Cardiovascular Fellowship Fellows

Third Year

Shilp Arora, MD

Shilp Arora, MD

Hometown: Petlad, Gujarat, India
Medical School: SBKS Medical Institute and Research Center, Gujarat, India
Residency: Mount Sinai St Luke’s-Roosevelt, New York, NY
Why UH: Unparalleled clinical experience; co-workers go above and beyond to make UH your 2nd home; excellent research opportunities; wide range of exceptional faculty.
Plan after graduation: Interventional Cardiology
Research Interests: Outcome and epidemiological research
Fun Fact: Snorkeling, scuba diving, paragliding, and sky diving in different countries
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Spending time with my son and wife in any of the Cleveland parks.

Herman Carneiro

Herman Carneiro, MD - Chief Fellow

Hometown: Boston, MA
Medical School: Imperial College London
Residency: Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine
Why UH: Cardiology fellows are exposed to a broad range of cardiology enabling them to build a strong foundation for future practice. Fellows learn from some of the top cardiologists in the field and hone their clinical skills with high acuity patients. The program has a strong tradition of mentorship both in clinical practice and research.
Plan after graduation: Undecided
Research Interests: Cardiovascular epidemiology, cardiovascular risk assessment, prevention, machine learning/artificial intelligence, cardiac infections, myocardial inflammation
Fun Fact: I love playing tennis
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Exploring Cleveland’s Metroparks

Eddie Hackler

Eddie Hackler III, MD

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Why UH: They say home is where the heart is and UH immediately felt like home from day one. From the companionable faculty and fellows to the strong clinical and vast research opportunities, UH was an obvious choice for me.
Plan after graduation: General Cardiology
Research Interests: Cardiac Biomarkers, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Racial Disparities
Fun Fact: Worked in Cape Town, South Africa during residency
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Social Mixers at Cleveland Museum of Art; Trying new restaurants around town.

Mohamad Karnib, MD

Mohamad Karnib, MD

Hometown: Lebanon
Medical School: Beirut Arab University
Residency: Case Western-University Hospitals/ American University of Beirut
Why UH: Supportive leadership, wide variety of learning environment and collegiality of the fellows
Plan after graduation: Advanced Imaging/ Heart failure
Research Interests: Cardiogenic shock, HFpEF, Cardiac MR, Cardiac CT, Medical education
Fun Fact: I can’t show up to work with unironed scrubs.
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Pre-COVID Era: Restaurants; Post-COVID Era: Metro parks

Mohammed Wazzan

Mohammed Wazzan, MD

Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Medical School: King Abdulaziz University
Residency: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Why UH: Words are not enough to express my feelings for UH, strong training programs in almost all cardiology sub-specialties, friendly fellow and staff environment, and great mentorship.
Plan after graduation: electrophysiology
Research Interests: Quality
Fun Fact: I drink 10 Diet Cokes a day.
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: There are a lot of great restaurants.

Second Year

Ibrahim Alshaghdali

Ibrahim Alshaghdali, MD

Hometown: Ha'il, Saudi Arabia
Medical School: University of Ha'il, College of Medicine
Residency: Case Western Reserve University/UH Cleveland Medical Center
Why UH: Strong mentorship, expert staff from different backgrounds, collegial environment, and plenty of research opportunities.
Plan after graduation: Academic general cardiology
Research Interests: Imaging, preventive cardiology
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Taking my family to one of the wonderful parks for hiking/picnics

Bart Gillombardo, MD

Bart Gillombardo, MD

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Residency: Cleveland Clinic, Main Campus
Why UH: Access to phenomenal mentors and a thriving research community
Plan after graduation: I hope to continue treating patients in my hometown
Research Interests: Cardiology critical care
Fun Fact: Ran with the bulls in Pamplona
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks

Nour Tashtish

Nour Tashtish, MD

Hometown: Aleppo, Syria
Medical School: Aleppo
Residency: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Why UH: The first day I joined UH for residency I knew this place is the place to be trained and grow. Five years went fast and yet excited for another three years of learning, helping patients and growing. I enjoy every moment at this place. The faculty, nurses, and colleague’s makes this place exceptional.
Plan after graduation: Imaging or interventional, yet to decide
Research Interests: Heart Failure, research outcome, mechanical support devices, Big Data, Health IT.
Fun Fact: I am electrician and plumber in my free time.
Favorite things to do in Cleveland: Going to Amish county, enjoy an authentic meal, visit Put-in Bay.

 Takahiro Tsushima

Takahiro Tsushima, MD - Associate Chief Fellow

Hometown: Aomori city, Japan
Medical School: Hirosaki University, School of Medicine
Residency: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Why UH: UH provides great opportunities for clinical education and research. Such an integrated training makes UH a great educational center.
Plan after graduation: Electrophysiology
Research Interests: Electrophysiology
Fun Fact: Food, listening to classical music and jazz, driving
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Searching nice restaurants every weekends, visiting Cleveland Orchestra or Cleveland Museum of Art

Sojin Youn Wass, MD

Sojin Youn Wass, MD

Hometown: Northern Virginia
Medical School: Georgetown University, School of Medicine
Residency: Cleveland Clinic, Main Campus
Why UH: Supportive staff
Plan after graduation: More training and learning
Research Interests: Prevention, inflammation
Fun Fact: A believer in digressions. Have been backpacking alone (mostly) to developing countries since 18 on an annual basis.
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Metroparks, Blossom, Playhouse Square

First Year

Feras Asiri, MD

Feras Asiri, MD

Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Medical School: King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS).
Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center.
Why UH: Collegial environment and supportive faculty. Rigorous training program in all aspects of cardiology. Night float system.
Plan after graduation: Electrophysiology
Research Interests: PVC/VT, Electrophysiology.
Fun Fact: I play table tennis in my free time.
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Exploring new restaurants, musical theater.

Ali Azeem, MD

Ali Azeem, MD

Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: UPMC Presbyterian
Why UH: supportive educational culture, large catchment area, diverse patient population
Plan after graduation: undecided - maybe heart failure or advanced imaging
Research interests: clinical analytics, predictive modeling
Fun Fact: I have visited the pyramids of Giza (and went inside one of them)
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: go see the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra (5 minute walk from UH)

Rafey Feroze, MD

Rafey Feroze, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Residency: University of Michigan
Why UH: Excellent learning opportunities from caring and dedicated mentors. Wide encompassing program which provides a broad training base.
Plan after graduation: Cardiac Critical Care.
Research Interests: Cardiac Remodeling, Biomarkers for Ischemia.
Fun Fact: I have working on perfecting my golf game.
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Go paddleboarding on Lake Erie and watching the sunset while running at Edgewater Park.

Jason Galo, MD

Jason Galo, MD

Hometown: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Medical School: THE Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Why UH: Strong research and mentorship, diverse clinical exposure, collegiality among fellows
Plan after graduation: Interventional Cardiology
Research Interests: Cardiogenic shock, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension
Fun Fact: I once played pick-up soccer for 47 consecutive days
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Restaurants and exploring downtown/parks

Robert Okyere

Robert Okyere, MD

Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Residency: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Why UH: The opportunity to access great mentorship, to feel supported in a friendly and collegial environment, and to have abundant research opportunities
Plan after graduation: General Cardiology
Research Interests: Prevention, Metabolic Syndrome/Obesity, Racial Disparities
Fun Fact: I’ve never had coffee before
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Exploring the museums and trying new restaurants

Richard Pham

Richard Pham, MD

Hometown: Cleveland
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Why UH: Strong program, and home is where the heart is!
Plan after graduation: Undecided
Research interests: Heart failure, Electrophysiology
Fun fact: unashamed board game and video game enthusiast
Favorite thing to do in Cle: So many! Cleveland Orchestra, Cavs, all the great museums, great restaurants