Meet the Cardiovascular Institute Team

Brian G. Abbott, MD is director of the coronary care unit at Rhode Island Hospital and an associate professor of medicine (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests include cardiac imaging (nuclear cardiology) and medical education.

Abbott received his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC). He also serves on the executive council of the ASNC, and is presently the chair of the ASNC’s education committee. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography.
 

Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program

Jinnette Dawn Abbott, MD, is an interventional cardiologist with expertise in cardiac catheterization and coronary and endovascular intervention. She is an associate professor of medicine in the department of medicine and director of the interventional cardiology fellowship training program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Her clinical research program focuses on percutaneous coronary intervention and peripheral arterial disease. She is also an associate editor of the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Abbott received her medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology.

Eirini Apostolidou, MD is a noninvasive cardiologist who is board-certified in internal medicine, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and peripheral vascular imaging. She received her medical degree from the Medical School of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, before moving to the United States to work as a research associate at the Interventional Vascular Therapy Research Unit at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia before moving to Providence to complete a cardiology fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Apostolidou received her master’s degree in clinical and translational research through the Brown University School of Public Health. She joined the Cardiovascular Institute to work in noninvasive cardiology and contribute to both inpatient and outpatient cardiac services at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. Dr. Apostolidou serves as an assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she contributes to the cardiac imaging program, the teaching of residents and fellows, and the heart failure readmission program.

Director, Interventional Cardiology

Herbert Aronow, MD, MPH is an interventional cardiologist with expertise in vascular medicine and endovascular intervention. He is the director of interventional cardiology at the Cardiovascular Institute and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratories at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals.

His expertise is in cardiovascular disease, and coronary and vascular intervention. He earned a medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor. He completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Aronow is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a former member of its board of governors, and the current chair of its Peripheral Vascular Disease Section. He is also a fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention and secretary of the Society for Vascular Medicine Board of Trustees.

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Director, Nuclear Cardiology and Clinical Cardiology Fellowship Program

James Arrighi, MD, a cardiologist and nuclear cardiac imaging specialist, is a native Rhode Islander who studied at Brown Medical School, trained with the best here and across the country, and returned home to work with the Cardiovascular Institute in 2004.

James A. Arrighi, MD, is director of nuclear cardiology at Rhode Island Hospital. He is also associate professor of medicine in the department of medicine and program director of the cardiology fellowship program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests include cardiac imaging (nuclear cardiology) and medical education.

Arrighi received his medical degree from Brown Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed fellowships in nuclear cardiology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and in cardiology and nuclear medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology.

He is active in many professional organizations, including the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, serving as president in 2013; the certification board of Nuclear Cardiology; the editorial board of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology; and the training and workforce committee of the American College of Cardiology. In addition, he is a national leader in graduate medical education, serving as chair (2013 – 2015) of the residency review committee for internal medicine for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

 
Director, Lipid Clinic and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program

Karen E. Aspry, MD, MS, FNLA, FACC, is a cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in general, invasive, and preventive cardiology. She is director of the lipid clinic and cardiovascular disease prevention program, and has an active practice in the treatment of cholesterol disorders. She is an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is board certified in cardiovascular medicine, internal medicine, nuclear medicine and clinical lipidology.

Dr. Aspry received her medical degree from the University of California Davis School of Medicine, her master’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed her residency and fellowship training at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. She was a senior partner with The Permanente Medical Group of Northern California. She is a member of the National Lipid Association, where she co-chairs the practice management council, a board member of the Northeast Lipid Association, and a member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Her clinical, research and teaching interests are in clinical lipidology and cardiovascular risk reduction.

 
Cardiologist

Douglas M. Burtt, MD, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in consultative cardiology and invasive/interventional catheterization. He is also an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he serves as course director for the cardiac physiology and pathophysiology courses.

Burtt received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York, and completed his residency at Roger Williams General Hospital and Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is an associate fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Rhode Island Medical Society. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

 

George Charlton, MD is a cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute. His office is located in the Borden Carey Building at Newport Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Health System, followed by a year as an attending hospitalist at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA. He completed fellowships in both general cardiology and preventive cardiology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University with training at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Charlton is board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a diplomate of the National Board of Echocardiography. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Medical Association and the Rhode Island Medical Society.

Antony Chu, MD, is the director of complex ablations within the arrhythmia services section of the Cardiovascular Institute and an assistant professor of medicine in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests focus on atrial arrhythmias and their management.

Previously Chu was director of atrial fibrillation at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania, and a clinical faculty member at the Thomas Jefferson University Cardiovascular Division in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Chu received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and completed a cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, as well as in cardiac CT and MRI, and echocardiography.

 

Thomas F. Crain, MD, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in consultative cardiology, echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology. He is also an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Crain received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York, completed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, New York, and completed a cardiology fellowship at MedStar Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography, and is board certified in cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.

 

John Dickey, MD earned his medical degree from the NewJersey Medical School in Newark and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he also served as chief resident and completed a fellowship in cardiology. Dickey provides coverage for clinical call and noninvasive lab at both Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, and his office is located at The Miriam. 

Chief of the Division of Cardiology

Samuel C. Dudley, Jr., MD, PhD, is academic chief of cardiology at the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) and Ruth and Paul Levinger Professor of Medicine, Chair, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Dudley is responsible for the research and education programs at all of Alpert Medical School’s teaching hospitals. Prior to his position with the CVI, he served as chief of cardiology and co-director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously he served as chief of cardiology at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and as associate professor of medicine and physiology at Emory University, both in Atlanta, Georgia.

He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. He completed his residency, postdoctoral fellowship and cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. He serves on several editorial boards for publications including Frontiers in Cardiac Electrophysiology; Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics; and the Open Biochemistry Journal. Dr. Dudley is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association and is a member of the Association of University Cardiologists, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Heart Rhythm Society, the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, and the Cardiac Muscle Society, among others. His research interests include cardiac cell replacement therapy, diastolic heart failure and sudden cardiac death.

Joseph A. Farina, MD, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in noninvasive and invasive cardiology. Farina received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont, and completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Rhode Island Hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

 
Cardiologist

Katharine French, MD, a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, is director of the Women’s Cardiac Center. Her areas of interest include cardiovascular disease in women, cardiac diseases of pregnancy, and echocardiography. She is also an assistant professor of medicine in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. French earned her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. She completed her residency and cardiovascular fellowship training at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals and the Providence VA Medical Center, and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she served both as chief resident and chief fellow. During her fellowship, she completed advanced training in echocardiography.

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Cardiologist

Paul C. Gordon, MD, is a cardiologist and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at The Miriam Hospital, with expertise in consultative cardiology and invasive/interventional catheterization. He is also an associate professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

His research focus is interventional cardiology. Gordon received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York. He completed his residency in internal medicine, a clinical fellowship in cardiology and a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Rhode Island Medical Society. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

 

Ned Gutman, MD, is a cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in consultative cardiology, diagnostic catheterization, and noninvasive diagnostic cardiac testing. He is an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Gutman received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his residency at The Miriam Hospital and a fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology.

 

Philip Haines, MD, MPH received his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Oxford in England. Prior to practicing in the US, he pursued residency training in Oxford and London and was elected a member of the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom (MRCPUK). Haines also completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and his cardiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 

Haines was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University, where he earned a master’s degree in public health. His medical interests include advanced echocardiography, interventional and structural echocardiography, multi-modality cardiac imaging, and diastolic dysfunction.

Haines is an associate director of the echocardiography lab at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Cardiologist

Omar Hyder, MD received his medical degree from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University before completing a year of electrophysiology and basic science research at the Cardiovascular Research Center at Rhode Island Hospital. He completed his internal medicine residency and general cardiology fellowship at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. Dr. Hyder enhanced his medical background through fellowships in both interventional and peripheral endovascular medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Hyder’s clinical interests include treatment of complex coronary artery disease, carotid stenting, peripheral vascular interventions, and venous disease. In addition to performing procedures at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, Dr. Hyder also practices at the Cardiovascular Institute’s East Greenwich and East Providence locations.

Gary M. Katzman, MD, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in consultative cardiology, diagnostic catheterization and noninvasive diagnostic cardiac testing. He is also an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Katzman received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, and completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University / Rhode Island Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography, and is a member of the American College of Cardiology.

 

Edward Charles Keating, MD, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in consultative cardiology, permanent pacemakers, heart failure/geriatric cardiology, diagnostic catheterization and echocardiography.

He is also an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Keating received his medical degree from Kings College Hospital Medical School of the University of London in London, England, and completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in San Diego, California. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society with Testamur status, and is board certified in internal medicine, echocardiography and cardiology.

 

Daniel J. Levine, MD, is a cardiologist and director of the heart failure program at Rhode Island Hospital, with expertise in congestive heart failure, consultative cardiology, diagnostic catheterization and noninvasive diagnostic cardiac testing. He is also an associate professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research focus is heart failure. 

Levine received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York and completed his residency at Columbia University Medical Center and a cardiology fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Heart Failure Society of America, and is board certified in internal medicine, general cardiology, echocardiography, and advanced heart failure and transplant.

 
Cardiologist

Shafiq Tajdin Mamdani, MD, FACC, FSCAI is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in general and interventional cardiology. He is also a clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

Dr. Mamdani received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, completed his residency at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and completed fellowships in vascular medicine and intervention at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts; in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at Yale University School of Medicine; and Yale-New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, Connecticut; and in cardiovascular medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

 
Cardiologist

George R. McKendall, MD, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in consultative cardiology and invasive/interventional cardiology. He is also an associate professor of medicine in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

McKendall received his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York and completed his residency at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. He completed his general and interventional cardiology fellowships at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology.

 
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Nikhil Panda, MD, is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and an assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

Dr. Panda’s clinical research interest include the development of novel ablation techniques for atrial fibrillation. He has expertise in performing procedures in all aspects of clinical electrophysiology, including advanced device implantation, complex ablation such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, and the use of novel technologies. Dr. Panda helped pioneer two multicenter clinical trials, where he is the co-principal investigator, evaluating new ablation strategies for persistent atrial fibrillation. 

Director, Cardiovascular Institute

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, FASE, is the director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals, as well as an affiliated physician at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She specializes in valvular heart disease, heart disease in women, and echocardiography and heart disease in pregnancy.

She received a bachelor of science from Brown University and a doctor of medicine from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Poppas completed her residencies in internal medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and in cardiovascular medicine at University of Chicago Hospitals. Poppas is an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a board member of the Women’s Health Council of Rhode Island. Poppas is a fellow and board trustee of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). 

She has national leadership roles, volunteering on a number of committees including the ACC Clinical Quality Steering Committee, ACC Cardiometabolic Strategic Work Group and chairs the American Society of Echocardiography Ethics Committee. Poppas focuses her research on echocardiography and also the various facets of heart disease in women. She has a special interest in peripartum cardiomyopathy. 

Poppas has presented and published internationally on topics such as cardiovascular properties in normal pregnancy, 3D and stress echocardiography, and the role of echocardiography in new technologies. She is fluent in English and Greek.

 

James F. Robertson, MD, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in consultative cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. He is also an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Robertson received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.
 

Director Nuclear Cardiology

Raymond Russell, MD, PhD received his medical degree and PhD from the University of Texas. He completed a residency and fellowship in cardiology at Yale University and served on the faculty there. His area of expertise is cardio-oncology. Russell is the vice president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and is a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Programming Committee, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology AHA/ACC Programming Committee, and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Education Committee.  

 

Nishant R. Shah, MD, MPH, MSc earned his medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed an internal medicine residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, serving an additional year as a chief medical resident. Shah also completed a clinical cardiovascular diseases fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston and earned an MSc from the Baylor College of Medicine. Most recently, he earned his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health and completed a non-invasive cardiovascular imaging fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/HarvardMedical School. 

He has clinical responsibilities at both Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals and serves as the director of nuclear cardiology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Providence.

Cardiologist

Barry L. Sharaf, MD, is an interventional cardiologist and director of the angiographic core laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital. He is also an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research focus is interventional cardiology.

Sharaf received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, completed his residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital, and completed fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Rhode Island Hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and cardiovascular disease.
 

 

Christopher Song, MD, earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at New York University School of Medicine and the NYU Langone Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease and advanced cardiac imaging at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Song has both an outpatient practice and inpatient responsibilities at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, with a practice at The Miriam Hospital. Among his responsibilities are echocardiography reading and teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

Director, Interventional Vascular Laboratories

Peter A. Soukas, MD, is the director of vascular medicine and the interventional vascular laboratories at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, and specializes in carotid stenting and the treatment of lower extremity disease. He is also an assistant professor of medicine in the department of medicine and director of the vascular and endovascular medicine fellowship program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

He has been a site investigator on over 50 clinical research trials. Soukas received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts; completed his internship and residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and completed cardiology and peripheral vascular medicine fellowships at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts and an interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Vascular Medicine, the Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions, and the American College of Physicians. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine, and endovascular medicine, and is certified in noninvasive vascular lab interpretation.

Philip H. Stockwell, MD, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, adult congenital heart disease, consultative cardiology and echocardiography. He is also an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research focus is heart failure.

Stockwell received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Yale New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, Connecticut. He completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and a fellowship in heart failure and cardiac transplantation at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, the Heart Failure Society of America, and the Adult Congenital Heart Association. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and adult echocardiography.
 

Marilyn J. Weigner, MD, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in consultative cardiology, echocardiography and noninvasive cardiac testing. She has more than fifteen years of experience in consultation and care of patients with all forms of cardiovascular disease. She is also an associate professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Weigner received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and completed her residency and a fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is board certified in cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology.
 

Cardiologist

Joseph Weiss, MD, PhD is a cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute. His office is located in the Borden Carey Building at Newport Hospital. He received his MD and PhD at the New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at University of California at San Francisco as well as post-doctoral training in developmental genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine. He joined Newport Hospital after twelve years at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland where he was an associate professor in the division of cardiovascular medicine. He is board certified in cardiovascular and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition to general adult cardiology, Dr. Weiss specializes in the care of adults with congenital heart disease.

Medical Director Cardiac Fitness, Collyer Street

Wen-Chih Wu, MD, MPH, director of The Center for Cardiac Fitness, specializes in prevention of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. He is an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University’s School of Public Health. He is also the director of the university’s fellowship program in preventive cardiology. His research interests include preventive cardiology; management of chronic disease such as heart failure and diabetes; and cardiovascular epidemiology and outcomes.

Joseph A. Wyllie, DO, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute. He received his degree in osteopathic medicine from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine and completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Rhode Island Hospital. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography, and is board certified in nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and cardiovascular disease.

Rayan Yousefzai, MD received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He finished a cardiology fellowship at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, then completed an advanced heart failure fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. A member of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Yousefzai is also a member of the American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Dr. Yousefzai is board certified in internal medicine, and cardiovascular disease. His roles in multiple research projects have brought recognition in several publications and presentations in national meetings.  He currently serves as an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Yousefzai joined the Cardiovascular Institute to further enhance the inpatient and outpatient heart failure program as well as the advanced heart failure program at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals.

Cardiologist

Katharine French, MD, a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, is director of the Women’s Cardiac Center. Her areas of interest include cardiovascular disease in women, cardiac diseases of pregnancy, and echocardiography. She is also an assistant professor of medicine in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. French earned her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. She completed her residency and cardiovascular fellowship training at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals and the Providence VA Medical Center, and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she served both as chief resident and chief fellow. During her fellowship, she completed advanced training in echocardiography.

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Director Nuclear Cardiology

Raymond Russell, MD, PhD received his medical degree and PhD from the University of Texas. He completed a residency and fellowship in cardiology at Yale University and served on the faculty there. His area of expertise is cardio-oncology. Russell is the vice president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and is a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Programming Committee, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology AHA/ACC Programming Committee, and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Education Committee.  

Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery; Director of Quality, Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute

Afshin Ehsan, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon, director of minimally invasive cardiac surgery and director of quality at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. He is an associate professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests include the role of steroid hormone receptors in vein graft failure; glucose control in cardiac surgery patients; gene therapy for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and genetic engineering of bio-prosthetic grafts.

Ehsan earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, and completed his residency and post doctoral training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He previously served as surgical director of the heart failure and transplant program and director of the cardiothoracic surgery intensive care unit at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Association for Academic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the America Heart Association.

Chief of Clinical Cardiac Surgery Operations and Quality, Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute

James G. Fingleton, MD is chief of clinical cardiac surgery operations and quality at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Fingleton is a cardiovascular surgeon, board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery, and is an assistant professor of surgery (clinical) in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He has more than 25 years of experience in surgical care of patients with cardiovascular diseases.

At the Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. Fingleton is responsible for the day-to-day quality operations for Lifespan’s cardiac surgery program, the largest volume open-heart surgery and interventional cardiology program in southeastern New England.

Dr. Fingleton earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his residency in general surgery at Temple University Hospital and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, the Society for Thoracic Surgery, and the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.

Dr. Fingleton’s clinical interests include multiple arterial grafting, aortic aneurysm surgery and minimally invasive valve repair and replacement.

Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Frank Sellke, MD, is the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, and is the Karl Karlson and Gloria Karlson Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests include the regulation of microcirculation in health and disease, ischemic injury and inflammation during cardiac surgery, collateral vascular formation, and the use of growth factors and cell therapy to increase blood flow to ischemic tissue.

Sellke received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana, and completed his residency at Indiana University/Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and a fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. A noted clinical cardiothoracic surgeon, researcher and author, Sellke previously served as the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and as the Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Surgeons.
 

Director of Cardiovascular ICU, Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute

Neel R. Sodha, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon and director of cardiovascular ICU at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency and a postdoctoral research fellowship, and served as chief resident in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, Sodha completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency and served as chief resident in cardiac surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Heart Association.

Antony Chu, MD, is the director of complex ablations within the arrhythmia services section of the Cardiovascular Institute and an assistant professor of medicine in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests focus on atrial arrhythmias and their management.

Previously Chu was director of atrial fibrillation at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania, and a clinical faculty member at the Thomas Jefferson University Cardiovascular Division in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Chu received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and completed a cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, as well as in cardiac CT and MRI, and echocardiography.

 
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Nikhil Panda, MD, is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and an assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

Dr. Panda’s clinical research interest include the development of novel ablation techniques for atrial fibrillation. He has expertise in performing procedures in all aspects of clinical electrophysiology, including advanced device implantation, complex ablation such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, and the use of novel technologies. Dr. Panda helped pioneer two multicenter clinical trials, where he is the co-principal investigator, evaluating new ablation strategies for persistent atrial fibrillation. 

Director, Interventional Cardiology

Herbert Aronow, MD, MPH is an interventional cardiologist with expertise in vascular medicine and endovascular intervention. He is the director of interventional cardiology at the Cardiovascular Institute and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratories at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals.

His expertise is in cardiovascular disease, and coronary and vascular intervention. He earned a medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor. He completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Aronow is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a former member of its board of governors, and the current chair of its Peripheral Vascular Disease Section. He is also a fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention and secretary of the Society for Vascular Medicine Board of Trustees.

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Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program

Jinnette Dawn Abbott, MD, is an interventional cardiologist with expertise in cardiac catheterization and coronary and endovascular intervention. She is an associate professor of medicine in the department of medicine and director of the interventional cardiology fellowship training program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Her clinical research program focuses on percutaneous coronary intervention and peripheral arterial disease. She is also an associate editor of the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Abbott received her medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology.

Cardiologist

Douglas M. Burtt, MD, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in consultative cardiology and invasive/interventional catheterization. He is also an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he serves as course director for the cardiac physiology and pathophysiology courses.

Burtt received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York, and completed his residency at Roger Williams General Hospital and Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is an associate fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Rhode Island Medical Society. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

 
Cardiologist

Paul C. Gordon, MD, is a cardiologist and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at The Miriam Hospital, with expertise in consultative cardiology and invasive/interventional catheterization. He is also an associate professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

His research focus is interventional cardiology. Gordon received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York. He completed his residency in internal medicine, a clinical fellowship in cardiology and a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Rhode Island Medical Society. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

 
Cardiologist

Omar Hyder, MD received his medical degree from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University before completing a year of electrophysiology and basic science research at the Cardiovascular Research Center at Rhode Island Hospital. He completed his internal medicine residency and general cardiology fellowship at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. Dr. Hyder enhanced his medical background through fellowships in both interventional and peripheral endovascular medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Hyder’s clinical interests include treatment of complex coronary artery disease, carotid stenting, peripheral vascular interventions, and venous disease. In addition to performing procedures at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, Dr. Hyder also practices at the Cardiovascular Institute’s East Greenwich and East Providence locations.

Cardiologist

Shafiq Tajdin Mamdani, MD, FACC, FSCAI is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in general and interventional cardiology. He is also a clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

Dr. Mamdani received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, completed his residency at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and completed fellowships in vascular medicine and intervention at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts; in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at Yale University School of Medicine; and Yale-New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, Connecticut; and in cardiovascular medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

 
Cardiologist

George R. McKendall, MD, is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in consultative cardiology and invasive/interventional cardiology. He is also an associate professor of medicine in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

McKendall received his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York and completed his residency at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. He completed his general and interventional cardiology fellowships at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology.

 
Cardiologist

Barry L. Sharaf, MD, is an interventional cardiologist and director of the angiographic core laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital. He is also an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research focus is interventional cardiology.

Sharaf received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, completed his residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital, and completed fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Rhode Island Hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and cardiovascular disease.
 

Director, Interventional Vascular Laboratories

Peter A. Soukas, MD, is the director of vascular medicine and the interventional vascular laboratories at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, and specializes in carotid stenting and the treatment of lower extremity disease. He is also an assistant professor of medicine in the department of medicine and director of the vascular and endovascular medicine fellowship program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

He has been a site investigator on over 50 clinical research trials. Soukas received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts; completed his internship and residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and completed cardiology and peripheral vascular medicine fellowships at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts and an interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Vascular Medicine, the Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions, and the American College of Physicians. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine, and endovascular medicine, and is certified in noninvasive vascular lab interpretation.

Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program

Jinnette Dawn Abbott, MD, is an interventional cardiologist with expertise in cardiac catheterization and coronary and endovascular intervention. She is an associate professor of medicine in the department of medicine and director of the interventional cardiology fellowship training program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Her clinical research program focuses on percutaneous coronary intervention and peripheral arterial disease. She is also an associate editor of the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Abbott received her medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology.

Director, Interventional Cardiology

Herbert Aronow, MD, MPH is an interventional cardiologist with expertise in vascular medicine and endovascular intervention. He is the director of interventional cardiology at the Cardiovascular Institute and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratories at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals.

His expertise is in cardiovascular disease, and coronary and vascular intervention. He earned a medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor. He completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Aronow is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a former member of its board of governors, and the current chair of its Peripheral Vascular Disease Section. He is also a fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention and secretary of the Society for Vascular Medicine Board of Trustees.

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Cardiologist

Shafiq Tajdin Mamdani, MD, FACC, FSCAI is a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in general and interventional cardiology. He is also a clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

Dr. Mamdani received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, completed his residency at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and completed fellowships in vascular medicine and intervention at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts; in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at Yale University School of Medicine; and Yale-New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, Connecticut; and in cardiovascular medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

 
Director, Interventional Vascular Laboratories

Peter A. Soukas, MD, is the director of vascular medicine and the interventional vascular laboratories at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, and specializes in carotid stenting and the treatment of lower extremity disease. He is also an assistant professor of medicine in the department of medicine and director of the vascular and endovascular medicine fellowship program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

He has been a site investigator on over 50 clinical research trials. Soukas received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts; completed his internship and residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and completed cardiology and peripheral vascular medicine fellowships at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts and an interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Vascular Medicine, the Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions, and the American College of Physicians. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine, and endovascular medicine, and is certified in noninvasive vascular lab interpretation.

Director, Lipid Clinic and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program

Karen E. Aspry, MD, MS, FNLA, FACC, is a cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in general, invasive, and preventive cardiology. She is director of the lipid clinic and cardiovascular disease prevention program, and has an active practice in the treatment of cholesterol disorders. She is an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is board certified in cardiovascular medicine, internal medicine, nuclear medicine and clinical lipidology.

Dr. Aspry received her medical degree from the University of California Davis School of Medicine, her master’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed her residency and fellowship training at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. She was a senior partner with The Permanente Medical Group of Northern California. She is a member of the National Lipid Association, where she co-chairs the practice management council, a board member of the Northeast Lipid Association, and a member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Her clinical, research and teaching interests are in clinical lipidology and cardiovascular risk reduction.

 

George Charlton, MD is a cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute. His office is located in the Borden Carey Building at Newport Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Health System, followed by a year as an attending hospitalist at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA. He completed fellowships in both general cardiology and preventive cardiology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University with training at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Charlton is board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a diplomate of the National Board of Echocardiography. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Medical Association and the Rhode Island Medical Society.

Medical Director Cardiac Fitness, Collyer Street

Wen-Chih Wu, MD, MPH, director of The Center for Cardiac Fitness, specializes in prevention of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. He is an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University’s School of Public Health. He is also the director of the university’s fellowship program in preventive cardiology. His research interests include preventive cardiology; management of chronic disease such as heart failure and diabetes; and cardiovascular epidemiology and outcomes.

Eirini Apostolidou, MD is a noninvasive cardiologist who is board-certified in internal medicine, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and peripheral vascular imaging. She received her medical degree from the Medical School of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, before moving to the United States to work as a research associate at the Interventional Vascular Therapy Research Unit at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia before moving to Providence to complete a cardiology fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Apostolidou received her master’s degree in clinical and translational research through the Brown University School of Public Health. She joined the Cardiovascular Institute to work in noninvasive cardiology and contribute to both inpatient and outpatient cardiac services at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. Dr. Apostolidou serves as an assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she contributes to the cardiac imaging program, the teaching of residents and fellows, and the heart failure readmission program.

Director, Cardiovascular Institute

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, FASE, is the director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals, as well as an affiliated physician at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She specializes in valvular heart disease, heart disease in women, and echocardiography and heart disease in pregnancy.

She received a bachelor of science from Brown University and a doctor of medicine from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Poppas completed her residencies in internal medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and in cardiovascular medicine at University of Chicago Hospitals. Poppas is an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a board member of the Women’s Health Council of Rhode Island. Poppas is a fellow and board trustee of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). 

She has national leadership roles, volunteering on a number of committees including the ACC Clinical Quality Steering Committee, ACC Cardiometabolic Strategic Work Group and chairs the American Society of Echocardiography Ethics Committee. Poppas focuses her research on echocardiography and also the various facets of heart disease in women. She has a special interest in peripartum cardiomyopathy. 

Poppas has presented and published internationally on topics such as cardiovascular properties in normal pregnancy, 3D and stress echocardiography, and the role of echocardiography in new technologies. She is fluent in English and Greek.

 
Patricia Shea Leary, MSN, NP
Nurse Practitioner

Patricia Shea Leary, MSN, NP, specializes in gender-specific aspects of cardiovascular disease, women and heart disease, congestive heart failure, hypertensive disease, and lipid management.