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Cardiovascular Disease FellowshipFaculty

Program Directors

Suhail Allaqaband, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FACP
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Clinical Adjunct Professor of Medicine

Suhail Allaqaband, MD, is an internationally renowned interventional cardiologist who is highly respected by peers and students alike. As Director of Cardiovascular Interventions at Aurora Grafton Medical Center and Clinical Director of Aurora St. Luke’s Catherization Lab, he is well versed in even the most complex interventional procedures.

A Clinical Adjunct Professor of Medicine through the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Allaqaband takes great pride in passing his wealth of experience to the next generation of cardiologists.

In addition to his skills as a clinician and teacher, Dr. Allaqaband is a devoted researcher who serves as the Director of Clinical Cardiovascular Research for Aurora Cardiovascular Services. He is Principal Investigator on a slew of clinical trials, including studies evaluating left main stenting and bioabsorbable stents. More than 100 of his cutting-edge research manuscripts and abstracts have been published in premier cardiology journals like Circulation.

As evidence of his myriad contributions to the field, Dr. Allaqaband has achieved prestigious Fellow status in the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, and the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), the latter of which also named him Vice Chair of the ACCP Cardiovascular Network. This level of expertise is much appreciated by his patients.

  • Medical education: Government Medical College, Kashmir University
  • Residencies: Aurora Health Care Internal Medicine Residency, Aurora Sinai/St. Luke’s Medical Centers
  • Fellowships: Aurora Health Care Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology, Aurora Sinai/St. Luke’s Medical Centers
  • Board certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology – American Board of Internal Medicine and Endovascular Medicine; American Board of Vascular Medicine

Tonga Nfor, MD
Associate Program Director

Dr. Tonga Nfor, MD, MSPH, FACC, FSCAI is a board-certified interventional cardiologist with expertise in advanced coronary interventions and endovascular treatments for peripheral arterial diseases. He is a Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine with University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and is deeply committed to the education of medical students, residents and fellows.

He practices the full breadth of general cardiology, with a passion for bedside clinical critical thinking that he strives to pass on to trainees. He has authored several scientific papers and book chapters and presented at multiple national and international meetings.

Dr. Nfor mentors residents and fellows in research design, implementation, data analysis and writing. He pays particular emphasis with fellows on how to critically appraise and integrate medical literature into clinical practice.

  • Medical education: University of Yaounde I, Cameroon and the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Residency: Aurora Health Care Internal Medicine Residency, Aurora Sinai/St. Luke's Medical Centers
  • Fellowships: Aurora Health Care Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology, Aurora Sinai/St. Luke's Medical Centers
  • Board certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, National Board of Echocardiography, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology

Muhammad Fuad Jan, MD
Associate Program Director

  • Medical education: Government Medical College, Kashmir University
  • Residency: Hahnemann University Hospital – Internal Medicine
  • Fellowships: Interventional Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease, Aurora Sinai/St. Luke’s Medical Centers
  • Board certifications: Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine and Interventional Cardiology – American Board of Internal Medicine

Fellowship Faculty

Many of our full-time faculty — past and present — are graduates of our Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program, and are known nationally and internationally. Our faculty's collective years of experience and expertise have positively impacted our graduating fellows, many of whom now have active practices in the Milwaukee area.

Our physicians have served in a teaching capacity as full-time clinical faculty for years, and are strongly committed to teaching and training fellows.


Suhail Allaqaband, MD, FACC, FCCP, FSCAI
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Interventional Cardiology

Tanvir Bajwa, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Interventional Cardiology

Paul Bernstein, MD, JD, FACC
Cardiology

Atul Bhatia, MD, FACC
Electrophysiology

Omar Cheema, MD
Advanced Heart Failure Transplant Cardiology

Anthony DeFranco, MD, FACC
Interventional Cardiology

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

Mohammed Djelmami-Hani, MD
Electrophysiology

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

Maryam Gardezi, MD
Noninvasive Cardiology

Mark Girzadas, MD
Noninvasive Cardiology

Babak Haddadian, MD
Interventional Cardiology

Nolan Machernis, MD
Interventional Cardiology

Daniel Harland, MD
Noninvasive Cardiology

Renuka Jain, MD
Noninvasive Cardiology

Muhammad Fuad Jan, MD
Associate Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Interventional Cardiology

Ali Khan, MD
Interventional Cardiology

Bijoy Khandheria, MD
Noninvasive Cardiology

Jayant Khitha, MD
Interventional Cardiology

Ahmad Khraisat, MD
Interventional Cardiology

Louie Kostopoulos, MD
Interventional Cardiology

Ijaz Malik, MD, FACC
Cardiologist

M. Eyman Mortada, MD, FACC
Electrophysiology

Lakshmi Muthukumar, MD
Noninvasive Cardiology

Vikram Nangia, MD, FACC
Electrophysiology

Tonga Nfor, MD
Associate Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Interventional Cardiology

Imran Niazi, MD
Electrophysiology

K Afzal Ammar, MD, MS, FACC, FASE
Interventional Cardiology

Steven Port, MD
Cardiology/Noninvasive Cardiology

Eric Roberts, MD
Advanced Heart Failure Transplant Cardiology

Joaquin Solis, MD
Interventional Cardiology

Jasbir Sra, MD, FACC
Electrophysiology

Nasir Sulemanjee, MD
Advanced Heart Failure Transplant Cardiology

Valentin Suma, MD
Noninvasive Cardiology

A. Jamil Tajik, MD
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Cardiology

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

Jodi Zilinski, MD
Electrophysiology

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

Robert Richmond, DO
Interventional Cardiology

Asad Ghafoor, MD
Advanced Heart Failure Transplant Cardiology

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Training & Practice Sites

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