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Welcome to the Division of Cardiology at UTMB Health

Ken Fujise, M.D., Director, Cardiology Division
Ken Fujise, M.D.
Director

At the Division of Cardiology, we practice academic cardiology in the true sense of the word–the dynamic integration of clinical practice, research, and education into one compassionate and innovative patient care. The tradition started in 1891 when the Ashbel Smith Building or more commonly known as "Old Red" opened its door to clinicians, medical students and researchers as the oldest medical school in the state of Texas. Just next to the Old Red was the original John Sealy Hospital, the university hospital of UTMB. It is our belief that for us to be able to provide our patients with truly outstanding cardiology care, it is necessary to also excel in cardiovascular research and education. All of our cardiologists are engaged in cardiovascular education of medical students, nurses, health-care professionals, residents and fellows. Many participate in clinical and basic science research to discover and innovate. Insights acquired in bench are brought to bedside to improve the care of our patients. Today, we celebrate the 120 years of excellence and continue to bring our knowledge, experience, innovation, and discovery to our patients.

Our outpatient care is provided at four UTMB Cardiology Clinics, located at University Hospital Clinic (Galveston), Mainland Hospital Center (Texas City), and Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center (League City), and UTMB Multispecialty Center (League City). Our inpatient care is primarily provided at the John Sealy Hospital on the Galveston main campus and Mainland Hospital Center in Texas City. The John Sealy Hospital features the state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratories, the cutting-edge Heart Station and Echo Lab, and Coronary Care Unit and Step-down Unit.

If you are considering receiving medical care from our cardiologists, please click For Our Patients. If you are a resident or fellow considering joining one of our fellowship training programs, the information can be found at Fellowship Program. You can find at Cardiology Research how we diligently work to discover and innovate to prevent, treat, and cure cardiovascular diseases. You can meet our team at Our Team and our contact information is found at Contact Us. Partnershiping with us in education, clinical care, and discovery is easy and explained at Give to Cardiology.

Once again, thank you for visiting the web site of the Division of Cardiology at UTMB Health. Your comments and thoughts are welcome. Please do not hesitate contact us.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

UTMB from the waterway between Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island
UTMB from the waterway between
Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island

Our Mission and Goals
The mission of UTMB Health is to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world. Consistently, our division aims to serve our patients locally, nationally, and internationally by practicing academic cardiology in a true sense of the word–the dynamic integration of clinical practice, research, and education into compassionate and innovative patient care.

Our Vision
At UTMB Health, we work together to work wonders as we define the future of health care and strive to be the best in all of our endeavors. Our group's vision is to be the best academic cardiology division in the state of Texas known for the highest quality cardiology care that is made possible by the dynamic integration of research, education, and clinical practice.

Our Values
At UTMB Health, we demonstrate compassion for all, always act with integrity, show respect to everyone we meet, embrace diversity to best serve a global community, and promote excellence and innovation through lifelong learning. In addition to all the above, the Division of Cardiology values:

  • Generation of knowledge through clinically-relevant research
  • Professional growth through mentorship, education, and training
  • Compassionate patient care with quality, excellence, and innovation.
  • Leadership and team work.
Monthly Schedule
1st Week
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:00-8:00 AM
Cath Conference
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Weekly case management conference.
12:00-1:00 PM
Cardiology Core Lecture Series
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Weekly core curriculum conference
12:00-1:00 PM
Cardiology State of the Art Conference
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Weekly Conference presented by fellows on their research, clinical, and scholarly activities.
12:00-1:00 PM
Interal Medicine
Ground Rounds

Clinical Science Auditorium 362

Weekly conference.

 

6:30-9:30 PM
Cardiology Journal Club
At an off-campus location

Bi-weekly journal discussion by fellows and faculty.
12:00-1:00 PM
Cardiology Board Review
Clinical Science Auditorium 362

Monthly cardiology board preparation session.
2nd Week
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:00-8:00 AM
Cath Conference
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Weekly case management conference.
12:00-1:00 PM
Cardiology Core Lecture Series
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Weekly core curriculum conference
12:00-1:00 PM
Cardiology State of the Art Conference
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Weekly Conference presented by fellows on their research, clinical, and scholarly activities.
12:00-1:00 PM
Interal Medicine
Ground Rounds

Clinical Science Auditorium 362

Weekly conference.

 

6:30-9:30 PM
Bay Area Interventional Conference (BAIC)
At an off-campus location

Case management conference.
12:00-1:00 PM
EKG Conference
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Monthly clinical conference.
3rd Week
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:00-8:00 AM
Cath Conference
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Weekly case management conference.
12:00-1:00 PM
Cardiology Core Lecture Series
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Weekly core curriculum conference
12:00-1:00 PM
Cardiology State of the Art Conference
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Weekly Conference presented by fellows on their research, clinical, and scholarly activities.
12:00-1:00 PM
Interal Medicine
Ground Rounds

Clinical Science Auditorium 362

Weekly conference.

 

6:30-9:30 PM
Cardiology Heart Rhythm Course
At an off-campus location

Fellows conference.
12:00-1:00 PM
Echo Conference
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Monthly clinical conference.
4th Week
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:00-8:00 AM
Cath Morbidity & Mortality Conference
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Monthly M&M conference.
12:00-1:00 PM
Cardiology Core Lecture Series
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Weekly core curriculum conference.
12:00-1:00 PM
Cardiology State of the Art Conference
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Weekly Conference presented by fellows on their research, clinical, and scholarly activities.
12:00-1:00 PM
Interal Medicine
Ground Rounds

Clinical Science Auditorium 362

Weekly conference.

 

6:30-9:30 PM
Cardiology Journal Club
At an off-campus location

Bi-weekly journal discussion by fellows and faculty.
12:00-1:00 PM
Cardiology Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Cardiology Conference Room 5.106 JSA

Monthly M&M conference.

UTMB Cardiology History

A tile in the Ashbel Smith Building
A tile in the Ashbel Smith Building

The University of Texas Medical Branch was opened on October 5, 1891 with 23 students and 13 faculty members as the first medical school in the state of Texas. The Ashbel Smith Building or the "Old Red" served as the only classroom and research laboratory space for the university. The "Old Red" is the oldest surviving medical school building west of the Mississippi River. UTMB has since provided people in Texas with outstanding medical care and educated next-generation physicians–the same vision continues 120 years later.The Division of Cardiology was established in the early 1950's within the Department of Internal Medicine. The Division has been led by some prominent academic cardiologists, including Jack Wallace, M.D., Marvin W. Kronenberg, M.D., Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.(1992-1999), and Barry Uretsky, M.D.(2000-2006).

The General Cardiovascular Fellowship Program has trained specialists in cardiovascular disease for over forty years and is accredited by the ACGME. The Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program began in 2001 and is also accredited by the ACGME. The Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship Program began in 2005 and is approved by the Texas Medical Board. The advanced Heart Failure Fellowship will be ACGME accredited starting 2014.

George Herrmann Scholar Award - The George R. Herrmann Scholarship is awarded to one first year fellow in the Cardiovascular Fellowship program here at UTMB. The ideal candidate should demonstrate scholarly excellence, compassionate patient care, and clinical excellence and is chosen by the faculty of the Division of Cardiology. The individual selected will receive a cash reward to help him/her facilitate his/her educational activities including trips to national meetings.

Best Graduating Fellow Award - The Best Graduating Fellow Award is awarded to one graduating fellow in one of our three fellowship programs here at UTMB Health. The ideal candidate should demonstrate leadership amongst his/her peers and junior fellows, maintain the highest degree of professionalism, demonstrate outstanding clinical care to our patients and support the educational, clinical and research missions of UTMB and the Division of Cardiology. This award is chosen by the faculty of the Division of Cardiology. The individual selected will receive a cash reward to congratulate him/her for their outstanding performance.

UTMB Cardiology Alumni

Class from 2010 to Present

(CF) - Chief Fellow
(CIF) - Chief Interventional Fellow
(BGF) - Best Graduating Fellow
(GHSF) - George Herrmann Scholar Fellow

Classes from 2010 to present
View list here...

 

Class of 2013
General Cardiology
Faisal Arain, MD
Christian Assad-Kottner, MD
Aliya Mushtaq, MD
Khadija Siddiqui, DO (CF)
Rey Vivo, MD (CF)
 
 
Interventional Cardiology
Naveed Ahamad Adoni, MD (CIF)
Qasim Cheema, MD
Grace Huang, DO
 
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Marek Cena, MD
Poorna Nalabothu, MD
 
 
Class of 2012
General Cardiology
Ghassan Halim Abu Said, MD
Tareq Abu Sharifeh, MD
Naveed Ahamad Adoni, MD (CF)(BGF)
Omar Mukhtar Cheema, MD
Ramanna Merla, MD
James Phillip Myatt, MD
Haojie Wang, MD (CF)
 
Interventional Cardiology
Juan Diego Martinez, MD (CIF)
Wei Liu, MD
Saurabh Rastogi, MD
 
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Molham Aldeiri, MD
Sireesha Garikipati, MD (GHSF)
 
 
Class of 2011
General Cardiology
Qiangjun Cai, MD
Anuj Garg, MD
Khashayar Hematpour, MD
Vishal Kapur, MD
Saurabh Rastogi, MD (CF)
Mossaab Shuraih, MD (CF)
 
Interventional Cardiology
Harvinder Arora, MD (CIF)
Vince Nguyen, MD, PhD
Uma Rangasetty, MD
 
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Selim Krim, MD
Rajesh Ramineni, MD
 
 
Class of 2010
General Cardiology
Christopher Haddad, MD (CF)
Chantal El Amm, MD
Xiushi Suzy Liu, MD
Vince Nguyen, MD, PhD (CF)
Uma Rangasetty, MD
Hussein Yamani, MD
 
Interventional Cardiology
Jason Jayroe, MD
Chung Hoe Khoo, MBBCH
Sanjay Kunapuli, MD (CIF)
 
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Jaswant Basraon, DO
Omar Cheema, MBBS
 
 
Class from 2000 to 2009
Classes from 2000 to 2009
View list here...

 

Class of 2009
General Cardiology
Harvey Bobby Chen, MD (CF)
Jason Jayroe, MD
Wissam Khalife, MD
Sanjay Kunapuli, MD
Shreyas Modi, MD
Nasir Sulemanjee, MD (CF)
 
Interventional Cardiology
William Garner, MD
Richard Chang, MD (CIF)
Oscar Paniagua, MD
 
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Ramanna Merla, MD, MPh
 
 
Class of 2008
General Cardiology
Oscar Paniagua, MD (CF)
Mehreen Qureshi, MD
Gocha Saliashvili, MD
Ignatius Gerardo (Randy) Zarraga, M.D.
 
Interventional Cardiology
Jonathan D.Griefenkamp, MD
Larry S. Hailey, MD
Jennifer J. Rodriguez, MD
Htut K Win, MBBS
 
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Saurabh Rastogi, MD
 
 
Class of 2007
General Cardiology
IyadDaher, MD
Jonathan D. Griefenkamp, MD
Larry S. Hailey, MD
Asif Sewani, MD
 
Interventional Cardiology
Rami Akel, MD
Sreenivas P Kamath, MD
Guillermo Salinas, MD
 
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Smita Maity, MD
 
 
Class of 2006
General Cardiology
Rami Akel, MD
Praveen Jammula, MBBS
Jennifer Rodriguez, MD
Guillermo Salinas, MD
 
Interventional Cardiology
Rajiv Gupta, MBBS
Jarrett T McGehee, MD
 
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Nasir Sulemanjee, MD
 
 
Class of 2005
General Cardiology
Lldiko Agoston
Rajiv Gupta, MBBS
Jarrett T McGehee, MD
Pramod Kumar Sanghi
Rakshak Sarda
 
Interventional Cardiology
Asif Akhtar
Yuvaraj D. Kumar
 
 
Class of 2004
General Cardiology
Jherie Ducombs, MD
Jon McGregor
Yuvaraj D. Kumar
Shahin Tavackoli
 
Interventional Cardiology
Antonio J. Chamoun
Amar L. Pohwani
 
 
Class of 2003
General Cardiology
Nabil Ahmad
Aymen Alvarez
Alexander Gedevanishvili
Scott Wright
 
Interventional Cardiology
Pareshkumar Patel
Kris Vivekananthan
 
 
Class of 2002
General Cardiology
AndroKacharaua
Todd Lindley
Pareshkumar Patel
Nick John Tsiouris
 
Interventional Cardiology
Abdulfatah Osman
Francisco Javier Otero
 
 
Class of 2001
General Cardiology
Antonio J. Chamoun
John Champion
Abdulfatah Osman
Francisco Javier Otero
Sangeeta Bhupendra Shah
 
 
Class of 2000
General Cardiology
Alberto Brizolara
Tarek Helmy
Raul Heredia
Thomas Meade
Vijay Subbarao
Class from 1990 to 1999
Classes from 1990 to 1999
View list here...

 

Class of 1999
General Cardiology
Chandra, Mukul Suresh
Patterson, Winston Campbell
Font-Cordoba, Jose Fernando
Tiblier, Eric Stuart
 
 
Class of 1998
General Cardiology
Khan, Mohammad Nasrullah
Mott, Lorren Charles
Abreo, Gerard
Lerakis, Stamatios
Parmar, Rohit Jamnadas
 
 
Class of 1997
General Cardiology
Estella, Pedro
McCarthy, Terence Joseph
Belt, Robert Morris
Garg, Sandeep
Vila, Juan Carlos
Karam, Naji Emile
Kumar, Mohan Sankara
 
 
Class of 1996
General Cardiology
Basco, Eduardo Virtucio
Lopez, Louis Alfred
 
 
Class of 1995
General Cardiology
Diaz, Claro Faustino
Schramm, Mark Steven
Wagdy, Hisham Mohamed
Tee, Howard Tekhauw
 
 
Class of 1994
General Cardiology
Sorrell, Vincent Leigh
Khan, Waqar Ahmad
Centafont, Christopher David
Blalock, William Eldridge
Newman, Stephen Duane
Madaelil, Philip
Pham, Trung Si
 
 
Class of 1993
General Cardiology
Gojer, Bernard
Martens, Johann
Woodard, Chris Owen
 
 
Class of 1992
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1991
General Cardiology
Cohen, Alicia Cavazos/dd>
 
 
Class of 1990
General Cardiology
Polukoff, Gerald Ira
Wiggins, Stanley D
Campbell Jr, William Todd
Class from 1980 to 1989
Classes from 1980 to 1989
View list here...

 

Class of 1989
General Cardiology
Bui, Minh
Kilpatrick, Kevin L
 
 
Class of 1988
General Cardiology
Dick, David Michael
Randall, Randy C
 
 
Class of 1987
General Cardiology
Blum, Stuart
Rusterholz, Peter Karl
Bahl, Rana
 
 
Class of 1986
General Cardiology
Boyle, George Steven
 
 
Class of 1985
General Cardiology
Wiggins, Stanley D
Smith, Michael Leigh
 
 
Class of 1984
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1983
General Cardiology
Bow, Wesley W.
Manoharan, Paulrajan
 
 
Class of 1982
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1981
General Cardiology
Hegde, Shripad
 
 
Class of 1980
General Cardiology
Oakley Jr., Robert F.
Pang, Derek K H
Stubbs, Theodore Baytop
Class from 1970 to 1979
Classes from 1970 to 1979
View list here...

 

Class of 1979
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1978
General Cardiology
Millsaps, Ralph David
Blake, Hugo G
 
 
Class of 1977
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1976
General Cardiology
Creed Jr, James Bennett
 
 
Class of 1974
General Cardiology
Young, Stephen Hoyt
Deaton, John Mcqueen
Williams, Thomas Nihl
 
 
Class of 1973
General Cardiology
Leal, Francisco Alonzo
Jenkins, John L
 
 
Class of 1972
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1971
General Cardiology
Jenkins, John L
Nishimura, Akira
Fortner, Bennie Ronald
 
 
Class of 1970
General Cardiology
Lowe, George Walter
Andersen, Federico German
Class from 1960 to 1969
Classes from 1960 to 1969
View list here...

 

Class of 1969
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1968
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1967
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1966
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1965
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1964
General Cardiology
Malo-Camacho, Rodolfo
 
 
Class of 1963
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1962
General Cardiology
Quint, Robert Anthony
 
 
Class of 1961
General Cardiology
Westura, Edwin Eugene
Echegaray, Hector Mario
Uzsoy, Namik Kemal
Raine, Michael B
 
 
Class of 1960
General Cardiology
Harrell, W Lamar
Fordtran, Robert Lee
Classes from 1951 to 1959
Classes from 1951 to 1959
View list here...

 

Class of 1959
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1958
General Cardiology
Maza, Efrian S
Kern, Lee Roy
 
 
Class of 1957
General Cardiology
Spires Jr, Albert Bryan
Park, Hi Myung
 
 
Class of 1956
General Cardiology
Sotomayor, Aida
Shields, Allen Howard
 
 
Class of 1955
General Cardiology
Douglas, Clyde Benton
De Pando, Benjamin
Kerim, Abdul Razzak Abdul
Crouch, Robert B
 
 
Class of 1954
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1953
General Cardiology
N/A
 
 
Class of 1952
General Cardiology
Hermann, George Henry Christian
Soto-Rojas, Guillermo
 
 
Class of 1951
General Cardiology
Douglas, Clyde Benton
Reveley, Hugh Price
Marchand, Ernesto J
Ortiz, Julio Alberto
The front steps of Old Red
Ashbel Smith Building or
"Old Red" is the UTMB's original medical school building and was opened in 1891.

 

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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