Meet The NERDS!
Amit Goyal, MD, Co-founder
Amit Goyal, MD MAS (@AmitGoyalMD) is an interventional cardiology fellow at the Cleveland Clinic.
With a passion for medical education, he co-founded CardioNerds. In this capacity, he designed the CardioNerds Academy, Healy Honor Roll, Narratives in Cardiology, Medical Journalism, and Scholarship programs.
He completed his medical school and obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research at the University of California, San Diego and went on to enjoy internal medicine residency training in the Osler Program at Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the Assistant Chief of Service of the Barker Firm. As ACS he founded Osler Grand Rounds, an interactive mystery case discussion, and helped establish a novel morning report structure integrating bedside skills education. He
trained in general cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic where he remained for interventional cardiology fellowship. He has served as the Educational Editorial Fellow as member of the ACC FIT Editorial Board and Associate Editorial Team Lead for ACC.org’s Pericardial Section.
He relishes time with friends and family including with his wife Riddhi and three sons Dhruv, Aarav, and Atharv.
Daniel Ambinder, MD, Co-founder
Daniel Ambinder, MD @Dr_DanMD is an interventional/structural cardiology fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
With a passion for medical education, he co-founded CardioNerds. In this capacity, he designed and maintains the CardioNerds website, helped established the CardioNerds Academy, Narratives in Cardiology, Medical Journalism, and Scholarship programs. He is an assistant social media editor for Circulation @circAHA and co-created and maintains @hopkinsheart.
He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed residency in the Osler Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he also completed his general cardiology fellowship.
Clinical and research interests include resuscitation of cardiac arrest, mechanical circulatory support, coronary and structural heart disease.
Karan Desai, MD Editor in Chief
Dr. Karan Desai is Chief Cardiovascular Disease Fellow at the University of Maryland and was previously Assistant Chief of Service at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is passionate about medical education and has been recognized with several clinical teaching awards in residency and fellowship. In his role with CardioNerds, Karan is a co-chair for CardioNerds Rounds (#CardsRounds), a co-chair for the CardioNerds Critical Care Series, and was on the CardioNerds Case Report (#CNCR) series production team. As Editor in Chief of the CardioNerds Academy, Karan edits and mentors digital medical education content produced by the Academy. When Karan is not Nerdin’ out he is spending time with his rambunctious one year old and his fellow podcasting wife @NeenaJubeDesai, and rooting on the 76ers as a #trusttheprocess diehard.
Evelyn Song, MD, Director of Scholarship
Tommy Das, MD, Program Director
Dr. Tommy Das (@ThomasMDas) is a Cardiovascular Medicine fellow at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a native of Houston, TX, and received his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his training in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Osler Medical Training Program, where he was part of the inaugural medical education pathway. As the grateful recipient of thoughtful and impactful mentorship throughout his career, Tommy is excited to pay it forward by working with an amazing team of educators and clinicians through the CardioNerds Academy Fellowship. His passions range widely from interventional cardiology, medical education in the digital world, folk music, the parks of Northeast Ohio, and pecan pie.
Rick Ferraro, MD, Director of Journal Club
Dr. Rick Ferraro is midwest raised, spent two years as a Teach For America Corps member teaching science in Milwaukee before heading to medical school at Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC. Current senior resident at the Osler Medical Residency program and will begin cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2021. Completed intern year under the incredible leadership of Dr. Amit Goyal. Interested in cardiovascular prevention and imaging
Gurleen Kaur, MD, Director of the CardioNerds Internship
Gurleen Kaur (@Gurleen_Kaur96) is an Internal Medicine Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She received her MD with Distinction in Research from Albany Medical College, as part of the physician-scientist program with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During medical school, her research focused on cardiovascular prevention and Cardio-Obstetrics. She was also a member of the ACC Student Leadership Groupand Perspectives Editorial Committee. She is passionate about all things Cardiology, clinical reasoning, and medical education. In her free time, Gurleen enjoys traveling, trying out new restaurants, and baking.
Saman Nematollahi, MD, Director of CardioNerds Research
Dr. Saman Nematollahi is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson in 2015. He completed internal medicine residency training at Columbia University Medical Center in 2018, then completed ID fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, with an emphasis on Transplant ID in 2021. He has also completed his coursework for his Master of Education in the Health Professions through Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Saman is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He is the Vice-Chair of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Fellows Subcommittee and is a liaison to the Executive Committee of the IDSA Medical Education Community of Practice. He is also a member of the Infectious Disease Fellows Network and serves as the Director of Research of The Clinical Problem Solvers podcast. He enjoys wrestling with his son and watching shows with his partner.
Dr. Devesh Rai, #CardsJC Deputy Director
Shelly Ganguli, CardioNerds Project Administrator
Shelly grew up near Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University. She has worked as a project manager for various non-profit healthcare organizations and platforms, with a focus in medical education and community engagement. She enjoys all things coffee, reading, and impromptu dance parties with her son.