Meet Our Faculty

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Mark C. Bates

Program Director

Undergraduate School: West Virginia University
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Charleston Area Medical School/WVU-Charleston Campus
Cardiovascular Medicine: University of Kentucky
Interventional: University of Kentucky
Vascular Medicine and Advanced Vascular Intervention / Endovascular Surgery: The William Dorros – Isadora Feuer Interventional Cardiovascular Disease Foundation (University of Wisconsin)

Board Certifications: 
•    Internal Medicine
•    Cardiovascular Disease
•    General Vascular Medicine
•    Vascular Intervention

Clinical/Academic Focus: Vascular Medicine and Intervention, Innovation; Structural Heart Disease and Coronary Intervention

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Muhammed Amer, MD

Medical School: Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: New York Medical College
Cardiovascular Medicine: Howard University Hospital
Electrophysiology: University of Maryland Medical Center

Board Certifications: 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Clinical/Academic Focus: Electrophysiology, Lead Extractions, Complex Ablation
 

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Chafik Assal, MD

Undergraduate School: Aleppo University, Syria
Medical School: Aleppo University, Faculty of Medicine, Syria

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Cardiovascular medicine: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology: Geisinger Medical Center, PA

Board Certifications: 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Clinical/Academic Focus: Starting an EP fellowship program, Innovations in EP procedures especially AFib ablation
 

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Tania Babar, MD

Undergraduate School: University of Charleston, WV
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH
Cardiovascular medicine: St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, MA
Electrophysiology: St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, MA

Board Certifications: 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Electrophysiology

Clinical/Academic Focus:
Clinical: complex arrhythmia and device management, SVT ablation, VT ablation, Afib ablation, ICD, His Bundle Pacing, Micra, Watchman
Academic: Atrial Fibrillation, Obesity and Atrial Fibrillation, LAA Closure devices, Advanced pacing techniques with physiologic and leadless pacing

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Kevin Driver, MD

Undergraduate School: Messiah University
Medical School: The College of Physicians and Surgeons (Columbia University)

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Duke University Medical Center 
Cardiovascular Disease: University of Virginia Medical Center 
Electrophysiology: University of Virginia Medical Center 

Board Certifications: 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Clinical/Academic Focus: Device implantation including S-ICD and leadless pacing, Catheter ablation of AF and atrial arrhythmias, Catheter ablation of PVCs and VT
 

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Ahmad R. Elashery, MD

Medical School: Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Greater Baltimore Medical Center (served as chief resident)
Cardiovascular medicine: Danbury Hospital (served as chief fellow)
Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging (cardiac MRI and CT): University of Kentucky 

Board Certifications: 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Echocardiography
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Cardiac CT

Clinical/Academic Focus: Using the most up to date multi-modality cardiac imaging technology to tailor cardiovascular care.

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David D. Francke, MD

Undergraduate School: Virginia Tech
Medical School: Marshall University, WV

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Marshall University, WV
Cardiovascular medicine: Marshall University, WV 
Interventional: Marshall University, WV

Board Certifications: 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Clinical/Academic Focus: General and Interventional Cardiology

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Elie G. Gharib, MD

Undergraduate School: West Virginia University
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: University of Tennessee
Cardiovascular Medicine: Marshall University, WV
Interventional: Marshall University, WV

Board Certifications:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Interventional Cardiology 

Clinical/Academic Focus: Continue to grow cardiology program on all facets, increase fellowship, interventional cardiology program. 

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Marciano B. Lee, MD

Undergraduate School: West Virginia University
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: University of Tennessee
Cardiovascular Medicine: Marshall University, WV
Interventional: Marshall University, WV

Board Certifications:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Interventional Cardiology 

Clinical/Academic Focus: Continue to grow cardiology program on all facets, increase fellowship, interventional cardiology program. 
 

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Stephen A. Lewis, MD

Undergraduate School: West Virginia University
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine 

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Medical College of Virginia
Cardiovascular medicine: University of Texas Health Science Center
Pulmonary Medicine: University of Texas Health Science Center

Board Certifications: 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Clinical/Academic Focus:
Structural Heart Intervention, Coronary Intervention and Hemodynamics

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Don Lilly, MD

Undergraduate School: West Virginia University
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: University of Virginia (served as chief resident)
Cardiovascular medicine: University of Virginia

Board Certifications: 

  • Cardiovascular Disease

Clinical/Academic Focus: General Cardiovascular; Imaging and Nuclear Medicine

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Sangeeta Mandapaka, MD

Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, India

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Seton Hall University, NJ (Internship)/ University of Florida (Residency)
Cardiovascular medicine: East Carolina University
Cardiac MRI and CTA: Wake Forest University 
Interventional Cardiology: East Carolina University 

Board Certifications: 

  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiac CT
  • Interventional Cardiology

Clinical/Academic Focus:  Interventional cardiology, CTA cardiology, Peripartum Cardiomyopathy, Preventive cardiology

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Muhammad S. Mian, MD

Medical School: King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: New Britain General Hospital, CT
Cardiovascular Medicine: University of Connecticut Medical Center
Interventional: St. Francis Hospital, University of Connecticut

Board Certifications: 
•    Internal Medicine
•    Cardiovascular Disease
•    Cardiac CT

Clinical/Academic Focus:  Coronary Interventions, Cardiac CT

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Jacob A. Misenheimer, MD

Undergraduate School: Wake Forest University
Medical School: Wake Forest University

Residency/Fellowship
Internal Medicine: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Cardiovascular medicine: Medical College of Georgia
Interventional Cardiology: University of North Carolina

Board Certifications: 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Interventional Cardiology

Clinical/Academic Focus: CTO, complex/high risk PCI, shock and MCS

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Lavinia P. Mitulescu, MD

Medical School: Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania    

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Norwalk Hospital, Yale
Cardiovascular medicine: Medical College of GA
Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging: Piedmont Heart Institute, GA 

Board Certifications: 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Clinical/Academic Focus: Structural Imaging

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Aravinda Nanjundappa, MD

Medical School: Mysore University, India

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Seton Hall University
Cardiovascular medicine: Seton Hall University
Interventional Cardiology: University of South Florida Health Science Center
Interventional Peripheral Vascular: Washington Hospital Center

Board Certifications: 

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Interventional Cardiology

Clinical/Academic Focus: Cardiovascular Disease, Vascular, and Structural

Mitchell Rashid

Mitchell N. Rashid, MD

Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: Marshall University, WV

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Marshall University, WV
Cardiovascular medicine: Marshall University, WV
Interventional Cardiology: University of Vermont

Board Certifications: 
•    Interventional Cardiology

Clinical/Academic Focus: Interventional Cardiology Clinical Trials, STEMI, Complex PCI
 

Sarah Rinehart

Sarah Rinehart, MD

Undergraduate School: WV Wesleyan College
Medical School: Marshall University, WV

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Marshall University, WV
Cardiovascular Disease: Marshall University, WV
Piedmont Heart Institute, GA – Level 3 training in Cardiac MRI and Cardiac CT

Board Certifications:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular CT 

Clinical/Academic Focus: Cardiac Imaging, Prevention and risk management, Women’s Health, Structural Heart Disease, Vascular Disease
 

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Ganpat Thakker, MD

Medical School: B.J. Medical College, India

Residency/Fellowship: 
Internal Medicine: Queens Hospital Center/Long Island Jewish Hospital SUNY
Cardiovascular medicine: Queens Hospital Center/Long Island Jewish Hospital SUNY

Board Certifications: 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Echocardiography
  • FACC: Fellow of American College of Cardiology
  • FASE: Fellow of American Society of Echocardiography
  • Certified in Vascular Ultrasound Interpretation (RPVI) 

Clinical/Academic Focus: Clinical Cardiology and Echocardiography