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  First Year Fellows

Antoinette Birs, MD
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Residency: University of Washington
Favorite aspects of the program: UCSD is a very strong, high-volume, clinically focused program that has multiple training sites and a diverse patient population. I was extremely impressed with the tight knit community and camaraderie amongst the fellows and faculty and was intrigued by the variety of innoovative research opportunities and numerous on-going projects. Of course, it is also hard to ignore the natural beauty of the city. 
Career interests: Advanced heart failure, interventional cardiology
Research interests: Risk prediction and health outcomes, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, right ventricular pathology, infiltrative heart disease, heart disease in women
Research publications: Click here to view publications


Gary Ma, MD
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: University of California, San Diego
Residency: University of California, San Diego
Favorite aspects of the program: Active, enthusiastic emphasis on research in fellowship. Diverse and complete clinical training with high volume and autonomy.   
Career interests: Academic Physician-Science
Research interests: Calcified Aortic Valve Disease, Lipoprotein(a)
Research publications: Click here to view publications

                     


Omar Aldaas, MD
Hometown: Corona, California
Undergraduate: University of California, Riverside
Medical School: University of California, Riverside
Residency: University of California, San Diego
Favorite aspects of the program: The high volume of complex cardiac pathology and diverse patient populations.  Fellows get comprehensive experience in all areas of cardiology, with clinical training, research opportunities, and mentorship that are second to none. 
Career interests: Electrophysiology, atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation
Research interests: Outcomes after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, novel ablation techniques, left atrial appendage occlusion, anticoagulation with direct oral anticoagulants
Research publications: Click here to view publications


Omid Behnamfar, MD, MSc
Hometown: Isfahan, Iran
Undergraduate: Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Medical School: Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Residency: John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County,
Favorite aspects of the program: High patient volume with complex cardiovascular physiology. Excellent research and clinical training opportunities, particularly in coronary and peripheral interventional cardiology. Camaraderie among fellows.
Career interests: Interventional Cardiology
Research interests: Balloon pulmonary Angioplasty in CTEPH; Coronary and peripheral CTO interventional techniques and results; TAVR outcomes
Research publications: Click here to view publications



Alison Brann, MD
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Residency: UC San Diego
Favorite aspects of the program: UCSD provides robust, hands on clinical training in all areas of cardiology which for me is highlighted by the high-volume advanced heart failure and transplant program. As a resident at UCSD I had a very positive experience working with supportive faculty and excellent mentors. Additionally, the research opportunities and camaraderie among the fellows made UCSD a very attractive place to continue my training. 
Career interests: Cardiac critical care, advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, imaging
Research interests: Outcomes in mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation, heart failure risk prediction
Research publications: Click here to view publications     


Bryan Wu, MD
Hometown: Ambler, PA
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern
Favorite aspects of the program:  Diverse and well-rounded clinical training, high clinical volume and disease complexity, numerous opportunities for scholarly endeavors. 
Career interests: General cardiology    
Research interests: Hypertension, hemodynamic principles of cardiovascular diseases. 
Research publications: Click here to view publications

                            

           

  Second Year Fellows 

Pre Bhatia, MD
Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota
Undergraduate: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Medical School: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Residency: University of California, San Diego
Favorite aspects of the program: High volume, high complexity, fellow-run services, and longitudinal care in clinic. This is a busy program that has highly complex cases referred from neighboring communities but also balances caring for an underserved San Diego community as well. The training in EP, heart failure, intervention, and imaging is quite advanced and creates a well-rounded exposure for all trainees regardless of subspecialty interests. 
Career interests: General cardiology, imaging
Research interests: Pacemaker and ICD lead extraction outcomes, womens health
Research publications: Click here to view publications


Patrick Azcarate, MD
Hometown: Miami, Fl
Medical school: University of Miami
Residency: UC San Francisco
Favorite aspects of the program: Stellar program with supportive colleagues in one of the best cities in the US
Clinical interests: General cardiology, imaging
Research interests: General cardiology, right atrial pressure assessment via ultrasound
Research publications: Click here to view publications

 


Quan Bui, MD
Hometown: San Diego, California
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Residency: University of California, San Diego
Favorite aspects of the program:  Exposure to a breadth of cardiovascular diseases at three diverse teaching hospitals (Jacobs/Sulpizio, Hillcrest and VA). Close mentorship and relationships with faculty. Strong camaraderie amongst the fellows.
Career interests: Heart failure, genetic cardiomyopathies, personalized medicine, cardiac medical devices
Research interests: Genetic cardiomyopathies, HCM phenocopies, Danon Disease, myocardial strain
Research publications: Click here to view publications


Shaz Chindy, MD
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern
Favorite aspects of the program:  The high acuity and complexity of care coupled with the diversity of patient populations from treating our Veterans to private to indigent populations. Collegial environment that promotes fellow autonomy and clinical decision-making with direct faculty supervision.
Career interests: General cardiology, cardiac critical care, cardiac imaging
Research interests: Preventative Cardiology and epidemiology, Using imaging to identify vulnerable populations, CAC scoring, Lipidology
Research publications: Click here to view publications


Kevin Ting, MD
Hometown: San Diego, California
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: University of California, Irvine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Favorite aspects of the program: UCSD is well balanced and truly academic in teaching, based on robust clinical experience and quality research. There is plenty of fellow autonomy and complex cardiac cases that require multidisciplinary approaches.
Career interests: General cardiology
Research interests: Non-invasive imaging, LVAD and transplant outcomes, Nonischemic cardiomyopathies
Research publications: Click here to view publications


David Torres-Barba, MD, PhD
Hometown: El Centro, CA
Undergraduate: San Diego State University
Medical school: University of California, Los Angeles
Residency: University of California, Davis
Favorite aspects of the program: The variety of clinical environments and patient populations as well as the caliber of research and educational opportunities. Also the support from faculty and other fellows in clinical and non-clinical aspects as I navigated through the first year was phenomenal.
Career interests: General cardiology and clinical research
Research interests: Computational medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, and remote patient care
Research publications: Click here to view publications

  

  Third Year Fellows 
 

Harpreet S. Bhatia, MD, Chief Fellow
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medicine
Favorite aspects of the program: We see everything at UCSD from prevention and lipid management to the most advanced cardiac critical care including various forms of mechanical support and ECMO, and we see patients from all over the country. Our transplant program is one of the best in the country and creates learning and procedural opportunities for all other specialities. Most importantly, UCSD is a great place to work with supportive co-fellows, and accessible faculty who love to teach and constantly push us to be better. The clinical training at UCSD covers the full breadth of cardiovascular medicine and there are lots of opportunities for research in any aspect of cardiology.
Career interests: General cardiology, cardiovascular disease prevention
Research interests: Atrial fibrillation and anticoagulation, lipids, methamphetamine associated heart failure
Research publications: Click here to view publications


Dan Mangels, MD, MS, Chief Fellow
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: University of Pennsylvania
Favorite aspects of the program:  The high volume of complex cardiac conditions, ranging from pre-heart transplants and emergent mechanical support to refractory arrhythmias and urgent ablations. The balance of fellow autonomy, clinical training, and research opportunities are unparalleled. 
Career interests: General cardiology, cardiac critical care, interventional cardiology, cardiac medical devices
Research interests: Robotic-PCI outcomes, TAVR outcomes, non-invasive measurement of intracardiac pressures, diet and cardiovascular outcomes
Research publications:  Click here to view publications


Jason Duran, MD, PhD
Hometown: Maple Grove, MN
Medical School: Temple University
Residency: UC San Diego
Favorite aspects of the program: I came to UCSD for internal medicine residency and stayed for fellowship because of the people at UC San Diego and the broadly different training experiences you get at each of our three hospitals.  I have particularly enjoyed working with an international patient population that is unique to our border community here in San Diego.  I have also enjoyed being a part of our rapidly growing heart transplant program and learning more about advanced heart failure management and mechanical circulatory support
Career interests: Heart failure and transplant medicine
Research interests: My interests in cardiology involve better understanding the molecular mechanisms of end stage heart failure through basic and translational science.  I am particularly interested in identifying common or unique gene programs between different inflammatory cardiomyopathies such as myocarditis or infection-associated myocardial injury.
Research publications: Click here to view publications


Alayn Govea, MD
Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergraduate: University of Miami
Medical School: University of Miami
Residency: UC San Fransisco
Favorite aspect of the program: Great group of co-fellows who push each other to become better doctors. Complex medical care between the heart failure service and complex cardiac interventions.
Career Interests: Interventional cardiology and mechanical hemodynamic support
Research interests: Hemodynamic support in cardiogenic shock, Complex PCI outcomes
Research publications: Click here to view publications


Marin Nishimura, MD
Hometown: San Diego, CA & Yokohama, Japan
Undergraduate: UC San Diego
Medical School: UC Davis
Residency: UC San Diego
Favorite aspects of the program:  The people here at UC San Diego, especially my co-fellows, attendings, and mentors. In addition, I greatly enjoy the diverse patient population and the wide range of complex cardiovascular pathologies we are exposed to throughout our training.
Career interests: General cardiology
Research interests: Methamphetamine associated cardiomyopathy, Registry based studies to gain insights into outcomes of patients undergoing ICD and CRT-D implantations
Research publications: Click here to view publications


Abdullah Almasoud, MD
Hometown: Riyadh, KSA
Medical School: King Saud University(KSU)
Residency: Case Western Reserve University
Favorite aspects of the program: Wide referral base and diverse patient population including our neighboring border communities make for a strong clinical experience. Another great aspect is how accessible our faculty are, and the strong culture of camaraderie among our fellows.
Career interests: Interventional Cardiology
Research interests: Outcomes of CTO revascularization, Robotic PCI, Cath lab quality measurement and improvement
Research publications: Click here to view publications

 

  Fourth Year Fellows/ Physician-Scientist Training Program 

Calvin Hang, MD, PhD
Hometown: Walnut, CA
Medical School: UC San Diego
Residency: UC San Diego
Favorite aspects of the program: I stayed at UCSD for both resident and fellowship for its excellent clinical program and top-notch cardiology related basic science research.
Career interests: General cardiology, cardiac genetic
Research interests: Cardiac development and regeneration.
Research publications: Click here to view publications

      

Thomas Prohaska, MD
Hometown: Vienna, Austria
Medical School: Medical University of Vienna
Residency: UC San Diego
Favorite aspects of the program: The extraordinary science conducted at UCSD combined with a very strong clinical program in cardiology. For anyone interested in basic or translational research who also wants to get excellent clinical training, there is hardly any better place to be.
Career interests: General cardiology, basic science
Research interests: Immune cells in cardiac and metabolic disease
Research publications: Click here to view publications