M.D., M.P.H. Cardiologist
I am a board-certified internal medicine doctor with subspecialties in general cardiology and interventional and structural cardiology. I treat conditions such as blockages of the heart arteries (coronary artery disease, implantation of coronary stents), malfunctioning of the heart valves (such as aortic valve stenosis or mitral valve regurgitation), and weakened heart muscle (heart failure or cardiomyopathies). I evaluate and manage patients with chest pain, arrhythmias (such as atrial fibrillation), heart murmurs, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol--including statin intolerance--and clot disorders. I also perform preoperative evaluations and preventive cardiology assessments.
Our medical office is located in Beverly Hills, California. I have admitting privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
I am fluent in English and Spanish.
I completed a dual residency in internal medicine and global health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. I also earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of PublicHealth.
Global health work
As part of my training in global health, I worked in Haiti, Rwanda, Mexico, and Switzerland. I also joined the Harvard Global Equity Initiative supporting projects on cancer and heart diseases in underserved populations.
Healing heart arteries and valves without surgery
At the Mayo Clinic I was trained to perform minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease—including coronary stenting, complex invasive hemodynamic studies, and advanced structural procedures. I was also trained to repair and replace cardiac valves, close patent foramen ovales, and occlude left atrial appendages. I am currently board certified in 7 specialties and subspecialties: internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, comprehensive echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and interpretation of vascular imaging.
Molecular and cellular cardiology
After medical school, I attended Baylor College of Medicine (Houston) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York) to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for the injury and healing of the heart muscle.
Cardiology fellowships at UCLA and Mayo Clinic
After finishing my residency in Boston, I moved to Los Angeles and completed the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. I pursued further medical training and completed a fellowship in Interventional and Structural Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester).
I listen to my patients
I appreciate that patients are uniquely complex, and my job is to spend enough time with them and their families to address all their concerns. I always sit silently and give my patients plenty of time to describe their symptoms or reason for seeking my medical advice without interrupting them. I ensure all their questions are answered before they leave my office. I use modern communication tools to stay in touch with my patients.
Seeing patients is one of the most important parts of my day. I do my best to understand and care for them and I treat them the way I would want my family to be treated. I myself have experienced disease and know what it feels like to be a hopeless patient or a confused family member.
Although I follow evidence-based medical guidelines, I also tailor diagnostic tests and treatments to the individual characteristics and needs of my patients. This approach relies on the fact that a person has a unique molecular, genetic, social, and psychological profile.
Attending physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is an 886-bed multi-specialty academic health science center located in Los Angeles, California. As of 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Cedars-Sinai #3 in the area of Cardiology and Heart Surgery.
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414 N Camden Drive, Suite 1100
Beverly Hills, CA 90210