Welcome to the American College of Cardiology – CardioNerds Narratives in Cardiology Page! 

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) CardioNerds Narratives in Cardiology is a multimedia educational series jointly developed by the Pennsylvania Chapter ACC, the ACC Fellows in Training Section, and the CardioNerds Platform with the goal to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in cardiology. In this series, we host inspiring faculty and fellows from various ACC chapters to discuss their areas of expertise and their individual narratives. Join us for these captivating conversations as we celebrate our differences and share our joy for practicing cardiovascular medicine.

See the CardioNerds Narratives in Cardiology page for more on diversity and inclusion.

Upcoming Events

Celebrating Latinx Representation in Cardiology with Dr. Fidencio Saldana

Date: Wednesday, April 7th at 8PM EST

Register for a backstage pass to join the recording!


  • Dr. Malissa Wood, Governor, Massachusetts Chapter ACC
  • Dr. Fidencio Saldana – Dean for Students at Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Maria Pabon – CardioNerds Ambassador, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Dr. Pablo Sanchez – CardioNerds Ambassador, Stanford Medicine
  • Karen Malacon – Student doctor and LMSA co-chair at Stanford

Partnering on this podcast is the Massachusetts Chapter, American College of Cardiology

Underrepresentation in Clinical Trials & Guidelines with Dr. Clyde Yancy

Date: Monday, May 3rd at 7PM EST


  • Dr. Frank Aquirre, Governor, Illinois Chapter, ACC
  • Dr. Clyde Yancy
  • Dr. Victoria Thomas
  • Dr. Quentin Youmans

Partnering on this podcast is the Illinois Chapter, American College of Cardiology

Empowerment & Growing Together as Women in EP with Dr. Kamala Tamirisa

Date: Saturday, June 5th, 11AM EST


  • Dr. Kenneth Shaffer, Governor, Texas Chapter ACC
  • Dr. Kamala Tamirisa
  • Dr. Miranda Merrill
  • Dr. Natasha Cuk
  • Dr. Stephanie Fuentes

Partnering on this podcast is the Texas Chapter, American College of Cardiology

Planning Committee

Dr. Katie Berlacher is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Program Director of Cardiology Fellowship Program, and Director of the Women’s Heart Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Her primary research is in the field of medical education, specifically innovative curriculum development and faculty development. She is also involved in research surrounding cardiac disease in women and pregnancy in cardiology. 

Nosheen Reza, MD

Dr. Nosheen Reza

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Nosheen Reza is a cardiologist and translational researcher at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology and cardiovascular genetics, genomics, and phenomics. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2012 and completed her internal medicine residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2015. She then completed her Cardiovascular Disease fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and served as 2017-2018 Chief Fellow. At Penn, Dr. Reza pursued additional scholarship in genomic medicine as an NIH T32-funded postdoctoral fellow and in healthcare quality as a Penn Benjamin & Mary Siddons Measey Fellow in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. She completed her final year of clinical training at Penn in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology and joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in July 2020. Dr. Reza is passionate about medical education and has won many distinctions in the field throughout her training. She serves as an editorial board member for JACC: Case ReportsJACCCardioOncology, and Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports. Dr. Reza is an active leader in the Heart Failure Society of AmericaAmerican Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology at the local and national levels and volunteers on multiple leadership councils and steering committees within these organizations.

Dr. Zarina Sharalaya - CardioNerds

Dr. Zarina Sharalaya

Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Zarina Sharalaya is an interventional cardiology fellow at the Cleveland Clinic. She completed medical school at The Ohio State University and then completed her residency at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She moved back to her home state of Ohio to do general cardiology fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic. Zarina has been very involved with the Ohio ACC and this year has served as co-chair of the FIT Council. She is passionate about the Women in Cardiology initiative has been able to help formulate the first WIC chapter for Ohio ACC. She enjoys traveling, music, and spending time with her husband and new puppy Zuma.