Meet the Cardiovascular Institute Team

Director, Cardiovascular Imaging

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.

Cardiologist

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, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals

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

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.

Director, Inpatient Cardiology Services

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.

Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Newport Hospital

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.

Interim Medical Director, Electrophysiology

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, Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

Cardiologist

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.

Cardiologist

Sebhat Erqou, MD, PhD, is a cardiologist at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. His research areas include preventive cardiology with a focus on cardiovascular disease risk factors, racial differences in outcomes, and the link between HIV and heart disease.

Dr. Erqou has been honored with the Young Investigator Award three times by the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the Ethiopian Public Health Society and the American Medical Association.

Medical Director, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Newport Hospital

Samuel Evans, MD received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his residency and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. He is board certified in pulmonary and internal medicine.

Dr. Evans has interest and expertise in a wide range of pulmonary disorders, including airway problems (asthma and COPD), pleural conditions, lung cancer, shortness of breath, pulmonary vascular disease, sleep disorders, pulmonary fibrosis, occupational lung disease and diaphragm dysfunction. His procedural capabilities include bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, and pleural catheter placement.

Cardiologist

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.

Interventional 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. Dr. 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

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.

Cardiologist

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.

Interventional 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

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.

Cardiologist

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.

    
Cardiologist

Jon K. Lambrecht, MD, FACC, is a board-certified cardiologist at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals. He has a clinical interest in congestive heart failure and echocardiography.  He has developed an expertise in clinical cardiology during 25 years of practice. He received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Dr. Lambrecht completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Roger Williams Hospital. He completed fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology through the Brown Integrated Hospital Program. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Director, Heart Failure Program

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

Christopher J. Luttmann, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island, The Miriam, and Newport hospitals. He has particular expertise in the direct evaluation and management of patients with cardiovascular disease through over 30 years of experience. He earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University of Albany in New York.

Dr. Luttman completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia and a fellowship in cardiology through the Brown University Integrated Hospitals Program. He was an assistant clinical professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for over 20 years. He has been listed as one of “Rhode Island’s Top Docs” by Rhode Island Monthly on multiple occasions.

Interventional 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.

Interventional 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

Andrew A. Nowak, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals. He earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. He specializes in noninvasive diagnostic cardiac imaging and consultative cardiology.

Dr. Nowak completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at UMASS Medical Center and a fellowship in cardiology through the Brown University combined program.

Electrophysiologist/Cardiologist

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, Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute; Director, Echocardiography

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.

Cardiologist

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 and Clinical Cardiology Fellowship Program

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.  

Cardiologist

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/Harvard Medical 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.

Director of the Angiographic Core Laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital

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.

Dr. 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.
 

Cardiologist

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.

Cardiologist

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.
 

Electrophysiologist/Cardiologist

Cao Tach Tran, MD, PhD, is a physician at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. He earned his medical and doctoral degree at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and completed his residency at the North Shore University Hospital at Hofstra North Shore School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in general cardiology at the University of South Alabama and a fellowship in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Tran’s academic interests include sudden cardiac death, potassium dynamics, and mechanisms of arrhythmias with special focus on modulators of cardiac repolarization.  He has taught several courses in anatomy, physiology, and evidence-based medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Danish Medical Association, and Danish Society of Cardiology.

Cardiologist

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.

Electrophysiologist/Cardiologist

Michael Wu, MD, is a cardiologist at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at North Shore University Hospital at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. He also completed a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Wu works in academic cardiac electrophysiology and performs procedures at the Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation, The Miriam Hospital

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.

Cardiologist

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.

Cardiologist

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.

Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Newport Hospital

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, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Newport Hospital

Samuel Evans, MD received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his residency and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. He is board certified in pulmonary and internal medicine.

Dr. Evans has interest and expertise in a wide range of pulmonary disorders, including airway problems (asthma and COPD), pleural conditions, lung cancer, shortness of breath, pulmonary vascular disease, sleep disorders, pulmonary fibrosis, occupational lung disease and diaphragm dysfunction. His procedural capabilities include bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, and pleural catheter placement.

Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation, The Miriam Hospital

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.

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.

Director, Nuclear Cardiology and Clinical Cardiology Fellowship Program

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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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.

Interim Medical Director, Electrophysiology

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, Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

Electrophysiologist/Cardiologist

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. 

Electrophysiologist/Cardiologist

Cao Tach Tran, MD, PhD, is a physician at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. He earned his medical and doctoral degree at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and completed his residency at the North Shore University Hospital at Hofstra North Shore School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in general cardiology at the University of South Alabama and a fellowship in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Tran’s academic interests include sudden cardiac death, potassium dynamics, and mechanisms of arrhythmias with special focus on modulators of cardiac repolarization.  He has taught several courses in anatomy, physiology, and evidence-based medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Danish Medical Association, and Danish Society of Cardiology.

Electrophysiologist/Cardiologist

Michael Wu, MD, is a cardiologist at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at North Shore University Hospital at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. He also completed a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Wu works in academic cardiac electrophysiology and performs procedures at the Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Director, Interventional Cardiology, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals

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.

Director, Inpatient Cardiology Services

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.

Interventional 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. Dr. 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.

Interventional 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.

Interventional 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.

Interventional 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.

Director of the Angiographic Core Laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital

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.

Dr. 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, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals

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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Interventional 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.

Interventional 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.

Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Newport Hospital

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 Rehabilitation, The Miriam Hospital

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.

Interventional 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. Dr. 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.

Director of the Angiographic Core Laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital

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.

Dr. 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.
 

Cardiologist

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, 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

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.

Ashley Arnold, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CEN
Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Arnold, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CEN, is a member of the invasive cardiology advanced practice provider team at The Miriam Hospital cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories. She graduated cum laude from Rhode Island College with a bachelor of science in nursing in 2012, and completed the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Rhode Island College in 2017. She started her nursing career at The Miriam Hospital on an inpatient telemetry unit. She later transitioned to the emergency department for four years while obtaining her master of science in nursing. 

While in the emergency department, Ashley served as a clinical mentor, preceptor, and charge nurse.  She was an active member of the emergency department unit council. Ashley organized a group of emergency department nurses to travel to Haiti to volunteer in a Haitian medical clinic in 2015.  She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She joined the American College of Cardiology in August of 2017 and serves on the cardiovascular team committee for Rhode Island.

Roxann Auteri-Pereira, RN, MSN, APRN, CCRN
Nurse Practitioner

Roxann Auteri-Pereira, RN, MSN, APRN, CCRN, is a cardiac nurse practitioner at Rhode Island Hospital. She earned her bachelor of science in health service and social sciences from Roger Williams University and her master of science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She teaches physical assessment to nursing students at the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Andrea Barrett, PA
Physician Assistant

Andrea Barrett, PA, is the lead physician assistant on The Miriam Hospital’s coronary care unit. She manages a team of six and serves as the communications liaison to upper administration. She earned her bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She specializes in myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and cardiac dysrhythmia. 

Andrew Beach, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Andrew Beach, PA-C, is a physician assistant at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. He received his bachelor of science in biology from the University of New Hampshire and his master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Wake Forest University. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the American College of Cardiology.

Kristin Beauregard, RN, MSN, AGACNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Kristin Beauregard, RN, MSN, AGACNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner in the interventional cardiology unit at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. She has nursing experience at Rhode Island, The Miriam, and Newport hospitals in various departments. She received her bachelor and master of science in nursing degrees from Rhode Island College.

Lisa A. Bonin, NP
Nurse Practitioner

Lisa A. Bonin, NP, is a nurse practitioner in the cardiology department at The Miriam Hospital. She has previous experience as a nurse practitioner in surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and in the critical care unit at The Miriam. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Rhode Island College and her master of science from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth.

Emily Brown, MSN, ACNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Emily Brown, MSN, ACNP-BC, is an acute care nurse practitioner in the Intermediate Coronary Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital. She received her bachelor of science in biology from Salve Regina University in Newport and her master of science in nursing from Northeastern University in Boston. She is a member of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Rhode Island, and the American College of Cardiology.

Leanne M. Burke, MSN, APRN-CNP, ANP-BC
Manager, Inpatient Cardiology Advanced Practice Providers

Leanne M. Burke, MSN, APRN-CNP, ANP-BC, is the manager for all inpatient cardiology advance practice providers at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. She is the lead advanced practice provider in The Miriam Hospital Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratories. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College and her master’s degree in nursing sciences from Simmons College. She is the cardiovascular team state liaison for the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

Raymond Cord, MHP, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Raymond Cord, MHP, PA-C, is a physician assistant specializing in cardiothoracic surgery and critical care. He joined the cardiac surgery program in 1995 at The Miriam Hospital and moved to Rhode Island Hospital in 2010. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Johnson & Wales University Physician Assistant Program.

Raymond completed his degree and training through Northeastern University in Boston, Worcester State University, and University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He has a broad range of experience in both internal medicine and the surgical specialties. He has been active for over 25 years with the Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants and was recently elected president for the third time. He has been recognized as a distinguished fellow by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Andrea Connors, MSN, APRN-CNP, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Andrea Connors, MSN, APRN-CNP, FNP-BC, obtained her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Rhode Island and earned a master of science in nursing in the field of family nurse practitioner.  During her graduate studies, Andrea developed a program concentrating on yoga and its impact on cardiac health, and it was during that time that she developed her passion for cardiology. 

Andrea has worked at The Miriam Hospital for 31 years.  She was a critical care nurse for over 20 years working with medical-surgical and cardiothoracic patients.   Andrea currently works in the cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories as well as the Procedural Care Unit at The Miriam Hospital as the lead nurse practitioner for the Invasive Cardiac Specialist team.  Andrea also served as adjunct clinical professor for undergraduate nursing students at Rhode Island College.   She joined the American College of Cardiology Rhode Island State Chapter in 2016 and is an active member on the Cardiovascular Team Committee.

Adam D. Cowell, MS, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Adam D. Cowell, MS, PA-C, is a physician assistant in the cardiovascular surgery department at Rhode Island Hospital. He received his bachelor of science degree from Springfield College and his master of science from Quinnipiac University. Before joining the cardiovascular surgery department, he worked as a physician assistant on the intermediate coronary care unit in the cardiology department. He joined the CT surgery team in 2015 where he shares responsibilities on both the ICTU and the OR. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Renee David, MSN, APRN
Chief of Advanced Practice Providers, Cardiac Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital

Renee David, MSN, APRN, is chief of advanced practice providers and a critical care nurse practitioner in the cardiac surgery department at Rhode Island Hospital. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Rhode Island College for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rhode Island College and her master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. She has a background in administration, critical care, urgent care, education and management.

Michael A. Dow, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Michael A. Dow, PA-C, is a physician assistant at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. He earned his bachelor of science in physician assistant studies from Rutgers University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and completed his postgraduate PA surgical residency program at Norwalk Hospital with Yale University School of Medicine. Previously, Dow has worked in the Coronary Care Unit at The Miriam Hospital.

Sherrye L. Durante, MS, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Sherrye L. Durante, MS, FNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Rhode Island College and her master of science from the University of Rhode Island. She has had many years of experience at Rhode Island Hospital, working in the emergency department, the cardiac catheterization lab, and in peri-operative services. She is also an adjunct professor of nursing at the University of Rhode Island.  She is a member of the local American College of Cardiology chapter, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Rhode Island and a Sigma Theta Tau inductee.

William S. Elias, PA
Physician Assistant

William S. Elias, PA, is a physician assistant in cardiac surgery at Lifespan. He received his bachelor of science in biology from Elon University in North Carolina and his master’s in physician assistant studies from Bryant University in Smithfield. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Rhode Island Medical Society and the Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants.

Susan P. Emaus, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Susan P. Emaus, PA-C, received her bachelor of science degree from Susquehanna University before attending University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program.  She has worked in the Miriam Hospital in both the inpatient setting in cardiology and now in the outpatient clinics specializing in electrophysiology. She sees patients in follow-up post device implants and ablation procedures. Susan is board certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician’s Assistants.

Laurel A. Gay, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Laurel A. Gay, PA-C, received her bachelor of science degree from Northeastern University before attending Yale School of Medicine's Physician Associate Program. She completed a two-year postgraduate physician assistant fellowship in cardiology in Hartford, where she remained as a physician assistant for many years until joining Lifespan in 2008. She worked in the Coronary Care Unit at The Miriam and the Intermediate Coronary Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital before joining Lifespan’s Cardiovascular Institute office in East Providence. Her interests include preventive cardiology, heart failure, and women's health. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American College of Cardiology and is board certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician’s Assistants.

Alyssa Gellerman, MSN, APRN-CNP, ACNP-BC
Lead Nurse Practitioner, ICCU, Rhode Island Hospital

Alyssa Gellerman, MSN, APRN-CNP, ACNP-BC, is the lead nurse practitioner in the intermediate coronary care unit at Rhode Island Hospital. She has previously worked at The Miriam Hospital in the cardiology department. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in nursing from the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Rhode Island and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Rebecca Ginsburg, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Rebecca Ginsburg, PA-C, is a physician assistant in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. She has experience in general medical and surgical care, cardiac critical care and hospital medicine. She received her master’s degree in health science from George Washington University. Ginsburg specializes in internal medicine, cardiology and critical care. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants.

Anne Goldstein Silbert, MS, AGACNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Anne Goldstein Silbert, MS, AGACNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner at Rhode Island Hospital. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Drexel University and her master’s degree in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Northeastern University. She specializes in adult gerontology and is currently lead heart failure nurse practitioner at Rhode Island Hospital.

Karen A. Hayden, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, CVN, CCDS
Nurse Practitioner

Karen A. Hayden, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, CVN, CCDS, graduated from Rhode Island College in 1979 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing, and received her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2001. Her nursing experience includes coronary intensive care, cardiac catheterization lab and vascular nursing.  She has experience in electrophysiology and the care of cardiac device and arrhythmia patients. 

Hayden is an adult nurse practitioner and a vascular nurse, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also a cardiac device specialist, certified by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners.  She is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Society for Vascular Nursing.

Kimberly A. Iannotti, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Kimberly A. Iannotti, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner with Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rhode Island College, where she graduated with honors. She has been employed by Lifespan for many years, gaining experience in the anesthesiology department and in the critical care unit. She specializes in adult gerontology. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Rhode Island.

Donna Iddings, PA
Physician Assistant

Donna Iddings, PA, graduated from Cornell University Medical College in 1994, and has been working in cardiac surgery for 24 years in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She has experience in operating room and first assist, and is proficient in open and endoscopic vein and artery harvest, decannulation, chest closure, and patient pre- and post-operative care. She is certified in advanced cardiac life support and basic life support.

Dawn M. Jenison, MS, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Dawn M. Jenison, MS, PA-C, is a physician assistant in the cardiovascular surgery department at Rhode Island Hospital. She received her bachelor of science from the University of Rhode Island and her master of science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Seton Hall Medical University.

Dawn is a senior staff member and has more than 18 years of experience in the field of cardiac surgery. She has been employed with Lifespan for 15 years, and has prior experience in the cardiac catheterization lab at The Miriam Hospital. She is knowledgeable in an array of cardiac services, including critical care management and operating room coverage. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery.

Leslie A. Kenney, RNP
Nurse Practitioner

Leslie A. Kenney, RNP, is a nurse practitioner in the structural heart clinic within the cardiovascular institute. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Northeastern University in Boston, and her master of science in nursing administration and postgraduate certificate from the University of Rhode Island. She had previously worked at the cardiology specialty care center at Coastal Medical and Rhode Island Hospital in the post-anesthesia care unit, the vascular intervention radiology department and the surgical intensive care unit.

Stacey Lazar, MSN, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Stacey Lazar, MSN, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC, is an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner in the Intermediate Coronary Care Unit at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. She received her bachelor of science in nursing and her master’s degree in acute care nurse practice from the University of Rhode Island. Lazar has previous experience in the cardiothoracic surgery and emergency departments at Rhode Island Hospital, and the Medical Intensive Care Unit at The Miriam Hospital. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Rhode Island.

Jessica Lussier, AGACNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Jessica Lussier, AGACNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner at Rhode Island Hospital. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing and her master of science in nursing from Rhode Island College and spent 15 years as a nurse practitioner at The Miriam Hospital, where she specialized in cardiology. While at The Miriam, Lussier was recognized with the Jaffe Award for Nursing Excellence.

Sharon A. McLimins, FNP-ACNP
Nurse Practitioner

Sharon A. McLimins, FNP-ACNP, is a nurse practitioner at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. She received her master of science in nursing from the State University of New York. She received her nurse practitioner certification from The University of Rhode Island in both family and acute care specialties.

Darryk J. Modracek, MS, PA-C
Chief Physician Assistant/Advanced Practice Providers, Cardiac Surgery Service at Rhode Island Hospital

Darryk J. Modracek, MS, PA-C, has been a physician assistant in cardiac surgery for 18 years, and was named chief physician assistant of cardiac surgical services at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute in 2014. He has experience in both the operating room and in the cardiac surgical intensive care unit, and he specialized in critical care management of cardiac surgery patients. He obtained his master’s degree from Finch University/The Chicago Medical School. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery, and the Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants.

Regina B. Monteiro, MSN, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Regina B. Monteiro, MSN, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner in the Intermediate Coronary Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital. She received her bachelor of science in nursing and her master of science in nursing in adult gerontology acute care from the University of Rhode Island. She has previous experience at Rhode Island Hospital in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the hematology/oncology unit. Her clinical interests include pulmonary hypertension and advanced heart failure. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology and Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Rhode Island.

Ariane M. Myrtle, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Ariane M. Myrtle, PA-C, is a physician assistant in the cardiac surgery department of Rhode Island Hospital. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health science from Quinnipiac University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of the Academy of Physician Assistants.

Ryan O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, FAPACVS
Physician Assistant

Ryan O’Gowan, MBA, PA-C, FCCM, FAPACVS, is a physician assistant with Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. He graduated from Springfield College’s Physician Assistant Program in 2000 and earned his MBA from the University of Massachusetts. He has practiced cardiothoracic surgery and surgical critical care.. His research interests include the use of procedural ultrasound in central venous catheter placement, health care contract negotiation, and the optimal use of physician assistants in a multidisciplinary critical care environment. His work on these topics has been published in scientific journals and book chapters. He is the president of the Northeast chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and a board member of the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery.

Kathryn Pack, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Kathryn Pack, ANP-BC, is a cardiology nurse practitioner at The Miriam Hospital. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Oklahoma, and her master of science from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is certified as an adult nurse practitioner through the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She is also certified in advanced cardiac life support and basic life support.

Alexandra Poll, PA-C, MSPAS
Physician Assistant
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Alexandra Poll, PA-C, MSPAS, is a physician assistant at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute in the Intermediate Coronary Care Unit, and in Inpatient Advanced Heart Failure Service at Rhode Island Hospital. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Stony Brook University and completed the Bryant University Physician Assistant Program with honors. She is a member of the American Academy of Cardiology.

Joanne E. Roditakis, APRN-CNP, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Joanne E. Roditakis, APRN-CNP, FNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and her master’s degree from Rivier College. She has ten years of experience in cardiac surgery at The Miriam Hospital and in 2010 transitioned to the electrophysiology and catheterization lab at The Miriam Hospital.

Lauren Rousseau, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Lauren Rousseau, MPAS, PA-C, is a physician assistant at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals in the cardiac electrophysiology department and teaching associate of medicine at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. She cares for patients preoperatively and postoperatively and assists in procedures in the electrophysiology lab including cardiac device implantations, cardiac ablations, and electrophysiology studies.

She received her bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine and health sciences and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University in Boston. She is an active member of the Rhode Island Society of Physician Assistants, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Indira Sadhu, PA-C, MPH, MCMS
Physician Assistant

Indira Sadhu, PA-C, MPH, MCMS, is a physician assistant in the intermediate coronary care unit at Rhode Island Hospital. She obtained a bachelor of science in biology from Springfield College and a master of public health in epidemiology from Drexel University, where she completed research exploring cardiometabolic complications in patients with dementia. After working as a research associate at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, she pursued a master of clinical medical science and a physician assistant certificate at Barry University.

She is currently on the board of directors for the Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants and has also been a cardiovascular team member in the American College of Cardiology for over one year. In this time she attended an ACC legislative conference and worked to expand areas of clinical practice for CVT members in cardiovascular medicine. She now looks forward to working with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and serving as part of the Cardiovascular Team Education Committee.

Manju Sharma, NP
Nurse Practitioner

Manju Sharma, NP, is a nurse practitioner at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of Jodhpur in India and her master of science from Northeastern University in Boston. She has been a lead nurse practitioner at The Miriam Hospital, where she has led a team of nine nurse practitioners since 2002.

Laura Shays, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner

Laura Shays, MSN, RN, FNP-C, is a nurse practitioner at The Miriam Hospital. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Quinsigamond Community College and her master of science in nursing from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is part of the cardiology and coronary care unit care teams at The Miriam. She is certified in first aid, CPR, advanced cardiac life support and basic life support. 

Patricia Shea Leary, RNP-C
Nurse Practitioner

Patricia Shea Leary, RNP-C, obtained her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island and her master of science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. After obtaining her APRN certification with a focus in cardiovascular care, Leary worked in several outpatient cardiology practices including Blackstone Cardiology and the Women's Cardiac Center at The Miriam Hospital. Additionally, she provided cardiac care in the Heart Failure Transitions Program for two years and currently provides acute cardiac care as part of a cardiology hospitalist APP team. 

Leary's areas of interest include women's cardiovascular health and heart failure. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, Preventative Cardiology Nurses Association and the Heart Failure Society of America.

Elizabeth Snider, MS, APRN, ACNP, ANP
Nurse Practitioner

Elizabeth Snider, MS, APRN, ACNP, ANP, is a cardiology nurse practitioner at The Miriam Hospital. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Southern Maine and her master of science in acute care from Northeastern University. She is certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Luzviminda Souness, PA-C, MS
Physician Assistant

Luzviminda Souness, PA-C, MS, is a physician assistant at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. She gained experience in cardiothoracic surgery and diagnostic imaging at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals beginning in 1997. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from Providence College and her master of science in physician assistant studies from the University of Iowa.

Eric G. Swanson, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Eric G. Swanson, PA-C, is a physician assistant in the cardiovascular surgery department at Rhode Island Hospital. He received his degree  from the Surgical Physician Assistant Program at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Eric is a senior staff member and has more than 37 years of experience in the field of cardiac surgery.  He has been employed with Lifespan for 33 years. Eric is knowledgeable in an array of cardiac services, including critical care management and operating room coverage.

Lauren M. Swegle, MHS, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Lauren M. Swegle, MHS, PA-C, is a physician assistant at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. She received her bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin and her master of health sciences from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She was given the Tina Lopopolo Memorial Rotation Award in 2016 by Drexel University for clinical excellence and demonstrating leadership and values that reflect the program’s mission statement.

Elizabeth Worden, MPA, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Elizabeth Worden, MPA, PA-C, has been a physician assistant in cardiac surgery for 22 years. She joined Rhode Island Hospital as a senior surgical staff member in 2005. She is knowledgeable in critical care management of surgical patients but specializes in intra-operative surgical assisting. She has experience in minimally invasive cardiac techniques and was one of the early developers of endoscopic vessel harvesting. She received her bachelor of science degree from University of Oregon and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Duquesne University.