Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Faculty

Sarah Gordon, DOAntonio Abbate, MD
Assistant Professor 
antonio.abbate@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Grad School: University Campus Bio- Medico
Rome, Italy
Residency Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
Fellowship Cardiology – Cardiology Catholic University
Rome, Italy

Pheobe Ashley, MD
Assistant Professor
phoebe.ashley@vcuhealth.org

Medical School

Medical College of Wisconsin

Residency

Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals

Fellowship

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center


Hem Lata Bhardwaj, MDHem Lata Bhardwaj, MD
Assistant Professor
hem.bhardwaj@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University Of Virginia School Of Medicine - Charlottesville VA
Residency University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Fellowship Cardiology – Virignia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond Virginia

Richard H. Cooke, MDRichard H. Cooke, MD
Associate Professor
richard.cooke@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Victoria University of Manchester, Lancashire
England
Residency Victoria University of Manchester, Lancashire
England
Fellowship Cardiology - Cardiovascular Medicine
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Michael J. Cowley, M.D.Michael J. Cowley, M.D.
Full Professor  
michael.cowley@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University Of Alabama School Of Medicine - Birmingham AL
Residency Univ of Calif San Diego, San Diego, CA
Fellowship Cardiology - Univ of Alabama School of Medicine
Birmingham, AL

James Davia, M.D.Bethany L. Denlinger, MD
Associate Professor
bethany.denlinger@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Temple University School Of Medicine - Philadelphia PA
Residency Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Cardiology - Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA

James Davia, M.D.Kenneth Ellenbogen, MD
Chair of Cardiology, Professor
kenneth.ellenbogen@vcuhealth.org


Medical School John Hopkins University
Residency John Hopkins University
Fellowship Cardiology:  Duke University Medical Center

Zachary Gertz, MDZachary Gertz, MD
Assistant Professor
zachary.gertz@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine - Philadelphia PA
Residency Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship Cardiology - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Michael Hess, M.D.Michael Hess, MD
Professor
michael.hess@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine - Pittsburgh PA
Residency University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine - Pittsburgh PA
Fellowship Cardiology – Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Michael Hess, M.D.Jose Huizar, MD
Assistant Professor
Jose.huizar2@va.gov



Medical School Universidad Anahuac School of Medicine in Mexico City, Mexico
Residency American British Cowdray Hospital, Mexico City, Mexico and MetroWest Medical Center (University of Massachusetts) as well as a chief residency.
Fellowship Cardiology - SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY
Electrophysiology - University of Alabama at Birmingham

Ion Jovin, MD
Associatet Professor
ion.jovin@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila Bucharest, Romania
Residency Medicine-University of Pennsylvania Health System Philadelphia, PA 
Fellowship Cardiology - Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT Molecular Cardiobiology - Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Interventional Cardiology - Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Gautham Kalahasty, MDGautham Kalahasty, MD
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
gautham.kalahasty@vcuhealth.org

Medical School  Boston University School of Medicine
Residency University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University
Fellowship Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and in Cardiovascular Diseases at Henry Ford Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan.

Karoly Kaszala, MD
Co-Director, CCEP Fellowship Program
karoly.kaszala@med.va.gov



Medical School Albert Szent-Gyorgyl Medical University in Szeged, Hungary
Residency St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Fellowship Cardiology - University of Connecticut
Electrophysiology -  Henry Ford Hospital and Vascular Institute in Detroit, Michigan

Gautham Kalahasty, MDJayanthi N. Koneru, MD
Assistant Professor
jayanthi.koneru@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Osmania Medical College, India
Residency St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York
Fellowship Cardiology – Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Anthony Minisi, M.D.Michael Kontos, M.D.
Director, Pauley Heart Center’s Coronary Intensive Care Unit
michael.kontos@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA
PhD Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA
Residency Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Cardiology - Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA
Echocardiography - Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA

Jordana Kron, MDJordana Kron, MD
Assistant Professor
jordana.kron@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine - Baltimore MD
Residency Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine - Baltimore MD
Fellowship Cardiology - University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Electrophysiology - University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Edward Lesnefsky, MD
Professor
edward.lesnefsky@vcuhealth.org



Medical School University of Wisconsin.
Residency University of Virginia Hospital
Fellowship Cardiovascular Disease – University of Colorado Health Science Center,

Neil Lewis, MD
Professor
neil.lewis@ va.gov



Medical School St. George Hospital Medical School, University of London, London England
Residency  Newcastle upon Tyne and Cambridge, London England
Fellowship Research fellow at the Pharmacology Department, Cambridge University 
Doctorate on the biochemical pharmacology of renal angiotensin receptors
Fellowship training in nephrology and renal transplantation. 
cardiology at the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, 

Anit Mankad, M.D.Anit Mankad, MD
Assistant Professor
anit.mankad@vcuhealth.org

Medical School UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Piscataway/New Brunswick/Camden NJ
Residency Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Fellowship Cardiology - Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia 
CHF/Transplant – Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Anit Mankad, M.D.Roshanak Markley, M.D.
AssistantProfessor
roshanak.markley@vcuhealth.org

Medical School

Medical College of Georgia

Residency

Virginia Commonwealth University

Fellowship

Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Anthony Minisi, M.D.Anthony Minisi, M.D.
Professor
anthony.minisi@med.va.gov

Medical School University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine - Philadelphia PA
Residency Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA 
Fellowship Cardiovascular Diseases, Medical College of Virginia
Richmond, VA 

John Nixon, MDJohn Nixon, MD
Professor, Director of the Echocardiography Laboratories and Heart Station
john.nixon@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University of Manchester Medical School, Manchester, England
Residency Internal Medicine - Royal Infirmary Manchester, England
Year Internship Completed: 1966
Internal Medicine - Hope Hospital, Salford, England
Year Residency Completed: 1967
Internal Medicine - Hillingdon Hospital, Hillingdon, England
Year Residency Completed: 1969
Internal Medicine City Hospital, Worcester, MA USA
Year Residency Completed: 1973
Fellowship Cardiology - Brigham and Womens Hospital
Boston, MA USA
Year Fellowship Completed: 1974
Cardiology - Univ of Texas Southwestern Med Center
Dallas, TX USA
Year Fellowship Completed: 1976

Walter Paulsen, M.D.Walter Paulsen, MD
Associate Professor
walter.paulsen@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Makerere University Medical School, Kampala, Uganda
Residency University of Western Ontario Teaching Hospitals
London, Ontario Canada
Fellowship Cardiology - University of Western Ontario Teaching Hospitals, London, Ontario Canada

Mary Ann Peberdy, M.D.Mary Ann Peberdy, MD
Associate Professor
maryann.peberdy@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Temple University School Of Medicine - Philadelphia PA
Residency Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa USA
Fellowship Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa USA

Jonathan Potfay, M.D.Jonathan Potfay, M.D.
Assistant Professor
jonathan.potfay@va.gov

Medical School University Of South Florida College Of Medicine - Tampa FL
Residency Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 
Fellowship Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center - MCV
Richmond, VA 

Andreas Prinz, MD
Associate Professor
andreas.prinz@vcuhealth.org



Medical School Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine (Previously MCV) - Richmond VA
Residency Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine (Previously MCV) - Richmond VA
Fellowship Cardiology - Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine (Previously MCV) - Richmond VA

Krishnasree Rao, MD
Associate Professor
krishnasree.rao@vcuhealth.org


Medical School Drexel University College of Medicine
Residency University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Fellowship Research Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease and Advance Heart Failure and Transplantation - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Keyur Shah, M.D.Keyur Shah, MD
Assistant Professor
keyur.shah@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
Residency University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Fellowship Cardiology - University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD


Richard K. Shepard, MDRichard K. Shepard, MD
Associate Professor
richard.shepard@vcuhealth.org

Medical School University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
Residency University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
Fellowship Cardiology - Washington University in St. Louis, Mo

Melissa Smallfield, M.D.Melissa Smallfield, MD
Assistant Professor
melissa.smallfield@vcuhealth.org

Medical School Eastern Virginia Medical School Of The Medical College Of Hampton Roads - Norfolk VA
Residency University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 
Fellowship Cardiology - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 
Advanced Heart Failure, Pulmonary Vascular Disease
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 

Kevin Sumption, MD
Assistant Professor
kevin.sumption@va.gov




Medical School
Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine (Previously MCV) - Richmond VA
Residency Naval Medical Center
Portsmouth, Virginia 
Fellowship Cardiovascular Disease - Naval Medical Center
San Diego, California  Intervenional Cardiology - Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia 

Alex Tan, MD
Assistant Professor
alex.tan@va.gov



Residency Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Fellowship Electrophysiology - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

 

Dedicated Physician

George W. Vetrovec,  M.D.Hermes A. Kontos, MD, PhD – Retired
Former VCU Health Systems Chief
Professor




George W. Vetrovec,  M.D.George W. Vetrovec, MD - Retired
Professor Emeritus




In Memorium

George W. Vetrovec,  M.D.Mark S. Wood, MD
Teacher, Mentor, Scholar, Researcher, Clinician