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Medical journalism empowers the masses with key and timely health information, distilled from primary literature and other sources. The CardioNerds Medical Journalism Program is an immersive experience whereby CardioNerds Correspondents develop as journalists in the cardiovascular arena. Information is power, and we aim to improve health equitably by empowering everyone with accurate, timely, and relevant cardiovascular health news.

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Dr. Jessie Holtzman

Dr. Jessie Holtzman

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Jessie Holtzman (@jholtzman3) is an internal medicine resident at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, before which she had the time of her life as a Fulbright Scholar doing research in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She ultimately hopes to pursue a career that combines clinical cardiology with an emphasis on women’s cardiovascular health, medical education, and policy making. In her spare time, Jessie loves kayaking on the San Francisco bay, as well as reading about medical device regulation and novel payment models.
Dr. Kelly Arps

Dr. Kelly Arps

Duke University

Kelly completed medical school at Emory University and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she served as editor in chief for the 2018 Osler Medicine Survival Guide and was awarded the Priya Pallagumi Memorial Award for leadership. She is currently is a clinical cardiology fellow at Duke University and served on the 2019-2020 ACC FIT website editorial board in the education section. Kelly is planning to pursue a career in cardiac electrophysiology. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing volleyball, reading biographies, and cooking vegetarian cuisine.

Dr. Devesh Rai

Dr. Devesh Rai

Rochester General Hospital

Devesh @DeveshRaiMD is a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Rochester General Hospital. He was awarded as the best PGY3 of the year for his clinical acumen and peer teaching abilities and was chief resident. During residency, he has received travel and research grants and involved in multiple prospective studies. He is interested in pursuing a career in imaging, prevention, and #MedEd. He is involved in gender-based disparities and outcomes. Over the weekends, he is hiking with his wife @RitambharaMD and exploring western NY. 

Dr. Alexandra Pipilas - CardioNerds

Dr. Alex Pipilas

Boston Medical Center

Alexandra Pipilas (@apipilasMD) is a cardiology fellow at Boston Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate training at Boston University before leaving for a short stint in Chicago for medical school. She then returned to Boston for internal medicine residency and chief residency at Boston Medical Center. Outside of the hospital, she is enjoys attempting to climb the peloton leaderboard and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Daniel Pipilas

Dr. Daniel Pipilas

Massachusetts General Hospital

Danny is originally from New Hampshire, and went to Boston University for undergrad followed by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He did his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s and is a general cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is pursuing a career in cardiac electrophysiology. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, running, spinning, and cooking.
Dr. Najah Khan

Dr. Najah Khan

Houston Methodist Hospital

Dr. Najah Khan is an internal medicine resident at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. She completed her medical school training at Texas A&M College of Medicine in Bryan, TX. Najah’s clinical and research interests include cardiovascular education, social media for medical education, preventative cardiology, women’s health, and cardiovascular imaging. She is passionate about improving medical education and continues to work with medical students and clinical preceptors/coordinators at Houston Methodist. She enjoys board games, petting cats, trying new gadgets, and writing poetry/puns (#Najahkhardia).
Dr. Mark Belkin

Dr. Mark Belkin

University of Chicago

Mark Belkin is a 3rd year Cardiology Fellow at the University of Chicago. He attended Tulane University for his undergraduate degree before returning to his home town for medical school at Rush University in Chicago. He completed Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Chicago before staying on for General Cardiology Fellowship. He is excited to start his Advanced Heart Failure & Transplantation Fellowship at University of Chicago in the upcoming academic year. Mark has been involved in the Critical Care Cardiology groups in both the AHA and ACC. His research interests include identifying invasive hemodynamic markers in cardiogenic shock that may help guide individualized treatment decisions and help inform the prognosis for myocardial recovery. In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with this wife, Anna, and their rescue pup, Buster Bluth Belkin.