Welcome Cardiology


A Syed Gilani, MDt 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 Health Cardiology clinic locations: UTMB Health Clinics (UHC), Galveston; Primary and Specialty Care Clinic, Texas City; Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, League City; and 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. For research information one can find at Cardiology Research.

Our Mission and Goals

cardio_home_our_mission_tabThe 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
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
7:30-8:30 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
7:30-8:30 AM
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
Internal Medicine
Grand Rounds

Clinical Science Auditorium 362

Weekly conference.

 

6:30-8:30 PM
Evening of Learning
Cardiology Heart Rhythm Course
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
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
7:30-8:30 AM
Heart Team 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
7:30-8:30 AM
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
Internal Medicine
Grand Rounds

Clinical Science Auditorium 362

Weekly conference.

 

6:30-8:30 PM
Evening of Learning
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
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
7:30-8:30 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
7:30-8:30 AM
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
Internal Medicine
Grand Rounds

Clinical Science Auditorium 362

Weekly conference.

 

6:30-8:30 PM
Evening of Learning
Cardiology Journal Club
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
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
7:30-8:30 AM
Cath 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.
7:30-8:30 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
Internal Medicine
Grand Rounds

Clinical Science Auditorium 362

Weekly conference.

 

6:30-8:30 PM
Evening of Learning
Bay Area Heart Failure Conference (BAHFC)
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.




cardio_home_our_history_tabThe 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

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

Class of 2018
General Cardiology
Mohammad Alghrouz, MD (CF)
Haider Alwash, MBChB
Ayyash Melhem, MD
Saleem Raslan, MD
Mostafa Shalaby, MBChB (CF)
Geru Wu, MBBS
Interventional Cardiology
Adnan Khan, MD (CIF)
Bhavith Aruni Babu, MBBS
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Aiham Albaeni, MD
Mohit Sharma, MD
Class of 2017
General Cardiology
Nilubon Methachittiphan, MD (CF)
Kamel Sadat, MD
Adnan Khan, MD
Sridhar Venkatachalam, MD (CF) (BGF)
Interventional Cardiology
Amudhan Jyothidasan, MD
Vijaiganesh Nagarajan, MD (CIF)
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Ramakrishna Gorantla, MBBS
Saad Sikanderkhel, MBBS
Class of 2016
General Cardiology
Molham Aldeiri, MD
Marek Cena, MD (CF)
Peerawut Deeprasertkul, MD
Poorina Nalabothu, MBBS
Xianfeng Wen, MD (CF)
Interventional Cardiology
Paul Kumfa, MD (CIF)
Mohammad Hajjar, MD
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Muhammad Choudhry, MBBS
Class of 2015
General Cardiology
Manikumar Bheemarasetti, MBBS
Sireesha Garikipati, MBBS (CF)
Paul Kumfa, MD (CIF)
Nischala Nannapaneni, MBBS (CF)
Interventional Cardiology
Rene Celis, MD (CIF)
Kodlipet Dharmashankar, MBBS
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Ayyash Melhem, MD
Saleem Rasalan, MD
Class of 2014
General Cardiology
Rene Celis, MD (CF)
Jeremiah Havins, MD
Nilay Mehta, DO
Rajesh Ramineni, MD (CF)
Selvin Sudhakar, MD
Brandie Williams, MD
Interventional Cardiology
Nabeel Ismaeil, MD
Aliya Mushtaq, MD
Jacob Stephen, MD (CIF)
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Abdel Al Emam, MD
Mohammad Qamar, MD
Kamel Sadat, MD
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 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 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 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 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 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

 

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

Physical Address
301 University Boulevard
5.106 John Sealy Annex
Galveston, Texas 77555-0553

Office Phone: 409.772.1533
Office Fax: 409.772.4982
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Ashbel Smith Building or "Old Red" is the UTMB's original medical school building and was opened in 1891.