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’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

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.  

Carine Hamo, MD

Carine Hamo @CarineHamo is a cardiology fellow at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She completed medical school at St. George’s University followed by residency training at Stony Brook University Hospital where she also served as Chief Resident. 

Carine is currently getting an MHS in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. She plans to pursue additional training in advanced heart failure and transplant and is interested in an academic career involving clinical research. 

She puts her nerdiness to good use by creating the visual aid that supplements each podcast.

Karan Desai, MD is a cardiology fellow at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and he has teamed up with the Cardionerds Cardiology Podcast to help produce the Case Report Series

Karan Desai, MD

Dr. Karan Desai is a cardiology fellow at the University of Maryland. He completed his medical school at Albany Medical College and went on to residency training at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he also served as Assistant Chief of Service. He is passionate about medical education and clinical reasoning and has been recognized with clinical teaching awards in both residency and fellowship. Karan’s clinical and research interests include critical care cardiology, mechanical circulatory support and structural imaging.

When not in the hospital, Karan is spending time exploring DC with his wife (@NeenaJubeDesai) and rooting on the 76ers as a #trusttheprocess diehard.

Justin Berk


Justin Berk, MD MPH MBA is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. He is a clinical educator active in ambulatory and inpatient patient care on Medicine and Pediatrics. His professional interests include use of Social Media for Medical Education, Addiction Medicine, and Correctional Health. He enjoys coffee, thinking about hiking, and being a generalist. He can be reached on Twitter @justinberk.

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