CardioVascular Center for Research and Innovation (CVCRI)

Researchers + Staff

Each physician within the CardioVascular Center at Tufts Medical Center, not only cares for patients but is looking to advance their care. These physicians are always thinking ahead and conducting research to find treatments for congestive heart failure and other cardiac diseases.

Marvin A. Konstam, MD

Marvin A. Konstam, MD

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Title(s): Chief Physician Executive, The CardioVascular Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6293
Fax #: 617-636-7667

Heart failure, cardiac transplant

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Frederick  Y. Chen, MD, PhD

Frederick Y. Chen, MD, PhD

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Title(s): Chief, Cardiac Surgery; Professor of Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease, minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)

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Payam  Salehi, MD, PhD

Payam Salehi, MD, PhD

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Title(s): Chief, Vascular Surgery; Co-Director, Aortic Disease Program; Vascular Surgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Vascular Surgery
Appt. Phone: Aortic Disease referrals phone: 617-636-5590; Vascular Surgery referrals phone: 617-636-8094
Fax #: 617-636-8003

Complex aortic surgery, thoracic outlet syndrome, cerebrovascular disease, vascular and endovascular surgery, venous surgery, complex wound care

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James E. Udelson, MD

James E. Udelson, MD

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Title(s): Chief, Division of Cardiology; Director, Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3186
Fax #: 617-636-7175

Cardiac imaging, heart failure

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David DeNofrio, MD

David DeNofrio, MD

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Title(s): Medical Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure, cardiac transplantation

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Neil J. Halin, DO, FSIR, FAOCR

Neil J. Halin, DO, FSIR, FAOCR

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Chief, Cardiovascular-Interventional Radiology; Vice Chair, Radiology for Quality and Operations; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology, CardioVascular Center
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-0041

Peripheral vascular disease, biliary and urinary obstruction, thrombo-embolic disease, vascular disease, lung cancer, thoracic tumors, general radiology

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Carey D. Kimmelstiel, MD

Carey D. Kimmelstiel, MD

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Title(s): Director, Interventional Cardiology Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Interventional cardiology

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Christopher Madias, MD

Christopher Madias, MD

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Title(s): Director, Cardiac Arrhythmia Center
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5902
Fax #: 617-636-7830

Cardiovascular disease, cardiac electrophysiology, WATCHMAN

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David W. Allen, MD

David W. Allen, MD

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Radiologist; Cardiovascular-Interventional Radiology; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-0041

Interventional radiology, general radiology

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Robert M. Blanton, Jr., MD

Robert M. Blanton, Jr., MD

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Title(s): Cardiologist; Investigator and Co-Director, Mouse Physiology Core Laboratory, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-1444

General cardiology, preventive cardiology

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Patrick Blomberg, MD

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Title(s): Electrophysiologist
Department(s): CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, SVT, pacemakers, defibrillators

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Michael T. Chin, MD, PhD

Michael T. Chin, MD, PhD

Title(s): Research Director, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Center and Research Institute, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI), CardioVascular Center (CVC), and the Division of Cardiology; Professor, TUSM
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8066
Fax #: 617-636-7175

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular disease

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Christopher A. Clyne, MD, FACC, FHRS

Christopher A. Clyne, MD, FACC, FHRS

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Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts Medical School
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Clinical Cardiology, Clinical Electrophysiology

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Laurence A. Conway, MD

Laurence A. Conway, MD

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Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8252
Fax #: 617-636-5039

Interventional cardiology

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Gregory  S. Couper, MD

Gregory S. Couper, MD

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Title(s): Surgical Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

General cardiac/thoracic surgery

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Brian  Christopher Downey, MD

Brian Christopher Downey, MD

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Title(s): Director, Advanced Imaging Fellowship Program; Associate Program Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program; Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
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Non-invasive cardiology (nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography)

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Mohamad El-Zaru, MD

Mohamad El-Zaru, MD

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Title(s): Staff Cardiologist, Interventional Cardiology Center; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8252
Fax #: 617-636-5039

Cardiovascular disease

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Kay D. Everett, MD, PhD

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Title(s): Attending Cardiologist, Tufts Medical Center; Instructor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

General Cardiology, Cardiac Care Unit

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Jonas B. Galper, MD, PhD

Jonas B. Galper, MD, PhD

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Title(s): Director, Laboratory of Lipid Metabolism and CardioVascular Signaling, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-4833

General cardiology, molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases

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Edward W. Grandin, MD, MPH, MEd

Edward W. Grandin, MD, MPH, MEd

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Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure

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Jennifer Grondell, MSN, FNP-C

Jennifer Grondell, MSN, FNP-C

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Title(s): Nurse Practitioner
Department(s): Medicine, Cardiology, Structural Heart Program
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4259
Fax #: 617-636-8070

MitraClip, Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion, PFO closure, ASD closure

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Gaurav Gulati, MD, MS

Gaurav Gulati, MD, MS

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Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant
Appt. Phone:
Fax #:

Heart failure, heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, cardiogenic shock

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Munther K. Homoud, MD

Munther K. Homoud, MD

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Title(s): Co-Director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5902
Fax #: 617-636-7830

Cardiac arrhythmias, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillation, surgery for arrhythmias

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Gordon S. Huggins, MD

Gordon S. Huggins, MD

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Title(s): Director, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI) Center for Translational Pharmacology and Genomics; Cardiologist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8991
Fax #: 617-636-5999

Genetic mechanisms in cardiovascular cells including analysis of human trains and disease as a discovery platform biological studies, genetic susceptibility to heart and vascular diseases and molecular regulation of gene expression in cardiomyocytes and cardiomyocyte precursor cells.

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Iris Z. Jaffe, MD, PhD

Iris Z. Jaffe, MD, PhD

Title(s): Executive Director, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI); Cardiologist; Director, Vascular Biology Research Center within the MCRI; Elisa Kent Mendelsohn Professor of Molecular Cardiology, TUSM
Department(s): Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI), Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone:
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General cardiology, resistant hypertension

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Navin K. Kapur, MD, FAHA, FACC, FSCAI

Navin K. Kapur, MD, FAHA, FACC, FSCAI

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Title(s): Executive Director, The CardioVascular Center for Research and Innovation (CVCRI); Director, Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; Director, Interventional Research Laboratories; Director of Cardiac Biology Research Center, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI); Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8252
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support

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Masashi Kawabori, MD

Masashi Kawabori, MD

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Title(s): Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery, Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Heart transplantation, mechanic circulatory support, adult general cardiac surgery

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Michael S. Kiernan, MD, MS

Michael S. Kiernan, MD, MS

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Title(s): Medical Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure, cardiac transplantation, ventricular assist devices

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Alan T. Kono, MD

Alan T. Kono, MD

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Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure

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Shivani Kumar, MD

Shivani Kumar, MD

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Title(s): Vascular Surgeon; Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Vascular Surgery
Appt. Phone:
Fax #:

Aortic aneurysm disease, aortic dissection, endovascular intervention, PAD, limb salvage, dialysis access, venous disease

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Douglas Laidlaw, MD

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Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-9488
Fax #: 617-636-9115

Electrophysiology, pacemaker services

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Donald G. Love, MD

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Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center
Appt. Phone: 508-875-4811
Fax #:

Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiac catheterization, Device implantation and follow-up, Echocardiography

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Alison Massed, NP

Alison Massed, NP

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Nurse Practitioner
Department(s): CardioVascular Center, Structural Heart
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4259
Fax #: 617-636-7667

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

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Paula J. Mooney, NP, MS

Title(s): Nurse Practitioner
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Cardiology

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Nicole M Orr, MD, FACC

Nicole M Orr, MD, FACC

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Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone:
Fax #:

Geriatric cardiology, echocardiography

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Ayan R. Patel, MD

Ayan R. Patel, MD

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Title(s): Director, Cardiovascular Imaging and Hemodynamic Laboratory; Director, Women's Heart Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-8070

Echocardiography, heart failure, women's heart disease, cardiac amyloidosis

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Richard D. Patten, MD

Richard D. Patten, MD

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Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure

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Joseph F. Polak, MD, MPH

Joseph F. Polak, MD, MPH

Title(s): Radiologist; Chief, Radiology, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-0041

Cardiovascular imaging, interventional radiology, imaging of atherosclerosis and plaque evaluation, interventions of venous diseases, general radiology

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Charles D.  Resor, MD, MSc

Charles D. Resor, MD, MSc

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Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab; Associate Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Interventional Cardiology and Structural Heart Disease
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Interventional cardiology, structural heart disease and intervention, aortic stenosis, TAVR trans aortic valve replacement, MitraClip, mechanical circulatory support

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Guy Rozen, MD, MHA

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Title(s): Electrophysiologist
Department(s): CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Atrial Fibrillation/Flutter, Supraventricular Arrhythmia, Sudden Cardiac Death, Ventricular Tachycardia, Implantable Pacemakers and Defibrillators

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Marwa A. Sabe, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure

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Deeb N. Salem, MD, FACP, FACC, FAHA

Deeb N. Salem, MD, FACP, FACC, FAHA

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Senior Vice President of Academic Integration, Tufts Medicine; Sheldon M. Wolff Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-8070

Cardiology

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Jeffrey Shih, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Cardiology, heart failure

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Sushil Singh, MD

Sushil Singh, MD

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Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5902
Fax #: 617-636-9115

Electrophysiology, arrhythmias

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Eugene I.  Tikh, MD, PhD

Eugene I. Tikh, MD, PhD

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Radiologist; Cardiovascular-Interventional Radiology; Assistant Professor of Radiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-0041

Interventional Radiology

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Jenica Upshaw, MD

Jenica Upshaw, MD

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Title(s): Medical Director, Cardio-Oncology Program; Attending Physician, Advanced Heart Failure; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Cardio-oncology, heart failure

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David M. Venesy, MD

David M. Venesy, MD

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Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-7175

Heart failure

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Amanda Vest, MBBS, MPH

Amanda Vest, MBBS, MPH

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Title(s): Medical Director, Cardiac Transplantation Program; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Cardiology, heart failure, cardiomyopathies (including cardiac amyloidosis, sarcoidosis) heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, pregnancy and heart disease (including peripartum cardiomyopathy)

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Amanda Weathers, NP

Amanda Weathers, NP

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Nurse Practitioner
Department(s): CardioVascular Center, Structural Heart
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4259
Fax #: 617-636-7667

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

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Benjamin S. Wessler, MD

Benjamin S. Wessler, MD

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Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Director, Valve Center; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Non-invasive cardiology, echocardiography

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Yong  Zhan, MD

Yong Zhan, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Co-Director, Aortic Disease Program; Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: Aortic Disease referrals phone: 617-636-5590; Vascular Surgery referrals phone: 617-636-8094
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, aortic aneurysm and dissection surgery, surgical repair of valvular heart disease, minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices

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