DIRECTORS

Steven R. Bailey, MD, MSCAI, FACC, FACP,

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Professor of Medicine and Radiology

Janey Briscoe Distinguished Chair 

of Cardiovascular Research

Program Director, Interventional Cardiology

UT Health San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

S. Hinan Ahmed, MD, FACC, FSCAI

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Associate Professor of Medicine

Clinical and Interventional Fellowship Associate Program Director

Medical Director, Heart and Vascular Institute

UT Health San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

CO-DIRECTORS

Rushit R. Kanakia, MD, FACC

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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Associate Fellowship Program Director, Cardiology

UT Health San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

Jayasree Pillarisetti, MD, MSc, FACC, FHRS

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Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Cardiovascular Electrophysiologist

UT Health San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

GUEST FACULTY

Jose Banchs, MD, FACC, FASE

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Associate Professor, Department of Cardiology, Division of 

Internal Medicine

Director of Echocardiography

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, Texas


Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FACC

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Professor of Medicine

Medical Care Line Executive,

Director of Winters Center for Heart Failure, 

Associate Director for CV Research Institute

Baylor College of Medicine and 

Michael E DeBakey 

VA Medical Center

Houston, Texas 

Marvin H. Eng, MD, FACC

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Structural Heart Disease Fellowship Director

Henry Ford Health System

Detroit, Michigan

Peter S. Fail, MD, FACC, FSCAI

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Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and Interventional Research

Cardiovascular 

Institute of the South

Houma, Louisiana

Gregg Gerasimon, MD, FACC, FHRS

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Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Cardiology Fellowship Program Director

San Antonio Military Medical Center

San Antonio, Texas

Ian C. Gilchrist, Sr., MD, FACC, FSCAI

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Professor of Medicine

Pennsylvania State University

College of Medicine

M. S. Hershey Medical Center

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Ty J. Gluckman, MD, FACC, FAHA

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Medical Director, Center for Cardiovascular Analytics, Research and Data Science (CARDS)

Providence Heart and 

Vascular Institute

Providence St. Joseph Health

Portland, Oregon

Paul A. Grayburn, MD, FACC

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Director, Cardiology Research

Baylor University Medical Center

Baylor Scott and 

White Heart Hospital at Dallas

Dallas, Texas

Timothy D. Henry, MD, MSCAI, FACC

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Professor of Medicine

Director, Division of Cardiology 

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute

Los Angeles, California

James B. Hermiller, MD, MSCAI, FACC

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Director, Interventional Cardiology

Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

St. Vincent Heart Center 

Indianapolis, Indiana 

Chandra Kunavarapu, MD, FACC

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Medical Director, 

Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program

Adult ECMO Program, 

Methodist Hospital

Associate Clinical Professor, UTHSCA

San Antonio, Texas

Merry L. Lindsey, MD

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Director, Mississippi Center for Heart Research

Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics

University of Mississippi 

Medical Center

Jackson, Mississippi

Mark S. Link, MD

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Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, Texas

Stephan May, MD, FHRS

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Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Arrhythmia Associates of 

South Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Masahiro Ono, MD, PhD

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Surgical Director of Heart Transplant & MCS

Methodist Hospital

San Antonio, Texas

Douglas Packer, MD

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Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Mayo Clinic – St. Mary’s Campus

Rochester, Minnesota

Monica B. Patel, MD

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Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine

Fellowship Program Director

UT Health Houston

Houston, Texas

George W. Vetrovec, MD, MACC, MSCAI

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Professor Emeritus, VCU Pauley Heart Center

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia 

Craig M. Walker, MD, FACC, FACP, FACA

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Founder, President and 

Medical Director

Cardiovascular Institute of the South

LSU School of Medicine

Tulane University School of Medicine

Houma, Louisiana

Nanette K. Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP, FAHA

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Professor of Medicine (Emeritus)

Arrhythmia Associates of South Texas

Founding Consultant, Emory Women’s Heart Center

Emory University School of Medicine

Atlanta, Georgia

Christopher J. White, MD, MSCAI, FACC, FAHA, FESC, FACP

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Professor and Chairman of Medicine

Chief of Medical Services

System Chairman for Cardiovascular Disease

Director, John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute

John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute

New Orleans, Louisiana

Nelson N. Wolff, JD

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Bexar County Judge

San Antonio, Texas

UT HEALTH SAN ANTONIO FACULTY

Ildiko Agoston, MD

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Clinical Professor of Medicine

Medical Director, MARC Cardiology Clinic

Lee A. Birnbaum, MD, MS

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Associate Professor 

Andrea J. Carpenter, MD, PhD

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Professor, Thoracic Surgery, Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency

Mark G. Davies, MD, PhD, MBA, FACHE, FRCSI, FACS

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Professor and Chief

Division of Vascular/Endovascular Surgery

Medical Director,

South Texas Center for
Vascular Care

Ralph A. DeFronzo, MD

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Professor of Medicine, 

Chief, Diabetes Division

John M. Erikson, MD, PhD, FACC, FASE

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Professor of Medicine

Ronald K. Blumberg Professor of Cardiology

Monica Esquivel, ACNP-BC

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Nurse Practitioner

Marc D. Feldman, MD

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Professor of Medicine & Engineering

Director, Cardiac Care Unit

Janey and Dolph Briscoe Distinguished 

Chair in Cardiovascular Research

Bethany A. Kalich, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology

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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology

Michael B. Little, MD

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Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology 

Director of Cardiac and Transplant Anesthesiology

Anjlee Mehta, MD

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Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Manoj M. Panday, MD

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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Jason Phillips, MD

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Assistant Professor of Medicine / Cardiology

Anand Prasad, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI

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Associate Professor of Medicine 

Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory University Health System

Freeman Heart Association Endowed Professor in Cardiovascular Disease

Interventional Cardiology, Endovascular Therapy, Vascular Medicine

Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology 

W. Brian Reeves, MD, FACP

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Professor, Chair of Medicine

Horace Robb, MBA

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Division Administrator, Cardiology

Carolina Solis-Herrera, MD

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Diabetes Division

Rajeev Suri, MD

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Professor and Vice Chair, Radiology

NURSE SYMPOSIUM DIRECTORS

JoAnn Mizell, MSN, BSN, RN-BC

Nurse Coordinator, Patient Educator – CHF

Cynthia Saunders, AGACNP-BC, ACCNS-AG, ACHPN, CEN

Nurse Practitioner, Interventional Cardiology Service

NURSE SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS - UT HEALTH

Sonja Brune, MSN, APRN, CCRN, CCNS


Katherine A. Franklin, PT, DPT


Karen Fulton, BSN, RN


Ericnekia B. Hannah, BS, MS, Exercise Physiologist 


Barbara Lamb, RN, BSN, CVRN-BC


Clarissa Rivera, MS, RDN, LD, CDE


Michael Tran, PT, DPT


Nicole Trivino, MSN, AGCNS-BC


Virginia Yeary, LMSW