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Faculty members of the Division of Cardiology at UTMB Health are strongly motivated to provide our patients with state-of-the-art and compassionate care, made possible by their years of experience, teaching, and research. Our strength is the specialization and collegiality–while each faculty member focuses on a very specialized area of cardiology, he/she collegially interacts with each other to provide our patients with best possible care-the best of both worlds.

We have four (6) major sections within our division:

  • Women's Heart Health Service
  • Community Outreach Service
  • General Cardiology including Cardiac Imaging, Consultative and Inpatient Cardiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Heart Station
  • Heart Failure, Transplant, and Circulatory Assist Device Service
  • Heart Rhythm Center (Electrophysiology Service)
  • Interventional Cardiology Service including Peripheral Vascular Intervention

Women's Heart Health Service

Zehra Jaffery, FACC, MD Zehra Jaffery, FACC, MD
Director, Women's Heart Health
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Community Outreach Service

Qiangjun Cai, MD, FACC, FACP Qiangjun Cai, MD, FACC, FACP
Director, Community Outreach to Angleton
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

General Cardiology and Cardiac Imaging Service

Masood Ahmad, M.D. Masood Ahmad, MD
Director, Echocardiography Laboratory
Member, Cardiology Leadership Council
Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Abu Sharifeh, Tareq, M.D. Tareq Abu Sharifeh, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Rafic Berbarie , M.D. Rafic Berbarie, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Shreyas Modi, M.D. Shreyas Modi, MD
Director, Heart Station and Cardiac Rehabilitation
Leader, Cardiology Quality Assurance Program
Director, Coronary Care Unit
Director, Cardiology Inpatient Services
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Tony Tran, M.D. Tony Tran, MD
Director, General Cardiology Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Jack Wallace, M.D. Jack Wallace, MD
Professor Emeritus
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Heart Failure, Transplant and Circulatory Assist Device Service

Wissam Khalife, M.D. Wissam Khalife, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Advanced Heart Failure, Transplant and LVAD Program
Director, Advance Heart Failure/Transplant Fellowship Program
Holder, the Stubbs Family Professorship in Cardiology
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Mohammad Morsy, M.D. Mohamed Morsy, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Khaled Chatila, MD Khaled Chatila, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Heart Rhythm Center (Electrophysiology Service)

George N. Carayannopoulos, M.D. George N. Carayannopoulos, MD
Director, Heart Rhythm Center
Member, Cardiology Leadership Council
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Ashish A. Bhimani, M.D. Ashish A. Bhimani, MD
Director, Atrial Fibrillation Program
Associate Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Interventional Cardiology Service

Ken Fujise, M.D. Ken Fujise, MD
Director, Division of Cardiology
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program
Chair, Cardiology Leadership Council
Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Syed Gilani, M.D. Syed Gilani, MD
Director, Peripheral Artery Disease Intervention
Associate Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Umamahesh Rangasetty, M.D. Umamahesh Rangasetty, MD
Assistant Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Associate Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine

Interventional Cardiology Fellows (Class of 2015)
Interventional Cardiology Fellows (Class of 2015)
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Rene Celis, MD
E-mail: recelis@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.2980
 
Kodlipet Dharmashankar, MD
E-mail: kcdharma@utmb.edu
Pager: 409-643-0929
 
Third Year General Cardiology Fellows (Class of 2015)
Third Year General Cardiology Fellows (Class of 2015)
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Manikumar Bheemarasetti, MD
E-mail: mabheema@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.0221
 
Sireesha Garikipati, MD
E-mail: sigariki@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.1543
 
Paul Kumfa, MD
E-mail: pnkumfa@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.3157
 
Nischala Nannapaneni, MD
E-mail: ninannap@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.1639
 
Second Year General Cardiology Fellows (Class of 2016)
Second Year General Cardiology Fellows (Class of 2016)
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Molham Aldeiri, MD
E-mail: moaldeir@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.0457
 
Poorna Nalabothu, MD
E-mail: plnalabo@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.0338
 
Xianfeng Wen, MD
E-mail: fengwen@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.2502
Marek Cena, MD
E-mail: mwcena@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.1161
 
Peerawut Deeprasertkul, MD
E-mail: pndeepra@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.2484
First Year General Cardiology Fellows (Class of 2017)
First Year General Cardiology Fellows (Class of 2017)
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Adnan Khan, MD
E-mail: adkhan@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.1722
 
Nilubon (Noey) Methachittiphan, MD
E-mail: nimethac@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.0922
 
Umair Qamar, MD
E-mail: muqamar@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.2487
Kamel Sadat, MD
E-mail: kasadat@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.2485
 
Sridhar Venkatachalam, MD
E-mail: srvenkat@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.2036
Heart Failure Cardiology Fellows (Class of 2015)
Heart Failure Cardiology Fellows (Class of 2015)
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Ayyash Melhem, MD
E-mail: aymelhem@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.0321
 
Saleem Raslan, MD
E-mail: saraslan@utmb.edu
Pager: 409.643.0932
 
Administrative Staff
Administrative Staff
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Jennifer Hofmann
Business Manager
E-mail: jbhofman@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.772.4698
 
Heather Foster
Business Coordinator
Assistant to Dr. Fujise
E-mail: hwfoster@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.772.4885
 
Karin Lindberg
Faculty Practice Coordinator
E-mail: kalindbe@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.772.4887
 
Yolanda G. Biggers
Faculty Support Coordinator
E-mail: ygbigger@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.772.9835
 
Jennifer Hofmann
Jennifer Hofmann
Senior Administrative Manager
Division of Cardiology
Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Practitioner
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Susan Johnson, RN, MSN, ACNP, CHFN
Nurse Practitioner
E-mail: sujohnso@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.772.4890
 
Clinical Research Coordinators
Clinical Research Coordinators
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Janet Allen, RN
Cardiology Clinical Research Coordinator
E-mail: jeallen@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.747.1892
 
Sharon Ronald, MS
Cardiology Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator
E-mail: shronald@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.747.1895
 
Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratory
Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratory
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Luisa Anderson, RN
Site Manager
E-mail: malander@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.747.5312
Pager: 409.643.3294
 
Cardiac Echo Laboratory and Heart Station
Cardiac Echo Laboratory and Heart Station
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Luisa Anderson, RN
Site Manager
E-mail: malander@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.747.5312
Pager: 409.643.3294
 
Cardiology Inpatient Services
Cardiology Inpatient Services
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Mary Josette Armendariz
Interim, Director Patient Care & Assistant CNO
E-mail: mjarmend@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.747.2186
Cell: 409-789-0692
 
 
Kadle Low
VAD Coordinator, NP
E-mail: lklow@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.747.8310
Cell: 409.382.3669
 
Chuck Machner
Medicine Intensive Care Unit/Cardiac Care Unit
Nurse Manager
E-mail: chmachne@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.747.3540
Cell: 409.789.5731
 
Nicole Young
7B Medicine Cardiology Unit
Patient Care Facilitator (PCF)
E-mail: knyoung@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.772.6751
Cell: 409.789.6973
 
Cardiology Outpatient Services
Cardiology Outpatient Services
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Terri Gately
Director of Clinical Operations
Cardiology Outpatient Service
E-mail: tgately@utmb.edu
Phone: 409-226-2327
 
Tammy R. McCrumb, RN
Nursing Manager
Cardiology Outpatient Service
E-mail: trmccrum@utmb.edu
Phone: 409-772-7250
 
Erika N. Parker
PSS for Cardiology Clinic Scheduling
Texas City Clinic Site
E-mail: enparke@utmb.edu
Phone: 409.933.0017
Pager: N/A
 
Jennifer R. Wright
Senior Practice Manager
Cardiology Outpatient Service
E-mail: jrwright@utmb.edu
Phone: 832-505-2354
 
IM 2011 Incoming Residents
Our team at Division of Cardiology represents a highly professional group of able, affable, and available people who are empowered by the strong infrastructure of UTMB Health and ready to care, educate, and invent.

 

The department of internal medicine is developing evidence based clinical protocols which will be available in EPIC (as order sets) for use when admitting patients with these diagnoses. Their AIM is to standardize care and decrease length of stay and readmission rates.

Currently available protocols are:
  • CAP - Community Acquired Pneumonia Orderset
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis Adult, ICU
  • General Medicine Admission
  • Immunodeficiency Flow Panel
  • MICU/CCU Admission Order Set
  • Oral Analgesic Medicaitons
  • Parenteral Opioids
  • Sepsis, Adult ICU
  • 111 - Stroke Alert
  • 112 - Stroke Activation
  • 300086 - Stroke Floor Admission
  • 3000000001 -  Stroke Critical care without tPA
  • 300088 Stroke - Transfer from Critical care to floor
  • 3004002 - Stroke Discharge

All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.

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