the Program

PROGRAM FACTS

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FACULTY

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Full-Time Faculty

Many of our full-time faculty - past and present - are graduates of our Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, and many of them are known nationally and internationally. Our faculty's collective years of experience and expertise have had a very positive impact on our graduating fellows - many of whom now have active practices in the Milwaukee area. Many of these physicians have served in a teaching capacity as full-time clinical faculty for years and are strongly committed to teaching and training fellows.

Masood Akhtar, MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA, MACP, FHRS
Electrophysiology

Suhail Allaqaband, MD, FACC, FCCP, FSCAI
Interventional Cardiology

Tanvir Bajwa, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Interventional Cardiology

Paul Bernstein, MD, JD, FACC
Cardiology

Atul Bhatia, MD, FACC
Electrophysiology

Zalmen Blanck, MD, FACC
Electrophysiology

Ryan Cooley, MD, FACC
Electrophysiology

Bart Cox, MD, FACC
Cardiology

Anwer Dhala, MD, FACC
Electrophysiology (adult and pediatric)

Rami Gal, MD, FACC, FACP, RVT
Noninvasive Cardiology

Anjan Gupta, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Interventional Cardiology

Jayant Khitha, MD
Interventional Cardiology

Ijaz Malik, MD, FACC
Interventional Cardiology

M. Eyman Mortada, MD, FACC
Electrophysiology

V. Shrinivas Murthy, MD, PhD
Preventive Cardiology Director

Vikram Nangia, MD, FACC
Electrophysiology

Robert Ninneman, MD, FACC
Interventional Cardiology

Neil Oldridge, PhD
Basic Research & Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Director

Steven Port, MD
Cardiology/Noninvasive Cardiology

Kiran Sagar, MD, FACC
Noninvasive Cardiology

Yoseph Shalev, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Interventional Cardiology

Joaquin Solis, MD
Interventional Cardiology

Jasbir Sra, MD, FACC
Electrophysiology

Ramagopal Tumuluri, MD, FACC, FCCP, FSCAI
Interventional Cardiology

Syed Zaidi, MD
Cardiology

Dianne Zwicke, MD, FACC, FACP, FCCP
Interventional Cardiology

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Part-time Faculty

Thomas Broihier, MD*
Cardiology

Michael Earing, MD*
Pediatric Cardiology

Edward Hastings, DO
Cardiology

Gregory Reiser, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FASNC
Cardiology

Donald H. Schmidt, MD*
Cardiology

Howard Zeft, MD, FACC, FACP
Cardiology

You can find the majority of key faculty members' biographies online at:
http://www.heartcareassociates.info/PhysicianList5.asp

* These faculty members are not featured online

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Director Bios

Masood Akhtar, MD, FACC, FACP, MACP, FAHA, FHRS
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Clinical Professor of Medicine

Dr. Akhtar assumed the Directorship of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program in 2001. The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program has trained 105 fellows as cardiologists, now in practices and teaching institutions across the U.S., South America, the Far and Middle East, and Europe.

Dr. Akhtar is Head of the Cardiovascular Disease Section and Electrophysiology Section of the Department of Medicine. He served on the Test Committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine to draft the certifying examination for competence in clinical electrophysiology (1990-1996) and has been listed in "The Best Doctors in America" since 1992.

Ranked among the world's preeminent electrophysiologists, Dr. Masood Akhtar was honored with the Pioneer in Electrophysiology Award (1999) by the Board of Trustees of the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology. He was named Cardiovascular Researcher of the Year (1984) by the American Heart Association (AHA) - Wisconsin affiliate and was the affiliate President from 1996 to 1998.

Dr. Akhtar is Director of Arrhythmia Services at the Milwaukee Heart Institute, Director of the Institute for Cardiac Rhythms at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, and Chief of Cardiology at Aurora Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Akhtar is Director of research of the Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowships. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Electrophysiology.

Dr. Akhtar trained 6 finalists (2 first place, 3 second) for the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) formerly known as North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology and American College of Cardiology (ACC) Young Investigator Awards.
His teaching awards include the Hypocrites Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease Teaching (1995) from the University of Florida-Miami School of Medicine and the Sir William Osler Award for excellence in cardiovascular teaching.

Dr. Akhtar is a prolific publisher of research, including a chapter called "Sudden Cardiac Death" for Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine (edited by E Topol) and one entitled "Technique of Electrophysiology Testing" for Hurst's The Heart, 12th edition, (edited by McGraw). In all, Dr. Akhtar has produced over 220 original manuscripts, over 135 reviews and chapters, and over 350 published abstracts which were presented at national and international conferences.

A fellow of the ACC and a member of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the AHA, Dr. Akhtar serves as a scientific abstract grader for the ACC, AHA, NASPE, American Federation for Clinical Research, and Central Society for Clinical Research. He has served on committees of many professional organizations and been on the editorial board or been a peer reviewer for such major cardiology journals as Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the New England Journal of Medicine and others.

Dr. Akhtar earned his medical degree at King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, then completed his internal medicine residency in Buffalo, New York, and at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Staten Island. He completed cardiology and electrophysiology fellowships at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital and was a Research Associate and an Assistant Chief and before building a world-prominent program in Milwaukee.

Anjan Gupta, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Associate Program Director - Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Akhtar assumed the Directorship of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program in 2001. The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program has trained 105 fellows as cardiologists, now in practices and teaching institutions across the U.S., South America, the Far and Middle East, and Europe.

Dr. Gupta earned his medical degree in India at the University of Calcutta Medical College. After residency training there, Dr. Gupta completed an internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation before coming to Milwaukee. In Milwaukee, he completed 3 years of a basic cardiovascular diseases fellowship as well as a year of interventional cardiology training.

With Dr. Tanvir Bajwa, Dr. Gupta is one of the co-authors of two reviews on the subject of peripheral vascular disease, one for Current Problems in Cardiology, published in two parts by Mosby, Inc., in 2006, and another soon to be published in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

Dr. Gupta is the author or co-author of 12 articles in professional literature and has presented 14 abstracts, including 6 at national professional symposia. In 2000, at the 49th Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Cardiology, he presented "High homocysteine concentration is a risk factor for restenosis and adverse cardiovascular events after percutaneous coronary interventions."

His awards and honors include Outstanding Research Presentation by a Resident Physician, awarded by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1996, and a Bristol-Myers Squibb Fellowship Award in Cardiology, awarded by the American College of Cardiology in 2000. In 2007, Dr. Gupta has co-authored a chapter on The Minimally Invasive Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease for Hurst's The Heart, 12th Edition.

Dr. Gupta is a member of the American College of Physicians and an associate member of the American College of Cardiology. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology, and Echocardiography.

Dr. Gupta joined our group after completing fellowship in 2000 at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. In 2006, he was promoted to Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, echocardiography, and interventional cardiology.