DIVISION OF CARDIOLOGY
Professor and Director The mission of the Cardiology Division is to provide
Arthur J. Labovitz, M.D. excellence in three major areas: clinical care of the
patient with cardiovascular disease, education, and
Professor research. The faculty members of the Division of
Preben Bjerregaard, M.D. Cardiology and the dozens of staff who support their
Bernard R. Chaitman, M.D. activities have a tradition of excellence in all three areas.
Jerome Cohen, M.D. Cardiovascular services at Saint Louis University
Paul Hauptman, M.D. Hospital continue to be rated highly both locally as well
as nationally. A higher percentage of attending
Professor Emeritus cardiologists at Saint Louis University are listed as St.
Stephen Ayres, M.D. Arthur J. Labovitz Louis’ top doctors than any other group in the region.
Kenneth Walter, M.D.
Robert Wiens, M.D. The Cardiology Division of Saint Louis University provides state-of-the-art
clinical services in all aspects of cardiovascular care. There are currently
Clinical Professor approximately 25 active research projects ongoing in the Division including
Emeritus multiple key studies funded by the NIH and industry. The research activities in the
James Janney, M.D. Division of Cardiology are focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and long-term
William Hamilton, M.D. therapeutic options for the management of cardiovascular disease including
John Nuetzel, M.D. arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, ischemic and
nonischemic cardiovascular diseases. The Division prides itself in maintaining a
Clinical Professor top rated cardiology fellowship training program, as well as subspecialty training
Ali Mehdirad, M.D. in interventional cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. The physician
Hanumanth Reddy, M.D. faculty enjoy an outstanding reputation both locally and nationally and our
Martin Schwarze, D.O. program for training cardiologists, residents, and medical students is secondary to
Richard B. Whiting, M.D. none.
Associate Professor In order to more optimally provide cardiovascular clinical services to the
Denise Janosik, M.D. community, the Cardiology Division maintains outpatient offices not only at the
Alan Maniet, D.O. Doctors’ Office Building on the Saint Louis University Hospital campus, but
Lisa Schiller, M.D. offices throughout the region. The Division of Cardiology maintains a 10,000+
Megumi Taniuchi, Ph.D., M.D. square foot suite at the University Club Tower Office Building on Brentwood
Boulevard in Clayton, Missouri. Fully staffed by technicians, nurses and
Associate Research physicians this facility provides a full range of cardiovascular services including
Professor radionuclide myocardial perfusion stress testing, Doppler echocardiographic
Melda Dolan, M.D. capabilities, arrhythmias and device monitoring, among other services. Over 8,000
patients per year are seen in this facility. In addition, faculty also maintain
practices at the Des Peres Medical Office Building as well as Alton, Illinois.
Adjunct Associate Outpatient testing includes echo-cardiographic rest and stress studies, as well as
Professor diagnostic cardiac catheterization are also available at the Des Peres site.
Ali Salimi, M.D. Providing ease of access of patients into the medical system has always been one
Gene Fioretti, M.D. of the goals of the Cardiology Division. This has been realized in the development
of two outpatient cardiac catheterization laboratories, one at the Des Peres
Emeritus Associate Hospital complex and the other state-of-the-art facility recently opened in the
Clinical Professor West Pavilion of TenetCare outpatient facility. This cutting edge cardiac
Manfred Thurmann, M.D. catheterization laboratory allows for a complete diagnostic study in which patients
are able to undergo testing and go home in many cases after just a few hours.
DIVISION OF CARDIOLOGY
In the area of education, the Division’s fellowship training program is nationally Associate Clinical
renowned. The Division of Cardiology trains four fellows per year in the basic 3 Professor
year program from an applicant pool of over 1,000 residents annually. In Donald Bussmann, M.D.
addition, the Cardiology Division maintains an active advanced fellowship Jon Cooksey, M.D.
training program in both electrophysiology and interventional cardiology. Each of Carey Fredman, M.D.
these programs has received full ACGME approval in the recent accreditation Frank Gafford, M.D.
cycle. The attending faculty of the Cardiology Division are quite active in the Paul Gibson, M.D.
teaching of residents. The Division maintains several inpatient cardiology services Randy Johnson, M.D.
including the coronary care unit, the consult team, and the inpatient telemetry unit. Robert Potashnick, M.D.
Residents as well as medical students rotate through these services year round. Richard Stewart, M.D.
Additional residents and students continue to electively rotate in other areas of
cardiology including the cardiac catheterization laboratory, the echo laboratory, as Assistant Professor
well as the electrophysiological and heart failure services. The Cardiology Frank L. Bleyer, M.D.
Division maintains an active conference schedule with early morning or noon time Michael Lim, M.D.
conferences occurring on a daily basis with ACGME accreditation. The faculty of Mark Richards, Ph.D., M.D.
the Cardiology Division takes great pride in its teaching efforts, having been
designated the best teaching division in the Department of Internal Medicine as Adjunct Assistant
voted by the medical residents in 2 of the past 4 years. Professor
Bruce Czarnik, M.D.
In the area of research, the Cardiology Division at Saint Louis University Karen Stocke, M.B.A.
continues to be recognized on a national and international level. Both the
electrocardiographic and echocardiographic core labs of the Cardiology Division Adjunct Assistant
continue to participate in important studies focused on prevention and treatment of Research Professor
coronary artery disease, hyperlipdemia, hypertension, cardioembolic stroke, Marie Watanabe, Ph.D., M.D.
congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation and intracardiac devices, to name a few.
Additional research in the assessment of coronary flow, cardiac imaging and Emeritus Assistant
antithrombotic therapy provide additional exciting areas for future research. Clinical Professor
David Gardner, D.O.
The Cardiology Division at Saint Louis University takes great pride in its
outstanding performance in clinical care, education and research. Assistant Clinical
Naseer, Ahmad, M.D.
HONORS AND RECOGNITION Bassam Al-Joundi, M.D.
Tammam Al-Joundi, M.D.
Frank L. Bleyer, M.D. Nizar Assi, M.D.
Best Doctors in America Martin Ast, M.D.
Elie Azrak, M.D.
Preben Bjerregaard, M.D. Saad Bitar, M.D.
The Best Doctors in America Thomas Cahill, M.D.
Duck Chun, M.D.
Bernard Chaitman, M.D. James Davis, M.D.
Best Doctors in America Bulent Dincer, M.D.
Chair, ECG Section of the European Society of Cardiology Task Force Amr El-Shafei, M.D.
Visiting Professor, Texas Heart Center, Baylor College of Medicine Lenoard Fagan, M.D.
Gregory Gabliani, M.D.
Paul J. Hauptman, M.D. Mary Gamache, M.D.
Best Doctors in America David Harshmann, M.D.
Sultan Hayat, M.D.
Denise L. Janosik, M.D. John Hogan, M.D.
Best Doctors in America
DIVISION OF CARDIOLOGY
Assistant Clinical Arthur J. Labovitz, M.D.
Professor American Heart Association’s 2007 Hugh McCulloch Award
Raffi Krikorian, M.D. Best Doctors in America
Mark Lewen, D.O. Immediate Past-President, American Heart Association, Greater St. Louis
Timothy Martin, M.D. Immediate Past-President, National Board of Echocardiography
Leslie Mezei, M.D.
Walter Parham, M.D. Michael J. Lim, M.D.
Antonio Penilla, M.D. Best Doctors in America
Khalid Qayum, M.D.
John Radke, M.D. Mark Richards, Ph.D., M.D.
Jeffrey Reese, M.D. Department of Internal Medicine Junior Faculty Career Development Award
Ronald Riner, M.D.
Michael Schiff, M.D.
Lynne Seacord, M.D. NEW FACULTY ENTERING THE DIVISION
Harvey Serota, M.D.
Carlos Seuc, M.D. Bruce Czarnik, M.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, former subspecialty resident in
Louis Stickley, M.D. the Division of Cardiology, Saint Louis University.
Manzoor Tariq, M.D.
K. Bryan Trimmer, D.O. Mark Richards, Ph.D., M.D., Assistant Professor, former electrophysiology
Mario Trindade, M.D. subspecialty resident, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University.
Pitt Vesom, M.D.
Gary Vlahovich, D.O.
Christopher Vournas, M.D. GRANTS AND CONTRACTS HELD BY EACH FACULTY MEMBER
Peng-nan Wang, M.D.
Diana Westerfield, D.O. Frank L. Bleyer, M.D.
Wendell Williams, M.D. University of Pittsburgh subcontract, U01 HL61744, “Bypass Angiography
Liwa Younis, M.B.,Ch.B. Revascularization Investigation (BARI) 2 Diabetes,” 2002-2007.
Clinical Instructor Bernard Chaitman, M.D.
Salahuddin Ahmad, M.B.B.S. University of Washington subcontract, NIH U01 HL081616, “Atherothrombosis
Lena Capapas-Waxelman, M.D. Intervention in Metabolic Syndrome with Low HDL/High Triglycerides and its
Robert Ferrara, M.D. Impact on Global Health Outcomes (AIM-HIGH) Trial,” 2006-2007, $241,292.
Jorge Hernandez, M.D.
Ravinder Mehra, M.D. NIH/NHLBI U01 HL061746, “Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization
Frank Paletta, M.D. Investigation (BARI) IID,” 2006-2007, $168,123.
Jawed Siddiqui, M.B.B.S.
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey subcontract, NIH R01
Administrative Assistant HL073958, “Transfusion Therapy Trial for Functional Outcomes in
Ms. Gloria Skelton Cardiovascular Patients Undergoing Surgical Hip Fracture Repair (FOCUS),”
VA Canadian Government, “Clinical Outcomes Utilizing Revascularization and
Aggressive Drug Evaluation (CSP 424) (COURAGE),” 2001-2007.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center subcontract, NIAID, “HIV Vaccine
Trials Network,” 2004-2007.
DIVISION OF CARDIOLOGY
Denise Janosik, M.D.
Columbia University subcontract, NIH U01 NS043975, “Warfarin vs Aspirin in
Reduced Ejection Fraction,” 2007-2012, $261,800.
NIH/NHLBI “Atherothrombosis Intervention in Metabolic Syndrome with Low
HDL/High Triglyceride and Impact on Global Health Outcomes (AIM-HIGH),”
Arthur Labovitz, M.D.
Columbia University subcontract, NIH U01 NS43975, “Warfarin versus Aspirin
in Reduced Cardiac Ejection Fraction (WARCEF),” 2000-2012, $2,165,891.
Due to confidentiality agreements and non-publicity clauses in contracts with
sponsors, specific information pertaining to industry sponsored research may not
be released in public documents. During fiscal year 2007 the Cardiology division
had several active studies with different sponsors.
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