Cardiovascular Fellowship Fellows

Third Year

Anshul Badhwar, MD

Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Medical School: UNC Chapel Hill
Residency: NYU Langone
Why UH: UH provides with strong critical care autonomy and shock experience. TEE experience first year. Night float system. World class cardiac surgeons and cardiology faculty.
Plan after graduation: Electrophysiology
Research Interests: Long non coding RNAs, LV pacing
Fun Fact: I am an avid kayaker of the many lakes and rivers of Ohio

 Tarek Chami

Tarek Chami, MD

Hometown: Aleppo, Syria
Medical School: Aleppo University
Residency: UH/Case Western Reserve University
Why UH: Wide variety of pathologies, great autonomy, collegiality and faculty mentorship. Well-rounded in all aspects of cardiology.
Plan after graduation: Interventional Cardiology
Research Interests: Optimizing PCI outcomes based on noninvasive imaging
Fun Fact: I spend my spare time taking care of my plants
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Trying different restaurants and cuisines

Eugene Chang, MD, PhD

Rank: Harrington Physician-Scientist Fellow, Chief Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellow
Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine
Residency: Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Why UH: Excellent academic environment with strong clinical experience.
Research Interests: cardiomyopathy, vascular biology, cardiac MR and CT
Fun Fact: Outside of the hospital, I am perfecting my golf game.

Jamal Hajjari, MD

Residency: Emory Medical University
Why UH: Strong clinical program with great fellows.
Plan after graduation: Staying at UH for EP fellowship
Research Interests: TAVR and predicting factors for permanent pacemaker
Fun Fact: Love to do construction work.
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Take my kids out to the beach, hiking in Cleveland parks

Scott Janus, MD - Chief Fellow

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Medical School: Loyola
Residency: Loyola
Why UH: UH provides an amazing opportunity for individualized training with strong mentorship in both clinical care and research. The collegiality of the fellows and faculty makes it a great learning environment.
Plan after graduation: General Cardiology
Research Interests: Echocardiography, Cardiac MR, High Sensitivity troponins
Fun Fact: Compete in triathlons in my spare time

Haytham Mously, MD

Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Medical School: King Abdulaziz University
Residency: CWRU/UH Cleveland Medical Center
Why UH: Rich history of more than 150 years of teaching and discovery. Home to great physicians and innovations in Medicine/Cardiology.
Plan after Graduation: Interventional Cardiology training
Research Interests: Mechanical circulatory support
Fun Fact: Obsessed with perfect coffee and enjoying different beans from all over the globe in pour over style.
Favorite thing to do in Cleveland: Love the downtown in the summer and food over the west side.

Second Year

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

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

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.

First 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

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

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

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

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