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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program Academics

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program Academics


  • Electrophysiology Case Conference
  • ECHO Case Conference
  • General Cardiology Clinical Case Conference
  • Nuclear/Cath Correlations
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Cardiology M&M
  • Cardiology Grand Rounds
  • AHA Fellows Research Day
  • Hemodynamics
  • EKG Tracing & Board Review
  • CT and MRI case conference
  • American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions
  • Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Research Challenge



The Division of Cardiology has a strong commitment to providing rewarding research experiences for cardiology fellows, and encourages presentations at National meetings and manuscript publications in leading journals.

The program faculty pursues and mentor fellows in a wide range of research interests in the areas of invasive cardiology, echocardiography, cardiac MRI, cardiac CT, and nuclear cardiology, advanced heart failure and pulmonary hypertension and electrophysiology. Additionally, projects in quality improvement and patient safety are also encouraged. Fellows are allotted 2 months of research, one in the first year and the second in the second year. Fellows are encouraged to initiate projects in this time and completion can occur during the remainder of the training period. All fellows are required to present their research or quality improvement projects at the end of the year to all faculty.

In addition, the Division vigorously supports applications for AHA fellowship research grants and other local funding agencies.

A unique aspect of research at Allegheny Health Network is the collaborative opportunities available with research scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. Several collaborative projects are underway in cardiovascular disease and fellows have the opportunity to get involved in ongoing projects or initiate new ones.



IMAGES IN CLINICAL MEDICINE. Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
Zeineh NS, Eles G.
N Engl J Med. 2015 Nov 5;373(19):e22. doi: 10.1056/NEJMicm1413682. No abstract available.

Effects of acute intravenous iloprost on right ventricular hemodynamics in rats with chronic pulmonary hypertension.
Zeineh NS, Bachman TN, El-Haddad H, Champion HC.
Pulm Circ. 2014 Dec;4(4):612-8. doi: 10.1086/677358.

A Review of the Use of Iloprost, A Synthetic Prostacyclin, in the Prevention of Radiocontrast Nephropathy in Patients Undergoing Coronary Angiography and Intervention.
Kassis HM, Minsinger KD, McCullough PA, Block CA, Sidhu MS, Brown JR.
Clin Cardiol. 2015 Aug;38(8):492-8. doi: 10.1002/clc.22407. Epub 2015 May 12.

Meta-analysis of the effect of automated contrast injection devices versus manual injection and contrast volume on risk of contrast-induced nephropathy.
Minsinger KD, Kassis HM, Block CA, Sidhu M, Brown JR.
Am J Cardiol. 2014 Jan 1;113(1):49-53. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2013.08.040. Epub 2013 Oct 3. Review.

Am J Cardiol. 2013 Feb 15;111(4):532-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2012.11.002. Epub 2012 Dec 4.
Effect of ezetimibe on major atherosclerotic disease events and all-cause mortality.

Hayek S1, Canepa Escaro F, Sattar A, Gamalski S, Wells KE, Divine G, Ahmedani BK, Lanfear DE, Pladevall M, Williams LK.
Combined remote preconditioning and postconditioning failed to attenuate infarct size and contractile dysfunction in a rat model of coronary artery occlusion.
Sachdeva J, Dai W, Gerczuk PZ, Kloner RA.
J Cardiovasc Pharmacol Ther. 2014 Nov;19(6):567-73. doi: 10.1177/1074248413518967. Epub 2014 Mar 6.

Intramyocardial injection of heart tissue-derived extracellular matrix improves postinfarction cardiac function in rats.
Dai W, Gerczuk P, Zhang Y, Smith L, Kopyov O, Kay GL, Jyrala AJ, Kloner RA.
J Cardiovasc Pharmacol Ther. 2013 May;18(3):270-9. doi: 10.1177/1074248412472257. Epub 2013 Jan 22.

Tex Heart Inst J. 2015 Feb 1;42(1):58-60. doi: 10.14503/THIJ-13-3699. eCollection 2015.
Incidental left atrial blood cyst in a patient undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Suero G, Shah M, Hughes-Doichev R.


Grand Rounds

Past Grand Rounds Speakers

2014-2015 Cardiovascular Medicine Grand Rounds

Speaker Topic
Barry Bittman, MD Heart Failure Disease Management
Rajiv Swamy, MD Keep Circulating: Contemporary Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease
Jan Basile, MD New Approaches to Resistant Hypertension
James Januzzi, MD Rose of Biomarkers in Heart Failure
Satish Muluk, MD Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
David Lasorda, DO Interventions in Structural Heart Disease
Robert C. Hendel, MD Appropriate Use in Cardiovascular Imaging
Christopher Bonnet, MD Cardiac Syncope: Diagnosis and Management
Venmathi Indramohan, MD Risk of Radiation Exposure with Cardiac Imaging: Myth or Reality?


2015-2016 Cardiovascular Medicine Grand Rounds

Speaker Topic
Marc J. Semigran, MD Cardiac Amyloidosis
Venkatraman Srinivasan, MD Contemporary Management of Acute Coronary Syndrome
J. Travis Wilson, MD Endovascular Treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease in 2015
Moneal Shah, MD Multislice CT Scanning versus Nuclear Perfusion Imaging in Coronary Disease
Srinivas Murali, MD Disease Management in Heart Failure: What Works?  What Doesn’t?
Amy Schuett, MD Special Considerations for Heart Disease in Women
Andrew Pogozelski, MD Diagnosis and Management of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Paul Thompson, MD Assessment and Treatment of Hypertriglyceridemia
Nabil Zeineh, MD Advances in Management of Ventricular Tachycardia