and safety of transcatheter left atrial appendage ligation with lariat: a meta-analysis. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60435-1. 
  • Moustapha Atoui; Sampath Gunda; Jayasree Pillarisetti; Muhammad Afzal; Donita Atkins; Madhu Reddy; Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy. Termination of a left atrial tachycardia by left atrial appendage ligation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60588-5.
  • Muhammad Afzal; Arun Kanmanthareddy; Sampath Gunda; Donita Atkins; Madhu Reddy; Moustapha Atoui; Jayasree Pillarisetti; Buddhadeb Dawn; Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy. Cryptogenic stroke and underlying atrial fibrillation: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized control trials. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60360-6.
  • Gunda S, Kanmanthareddy A, Vallakati A, Janga P, Afzal MR, Pillarisetti J,Bommana S, Atkins D, Earnest M, Nath J, Hosakote N, DI Biase L, Natale A, Reddy M, Lee R, Lakkireddy D. Characterization of Pleural Effusion After Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion Using Lariat. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2015 Feb 25. doi:  10.1111/jce.12648. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25711803.
  • Mansour M, Afzal MR, Gunda S, Pillarisetti J, Heist K, Rav Acha M, Heard M,Ruskin J, Lakkireddy D. Feasibility of Transseptal Puncture using a non-Fluoroscopic Catheter Tracking System. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2015 Feb 25. doi: 10.1111/pace.12617. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25712806.
  • Arun Kanmanthareddy, Avanija Buddam, Suresh Sharma, Rizwan Afzal, Venkata S Koripalli, Nivedita Adabala, Max Martin, Gabriel Ries, Sudharani Bommana, Donita Atkins, Madhu Reddy, and Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy .Complete Heart Block After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: A Meta-Analysis.Circulation. 2014;130:A15832.
  • Afzal MR, Kanmanthareddy A, Earnest M, Reddy M, Atkins D, Bommana S, Bartus K,Rasekh A, Han F, Badhwar N, Cheng J, Dibiase L, Ellis CR, Dawn B, Natale A, Lee RJ, Lakkireddy D. Impact of Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion Using an Epicardial Ligation System (LARIAT) on Atrial Fibrillation Burden in Patients with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices. Heart Rhythm. 2014 Sep 30. pii:S1547-5271(14)01078-9. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2014.09.053. [Epub ahead of print]PubMed PMID: 25281005.
  • Maybrook, RF, Afzal MR, Rankin A, Russell C, Vacek J. Use of Aldosterone Antagonists at Discharge in Eligible Heart Failure Patients With a Comprehensive Heart Failure Program: Trends in Compliance With Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure.Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2013;6:A346.
  • Afzal MR; Maybrook RJ; Rankin A; Russell C; Dawn B; Vacek JL. Development of a comprehensive heart failure management team and its impact in improving compliance with standard of care: insight from the get with the guidelines database. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013;61(10_S):. doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(13)60761-5.
  • Jeevanantham V, Afzal MR, Zuba-Surma EK, Dawn B .Clinical trials of cardiac repair with adult bone marrow- derived cells.Methods Mol Biol. 2013;1036:179-205. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-511-8_15.
  • Afzal MR, Wilson JH.   Images  in  clinical medicine. Lung herniation  after cardiac surgery.N Engl J Med. 2013 Jun 20;368(25):e35. doi: 10.1056/NEJMicm1204602.
  • Afzal MR, Haider HKh, Idris NM, Jiang S, Ahmed RP, Ashraf M. Preconditioning Promotes Survival and Angiomyogenic Potential of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Infarcted Heart via NF-kappaB Signaling. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2010 Mar 15;12(6): 693-702.
  • Ahmed RP, Haider KH, Shujia J, Afzal MR, Ashraf M. Sonic Hedgehog gene delivery to the rodent heart promotes angiogenesis via iNOS/netrin-1/PKC pathway. PLoS One. 2010 Jan 5; 5 (1):e8576.
  • Goodman M, Koch S, Afzal MR, Butler KL. STAT subtype specificity and ischemic preconditioning in Mice: Is STAT -3 enough? Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2010 Dec 3.
  • Lai VK, Afzal MR, Ashraf M, Jiang S, Haider HKh. Non-hypoxic stabilization of HIF-Iα during coordinated interaction between Akt and angiopoietin-1 enhances endothelial commitment of bone marrow stem cells. J Mol Med (Berl). 2012 Jun;90(6):719-30.
  • Afzal MR, Haider HKh, Ahmed RP, Jiang S, Ashraf M. Mesenchymal Stem Cells Co-overexpressing Akt and Ang-1 Enhance Angiogenesis via Synergistic Expression of HIF-1α Dependent Angiogenic Factors. Circulation, Nov 2009; 120: S_836.
  • Afzal MR, Haider HKh, Idris NM, Jiang S, Ahmed RP, Ashraf M. The Canonical Activation of NF-kB Is Responsible for Secretion of Cardioprotective Paracrine Factors from Preconditioned Stem Cells. Circulation, Oct 2008; 118: S_491
  • Afzal MR, Haider HKh, Idris NM, Jiang S, Ashraf M. Coordinated Interaction between Survival Signaling and Angio-Competent Molecules Enhances Donor Cell Survival and Angiogenesis in the Infarcted Heart. Circulation, Oct 2008; 118: S_396S_397.
  • Afzal MR, Haider HKh, Idris NM, Jiang S, Ashraf M. Preconditioning Promotes Survival and Proliferation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Infarcted Rat Heart Via Activation of NF- B Downstream of PI3K/Akt Signaling. Circulation, Oct 2007; 116:II_68.
  • Ahmed RP, Haider HKh, Idris NM, Jiang S, Afzal MR, Ashraf M.  Sonic Hedgehog Gene Transfer Promotes Angiogenesis and Myocardial Regional Blood Flow via PKC Dependent Netrin Expression. Circulation, Oct 2008; 118:S_320.
  • Afzal MR, Haider HKh, Idris NM, Jiang S, Rahman S, Ashraf M. Augmented myocyte protection and proliferation in the infarcted heart following treatment with cell lysate from pharmacologically preconditioned mesenchymal cell. The FASEB Journal.2008;22:1130.6.
  • Afzal MR, Pack R. Resolution of Persistent Pulse less Electrical Activity (PEA) with Thrombolytic Therapy in a Patient with Massive Pulmonary Embolism. Critical Care Medicine: December 2011 - Volume 39 - Issue 12 - p 259
  • Afzal MR,  Tahir Sajjad. Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, USA. Fatal Hypermagnesemia Resulting from Therapeutic Doses of Over the Counter Magnesium Containing Laxatives and Antacids: Am J Kidney Dis May, 2012; 57(4); B18
  • Afzal MR, Samaha A. Complete Remission of Proteinuria with Cellcept and Cyclosporne in Non-HIV Collpsing Glomerulopathy. Am J Kidney Dis April, 2011; 57(4); B18
  • Imam N, Ahmed M, Afzal MR, Grove S, Samaha A. Tuberous Sclerosis Presenting as End Stage Renal Disease. Am J Kidney Dis April, 2011; 57(4); B49
  • Afzal MR, Samaha A. Idiopathic Nodular Glomerulosclerosis Along with Proliferative Retinopathy and Sensorimotor Neuropathy in a Non-Diabetic, Non-Hypertensive Reformed Smoker. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Volume 57, Issue 4 , Page B18.
  • Goodman M, Koch S, Afzal MR, Butler KL. Compensatory STAT Subtype Activation does not Limit Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in Mice with Cardiac Restricted STAT-3 Deletion. Journal of Surgical Research. February 2009 (Vol. 151, Issue 2, Pages 229-230)
  • Kakumanu U, Afzal MR. Maythurner Syndrome: Underrecognized variant. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2012;7 Suppl 2 :490
  • Kakumanu U, Afzal MR: Metastatic Melanoma Misdiagnosis as Hemorrhoids. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2012;7 Suppl 2 :488
  • Afzal MR, Castaneros L, Wilson JH. A Patient with hyperthyroidism presenting with vasovagal syncope. American College of physicians Ohio Chapter September 30, 2010 Columbus Ohio
  • Kakumanu U, Afzal MR. Orbital apex tumor in a patient with early stage follicular lymphoma. American College of physicians Ohio Chapter September 30, 2010 Columbus Ohio
  • Afzal MR, Kakumanu U, Cranley JP. Pyogenic granuloma in the jejunum detected by Capsule Endoscopy and treated with Double Balloon Endoscopy. A case report and review of literature. American College of Gastroenterology, Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2011, Washington D.C.
  • Afzal MR, Wilson JH. Brugada-like EKG Pattern as Herald of Sino-Ventricular Rhythm in Severe Hyperkalemia. American College of physicians Ohio Chapter September 16, 2011 Columbus Ohio

Kashyap Choksi 

Kashyap Choksi, MD, PhD
4th Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Research interests: Coronary atherosclerosis, Heart failure, Cardiac aging

Publications:

  • Choksi KB, Nuss JE, DeFord JH, Papaconstantinou J. Mitochondrial electron transport chain functions in long-lived Ames dwarf mice, Aging, 3(8): 754-67. August 2011
  • Choksi KB, Nuss JE, DeFord JH, Papaconstantinou J. Age-related alterations in oxidatively damaged proteins of mouse skeletal muscle mitochondrial electron transport chain complexes, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 45(6): 826-838. September 2008
  • Choksi KB, Papaconstantinou J. Age-related alterations in oxidatively damaged proteins of mouse heart mitochondrial electron transport chain complexes, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 44(10): 1795-805. May 2008
  • Nuss JE, Choksi KB, DeFord JH, Papaconstantinou J. Decreased enzyme activities of chaperones PDI and BiP in aged mouse livers, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 365(2): 355-361. January 2008
  • Choksi KB, Roberts II LJ, DeFord JH, Rabek JP, Papaconstantinou J. Lower Levels of F2-Isoprostanes in Serum and Livers of Long-Lived Ames Dwarf Mice, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 364(4): 761-764. December 2007
  • Choksi KB, Nuss JE, Boylston WH, Rabek JP, Papaconstantinou J. Age-related increases in oxidatively damaged proteins of mouse kidney mitochondrial electron transport chain complexes, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 43(10): 1423-1438. November 2007
  • Choksi KB, Boylston WH, Rabek JP, Widger WR, Papaconstantinou J.  Oxidatively damaged proteins of heart mitochondrial electron transport complexes. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Basis of Disease.  1688(2): 95-101. March 2004
  • Johnson JE, Choksi KB, Widger W.R. NADH-Ubiquinone oxidoreductase: substrate-dependent oxygen turnover to superoxide anion as a function of flavin mononucleotide. Mitochondrion, 3(2): 97-110. October 2003.  

Abstracts:

  • Kashyap Choksi; Harold Elias; Guangming Cheng; Arash Davani; Anweshan Samanta; Lei Chen; Lin Zhao; Amy Cantilena; Robert Vincent; Magdy Girgis; Yanjuan Yang; Jeryl Hauptman; Buddhadeb Dawn. Nf-kb inhibition protects against myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury via activation of antiapoptotic signaling.  J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60160-7.
  • Lin Zhao; Guangming Cheng; Runming Jin; Lei Chen; Xing Chen; Arash Davani; Anweshan Samanta; Magdy Girgis; Kashyap Choksi; Yanjuan Yang; Robert Vincent; Buddhadeb Dawn. Camkii is critical for the upregulation of stat3 signaling in pathogenesis of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60903-2.
  • Anweshan Samanta; Lei Chen; Lin Zhao; Arash Davani; Kashyap Choksi; Guangming Cheng; Amy Cantilena; Robert Vincent; Magdy Girgis; Buddhadeb Dawn. Wnt11 pretreatment protects against oxidative stress-induced apoptosis by stat3 activation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)61627-8.
  • Lin Zhao, Guangming Cheng, Runming Jin, Lei Chen, Anweshan Samanta, Magdy Girgis, Harold K Elias, Arash Davani, Kashyap Choksi, Robert Vincent, Yanjuan Yang, Jeryl Hauptman, and Buddhadeb Dawn.CaMKII Plays a Critical Role in Pressure Overload-Induced Left Ventricular Hypertrophy by Modulating Foxp1 Expression. Circulation. 2014;130:A15453.
  • Anweshan Samanta, Guangming Cheng, Arash Davani, Magdy Girgis, Lei Chen, Kashyap Choksi, Lin Zhao, Robert J Vincent, Jeryl Hauptman, and Buddhadeb Dawn . Genetic Deletion of Interleukin-6 Attenuates Left Ventricular Dysfunction and Remodeling After a Reperfused Myocardial Infarction.Circulation. 2014;130:A15693.
  • Kashyap Choksi, Guangming Cheng, Arash Davani, Anweshan Samanta, Magdy Girgis, Amy Cantilena, Robert Vincent, Yanjuan Yang, Harold K Elias, Carl Weiner, and Buddhadeb Dawn . Transplantation of Human Umbilical Cord Blood Mononuclear Cells Improves LV function and Remodeling After a reperfused Myocardial Infarction.Circulation. 2014;130:A14804.
  • Lei Chen, Lin Zhao, Anweshan Samanta, Kashyap Choksi, Guangming Cheng, Arash Davani, Magdy Girgis, and Buddhadeb Dawn. STAT3 Inhibition Protects Against Cardiomyocyte Hypertrophy Through a Novel NF-kB p65/Nrf2/HO-1 Pathway. Circulation. 2014;130:A17436.
Balwanz Chris

Chris Balwanz, MD 
3rd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Residency: University of California - Davis, Sacramento, CA

Research Interests: peripheral vascular disease, structural heart disease, cardio-oncology

Publications:

  • Wei P, Grimm PR, Settles DC, Balwanz CR, Padanilam Bj, Sansom SC. Simvastatin reverses podocyte injury but not mesangial expansion in early stage type 2 diabetes mellitus. Ren Fail. 2009;31(3):503-13.
  • Balwanz CR, Javed U, Singh GD, Armstrong EJ, Southard JA, Wong GB, Yeo KK, Laird JR Jr, Rogers JH. Transradial and transfemoral coronary angiography and interventions: 1-year outcomes after initiating the transradial approach in a cardiology training program. Am Heart J. 2013 Mar;165(3):310-6.
  • Javed U, Balwanz CR, Armstrong EJ, Yeo KK, Singh GD, Singh S, Anderson D, Westin GG, Pevec WC, Laird JR. Mid-Term Outcomes Following Endovascular Re-Intervention for Iliac Artery In-Stent Restenosis. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2013 Dec 1;82(7):1176-84.
  • Javed U, Balwanz CR, Armstrong EJ, Yeo KK, Singh S, McCoach C, Anderson D, Westin G, Laird JR. Procedural and Clinical Outcomes After Endovascular Intervention for Femoral-Tibial Graft Stenosis. Presented at TCT Oct 2012. Abstract in J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012,60(17_S). Manuscript in process.
Jared Kvapil

Jared Kvapil
3rd year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Research Interests: Applications of advanced cardiac imaging, role of inflammation in coronary artery disease.

Abstracts:

  • Kvapil, J, Erickson, C. Decreasing the Incidence of Atrial Lead Dislodgement: The Triple Test Maneuver. University of Nebraska Medical Center Medical Student Summer Research program. Unpublished.
  • Kvapil, J, Shivaswamy, V, Talmon, G. A Fortuitously Discovered Adrenal Incidentaloma. Presented at American College of Physicians Nebraska Chapter Scientific Meeting. (October 2012).
Zubair Shah

Zubair Shah
3rd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Government Medical College, Srinagar India
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute, The Ohio State University Medical Center. Columbus, Ohio
Residency: State University of New York at Buffalo (Catholic Health System). Buffalo, New York.

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Imaging, Heart Failure, Stem Cell-Based Therapies for Heart Failure and Atherosclerosis

Publications:

  • Shah Z, Kampfrath T, Deiuliis JA, Zhong J, Pineda C, Ying Z, Xu X, Lu B, Moffatt-Bruce S, Durairaj R, Sun Q, Mihai G, Maiseyeu A, Rajagopalan S.Long-Term Dipeptidyl-Peptidase 4 Inhibition Reduces Atherosclerosis and Inflammation via Effects on Monocyte Recruitment and Chemotaxis.Circulation 2011October17;124:2338-2349.
  • Shah Z, Pineda C, Kampfrath T, Maiseyeu A, Ying Z, Racoma I, Deiuliis J, Xu X, Sun Q, Moffatt-Bruce S, Villamena F, Rajagopalan S.Acute DPP-4 inhibition modulates vascular tone through GLP-1 independent pathways.Vascular Pharmacology. 2011 Jul-Sep; 55(1-3):2-9.
  • Deiuliis J, Shah Z, Shah N, Needleman B, Mikami D, Narula V, Perry K, Hazey J, Kampfrath T, Kollengode M, Sun Q, Satoskar AR, Lumeng C, Moffatt-Bruce S, Rajagopalan S.Visceral adipose inflammation in obesity is associated with critical alterations in tregulatory cell numbers.PLoS One. 2011 Jan 26;6(1):e16376.
  • Kampfrath T, Maiseyeu A, Ying Z, Shah Z, Deiuliis JA, Xu X, Kherada N, Brook RD, Reddy KM, Padture NP, Parthasarathy S, Chen LC, Moffatt-Bruce S, Sun Q, Morawietz H, Rajagopalan S.Chronic fine particulate matter exposure induces systemic vascular dysfunction via NADPH oxidase and TLR4 pathways.Circulation Research. 2011 Mar 18;108(6):716-26.
  • Arafa el-SA, Zhu Q, Shah ZI, Wani G, Barakat BM, Racoma I, El-Mahdy MA, Wani AA.Thymoquinone up-regulates PTEN expression and induces apoptosis in doxorubicin-resistant human breast cancer cells.Mutation Research 2011 Jan 10;706(1-2):28-35

Selected Abstracts and Short Entries:

  • Zubair Shah; Rashmi Thapa; Mashood Wani; Suresh Sharma; Taylor Myers; Kamalakar Surineni; Chris Johnson; Lauren Penn; John Fritzlen; Reza Masoomi; Prasad Gunasekaran; G. John Chen; Buddhadeb Dawn; Kamal Gupta. Effect of aggressive lipid therapy on progression of carotid artery stenosis: a longterm follow up study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)61487-5.
  • Zubair Shah, Thomas Kampfrath, Jeffrey Deiuliis, Andrei Maiseyeu, Colleen Pineda, Zhekang Ying, Rekha Durairaj, Xiaohua Xu, Qinghua Sun, Sanjay Rajagopalan (2010, November). DPP-4 Inhibition Reduces Atherosclerosis in LDLR(-) Mice Through Pleiptropic Effects on Blood Pressure and Modulation of Immune Function. Circulation 2010; 122: A21648.
  • Zubair Shah, Thomas Kampfrath, Jeffrey Deiuliis, Andrei Maiseyeu, Colleen Pineda, Zhekang Ying, Rekha Durairaj, Xiaohua Xu, Qinghua Sun, Sanjay Rajagopalan (2010, November). DPP-4 Inhibition Improves Adipose Inflammation and Insulin Resistance via GLP-1 Independent Mechanisms. Mice Through Pleiptropic Effects on Blood Pressure and Modulation of Immune Function. Circulation 2010; 122: A21652.
  • Thomas Kampfrath, Zhekang Ying, Andrei Maiseyeu, Zubair Shah, Jeffrey A. Deiuliis, Henning Morawietz, Sanjay Rajagopalan (2010, November). Chronic Fine Particulate Matter Exposure Induces Systemic Vascular Dysfunction via NADPH Oxidase and TLR4 Pathways. Circulation 2010; 122: A21645.
  • Andrei Maiseyeu; Marcus A. Badgeley; Zubair Shah, Georgeta Mihai; et al. November, 2010. Rosiglitazone-Loaded Theranostic Nanolatexes for Simultaneous Inflammation Imaging and Therapy. The Best of AHA Specialty Conferences AHA Scientific Sessions. Circulation 122: A36382.
  • Zubair Shah, Colleen Pineda, Zhekang Ying, Thomas Kampfrath, Jeffrey Deiuliis, Nilay Shah, Qinghua Sun, Sanjay Rajagopalan (2010, June). Acute DPP IV Inhibition Induces Vascular Relaxation via GLP-1 Independent Pathways. Diabetes 142: D3290.
  • Jeffrey Deiuliis, Zubair Shah, Thomas Kampfrath, Qinghua Sun, Sanjay Rajagopalan. Lipoic Acid Attenuates Innate Immune Infiltration And Activation In The Visceral Adipose Of Obese, Insulin Resistant Mice. Diabetes 142:D1622.
  • Jeffrey Deiuliis, Zubair Shah, Vimal Narula, Kyle Perry, Jeffrey Hazey, Dean Mikami, Bradley Needleman, and Sanjay Rajagopalan (2010, April). Macrophage infiltration of omental adipose correlates to indices of insulin resistance in a bariatric population. Diabetes 142:D1071.
  • Jeffrey Deiuliis, Zubair Shah, Susan Moffatt-Bruce, Gregg Hadley, Qinghua Sun, and Sanjay Rajagopalan (2010, June). Diet-induced obesity alters innate and adaptive immune cells of the visceral adipose in a mouse model of insulin resistance Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.(ATVB) (April 2010).
  • Kurozumi Kazuhiko, Hardcastle Jayson, Shah Zubair, Kaur Balveen, Chioca E Antonio. (2007, April). Identification of cyr61 as a biomarker for oncolytic therapy of tumors. Journal of American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) (March 2008).
  • Zubair Shah, M Mohammed, R Hanna, Philip Rados, Patrick Siaw. Aspirin in Stroke and Coronary Artery Disease Prevention in Primary Care: Does a Gender Bias Exist? Poster Awarded 3rd Place at Annual Austin Flint and John O'Brien Research Symposium. Buffalo, New York (June 2012).
  • Zubair Shah, Sara Mahmood, Joseph M. Anain Jr, Khalid J. Qazi, Michael Hocko. An Evidence-Based Clinical Prediciton Tool to Identify High Vancomycin MIC Among Patients with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection of Lower Extremities. Poster Awarded 1st Place at Annual Austin Flint and John O'Brien Research Symposium. Buffalo, New York (June 2013). 
Tobbia Patrick

Patrick Tobbia
3rd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Palacky University, Czech Republic
Residency: Cone health. Teaching Hospital of the University of North Carolina, NC

Research Interests: Interventional cardiology, Outcomes research, Post procedural wound infections. 

Publications:  

  • Garg A, Brodie BR, Stuckey TD, Garberich RF, Tobbia P, Hansen C, Kissling G, Kadakia H, Lips D, Henry TD. New generation drug-eluting stents for ST-Elevation myocardial infarction: A new paradigm for safety. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2013 Oct 30. doi: 10.1002/ccd.25280. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24174334.
  • Tobbia P, Norris LA, Lane T. Persistent left superior vena cava draining into the left atrium. BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Aug 26;2013:010167. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2013-010167. Review. PubMed PMID: 23978521.
  • Martin Šimek, Martin Molitor, Martin Kaláb, Patrick Tobbia and Vladimír Lonsky, Chapter 27. Current Challenges in the Treatment of Deep Sternal Wound Infection Following Cardiac Surgery."Artery Bypass", book edited by Wilbert S. Aronow, ISBN 978-953-51-1025-5, Published: March 13, 2013
  • Tobbia P, Brodie BR, Stuckey T, Witzenbichler B, Metzger C, Guagliumi G, Kellett MA, Fahy M, Mehran R, Stone GW. Adverse Event Rates Following Primary PCI for STEMI at US and Non-US Hospitals: Three-Year Analysis from the HORIZONS-AMI Trial. EuroIntervention. 2013 Feb 22;8(10):1134-42.
  • Brodie BR, Hansen C, Browning JA, Garberich RF, Tobbia P, Handran CB, Burke N, Kadakia H, Stuckey T, Henry TD. ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction due to Stent Thrombosis: An Enlarging Subgroup of High Risk Patients. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Nov 6;60(19):1989-91.
  • Tobbia P, Norris LA, Karimova N. Klatskin Tumor Presenting as Acute Onset Generalized Pruritus: A Case Report. BMJ Case Rep. 2012 Aug 8;2012. doi:pii: bcr2012006482.10.1136/bcr-2012-006482.
  • Tobbia P, Norris LA, Klima L. Ventricular Fibrillation Coinciding with Phentermine Initiation: A Case Report. BMJ Case Rep. 2012 Oct 12;2012. doi:pii: bcr2012006410. 10.1136/bcr-2012-006410.
  • Tobbia P, Brodie BR, Stuckey T, McLaurin BT, Cox DA, Fahy M, Xu K, Mehran R, Stone GW. Are Adverse Events Following an Invasive Strategy in Patients with Non ST-Segment Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes More Frequent at US Sites versus Non-US Sites? Analysis from the ACUITY Trial. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2012 Jun; Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2012 Aug 6. doi: 10.1002/ccd.24587. 
  • Šimek M, Marcian P, Gwozdziewicz M, Fluger I, Tobbia P, Lonsky V. Endoscopic Radial Artery Harvesting for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: A Single Center Evolving Experience. Biomed Pap. 2012 May; 2012(156): 1-6. 
  • Šimek M, Hajek R, Fluger I, Molitor M, Grulichova J, Langova K, Tobbia P, Nemec P, Zalesak B, Lonsky V. Superiority of Topical Negative Pressure over Closed Irrigation Therapy of Deep Sternal Wound Infection in Cardiac Surgery. J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2012 Feb;53(1): 113-20. 
  • Tobbia P, Brodie BR, Stuckey T, McLaurin BT, Cox DA, Fahy M, Xu K, Mehran R, Stone GW. Are Adverse Events Following an Invasive Strategy in Patients with Non ST-Segment Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes (NSTEACS) More Frequent at US Sites vs Non-US Sites (OUS)? Analysis from the ACUITY Trial. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Nov; 58(20): B106. 
  • Tobbia P, Brodie BR, Stuckey T, Witzenbichler B, Metzger C, Guagliumi G, Kellett MA, Fahy M, Mehran R, Stone GW. Are Adverse Events Following Primary PCI for STEMI More Frequent at US Sites than Sites Outside the US (OUS)? Three-Year Analysis from the HORIZONS-AMI Trial. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Nov; 58(20): B9. 
  • Šimek M, Kaláb M, Molitor M, Hájek R, Grulichová J, Tobbia P, Zálešák B, Lonský V. Topical Negative Pressure in the Treatment of Deep Sternal Infection Following Cardiac Surgery: 5-Year Results of First Line Application Protocol. EWMA Journal. 2011 Feb; 11(2): 38-41. 
  • Šimek M, Kaláb M, Hájek R, Grulichová J, Molitor M, Tobbia P, Zálešák B, Lonský V. Topical Negative Pressure in the Treatment of Deep Sternal Infection after Cardiac Surgery: 5-Year Results of First Line Application Protocol. EWMA Journal. 2010 May; 10(Supplement): 69.
  • Šimek M, Tobbia P, Lonsky V. Do we have Evidence that Topical Negative Pressure is the Treatment Method of Choice for Deep Sternal Wound Infection in Cardiac Surgery?. EWMA Journal. 2010 May; 10(Supplement): 174.
Zaid Alirhayim

Zaid Alirhayim, MD
2nd Year Cardiology Fellow 

Medical School: Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Bahrain
Residency: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI 

Research interests: Cardio-Oncology, Cardiovascular outcomes research 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Abstracts:

  • Zaid Alirhayim, Fatima Khalid, Waqas Qureshi.  Restarting Anticoagulation and Outcomes After Major Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Atrial Fibrillation: Author Reply. The American Journal of Cardiology Vol. 114, Issue 2 (2014): 327-328.
  • Qureshi, Waqas, Chetan Mittal, Iani Patsias, Kiran Garikapati, Aishwarya Kuchipudi, Gagandeep Cheema, Mohammad Elbatta, Zaid Alirhayim, and Fatima Khalid. "Restarting anticoagulation and outcomes after major gastrointestinal bleeding in atrial fibrillation." The American Journal of Cardiology 113, no. 4 (2014): 662-668.
  • Qureshi W, Hassan S , Khalid F, Almahmoud M, Shah B, Tashman R, Ambulgekar N, El-Refai M, Mittal C & Alirhayim Z. Outcomes of correcting hyponatremia in patients with myocardial infarction. Clinical Research in Cardiology. 2013 May; DOI 10.1007(s00392-013-0576-z):1-8.
  • Alirhayim Z, Khalid F, Alarhayem A, et al. Clinical and economic burden of incidental findings suspicious for cancer on non-contrast chest computed tomography performed during myocardial perfusion imaging. Proceedings of the 104th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. 2013 Apr; NA(NA): 1373.
  • Alirhayim Z, Qureshi S, Khalid F, et al. Suboptimal resumption of warfarin in octogenarians with atrial fibrillation that develop gastrointestinal bleeding. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2013 Apr; 61(s1): S1-S232.
  • Qureshi W, Mittal C, Ahmad U, Alirhayim Z et al. Clinical predictors of post-liver transplant new-onset heart failure. Liver Transplantation. 2013 Jul; 19(7): 701-710.
  • Khalid F, Qureshi W, Qureshi S, Alirhayim Z, et al. Impact of restarting warfarin therapy in renal disease anticoagulated patients with gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Renal Failure, Informa Healthcare. 2013 Jul; DOI:10.3109
  • Patsias I, Mittal C, Elbatta M, Garikapati K, Bradley P, Cheema G, Kuchipudi A, Jafri HR, Alirhayim Z, et al. Optimal duration to restart warfarin after discontinuation of therapy in atrial fibrillation patients that  developed gastrointestinal bleeding. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2013 Mar; 61(10): E342.
  • Elbatta M, Mittal C, Patsias I, Garikapati K, Alirhayim Z, et al. Upper Endoscopic Findings in Anticoagulated Patients With Atrial Fibrillation Presenting With Gastrointestinal Bleeding Predicts Outcomes. Gastroenterology. 2013 May; 144(5): S-80.
  • Perez JD, Alirhayim Z, Ochoa C, Patel R, & Dabak VS (2013). MGUS Transformation Into Multiple Myeloma In Patients With Solid Organ Transplantation. Blood, 122(21), 5325-5325.
  • Hassan, Syed A., Syed Amer, Waqas Qureshi, Zaid Alirhayim, and Philip Kuriakose. Treating symptomatic coronary artery disease in patients with Von Willebrand disease. Hematology/oncology and stem cell therapy 6, no. 3 (2013): 101-104.
  • Alirhayim Z, Dyal H, Heidemann D, et al. HIT antibody positivity as a predictor for early cancer diagnosis. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2013 Jun; 31(2013): e22184.
  • Khalid F, Qureshi S, Alirhayim Z, et al. Risk of recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding in anticoagulated patients with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease. American journal of kidney diseases. 2013 Apr; 61(4): A54.
  • Hassan S, Qureshi W, Badami A, Khoulani, D, Mittal C, Amer S, Alirhayim Z et al. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia: is it a graft-threatening complication? TRANSPLANT INTERNATIONAL. 2013 Apr; 26(4): 385-391.
  • Alirhayim Z, Qureshi W, Donthireddy V, et al. Changes in Hemoglobin and Hematocrit May Predict Mortality in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes. ASH Annual Meeting Abstracts. 2012 Dec; NA(120): 3171.
  • Qureshi W, Khalid F, Alirhayim Z et al. Discharge to subacute rehabilitation as a predictor of 30 day readmission in elderly patients with acute decompensated heart failure. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2012 Apr; 60(s4): S1-S242.
  • Maida G, Angulo D, Grover K, Buitron P, Alirhayim Z et al. Phone and Web-Based Interventions in Hypertensive Patients with Atrial Fibrillation. American Journal of Hematology: Proceedings of the Thrombosis and Hemostasis summit of North America: Research abstracts. 2012 May; 87(s1): S146-S200.
  • Hassan S, Khoulani D, Badami A, Alirhayim Z, et al. Incidence of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia in the Transplant Population: A Large Retrospective Cohort, Single Transplant Centre Experience. BLOOD. 2012 Dec; 120(21): 3320.
  • Finan RR, Al-Irhayim Z, Mustafa FE, et al. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha polymorphisms in women with idiopathic recurrent miscarriage. Journal of Reproductive Immunology. 2010 Mar; 84(2): 186-192.
  • Mahdi N, Al-Ola K, Al-Subaie AM, Ali ME, Al-Irhayim Z, et al. HLA class II haplotypes distinctly associated with vaso-occlusion in children with sickle cell disease. CLINICAL AND VACCINE IMMUNOLOGY. 2008 Apr; 15(4): 729-731.
  • Mahdi N, Al-Subaie AM, Al-Ola K, Al-Irhayim AQ, Ali ME, Al-Irhayim Z et al. HLADRB1*130101-DQB1*060101 haplotype is associated with acute chest syndrome in sickle cell anemia patients. Tissue Antigens. 2009 Mar; 73(3): 245-249.
  • Alirhayim, Zaid, et al. Symptomatic ileofemoral deep vein thrombosis due to May-Thurner syndrome. BMJ case reports 2014 (2014): bcr2013201167.
  • Alirhayim Z, Qureshi W, Shafiq A, et al. Aortic arch variant presenting as an acute ST elevation myocardial infarction. BMJ Case Reports. 2013 Jan; doi:10.1136(bcr-2012-007962): 1-3.
  • Alirhayim Z, Dyal H, Alarhayem A et al. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: a cause of paraneoplastic cholestasis. BMJ case reports. 2013 May; 10.1136(bcr-2013-009714): 1-3.
  • Sandouk Z, Alirhayim Z, Hassan S, et al. Cryofibrinogenaemia: not just skin deep. BMJ case reports. 2013 Feb; doi:10.1136(bcr-2012-008102): 1-3. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 23429017.
  • Hassan S, Alirhayim Z, Ahmed S et al. Polyoma BK virus, an oncogenic virus? Case Reports in Nephrology. 2013 Jun; 2013(NA)
  • Hassan S, Khalid F, Alirhayim Z, et al. Lithium Toxicity in the setting of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Case Reports in Nephrology. 2013 Mar; 2013(doi/10.1155): 1-2.
  • Sandouk Z, Alirhayim Z, Khoulani D, et al. DRESS syndrome and thrombotic thrombocytopaenic purpura: are they related? BMJ case reports. 2012 Nov; doi:10.1136(bcr-2012-007558): 1-3.
  • Hassan M, Alirhayim Z, Sroujieh L, et al. Multiple myeloma of the orbit. Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine. 2012 Nov; 2012(doi:10.1155): 1-2.
Prasad Gunasekaran

Prasad Gunasekaran, MBBS
 2nd Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: K.A.P. Vishwanathan Government Medical College, Trichy
Residency: Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI 

Research interests: Outcomes research, predictors of stent thrombosis and speckle tracking echocardiograpy 

Peer Reviewed Publications: 

  • Afonso L, Arora NP, Mahajan N, Kottam A, Ballapuram K, Toosi M, Bhandare D, Gunasekaran P, Mitiku T, Williams KA. Comparison of patients with peripartum heart failure and normal (≥55%) versus low (<45%) left ventricular ejection fractions. Am J Cardiol 2014;114:290-3. PMID: 24874163.
  • Zalawadiya SK, Gunasekaran PC, Bavishi CP, Veeranna V, Panaich S, Afonso L. Left ventricular hypertrophy and risk reclassification for coronary events in multi-ethnic adults. Eur J Prev Cardiol 2014. Apr 3. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:    24699336
  • Manickam P, Krishnamoorthi R, Kanaan Z, Gunasekaran PC, Cappell MS. Prognostic implications of recipient or donor hepatitis B seropositivity in thoracic transplantation: analysis of 426 hepatitis B surface antigen-positive recipients. Transpl Infect Dis 2014;16:597-604. PMID: 25017710
  • Cardozo S, Gunasekaran P, Patel H, McGorisk T, Toosi M, Faraz H, Zalawadiya S, Alesh I, Kottam A, Afonso L. "Is bacteriostatic saline superior to normal saline as an echocardiographic contrast agent?". Int J Cardiovasc Img. June 2014. PMID: 25017710.
  • Gunasekaran P, Muthusamy A, Kanaan Z, Krishnamoorthi R, Palani G, Manickam P. Association of Inflammatory Bowel Disease with Coronary Artery Disease: Fact or Fiction? Volume 2 Issue 2 Immuno-Gastroenterology 2:2, 114-118; April/May/June 2013.
  • Manickam P, Gunasekaran P, Sudhakar R, Veeranna V, Afonso L. Association of Helicobacter pylori seropositivity with all-cause mortality: fact or fiction?: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Gut 2013. PMID: 23633293.

 Peer Reviewed Abstracts/Poster Presentations:

  • Zubair Shah; Rashmi Thapa; Mashood Wani; Suresh Sharma; Taylor Myers; Kamalakar Surineni; Chris Johnson; Lauren Penn; John Fritzlen; Reza Masoomi; Prasad Gunasekaran; G. John Chen; Buddhadeb Dawn; Kamal Gupta. Effect of aggressive lipid therapy on progression of carotid artery stenosis: a longterm follow up study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)61487-5.
  • Dusan A. Stanojevic; Prasad Gunasekaran; Micah Levine; Mark Reichuber; Randall Genton; Ashwani Mehta; Matthew Earnest; Mark Wiley; Peter Tadros; Buddhadeb Dawn; Kamal Gupta. Intravenous adenosine infusion is safe and well tolerated during coronary fractional flow reserve assessment in severe aortic stenosis. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):.  doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)61931-3.
  • Gunasekaran P, Muthusamy A, Elder M. Factors Influencing Discharge Against Medical Advice in Patients with Chest Pain. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2013;61. Poster presented at the annual scientific session of the American College of Cardiology, San Francisco, March 2013.
  • Muthusamy A, Gunasekaran P, Manickam P, Krishnamoorthi R. Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease a Risk Factor for Developing Coronary Artery Disease? Gastroenterology 2013;144:S-636. Poster presented at the DDW, Orlando, FL 2013.
  • Gunasekaran P, Manickam P, Afonso L. Lack of Association between Helicobacter pylori Seropositivity and the Progression of Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Healthy Adults. Presented at the American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Bellaire, MI, September 2013.
  • Gunasekaran P, Manickam P, Husain M, Afonso L. Favourable Effect of Helicobacter Pylori on Serum Lipid Profile. Presented at the American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Bellaire, MI, September 2013.
  • Gunasekaran P, Manickam P, Husain M, Afonso L. Inflammatory Biomarkers are Associated with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy. Presented at the American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Bellaire, MI, September 2013.
  • Manickam P, Sudhakar R, Krishnamoorthi R, Gunasekaran P, Rathod A, Chopra T, Dror S, Kaye K. Outcomes in Patients with Severe Pulmonary Infections prior to Heart-Lung Transplantation. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of SHEA, Dallas, April 2011.
Arslan Shaukat

Arslan Shaukat, MBBS
2nd Year Cardiology Fellow  

Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan
Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 

Research interests: Antiplatelet agents in coronary artery disease, Interventional cardiology

Poster Presentations/Abstracts: 

  • Haroon, J., Sami, S., Raoof, S., Shaukat, A., Sabih, A., Khan, A. Comparison of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Regarding Blood Transfusions Between Medical and Non-Medical Undergraduate Students of Karachi. Poster presented at 21st International Medical Sciences Student Congress (IMSSC); Istanbul, Turkey in May 2008 
  • Shaukat, A., Basir, M., Srivastav, S., Bolad, I. Short-term and Long-term Clinical Outcomes in Veterans Treated with Clopidogrel Versus Prasugrel After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention. Poster presented at Complex Cardiovascular Catheter Therapeutics: Advanced Endovascular and Coronary Intervention Global Summit (C3); Orlando, FL in June 2013
  • Shaukat, A., Habib, A., Lane, K., Shen, C., Hellman, Y., Gradus-Pizlo, I., Hadi, M., Boustani, M., Malik, A. 
  • Anticholinergic Medications: An Additional Contributor to Cognitive Impairment in the Heart Failure Population?. Poster presented at The 17th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America; Orlando, FL in September 2013 
  • Shaukat, A., Basir, M., Srivastav, S., Bolad, I. Impact of higher on-treatment platelet reactivity on peri-procedural myocardial infarction, 1-month and 1-year clinical outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention in a veteran population. Poster presented at AHA scientific sessions; Dallas, TX in November 2013.  

Publications (abstracts):

  • Shaukat, A., Basir, M., Srivastav, S., Bolad, I. Short-term and Long-term Clinical Outcomes in Veterans Treated with Clopidogrel Versus Prasugrel After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention. J Invasive Cardiol. 2013 Aug;25(8): C3-010.
Salman Waheed

Salman Waheed, MD 
2nd Year Cardiology Fellow  

Medical School: Khyber Medical College, Pakistan
Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Bronx) Program, Bronx, NY 

Research interests: Outcomes research; improving cardiovascular risk stratification. 

Peer-Reviewed Publications: 

  • Afzal MR, Gunda S, Waheed S, Sehar N, Maybrook RJ, Dawn B, Lakkireddy D. Role of Outpatient Cardiac Rhythm monitoring in Cryptogenic Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2015 Jul 14. doi:10.1111/pace.12688. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26172621.
  • Afzal MR, Chatta J, Samanta A, Waheed S, Mahmoudi M, Vukas R, Gunda S, Reddy M, Dawn B, Lakkireddy D. Use of Contact Force Sensing Technology During Radiofrequency Ablation Reduces Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Heart Rhythm. 2015 Jun 16. pii: S1547-5271(15)00800-0. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2015.06.026. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26091856.
  • Cannon CP, Waheed S. Evaluating medical, percutaneous coronary intervention, and coronary artery bypass surgery options for chronic angina: An update of the revised guidelines. Rev Cardiovasc Med. 2009;10 Suppl 1:S21-29 
  • Inker LA, Eckfeldt J, Levey AS, Leiendecker-Foster C, Rynders G, Manzi J, Waheed S, Coresh J. Expressing the ckd-epi (chronic kidney disease epidemiology collaboration) cystatin c equations for estimating gfr with standardized serum cystatin c values. Am J Kidney Dis. 2011;58:682-684  
  • Waheed S, Azad N, Yeh HC. Racial disparities and colorectal cancer survival in older adults with and without diabetes mellitus. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014 
  • Waheed S, Cannon CP. Cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation reduces the long-term risk of death and cardiovascular complications. Rev Cardiovasc Med. 2010;11:e181-184 
  • Waheed S, Matsushita K, Astor BC, Hoogeveen RC, Ballantyne C, Coresh J. Combined association of creatinine, albuminuria, and cystatin c with all-cause mortality and cardiovascular and kidney outcomes. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2013;8:434-442 
  • Waheed S, Matsushita K, Sang Y, Hoogeveen R, Ballantyne C, Coresh J, Astor BC. Combined association of albuminuria and cystatin c-based estimated gfr with mortality, coronary heart disease, and heart failure outcomes: The atherosclerosis risk in communities (aric) study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2012;60:207-216  

Book Chapters: 

  • Waheed S, Nasir K. Role of Non-Contrast Coronary CT for Detection of Coronary Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Stratification. American Society of Preventive Cardiology Primer (In Press)  

Published Abstracts And Poster Presentations: 

  • Hailpern SM, Arora R, Waheed S, Jim B, Acharya A. Clinical Predictors of Severity of Proteinuria in a cohort of patients with Hepatitis C and Proteinuria. American Journal of Kidney Diseases; 2007; 49; 4; A43; Abstract: 75  
  • Waheed S, Rohatgi R. Characterizing Treatment of Stage 3 CKD in Hispanics, African Americans and Caucasians. American Journal of Kidney Diseases; 2009; 53; 4; A80; Abstract: 232  
  • Zelkowitz M, Bonam S, Singh N, Waheed S, Talreja A, Rivera F,Sagiv O, Gross J, Cohen H, Acharya A. CKD and the incidence of Arrhythmias in patients with Automated Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. American Journal of Kidney Diseases; 2009; 53; 4; A80; Abstract: 232  
  • Waheed S, Williams ME. Regional and National 10 Year Incidence Trends of ESRD in the US diabetic population. American Society of Nephrology 2009; Oral Presentation  
  • Waheed S, Williams ME. Impact of Impaired eGFR on Hemoglobin A1c and Average Glucose Correlation in Diabetes Mellitus. American Society of Nephrology 2009  
  • Rao S, Waheed S. Thinking outside the box. Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2010;5; S1; 175-176 
  • Waheed S, Williams ME. Diabetic Chronic Kidney Disease Progression: Evidence of Racial Disparities. Diabetes, 2010; 59; Supplement 1, A254-A254 
  • Waheed S, Williams ME. Impact of Anemia on Hemoglobin A1c and Average Glucose Correlation in Diabetic Chronic Kidney Disease. American Society of Nephrology 2010, SA-PO2502 
  • Waheed S, Matsushita K, Astor BC, Coresh J. Combined Association of Cystatin C Based Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFRcys) and Albuminuria with Mortality: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. American Heart Association Epidemiology 2011, Oral Presentation (Main Session) 
  • Waheed S, Matsushita K, Astor BC, Coresh J. Combined Association of Cystatin C- Based and Creatinine-Based Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate with           Mortality: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. American Society of Nephrology 2011, FR-PO1409 
  • Waheed S, Matsushita K, Astor BC, Coresh J. Combining Multiple Kidney Markers to predict future risk of Clinical Outcomes: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Circulation. 2012; 125: AMP073. Moderated Poster 
  • Waheed S. Association of QT Interval with Mortality by Kidney Function: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Heart Rhythm Journal. 2012 May; 9(5, supplement): S284  
  • Waheed S, Gottdiener J, Chaves P, Newman A, Cao J. Cardiovascular and Mortality Outcomes in the Elderly with Impaired Cardiac and Pulmonary Function: The Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS). American Heart Association meeting 2013
  • Muhammad R. Afzal, MD, Sampath Gunda, MD, Salman Waheed, MD, MPH, Ryan J. Maybrook, MD, Jayasree Pillarisetti, MD, Arun Kanmanthareddy, MD, Madhu Reddy, MD, Donita Atkins, RN, BSN, Sudharani Bommana, MS, Melissa Jaeger, RN, BSN, Buddhadeb Dawn, MD and Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD, FHRS. Role of outpatient cardiac rhythm monitoring in cryptogenic stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials and observational studies. Heart Rhythm, 2015;12(5): S528.
Andrew Waters

Andrew Waters, MD 
2nd Year Cardiology Fellow  

Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Residency: University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS  

Research interests: Cardiac CT and MRI imaging

Publications:

  • Waters, A; Williams, C; Pal, A. Kikuchi Disease: A Unique Case of Fever of Unknown Origin. Kansas Journal of Medicine 2013: 6(2) 
  • Co-author of poster presented at the American College of Physicians 2010 Maryland Chapter meeting.  (Two Common Presentations of an Uncommon Disease. Langerhans cell histiocytosis case presentation. Maryland ACP, 2010.)
Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley, DO
1st Year Cardiology Fellow 

Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, TX
Residency: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS 

Research Interests: Cardiovascular imaging, role of inflammation in development of atherosclerosis

Publications:

  • Matthew Butler; Christopher Buckley; Calvin Madrigal; Arun Raghav Mahankali Sridhar; Buddhadeb Dawn. Long-term safety of concomitant use of proton pump inhibitors and h2 receptor blockers with thienopyridines in the setting of coronary stenting. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;63(12_s):. Doi:10.1016/s0735-1097(14)60226-6
  • Christopher Buckley, Ruben Reyes. Aggressive Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma (HSTL) Involving Lung Parenchyma. Presented at Kansas American College of Physicians Scientific Meeting; 2013.
Ajay Kaja

Ajay Kumar Kaja, MBBS
1st Year Cardiology Fellow

Medical School: Osmania Medical College, India
Residency: Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE 

Research interests:Interventional cardiology and coronary atherosclerosis

Publications: 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Abstracts

  • Alok Saurav; Ajay Kumar Kaja; Manu Kaushik; Saurabh Aggarwal; Michael White; Mark Woodruff; Aryan Mooss; Michael DelCore. ZOTAROLIMUS ELUTING STENT VERSUS EVEROLIMUS ELUTING STENT IN PERCUTANEOUS CORONARY INTERVENTION: A META-ANALYSIS OF RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):. doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)61892-7.Status: Published.  
  • Alok Saurav; Ajay K. Kaja; Vimal Kandasamy; Manu Kaushik; Michael DelCore; Aryan Mooss; Michael D. White; Mark Woodruff . Impact of Ischemic Post-Conditioning on Infarct Size and Clinical Outcomes in Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Meta-analysis of 26 Randomized Controlled Trials. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;64(11_S):. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2014.07.069. Status: Published.  
  • Alok Saurav; Ajay K. Kaja; Manu Kaushik; Aryan Mooss; Michael DelCore; Michael D. White; Mark Woodruff.Drug Eluting Stents Versus Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery for Isolated Proximal Left Anterior Descending Artery Stenosis: A Meta-analysis. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;64(11_S):. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2014.07.136. Status: Published
  •   A Saurav, AK Kaja, M Kaushik, M DelCore, AV Mooss, W Biddle. Double versus Provisional Stent Strategy for Coronary Bifurcation Using Drug-Eluting Stents: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Circulation 130 (Suppl 2), A20049-A20049. Status: Published.
  • Madhav Lavu; Ajay Kaja; Arun Kanmantha Reddy; Ravi Thimmisetty; Vimalkumar Veerappan Kandasamy; Claire Hunter; Aryan Mooss; Venkata Alla. Ventricualr arrhythmias in hospitalized HFPEF patients. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):. doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60409-0.Status: Published
  •   Kaushik M,Alla VM,Kaja AK,Kandasamy VV,Lanspa T,White MD.. Utility of Newer Oral Anticoagulants in High Risk Acute Coronary Syndromes: A Meta-analysis. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2013, Oct; 62(18_S1): B251-B251. Pub Status: Published. 
  • Gorthi JR,Akinapelli A,Jayanna MB,Kandasamy VV,Kaja AK,Vallabhajosyula S,Alla VM,Mooss AN,Hunter CB.. The relationship of Platelet counts and platelet indices to clinical outcomes in patients with Chronic stable Congestive Heart Failure. International Academy of Cardiology. 2013, Jul; 125((suppl 2)): 1-510. Pub Status: Published. 
  • Gorthi JR,Alla VM,Kaja AK,Akinapelli A,Kandasamy VV,Hunter CB,Moos AN.. Utility of Iodine-123-Metaiodobenzylguanidine Imaging in Predicting Clinically Relevant Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients with Systolic Heart Failure: A Systematic Review. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2014, Apr; 63(12_S): A1120. Pub Status: Published. 
  • Gorthi JR,Alla VM,Kandasamy VV,Akinapelli A,Kaja AK,Nagabandi A,Jayanna MB,Hunter CB.. Abstract 17697: Utility of Late Gadolinium Enhancement on Cardiac MRI in Predicting Clinically Significant Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients With Dilated Cardiomyopathy: A Meta-analysis of Observational Studies. Circulation. 2013, Nov; 128(22): A17697. Pub Status: Published. 
  • Kaja AK,Kandasamy VV,Abouelezz KM,Tadros M. Evans Syndrome in Chronic Lymphocytic Lymphoma. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2013, Jun; 28(1): S324-S324. Pub Status: Published. 
  • Kandasamy VV,Kaja AK,Abouelezz KM,tadros M. A case of Multidrug resistant Nocardia Pseudobrasiliensis. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2013, Jun; 28(1): S265-S266. Pub Status: Published. 
  • Kandasamy VV,Kaja AK,Patel N,Bellamkonda P. Choledochal Cysts:A disease of all ages.. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2013, Jun; 28(1): S307-S307. Pub Status: Published. 
  • Kandasamy VV,Kaja AK,Wichman TO.. The Dilemma of Management of Cardiac Tamponade in the presence of Severe Pulmonary Hypertension:Our Experience. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2014, Apr; 29(1): S446-S446. Pub Status: Published. 
  • Kaushik M,Alla VM,Kaja AK,Kandasamy VV,Lanspa T,White MD.. Utility of Newer Oral Anticoagulants in High Risk Acute Coronary Syndromes: A Meta-analysis. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2013, Oct; 62(18_S1): B251-B251. Pub Status: Published.
Benjamin Wiele

Benjamin Wiele, MD
1st Year Cardiology Fellow 

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Residency: Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 

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