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Center For Advanced Heart Failure Affiliated Team

The team of affiliated doctors at the Memorial Hermann Center for Advanced Heart Failure are some of the best in the nation at diagnosing and treating complex heart conditions that require advanced treatment.

Surgical Division

Igor Gregoric Igor D. Gregoric, M.D., FACC
Chief and Program Director, Surgical Division, Center for Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiopulmonary Support and Transplantation Program, Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-TMC
Professor, Program of Advanced Heart Failure, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Director of Research - Center for Advanced Heart Failure
 
Medical School: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
General Surgery Residency: McGovern Medical School
Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency: Texas Heart Institute
Fellowship: Vascular Surgery at Texas Heart Institute
Specialty Interests: Heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support (acute and chronic), surgical treatment of advanced heart failure, minimally invasive and robotic cardiothoracic surgery, TAVR, arrhythmia surgery, pulmonary embolectomy surgery
   
Manish Patel 

Manish K. Patel, M.D.
Associate Chief, Surgical Division, Center for Advanced Heart Failure
Assistant Professor, Program of Advanced Heart Failure, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Medical School: Pramukhswami Medical College, Gujarat, India
Residency: Thoracic Surgery at Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine
Fellowship: Thoracic Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Texas Heart Institute
Specialty Interests: Thoracic transplant and mechanical circulatory support, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, transcatheter aortic valve implantation, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, peripheral vascular surgery

   
Akay M. Hakan Akay, M.D.

Visiting Associate Professor, Program of Advanced Heart Failure, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
 
Medical School: University of Istanbul, Cerrahpasa Medical School

General Surgery Residency: Baylor College of Medicine
Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency: Texas Heart Institute
Fellowship: Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support
at Texas Heart Institute
Specialty Interests: Heart transplant, mechanical circulatory
support, minimally invasive valve surgery, robotic surgery
   
Keshava Rajagopal, MD Keshava Rajagopal, M.D., PHD

Assistant Professor, Surgical Director of Lung Transplant, Center for Advanced Heart Failor, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Medical School: University of Chicago
Residency: Duke University Medical center
   
Dr. Jayesh Patel Jayesh Patel, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Program of Advanced Heart Failure, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
 
Medical School: University of Zambia
Residency: Wayne State University and North Oakland Medical Centers
Fellowship: McGovern Medical School 

Medical Division

Dr Kar Biswajit Biswajit Kar, M.D.
Chief and Program Director, Medical Division, Center for Advanced Heart Failure, Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-TMC
Professor, Program of Advanced Heart Failure, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
 
Medical School: Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute
Fellowship: Texas Heart Institute and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Specialty Interests: Advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical assist devices, high-risk coronary interventions, structural heart disease, cardiogenic shock
   
Dr. Pranev Loyalka Pranav Loyalka, M.D.
Associate Chief, Medical Division, Center for Advanced Heart Failure, Memorial Hermann
Heart & Vascular Institute-TMC

Associate Professor, Program of Advanced Heart Failure
 
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University

Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia
Residency: Tulane University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Specialty Interests: Interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and transplant, high-risk angioplasty, congenital heart disease, structural heart disease, cardiac transplantation, mechanical assist devices
   
Elizabeth Volz. MD Elizabeth Volz, M.D.
Center for Advanced Cardiology
Assistant Professor
Interventional Cardiology
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
McGovern Medical School of UTHealth

 
Medical School: University of New York
Residency: Univeristy of Pittsburgh

   
Marwan Jumean, MD Marwan Jumean, M.D.
Assistant Professor Internal Medicine, Center for Advanced Heart Failure, Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute- TMC, McGovern Medical School of UTHealth

 
Medical School: University of Jordan Medical School
Residency: Tufts-New England Medical Center

   
Imran Dar. MD Imran Dar, M.D.
Center for Advanced Cardiology
Assistant Professor
Interventional Cardiology
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
McGovern Medical School of UTHealth

 
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Texas at Houston- Cardiology, West Virginia University School of Medicine
Fellowship:West Virginia School of Medicine

   
Rajiv Goswami, DO Rajiv Goswami, D.O.
Center for Advanced Cardiology
Assistant Professor
Interventional Cardiology
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
McGovern Medical School of UTHealth

Medical School:
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1999
Internship & Residency: Lenox Hill Hospital, GME, 2002
Fellowship: Lenox Hill Hospital, GME 2006, St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center, 20016, Methodist Hospital of Houston, 2015
   
Ankit Mehra, MD Ankit Mehra, M.D.
Center for Advanced Cardiology
Assistant Professor
Interventional Cardiology
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
McGovern Medical School of UTHealth

 
Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, 2003
Internship & Residency: University of Missouri at Columbia- Internal Medicine, 2011
Fellowship: University of Missouri at Columbia- Cardiovascular Medicine, 2014
University of Alabama at Birmingham- GME, 2015

   
Sriram Nathan, MD Sriram Nathan, M.D.
Director of Cardiogenic Shock for the Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiopulmonary Support and Transplantation Program at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-TMC
Assistant Professor, Program of Advanced Heart Failure, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth


Medical School: Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
Residency: University Hospital and Clinics, Columbia, Mo.
Fellowship: University Hospital and Clinics, Columbia, Mo.
Specialty Interests: Interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, angioplasty, cardiogenic shock, invasive hemodynamics in structural heart disease, mechanical assist devices.

   
Bindu Akkanti, MD Bindu Akkanti, M.D.

Assistant Professor at Mcgovern Medical of UTHealth
Pulmonologist at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute- TMC
 
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School, 2004
Internships & Residency: Boston Univeristy - Pulmonary and Critical Care 2011

   
Rahat Hussain, MD Rahat Hussain, M.D.
Assistant Professor at Mcgovern Medical of UTHealth
Pulmonologist at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute- TMC

Medical School:
Dow Medical College
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine 
   
Soma Jyothula, MD Soma Jyothula, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Medical Director of Lung Transplantation, Center for Advanced Heart Failure, McGovern Medical School of UTHealth

Medical School: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 2001
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine - Pulmonary and Critical Care, 2010
   
Soma Jyothula, MD Dr. Brian Walton, M.D.
Associate Professor at Mcgovern Medical of UTHealth
Cardiovascular Disease Specialist

Medical School: University of Kansas at Kansas City, 1997
Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital Washington University St. Louis, Missouri
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine - Internal Medicine, 2003
                    Baylor College of Medicine - Cardiology, 2004
Specialty Interests: Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology