patient_our_patient_tabWe welcome you to "For Our Patient" page of our web site. We provide a number of cardiology services as listed in Services Provided. Please go to Our Doctors to find a cardiologist. We have several locations as shown in Our Locations.

Our Division is a part of UTMB Health, the oldest medical school and hospital in the state of Texas, founded in 1891. Since then, our focus has always been to establish the system that would allow us to provide our patients with best possible care. We call the system academic cardiology–the dynamic integration of research, patient care, and education.

We believe that our patient care is only enhanced by rigorous clinical and basic cardiology research. Research means not only innovation and discovery, but the ability to solve the complex problems. We publish a number of clinical and basic research papers in medical and scientific journals. Because of our research efforts, we are fully updated with the newest progress in cardiology and contribute to the future invention and discovery in the field. We also believe that the highest degree of professionalism and compassion is mandatory in the delivery of exemplary cardiology care. We deliver the most appropriate care in each and every case. This means that we do not perform unnecessary tests or procedures and that when intervention is necessary due to progression of the condition, we are swift to perform them. Every decision here is based on evidence provided by the literature that is carefully interpreted by our highly experienced cardiologists. We adopt an academic group practice style where all of our cardiologists are full-time professors appointed by our Medical School after careful credentialing and stringent selection process. We are also salaried employees of the UTMB Health, whose only incentive is to provide highest quality care and best possible outcome to our patients. At UTMB Health, you will see some of the best cardiologists in the country. Here is more–our Medical School is the home for a number of outstanding physicians and surgeons of many different fields. We work together to solve the complex clinical situations and problems that no other single-specialty group is prepared to handle.

Finally, we are educators–we teach and train medical students, young physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals. We are highly knowledgeable of the theory and practice of cardiology.

We believe that it is important for our patients to be able to stay close to their home and family and to receive the state-of-the-art, cutting-edge cardiology care. We have several outpatient clinics in League City, Texas City, and Galveston Island to serve our patients in their own community. Further, many of UTMB employees seek cardiology care at our clinics and hospitals. They are usually familiar with what is taking place in the organization and in our division. Their confidence in our group is a reflection of the institution's trust and support of our division.

We look forward to working with you for your heart health.

The following services are provided by the UTMB Health Division of Cardiology:

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  • Preventive cardiology
  • Consultative cardiology
  • Second opinion on complex cardiac diseases
  • Inpatient cardiology
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Electrocardiography
  • Holter EKG
  • Event monitoring
  • Medical clearance prior to surgery
Cardiac Imaging Service
  • Transthoracic echocardiography
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Three-dimensional echocardiography
  • Stress echocardiography
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  • Dobutamine stress echocardiography
  • Adenosine nuclear perfusion scan
  • Cardiac CT angiography
  • Cardiac MR imaging
Heart Failure Service
  • Aquapheresis
  • Remote heart failure assessment
  • Right heart catheterization
  • Intraaortic balloon pump insertion
  • Impella insertion
  • Myocardial biopsy
  • Heart transplantation
  • Left ventricular assist device
Invasive and Interventional Cardiology Service
    Drs. Khalife and Chatila at Heart Failure and Transplant Service
  • Right heart catheterization
  • Intraaortic balloon pump insertion
  • Impella insertion
  • LifeBridge extra-corporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO) insertion
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Optical coherent tomography (OCT) of the coronary artery
  • Fractional flow reserve measurement
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Stent implantation
  • Intervention of chronic total occlusion (CTO)
  • Intervention of in-stent restenosis (ISR)
  • Rotational atherectomy
  • Alcohol septal ablation
  • Atrial septal defect closure
  • Patent foramen ovale closure
  • Trans-septal catheterization
  • oreign body removal
  • Coil embolization of arteriovenous fistula
Peripheral Artery Disease Service
  • Carotid stenting
  • Peripheral artery intervention for intermittent claudication
  • Orbital atherectomy
  • Renal artery stenting
  • Subclavian artery stenting
Heart Rhythm Center Service
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • MRI-compatible (Revo) pacemaker implantation
  • Internal cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation
  • Remote pacemaker and ICD monitoring
  • Cardiac resynchronization device (CRT) implantation
  • Implantable loop recorder implantation
  • Tilt-table test
  • Electrophysiology test
  • Cardioversion
  • Supraventricular tachycardia ablation
  • Atrial-flutter ablation
  • Atrial-fibrillation ablation
  • Ventricular tachycardia ablation

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 (4) major sections within our division–General Cardiology including Cardiac Imaging, Consultative and Inpatient Cardiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Heart Station; Heart Failure, Transplant, and Circulatory Assist Device Service; Heart Rhythm (Electrophysiology) Service; and Interventional Cardiology Service including Peripheral Vascular Intervention.


Abu Sharifeh, Tareq, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Clinical Focus: General Cardiology and Cardiac Imaging
Ahmad, Masood, M.D.
Director, Echocardiography Laboratory
Edward D. and Sally M. Futch Professorship in Cardiology
Clinical Focus: General Cardiology and Cardiac Imaging
Berbarie, Rafic M.D.
Assistant Professor
Clinical Focus: General Cardiology
Cai, Qiangjun, M.D.
Director, Community Outreach to Angleton
Assistant Professor
Clinical Focus: Community Outreach
Carayannopoulos, George, M.D.
Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Service
Assistant Professor
Clinical Focus: Cardiac Electrophysiology
Chatila, Khaled, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Clinical Focus: Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, and Circulatory Assist Device
Gilani, Syed, M.D.
Director, Division of Cardiology, ad interim
Director, Peripheral Vascular Intervention
Associate Professor
Clinical Focus: Interventional Cardiology

Khalife, Wissam, M.D.
Director, Heart Failure, Transplant, and Circulatory Assist Device Service
Assistant Professor
Clinical Focus: Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, and Circulatory Assist Device
Modi, Shreyas, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Director, Heart Station and Cardiac Rehabilitation
Quality Improvement Champion
Clinical Focus: General Cardiology and Cardiac Imaging
Rangasetty, Umamahesh, M.D.
Assistant Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Assistant Professor
Clinical Focus: Interventional Cardiology
Tran, Tony, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Clinical Focus: General Cardiology and Cardiac Imaging


John Sealy Hospital


  • Academic Office - Cardiology

    301 University Blvd.
    5.106 John Sealy Annex
    Galveston, TX 77555-0553

    Phone: 409.772.1533
    Fax: 409.772.4982

  • Cardiac Echo Laboratory

    301 University Blvd.
    4.100 McCullough Bldg.
    Galveston, TX 77555-0763

    Phone: 409.772.5353
    Fax: 409.747.1774

    Hours of Operation: 8am-5pm

    Site Manager: Rosario Mercado-Young
  • Emergency Department

    301 University Blvd.
    3.124 Trauma Center
    Galveston, Texas 77555-1173

    Phone: 409.772.9067
    Fax: 409.747.9068

    Hours of Operation: 24 hours

    Site Manager: Annette Macias-Hoag
  • Heart Station

    301 University Blvd.
    4.100 McCullough Bldg.
    Galveston, TX 77555-0763

    Phone: 409.772.1262
    Fax: 409.747.2595

    Hours of Operation: 8am-5pm

    Site Manager: Rosario Mercado-Young


* For patient-related questions or for appointments at any of the below listed cardiology clinics, please call our main clinic line at 409.762.BEAT(2328).