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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program Faculty

 

CORE FACULTY

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Brijeshwar Maini, MD, FACC

Program Director

Dr. Maini received his medical degree from the prestigious Christian Medical College of Punjab University before completing his post-doctoral research fellowship at University of California at San Francisco, where he worked to evaluate the effects of sex steroids (testosterone, estrogen, DHEA) on in vitro porcine coronary arteries, and the effect of calcium channel blockers on isolated Langendorff heart preparations. He completed his training in internal medicine, cardiology, as well as interventional cardiology from MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Maini subsequently spent the next thirteen years in Harrisburg, PA practicing interventional cardiology and developing a state-of-the-art structural heart program. He was also instrumental in building a robust research program and conducted landmark research trials. Dr. Maini has served as principal investigator on several clinical trials, including percutaneous left ventricular assist devices such as USPELLA, near infrared spectroscopy, and interventional imaging with 4D intracardiac echocardiography. Dr. Maini is a highly experienced clinician with expertise in the design and conduct of clinical trials and new product development. He continues to be widely published in the field.

Dr. Maini moved to Florida in 2015 and founded the FAU Cardiovascular Disease fellowship and acts as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. He is the National Medical Director of Cardiology for Tenet Healthcare. He additionally serves on the Structural Heart Consortium of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Maini is dedicated to the continuous growth and success of the fellowship.

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Houman Khalili, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Associate Program Director

Dr. Houman Khalili is an interventional cardiologist with Tenet Florida Physicians, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He practices at the Florida Medical Center and Delray Medical Center. He received his medical degree from UT Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center in Dallas, TX. After completion of his internal medicine residency, he stayed on for additional training in cardiovascular medicine. Given his strong interest in coronary and valvular heart disease, he completed an additional year of training in interventional cardiology at UTSW, and a year of structural heart disease training at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan.

Dr. Khalili practiced at the North Texas Veteran Administration Healthcare system—one of the busiest VA cardiology practices in the country—and was an Assistant Professor at UTSW prior to re-locating to South Florida. He worked closely with Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology Fellows, and had an active research program. He has a strong background in complex percutaneous coronary interventions, valvular heart disease, and structural heart disease interventions. He has presented at national meetings, and has numerous publications in various peer-reviewed journals. He continues to play an active role in resident and fellow education, and clinical research at FAU and Delray Medical Center.

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Eric Lieberman, MD, FACC

Dr. Eric Lieberman is a board-certified cardiologist practicing in Palm Beach County. He is committed to providing expert cardiac care with over 27 years of dedication to treating the South Florida community. He returned home to South Florida after completing his Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, also serving as Chief Resident and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lieberman’s clinical interests include preventive cardiology, cardiac consultation, cardio-oncology, echocardiography, pacemaker evaluation and transesophageal echocardiography. He is ardent about practicing medicine as a cohesive team, alongside a dedicated group of doctors and nurses. In addition, he is committed to the growth and development of a cardiovascular research and teaching program working as a member of the core faculty of the Florida Atlantic University/Delray Medical Center Cardiology Fellowship. He has participated in numerous research trials and has published manuscripts in multiple journals and textbooks chapters. Dr. Lieberman is committed to the growth of cardiac education for his community serving as the Chairman of the Innovations in Cardiovascular Care Symposium, a CME program for physicians and nurses, developing a program that highlights the advances in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Lieberman is the National and Florida Medical Director for Tenet Health providing guidance and input on the development of the cardiovascular service line and monitoring quality outcomes. He is currently an Affiliate Associate Professor of Medicine at Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine/Florida Atlantic University and has previously served as a Voluntary Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, University of Miami School of Medicine and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition, he has served in medical leadership at Delray Medical Center for over 20 years including roles as Chairman of the Cardiovascular Committee, Chairman of the Credentials Committee, Medical Executive Committee and is currently the Vice President of the Medical Staff.

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Jonathan Vafai, MD, FACC, FASE

Dr. Jonathan Vafai is a noninvasive cardiologist. He has a busy clinical practice, attends on consult service, and organizes the echocardiography curriculum. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Cardiology at Delray Medical Center and he has been the medical director of the hospital’s echocardiography laboratory since 2012. Dr. Vafai’s clinical interests include cardio-oncology, transesophageal echocardiography, and stress testing.

Dr. Vafai is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. He completed his cardiology fellowship at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, NY, where he also served as chief fellow. Dr. Vafai is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.

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Jonathan Kahan, MD

Dr. Jonathan Kahan graduated from Tel Aviv University and completed his internal medicine residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Medical Center, Columbia University in New York, NY. He then graduated from Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island, NY. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography, vascular interpretation, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac CT imaging. His areas of interest including hypertension, coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, and obesity. He is currently on faculty for the FAU Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Delray Medical Center.

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Benjamin Ravaee, MD

Dr. Benjamin Ravaee is a noninvasive cardiologist with Tenet Florida Physician Services. He graduated medical school from the University of Illinois at Chicago and continued on to his internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he also served as chief resident. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Case Western University Hospital in Cleveland, where he served as chief fellow.

Dr. Ravaee currently serves as medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Delray Medical Center. He has multiple areas of clinical interest, including general and preventive cardiology, and echocardiography. Dr. Ravaee has both experience and enthusiasm for working with graduate medical education, and has a special interest in working with the cardiology fellowship program.

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Yoel Vivas, MD, FHRS

Dr. Yoel Vivas completed his residency at the Hospital of St. Raphael, Yale University School of Medicine. He continued his training in cardiology at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Temple University Program in Pittsburgh, PA where he also served as chief fellow. He then completed his training in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the Lahey Clinic, Tufts University School of Medicine in Massachusetts.

Dr. Vivas is the founder of the Arrhythmia Center of South Florida and has been practicing clinical  cardiac  electrophysiology ( CCEP ) at Delray Medical Center since 2012. He is currently ABIM certified in CCEP, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology, and cardiovascular diseases. He offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of arrhythmias, including but not limited to ablation of atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular and ventricular tachycardia. He also specializes in implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators and devices to treat heart failure (cardiac resynchronization therapy). His clinical interests include advanced techniques for ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation, zero radiation technology procedures and physiologic pacing.

Dr. Vivas is the author of many scientific abstracts in the field of atrial fibrillation and continues to be involved in various clinical trials in the field of cardiac electrophysiology.

He is serving as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL since 2012, where he is actively involved in teaching the cardiology fellows, residents, and medical students.

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Eric Heller MS, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Heller graduated from Harvard Medical School, served as an intern at Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He went on to complete a post-doctoral cardiovascular research Fellowship at MGH in vascular biology, garnering grants from the NIH and American Heart Association. Dr. Heller returned home to New York to train in clinical cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center. He finished his post-graduate education at Columbia in collaboration with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation where he was chief interventional fellow and received advanced training in complex coronary, peripheral and structural heart interventions. Dr. Heller has authored numerous articles in well-respected peer-reviewed journals, written textbook chapters and participated in several clinical trials.

Dr. Heller moved his family down to Palm Beach County in 2011 and built a busy clinical and interventional cardiology practice. He serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the FAU Charles Schmidt College of Medicine. He has become fully integrated into the Structural Heart Program, Clinical Research Program and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Delray Medical Center. Dr. Heller’s main passions lie in complex coronary and structural heart interventions, clinical research and graduate medical education.



Last Modified 11/24/20