I graduated from Princeton University in 1984 with a degree in molecular biology. I then went on to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where I was elected as a junior, in 1987, to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. I received my MD, cum laude, in 1988. I completed my internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1988-1991 and my fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center from 1991-1994, in my hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts.
I am a board-certified invasive cardiologist specializing in multiple imaging modalities including nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, and my newest interest, cardiac CT and CT coronary angiography. I utilize my expertise to choose the best, most appropriate of these modalities in order to diagnose and treat cardiac disease.
At the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, I was exposed early in my training to the cutting edge of academic cardiology. I spent many months in the cardiac intensive care unit and emergency room caring for critically ill cardiac patients. I realized then that fast-paced, life-and-death cardiac care had become my passion. I learned that I could truly make a difference in my patients’ lives by mastering the knowledge, tools and skills required to practice top-notch cardiology.
My main responsibility is to take care of patients. This begins in my office visits with a clear focus on listening and talking to the patient before then formulating a strategy for diagnosis and treatment. This might range anywhere from kind reassurance to sophisticated diagnostic testing and procedures. All care is individualized, and I strive to be compassionate and thorough.
My special interests and expertise also lie in a variety of cardiac imaging modalities which I use for diagnosis, followup and treatment of a wide range of cardiac diseases. This includes diagnostic cardiac catheterization, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and cardiac CT and CT coronary angiography.
I have a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease. Difficult-to-control hypertension and elevated cholesterol are common clinical challenges that I face daily. Primary prevention has also become an important part of my practice with an emphasis on blood pressure, cholesterol and life style changes including smoking cessation and better exercise habits.