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Patrice Delafontaine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrice Delafontaine, MD
Sidney W. and Marilyn S. Lassen Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Chief, Section of Cardiology
Director, Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute

Patrice Delafontaine, MD, FASS, FAHA, FACP, FESC is the Sidney W. and Marilyn S. Lassen Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, the Chief of the Section of Cardiology, and the Director of the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute. Born in Alexandria, Egypt and raised in South Africa, Dr. Delafontaine brings a unique international perspective as well as the knowledge of three languages to his work. He graduated from the University of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland with a BS then went on to get his MD. He did residencies at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey, Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and at University Cantonal Hospital in Geneva, Switzerland along with a fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Delafontaine was on the faculty at the University of Geneva, Emory University, and University of Kansas before starting at Tulane in 2004. His research efforts are prolific, with a current focus on the role of IGF I and its binding proteins in vascular growth, vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cell biology and unstable angina and coronary atherosclerosis. He has authored over 115 articles in major publications on his research.
Dr. Delafontaine has been recognized by the “Best Doctors” list consistently for the past 11 years.

Clinical Specialty Area: Interventional Cardiology
Clinic Locations: Downtown at Tulane University Hospital & Clinic and
on the West Bank in Algiers at the Tulane University Heart & Vascular Institute Clinic at St Luke's Medical Center

Clinic Appointments:
Downtown: 504-988-6113
West Bank: 504-378-5080



 

Nidal Abi Rafeh

Nidal Abi Rafeh, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

After finishing our year long Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology, Dr. Abi Rafeh joined our faculty in 2013 as an interventional cardiologist. Before coming to Tulane, Dr. Abi Rafeh completed residencies and a cardiology fellowship at Northshore-LIJ Staten Island University Hospital in New York. Dr. Abi Rafeh participates in ongoing research projects along with his clinical work.

Clinical Specialty Area: Interventional Cardiology
Clinic Location: Downtown at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-6113

Gholam Ali

Gholam Ali, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Associate Director, Vascular Medicine

Gholam Ali, MD, FACC, FSVM received his Medical Doctorate from the University Of Baghdad College Of Medicine. He moved to the United States in 1993 to further his postgraduate training at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC, at the Washington Hospital Center DC, and at the University of Virginia. Dr. Ali joined the Tulane Faculty in 2011. Dr. Ali’s passion for research and patient-care are only matched by his love of volunteer work: he gives much of his time to non-profit endeavors to help those in need of healthcare in New Orleans and the surrounding area.

Clinical Specialty Area: Consultative & Non invasive Cardiology, Resistance Hypertension, and Vascular Medicine
Clinic Location: Tulane University Hospital Clinic, TUHVI West Bank Clinic.
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-6113 ( Downtown), 504-378-5080 ( West Bank )

Alvaro Alonso MD

Alvaro Alonso, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Alvaro Alonso, MD joined the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute’s faculty in 2012 and is already making an impact on our team and our community. Dr. Alonso hails from Mexico City, where he received his MD with special commendation from Universidad Panamericana School of Medicine, before moving north to Boston, Massachusetts, where he did his internship and residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center). He also completed his Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology fellowships at the University of Massachusetts / UMass Memorial Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in Vascular Medicine and Endovascular interventions at Tufts University / St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston. His research interests include acute coronary syndromes, cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease patients, contrast-induced acute kidney injury, peripheral vascular disease, evidence-based medicine, and clinical-effectiveness. He is actively engaged in the development of our transradial cardiac catheterization program, and in the integration of cardiac catheterization virtual simulations as part of the educational curriculum for our fellows in training.

Clinical Specialty Area: Interventional Cardiology
Clinic Location: Downtown at Tulane University Hospital, TUHVI West Bank Clinic
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-6113 (Downtown), 504-378-5080 (West Bank)

 

 

Asif Anwar MD

Asif Anwar, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, CCU

Asif Anwar, MD joins the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute after a series of positions in the cardiology both stateside and abroad. Dr. Anwar, born in Germany, received primary schooling in Morocco, Pakistan and Switzerland before earning his BS from the College Rigot and his MD from the University of Geneva, both in Geneva, Switzerland. After completing fellowships at Geneva University Cantonal Hospital, Hôpital d’Aigle, and Saint-Luc Hospital, Dr. Anwar did further post-graduate work at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and St-Loup Hospital in Switzerland. Dr. Anwar has played a major role in Tulane’s research efforts, authoring over 20 articles. His main research interests are the role of IGF I and its binding proteins in vascular growth in normal and diseased states, as well as in diabetes and congestive heart failure, cytokines and kemokines regulation of IGF I and IGFBPs, and heart failure. This year, Dr. Anwar was recognized by “Best Doctors” as an outstanding physician in the field of cardiology.

Clinical Specialty Area: Nuclear Imaging, General Cardiology
Clinic Location: Downtown at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-6113

 

Salman A Arain

Salman A. Arain, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute’s Salman A. Arain, MD began his career with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Allama Iqbal Medical College at the University of Punjab in Lahor, Pakistan. Afterwards, Dr. Arain served as an intern at Elmhurst Hospital Center/ Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Elmhurst, New York, a resident at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, California, and a fellow at University of California San Francisco in San Francisco, California. In 2002 Dr. Arain moved to New Orleans for a fellowship at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation. He joined our team in 2007 and currently serves as the Associate Program Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program. Dr. Arain has received many formal accolades for his clinical work and teaching acumen. His clinical focus is on coronary and peripheral interventions. His research pertains mainly to coronary and renal physiology, treatment of inoperable peripheral arterial disease and limb salvage.

Clinical Specialty Area: Interventional Cardiology
Clinic Location: Downtown at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-6113

 

Gerald Berenson

Gerald Berenson, MD
Clinical Professor, Section of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
Clinical Professor, Section of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics
Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Director, Tulane Center for Cardiovascular Health
Principal Investigator, Bogalusa Heart Study

 

 

Mark Cassidy

Mark Cassidy, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Mark Cassidy, MD graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama with a BS in Biology and Chemistry. He then received his MD from Tulane before completing an internship, residency, and fellowship at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans. After finishing a year-long fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco, Dr. Cassidy returned to New Orleans and Tulane University, where he serves as an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine. Between his clinical work and academic endeavors, Dr. Cassidy finds time to engage in many community organizations in and around New Orleans, including the Louisiana Landmarks Society, the Louisiana Preservation Alliance and the Friends of St. Alphonsus. This year, Dr. Cassidy was recognized by “Best Doctors” as an outstanding physician in the field of cardiology.

Clinical Specialty Area: Consultative and Non-Invasive Cardiology
Clinic Location: Metairie at Tulane Lakeside Hospital
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-8090

 

Keith Ferdinand, MD

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD began his medical career with a BA in biology from the University of New Orleans. He then went on to earn an MD from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC, an internship at the US Public Health Hospital in New Orleans, a residency and fellowship at LSU Medical Center and a fellowship at Howard University Hospital. After years of doing clinical work, research and teaching at Xavier University, LSU, Baylor College of Medicine, and Emory University, Dr. Ferdinand returns to New Orleans as a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Ferdinand has been heavily involved in many national organizations concerned with public health, including the Association of Black Cardiologists, of which he was the former Chair and Chief Science Officer, the American Society of Hypertension, of which he is a board member, and the Healthy Heart Community Prevention Program, a cardiovascular risk program targeting African American and other high-risk populations. He is Chair of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, which provides the leadership and encouragement for collaboration among over 65 organizations. Dr. Ferdinand focuses largely on cardiovascular issues within communities of racial and ethnic minorities. He has had over 100 manuscripts published and has a strong media presence. His passion for patient-care is highlighted in his commitment to non-profit work and community service.

Clinical Specialty Area: Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease in Racial and Ethnic Minorities

 

 

 

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Thomas Giles, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine

 

 

 

 

Corey Goldman

Corey Goldman, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, Vascular Medicine

 Corey Goldman, MD, PhD, FACP, comes to us from New York, where he received his BA in biochemistry and psychology from New York University and his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a surgical internship at Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York, a PhD and internal medicine residency at University of Alabama at Birmingham, vascular medicine and vascular intervention fellowships at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, before settling in at Tulane for a cardiology fellowship. Dr. Goldman joined our faculty in 2010 and brings with him a vast knowledge of vascular medicine. His research and clinical work go hand-in-hand in the treatment of vascular diseases and conditions.  This year, Dr. Goldman was recognized by “Best Doctors” as an outstanding physician in the field of cardiology.

Clinical Specialty Area: Vascular Medicine
Clinic Locations: Downtown at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, TUHVI Westbank Clinic
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-6113 (Downtown) 504-378-5080

 

 

 

Anand Irimpen

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Anand M. Irimpen, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Anand M. Irimpen, MD joined the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute in 1992 as a General Cardiology Fellow before becoming an Interventional Cardiology Fellow. He currently is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of our Interventional Cardiology Fellowship. He is a graduate of the Grant Medical College at Bombay University, Byculla in Bombay, India and received further professional medical training through an internship in the Department of Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio and a residency in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Irimpen does research, most recently a study on the effects of Hurricane Katrina on acute myocardial infarction in New Orleanians impacted by the storm. This scholarly project won first place at this year’s American College of Cardiology conference for the state of Louisiana.

Clinical Specialty Area: Interventional Cardiology
Clinic Location: Downtown at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-6113

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Colleen Johnson, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology

Before joining TUHVI in 2011, Colleen Johnson, MD, MS, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. After years of working for Intel Corporation in the tech world, Dr. Johnson pursued a medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, then joined the University of California, San Francisco as a resident and fellow. Her past work in electrical engineering serves her well as our department’s expert in electrophysiology. Dr. Johnson finds time to do research and teach around her clinical schedule.

Clinical Specialty Area: Electrophysiology
Clinic Location: Downtown at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-6113

Thierry Le Jemtel

Thierry H. Le Jemtel, MD
Henderson Chair Professor of Medicine
Director, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Program

Thierry H. Le Jemtel comes to Tulane by way of France, where he received his MD from the Faculte de Medecine in Rouen. Dr. Le Jemtel then relocated to Canada to do an internship and residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital at McGill University. For 30 years Dr. Le Jemtel worked at the Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, working his way up from a fellow to the co-director of the cardiology program and a full-time tenured professor. In 2005, TUHVI was lucky enough to have Dr. Le Jemtel join us. He currently serves as a Professor of Medicine, Director of the Heart Failure Program, Medical Director of Cardiac Transplantation, Henderson Chair, and Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Le Jemtel is renowned for his expertise in heart failure and heart transplantation, and has written over 160 original articles for publication. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and the American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs. This year, Dr. Le Jemtel was recognized by his peers on the “Best Doctors” list as an outstanding physician in his field.

Clinical Specialty Area: Heart Failure and Transplant
Clinic Location: Downtown at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-6113

 

 

Roberta McDuffie

Roberta McDuffie, MSN
Director, TUHVI Clinical Research
Facilitator of LACaTS Clinical Trial Unit (CTU)

Roberta McDuffie is an accomplished nurse and researcher, specializing in diabetes management. She received her Masers of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama before joining us at Tulane. She recently earned the Award for Excellence in Research by the Tulane Department of Medicine and is the Chair of the Tulane University Institutional Review Board. She currently is the Director of the CTU.

 





Chip Morrison

E. "Chip" Morrison,MSN APRN, FNP-C, CCCRN

Edward S. "Chip" Morrison joined the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute in 2012 after working in the Cardiac Critical Care Unit at Tulane for several years. He is an Instructor of Clinical Medicine and oversees the Anticoagulation Clinic. In addition, Mr. Morrison provides Primary Care Clinic support for the Heart and Vascular Institute. Mr. Morrison is a member of the Professional Advisory Group for Clinical Pastoral Education program at Tulane University Hospital. He also serves as the clinic representative of the Code Blue Committee.

Clinical Specialty Area: Primary Care
Clinic Location: Downtown at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-6113

John Pigott

John Pigott, MD
Professor of Surgery

 John D. Pigott, MD, MHA received his AB from Dartmouth College, then his MD from University of Tennessee. He completed an internship and surgical residencies at the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine, and a cardiothoracic residency at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine Philadelphia. He taught surgery at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine and at the State University of New York at Buffalo before coming to Tulane in 1991. In 1997 he received an MHA from the Tulane University School of Public Health. Dr. Pigott supplements his role as an educator of surgery by doing clinical work as well as research in the field of thoracic surgery. His considerable talents have not gone unnoted: he was named one of “America’s Top Surgeons” and placed on the “Best Doctors” list.

 

 

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Albert D Sam, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

A native of New Orleans, LA, Dr. Albert Sam attended Brother Martin High School, before graduating Magna Cum Laude from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. After graduating from the Duke University School of Medicine, he completed a general surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). At UIC Dr. Sam received a Master of Science degree in Surgery from the UIC graduate college where his thesis directly resulted in a new drug use patent for the treatment of sepsis.
After completing a fellowship in vascular and endovascular Surgery at the Feinberg Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, he joined the Vascular Specialty Center in 2003 where he served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Baton Rouge General Hospital from 2007-2012. In addition to becoming one of the first physicians nationally to be board certified in general surgery, vascular surgery, and endovascular medicine; while there, he served as principle investigator for several national and international vascular clinical trials including the largest and only NIH sponsored stroke prevention trial (CREST) - whose results have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2010 he received an executive Master of Medical Management degree from Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine - department of Health Systems Management.
Authoring more than 30 manuscripts in both local and national scientific journals, his clinical, research and advocacy efforts resulted in his appointment as a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Dr. Sam has received numerous awards including selection by the Baton Rouge Business Report as a "40 under 40" award recipient in 2006. He is a graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber leadership program and serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana State Board of Regents, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), the River City Jazz coalition of the Arts Council, and WRKF (NPR).

Clinical Specialty Area: Vascular Surgery
Clinic Location: Tulane University Hospital Clinic, 1415 Tulane Ave
TUHVI West Bank Clinic
Clinic Appointments:

Downtown: 504-988-6113
West Bank: 504-378-5080

 

Gary Sander

Gary Sander, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Sander is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases, and holds fellowship status with the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Heart Association, and the American Society of Hypertension, and membership in such related organizations as the Southern Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Lipid Association. He has authored over 130 publications dealing with various aspects of cardiovascular medicine, particularly as related to his primary interests of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and preventive cardiology.

Clinical Specialty Area: Hypertension and Lipid Disorders
Clinic Location: Downtown at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, Metairie at Tulane Lakeside Hospital
Clinic Appointments: 504-988-6113

 

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