CardioNerds Healy Honor Roll

Welcome to the CardioNerds Healy Honor Roll & Ambassadors page! 

The CardioNerds Healy Honor Roll is the list of cardiovascular fellowship programs which support the CardioNerds mission to Democratize Cardiovascular Education. These programs foster the CardioNerds spirit by:
✔️Nominating a CardioNerds Ambassador – see below
✔️Contributing open-access content by way of CNCR cases

The CardioNerds Ambassadors are fellows nominated by CardioNerds fellowships to represent education at their program. They are an esteemed group of highly motivated individuals with a passion for education. The goal is to both:

✔️Ensure representation on the platform from their programs
✔️Foster their individual personal & professional development

Meet our ambassadors below – they are tomorrow’s leaders.

The CardioNerds Healy Honor Roll is named after Dr. Bernadine Patricia Healy, a CardioNerd Hero who was the first female director of the National Institutes of Health and accomplished incredible achievements during her career.

Is your program a CardioNerds program? Contact us to learn how to join the Honor Roll & help us Democratize CV Education.

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Honor Roll Programs and Ambassadors

Christine Shen

Dr. Christine Shen

Scripps Clinic

Christine Shen @iconsideritjoy is a cardiology fellow at Scripps Clinic. She completed medical school at Loma Linda University and went on to residency training at Scripps Clinic. Passions include whole person care, health and technology, medical education, and women’s cardiovascular health.
 
Dr. Priya Kothapalli

Dr. Priya Kothapalli

The University of Texas at Austin

Priya Kothapalli @prkothapalli is a cardiology fellow at The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School. After completing an accelerated BS/MD program at Temple University, she moved down to Texas to pursue internal medicine training at Houston Methodist Hospital. As a post-doctoral research fellow, Priya functioned at the intersection between clinical medicine, engineering, and industry, fueling her passion for device innovation. As an inaugural cardiology fellow at UT Austin, Priya has developed multidisciplinary workgroups with graduate education to promote innovation in interventional cardiology. She views medical education as a valuable tool to promote multidisciplinary collaboration and drive innovation while creating a pathway for mentorship. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for all things interventional cardiology as a CardioNerds ambassador. In her free time, she enjoys working out and spending time with her dogs, Lub Dub & Baloo.
 
Sonia Shah

Dr. Sonia Shah

UT Southwestern

Sonia Shah @sshah008 is a cardiology fellow at UT Southwestern. She obtained her medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency at Stanford University. 
Sonia is interested in cardiovascular disease in women and sex differences in cardiovascular outcomes. In her spare time, she can be found exploring hikes or choreographing Indian Bhangra dances with her co-fellow husband.  
Dr. Justice Oranefo

Dr. Justice Oranefo

University of Connecticut

Justice Oranefo is a cardiology fellow at University of Connecticut. Following his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science in the United Kingdom, he completed medical school at St George’s University Grenada followed by Internal Medicine residency at University of Massachusetts. He is passionate about medical education and diversity in medicine.
 
Dr. Miranda Merrill - CardioNerds

Dr. Miranda Merrill

Oregon Health & Science University

Miranda is a cardiology fellow at Oregon Health & Science University. She attended OHSU for medical school, made a brief move to the Rocky Mountains for internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado and then returned to Portland, OR and OHSU for fellowship. She is interested in electrophysiology as well as critical care cardiology. She is passionate about medical education and hopes to pursue a career in academic cardiology. Outside of medicine, she is a runner, recreational soccer player and skier and enjoys traveling, backpacking, reading and broadway musicals.
 
 
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Dr. Hussain Khalid

University of Florida Health

Hussain Khalid @HussainMKCards is a cardiology fellow at University of Florida Health. He completed his medical school at University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at University Hospitals/Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He is passionate about medical education and plans to pursue a career in general cardiology with an emphasis on advanced imaging. His current research interests include TTE/TEE correlates of success for structural interventions.
 
Dr. Kushani Gajjar

Dr. Kushani Gajjar

Allegheny General Hospital & Western Pennsylvania Health Consortium

I did my medical school in India at Smt NHL Municipal Medical College. A serendipitous chain of events lead me to do an elective at Harvard Medical School during my final year in med school. I decided to do residency in the USA after this elective which eventually lead to doing internal medicine at University of Connecticut. I followed my husband to Pittsburgh to do Cardiology at Allegheny General Hospital(AGH). I have loved cardiology since I was a second year med student and consider it a great privilege to be a part of this field. The intersection of the humanities and the rational, extremely methodical part of cardiology also fascinates me. I derive great pleasure from applying art, philosophy and humor (in addition to the obvious scientific and rational vigor inherent to medicine) to cardiology. I am also a big believer of mindfulness and when not doing something cardiology related, am usually hiking or doing yoga!
 
Victoria Thomas

Dr. Victoria Thomas

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Cardiovascular Medicine

Victoria Thomas @Drvic_thomas is a cardiology fellow at Vanderbilt University. She completed medical school at University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine followed by residency training at Indiana University. Victoria is fervent about medical and patient education along with promoting health equity and decreasing health disparities. She is currently deciding between a Master of Education or Science in Clinical Investigation. Her research interest are curriculum development, cardiac ATTR, and coronary artery disease.
Dr. Phoo Pwint Nandar

Dr. Phoo Pwint Nandar

SummaHealth Heart and Vascular Institute

Phoo Pwint Nandar @PhooPwintNandar is a cardiology fellow at Summahealth Heart and Vascular Institute. She completed her medical school at University of Medicine (1) in Myanmar where she was born and raised. She finished her Internal Medicine Residency training at Central Michigan University. She is planning to pursue advanced heart failure and transplant. She is very passionate about medical education and quality improvement. Outside medicine, she loves music, hiking, traveling, cooking and meditation.
 
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Dr. Isaac Mizrahi

University of Hawaii

Isaac Mizrahi is a cardiology fellow at the University of Hawaii. He completed medical school at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine before moving to Brooklyn, New York to complete his internal medicine residency and a chief resident year at Maimonides Medical Center. He has a passion for teaching and is excited to join his colleagues around the country in democratizing cardiac education. In his free time he enjoys botany, traveling, and surfing. He is perpetually trying to convince people that there are actually two Isaac Mizrahis.
 
 
Dr. Andrew Brown

Dr. Andrew Brown

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Andrew Brown @AndrewBrown221 is a cardiology fellow at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He completed medical school, residency, and a chief residency at the University of Mississippi. During residency, Andrew co-founded the program’s wellness committee and completed quality improvement work on accurate blood pressure measurement in clinic. Currently, he is interested in all things CV and plans to pursue a career in academics focusing on fellowship education and noninvasive cardiology. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys.
 
 
Dr. Manu Mysore

Dr. Manu Mysore

University of Maryland

Manu Mysore @ManuMysore2 is cardiology fellow at the University of Maryland. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia (Go Wahoos!). He completed his medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He is fairly active on #CardioTwitter and is thrilled to be the UMD Ambassador for CardioNerds. Passions include cardiac oncology, preventative cardiology, and medical education. Clinical and research interests have included the role of advanced imaging such as cardiac MRI in the prognostication of chemotherapeutic effects on the heart. He is looking forward to a career within non-invasive cardiology.
 
Dr. Tiffany Dong

Dr. Tiffany Dong

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Tiffany Dong is a general cardiology fellow at the Cleveland Clinic. She completed residency at Emory and medical school at George Washington University. Her interests include medical education, clinical research and increasing diversity within the field. In her free time, she enjoys spin classes, yoga and listening to a wide variety of podcasts especially Cardionerds!
Sean Dikdan

Dr. Sean Dikdan

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Sean Dikdan, MD MPH
Sean Dikdan @SDikdan is a first year cardiology fellow at Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia where he also completed his IM residency training. He graduated Rutgers NJ med school and is a proud Boston College eagle. He is passionate about med ed and loves reviewing ECGs. He has co-created his own podcast focused on case-based journal club @Med_Lit_Review. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys cooking, escape rooms, and listening to too many podcasts. He lives in Philly with his fiancé Sondra and weimador (weimaraner and labrador mix), Lacey Ig: sweetfacemcmoochy.
 
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Dr. Apu Chakrabarti

University of Michigan

Apu is looking forward to career in electrophysiology and is passionate about medical education and evidence-based medicine. His research interests include outcomes research and machine learning. In his free time he enjoys hiking, expedition kayaking, and frolicking with his rescue pup, Juniper.
 
Dr. Alison Wand

Dr. Ali Wand

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Ali is a cardiology fellow at Johns Hopkins, where she also completed her internal medicine residency and chief resident year. Her clinical interests include inflammatory cardiomyopathies and women’s CV health. She also has a passion for medical education and is thrilled to be a part of the CardioNerds world! Outside the hospital, Ali loves cooking, reading, and exploring Charm City with her co-fellow husband and their rambunctious toddler.
 
 

Dr. Jamal Mahar

Baylor College of Medicine

Jamal attended medical school at the Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan. Following this, he joined Cleveland Clinic for Internal Medicine residency where he spent an additional year as Chief Medical Resident. During his chief year, Jamal was involved in multiple curriculum development initiatives including the development of one of the nation’s first Problem-Based Learning curricula within an IM program. Following his passion for medical education, he completed a Masters of Education in Health Professions Education. During this, he helped found and lead the Clinician-Educator Track at the Cleveland Clinic. His career interests include critical care cardiology and continued involvement in medical education innovation.
 
 
Ben Jamin

Dr. Benjamin Horn

Lankenau Medical Center

Benjamin (Ben) Horn @benh2424 is a fellow at Lankenau Medical Center outside Philadelphia. He was a former chief resident and medical resident at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He enjoys being active in learning and teaching environments thus very excited to be a part of the cardionerds team!
 
 
Dr. Omid Amidi - CardioNerds

Dr. Omid Amidi

University of California, Los Angeles

Omid Amidi (OAmidi MD) is a cardiology fellow at University of California, Los Angeles. He completed medical school at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and went on to complete his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Omid is an active writer, with a focus on narrative medicine. He was part of the AHA Early Career Blogger Program in 2018-2019. His research interests include cardio-oncology with a focus on chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity and coronary disease.
 
 
Yoav Karpenshif

Dr. Yoav Karpenshif

University of Pennsylvania

Yoav Karpenshif is a cardiology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before doing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Yoav is passionate about the intersection of medical education, technology, and healthcare quality. He is interested in echocardiography and critical care in cardiology. You can often find him in front of a whiteboard teaching all things cardiology. Outside of the hospital he enjoys a good cup of coffee, all things Philadelphia, and time with his family.
 
 
Loie Farina

Dr. Loie Farina

Northwestern University

Loie Farina @loiefarina is a cardiology fellow at Northwestern University. After venturing down south for undergrad at Duke (go Blue Devils!), she returned home to Chicago and has since completed both medical school and residency at Northwestern. She hopes to pursue a career in advanced heart failure and transplantation and is passionate about medical education and heart disease in women. Outside the hospital, she enjoys running along Chicago’s Lakefront Trail, cooking, and exploring new restaurants.
 
 
 
Stephanie Fuentes

Dr. Stephanie Fuentes

Houston Methodist Hospital

Stephanie Fuentes is a cardiology fellow at Houston Methodist Hospital. She completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch followed by residency training at Houston Methodist Hospital. She is passionate about medical education, clinical research and reducing health disparities. She plans to pursue a career in electrophysiology. She is excited to represent Houston Methodist as a CardioNerds ambassador and collaborate with cardiology colleagues from across the country in an effort to share knowledge and science. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog Kusi.
 
 
 

Dr. Nitin Malik

Georgetown University/Medstar Washington Hospital Center

Nitin Malik (@nmalik927) is a cardiology fellow at Georgetown University/Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He pursued Engineering Physics as an undergraduate student at Cornell University and went to medical school at the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the Medical Student Teaching Award for his role as a teaching assistant to the Cardiovascular System course for second-year medical students. He then completed his internal medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Nitin is passionate about medical education and innovation in medicine and cardiology. He plans to pursue additional training in advanced cardiovascular imaging and a career in academic medicine, where he can continue to bridge his background and interests in engineering with clinical practice. In his free time, Nitin enjoys running, playing piano, and dancing Bhangra, a North Indian folk dance.
 
 
 
David Soma

Dr. David Soma

Medical College of Wisconsin

David Soma (@somadr5) is a cardiology fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University before completing Internal Medicine Residency at Case Western (Metrohealth) in Cleveland, Ohio where he also served as chief resident. He is passionate about teaching cardiology in a way that is easy to understand for all levels of training and, most of all, spending time with his wife and two goofy dogs.
 
 
 
 
Dr. Alexandra Pipilas - CardioNerds

Dr. Alexandra 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.
 
 
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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.
Mays Ali

Dr. Mays Ali

Mayo Clinic

Mays Ali @MaysAliMD is a cardiology fellow at the Mayo Clinic. She completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine followed by internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where she also served as Assistant Chief of Service. She is interested in interventional and intraoperative echocardiography with a clinical and academic interest in valvular disease in the elderly. She is passionate about medical education and advocating for Women In Cardiology #WIC. In her efforts to seek work-life integration, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog in the Minnesota outdoors, roasting coffee, and Netflix binges.
Dr. Natasha Cuk

Dr. Natasha Cuk

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Natasha Cuk is a cardiology fellow at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She completed her medical school and residency training at UCLA before moving just a short distance across town for fellowship. Her future plans include a career in Electrophysiology. Her interests include medical education, clinical research, and advocacy. When she’s not in the hospital, she’s usually watching TV, antagonizing her cat, Holly, or catching a CardioNerds episode!
 

Dr. Natalie Stokes

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Natalie is a cardiology fellow at UPMC. She completed medical school and residency at the University of Pennsylvania; prior to that, she received a master’s degree in Gender Studies at the University of York, UK. Passions include women’s cardiovascular health, medical education, and working towards building more equitable healthcare systems! She has a penchant for deadlifting, mountain biking, and dunkin coffee (can’t take the Boston out of the girl).
 
Dr. Matthew Delfiner

Dr. Matthew Delfiner

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Matt is a cardiology fellow at Temple University Hospital, where he also completed his internal medicine residency. While earning his medical degree at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, he developed particular interests in cardiovascular physiology, hemodynamics, and medical education. Prior to medical school he earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and MS from Georgetown University. In his free time he enjoys playing racquet sports, hiking, and procrastinating while he should be cleaning his apartment.
Dr. David Louis

Dr. David Louis

Brown University

David Louis @DavidWLouis is a cardiology fellow at Brown University. He completed medical school at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) before matching at Brown University for both internal medicine and general cardiology. Passions include interventional cardiology (#RadialFirst), critical care medicine, and medical education. His research interests involve using national registry databases in order advocate for an entire patient population. He loves spending time with his wife Shanna, their son Charlie, and their dog Luna.