Division of Cardiovascular Diseases

Interventional 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, 2007 ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Cardiovascular Diseases. There are currently thirty-eight cardiovascular physicians at the KU Hospital with active interventional cardiology and electrophysiology services, including subspecialty fellows in these disciplines.

The University of Kansas Hospital is a 456-bed academic tertiary care referral center for the Kansas City metropolitan area, western Missouri, and eastern Kansas. It includes a 72-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 (2008-09) of 3,602, including 891 PCIs, 409 peripheral vascular procedures, and 68 PFO closures. There are three active electrophysiology laboratories with a procedure volume (2008-09) of 532 EP studies, 425 advanced (3D) mapping procedures, 268 SVT ablations, 203 atrial fibrillation ablations, 26 VT ablations, 313 ICD implantations, 257 pacemaker implantations, 127 biventricular pacemaker implantation, and 127 lead extractions.

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 the required rotations are accomplished, 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 it local clinic sites with staff cardiology mentors. Current night call is a night float rotation. With the current program size (nine fellows), first year fellows have night float for 10 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. The division supports attendance at a major national meeting at each year of fellowship.

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


Faculty

K Gupta Kamal Gupta, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, R.P.V.I.
Program Director
Associate Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
Director, Vascular Medicine Program Mid America Cardiology
M Earnest Matthew B. Earnest, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
R Genton Randall E. Genton, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Associate Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
A Mehta Ashwani Mehta, M.D., M.B.B.S., F.A.C.C.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
P Tadros Peter N. Tadros, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., F.A.S.E
Assistant Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
Mark Wiley Mark A. Wiley, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I
Assistant Professor of Medicine - Cardiology

 

 Current Fellows

Zaher Fanari

Zaher Fanari, MD
Interventional Cardiovascular Fellow

Medical School: University Of Aleppo Faculty Of Medicine, Aleppo, Syria
Residency: St Louis University, St. Louis, MO 

Research interests: Hemodynamics Assessment of Aortic Stenosis, Paradoxical Low Flow Low Gradient Aortic Stenosis, Cost Effectiveness of Interventional Cardiology, Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, CAD and Diabetes, Antiplatelets in Secondary Prevention.

 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • Fanari Z, Weiss SA. Academic Versus Private Cardiology:  Preparing for Successful Career after Fellowship. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015; 65(3): 303-305. PMID: 25614428
  • Fanari Z, Thapa J, Barekatain A, Copeland K, Hopkins J. Iatrogenic aortocoronary arteriovenous fistula: Percutaneous Management of a surgical complication. J Am Coll Cardiol Intv. 2015 Jun 16. pii: S1936-8798(15)00681-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2015.02.023. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 26117460
  • Fanari Z, Kennedy KK, Lim MJ, Laddu AA, Stolker JM. Comparison of In-Hospital Outcomes for Beta-Blocker Use Versus Non-Beta Blocker Use in Patients Presenting With Cocaine-Associated Chest Pain.  Am J Cardiol. 2014 Jun 1; 113(11): 1802-6. PMID: 24742472
  • Yang C, Marshal E, Fanari Z, Kostal M, West J, Kolm P, Weintraub WS, Doorey A. Discrepancies Between Direct Catheter And Echocardiography Based Values In Aortic Stenosis.Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2015 May 29. doi: 10.1002/ccd.26033. PMID: 26033475
  • Fanari Z, Hammami S, Hammami MB, Hammami S, Shuraih M. The Effects of Transvenous Pacemaker And Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator on Mitral and Tricuspid Regurgitation.  J Electrocardiol. 2015. doi:10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2015.07.002
  • Fanari Z, Choudhry U, Reddy V, Eze-Nliam C, Hammami S, Kolm P, Weintraub WS, Marshall E. The Value of Quality Improvement Process in the Detection and Correction of Common Errors in Echocardiographic Hemodynamic Parameters in a Busy Echocardiography Laboratory. Echocardiography. 2015 Jun 1. doi: 10.1111/echo.12976.  PMID: 26033297
  • Fanari Z, Weiss SA, Zhang W, Sonnad SS, Weintraub WS. Meta-analysis of three randomized controlled trials comparing coronary artery bypass grafting with percutaneous coronary intervention using drug-eluting stenting in patients with diabetes. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2014 Dec; 19(6): 1002-1007. PMID: 25185569
  • Fanari Z, Weiss SA, Weintraub WS. Cost Effectiveness of Antiplatelet and Antithrombotic Therapy in The Setting of Acute Coronary Syndrome: Current Perspective And Literature Review. Am J Cardiovasc Drugs. 2015 Jun 12. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26068886.
  • Fanari Z, Hammami S, Hammami MB, Hammami S, Abdellatif A. Vitamin D Deficiency is playing an important role in Cardiac Disease and affecting patients' outcome: is it still a myth or a fact that needs exploration? J Saudi Heart Assoc. doi:10.1016/j.jsha.2015.02.0032015.
  • Fanari Z, Barekatain A, Abraham N, Hopkins J. Percutaneous Closure of Acquired Gerbode Defect; Management of a Rare Complication of Cardiac Surgery. Interact CardioVasc Thorac Surg). 2015 Jul;21(1):127-8. PMID: 25842077
  • Fanari Z, Weiss SA, Zhang W, Sonnad SS, Weintraub WS. Comparative effectiveness of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention with Drug Eluting Stents Versus Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting in Patients With Multivessel Coronary Artery Disease. Meta-Analysis of Six Randomized Controlled Trials. Cardiovasc Revasc Med. 2015 Mar; 16(2):70-7.  PMID: 25662779. PMCID: PMC4398629.
  • Fanari Z, Weiss SA, Zhang W, Sonnad SS, Weintraub WS. Short, Intermediate and long term outcomes of CABG vs. PCI with DES in Patients With Multivessel Coronary Artery Disease. Meta-Analysis of Six Randomized Controlled Trials. Eur J Cardiovasc Med. 2014 September 8; 3(1): 382-389.  PMID: 25411635. PMCID: PMC4234175
  • Fanari Z, Weiss SA, Weintraub WS. Comparative effectiveness of revascularization strategies in stable ischemic heart disease: current perspective and literature review. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2013 Oct; 11(10): 1321-36. PMID: 24138520.
  • Fanari Z, Hammami S, Hammami MB, Hammami S, Eze-Nliam C, Weintraub WS. Using The Descending Aortic Wall Thickness Measured In Transesophageal Echocardiography As A Risk Marker For Aortic Dissection. Eur J Cardiovasc Med. 2015 Apr 30; 3(1): 448-451.
  • Fanari Z, Hamid SA, Hammami S, Mohammed A, Hammami MB, Qureshi WA. Transcatheter Retrieval of Device Entrapment: Management of a Rare Complication of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention. Cardiovasc Revasc Med. 2015 Apr 16. PMID: 25937166.
  • Fanari Z, Abraham N, Hammami S, Qureshi WA. High-risk acute coronary syndrome in a patient with coronary subclavian steal syndrome secondary to critical subclavian artery stenosis. Case Rep Cardiol. 2014; 2014:175235, 1-5. PMID: 25161771 
  • Fanari Z, Hadid M, Hammami S, Qureshi W. Traumatic Myocardial Infarction in a Young Athletic Patient after a Football Game.  Del Med J. 2014 Jul; 86(7): 213-5. PMID: 25244725
  • Fanari Z, Haq W, Kadikoy H, Pacha O, Abdellatif A. Medical Management Of Primary Hyperparathyroidism With Concomenant Multiple Myeloma. Intern. Med. 49: 581-584, 2010. PMID: 20228595.
  • Fanari Z, Hammami S, Hammami MB, Shuraih M. The Effects of Right Ventricular Apical Pacing Frequency On Left Ventricular Function and Pulmonary Artery Pressure. Del Med J 2015.
  • Fanari Z, Thapa J, Vanga SR, Qureshi WA. Left Internal Mammary Artery Dissection: Use Of Dual Balloon Angioplasty In Treatment Of Ostial Dissection Involving Subclavian Artery.Del Med J 2015.
  • Fanari Z, Hammami S, Choudhry UI, Mohammed A, Zweben M, Qureshi W. Thrombus In Transit Through A Patent Foramen Ovale: Surgical Prevention Of Stroke. Del Med J 2015.
  • Fanari Z, Hammami S, Hammami MB, Qureshi W. Acute Coronary Syndrome In HIV Naïve Patient With Low CD4 Count And No Other Significant Risk Factors: Case Report And Literature Review. Open J Clin Med Case Rep. 2015;1(2). pii: 1009. PMID: 26065032.
  • Fanari Z, Abraham N, Hammami S, Doorey AJ. Aggressive Measures to Decrease Door to Balloon Time May Increase the Incidence of Unnecessary Cardiac Catheterization and Delays Appropriate Care: Case Series and Literature Review. Del Med J 2015.
  • Fanari Z, Weintraub WS. Cost-Effectiveness Of Medical, Endovascular and Surgical Management of Peripheral Vascular Disease.Cardiovasc Revasc Med 2015.
  • Barekatain A, Fanari Z, Hammami S, Qureshi W. Subvalvular aortic stenosis: Case report and review of literature.Del Med J 2015.
  • Barekatain A, Fanari Z, Weiss SA. Aortocoronary Saphenous Vein Graft Aneurysm With Fistulous Communication To The Right Atrium Causing Acute Coronary Syndrome: Percutaneous Management Of Late Surgical Complication. Del Med J. 2015.
  • Fanari Z, Weiss SA, Weintraub WS.Routine Nuclear Stress Testing and Subsequent Revascularization in Asymptomatic Patients Following Coronary Revascularization. International Circulation. 2054 No. 116.

Books:

  • Shuraih M, Fanari Z. Land Mark Clinical Trials in Cardiology. 1st ed. Houston: Mo Medical Consulting LLC; 2013.

Book Chapters:

  • Fanari Z, Weiss SA, Weintraub WS. Medical Economics in Interventional Cardiology. In: Topol EJ, Teirstein PS. Textbook of Interventional Cardiology. 7th Edition ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders; 2016
  • Fanari Z, Shuraih M. Unstable Angina and Non- ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction Trial In: Shuraih M, Fanari Z. 1st ed. Land Mark Clinical Trials in Cardiology. 1st ed. Houston: Mo Medical Consulting LLC; 2013
  • Fanari Z, Shuraih M. ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Trial In: Shuraih M, Fanari Z. 1st ed. Land Mark Clinical Trials in Cardiology. 1st ed. Houston: Mo Medical Consulting LLC; 2013.
  • Fanari Z, Shuraih M. Miscellaneous Trials. In: Shuraih M, Fanari Z., 1st ed. Land Mark Clinical Trials in Cardiology. 1st ed. Houston: Mo Medical Consulting LLC; 2013.
  • Shuraih M, Fanari Z. Electrophysiology Trial. In: Shuraih M, Fanari Z., 1st ed. Land Mark Clinical Trials in Cardiology. 1st ed. Houston: Mo Medical Consulting LLC; 2013.
  • Hadid M, Fanari Z. Heart Failure Trials. In: Shuraih M, Fanari Z., 1st ed. Land Mark Clinical Trials in Cardiology. 1st ed. Houston: Mo Medical Consulting LLC; 2013.

 

 


 

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