UA Cardiology Graduating Fellows 2016 Prepare for Next Phase of Careers

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center celebrated the graduation of six fellows from the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program and two from the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program on June 4.

The cardiovascular disease fellows honored Dr. Sweitzer with the “Award for Best Lecturer.”“I encourage all of you to be actively engaged in lifelong learning, pursuing the cardiology career you want to achieve. You are well trained by this faculty,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and chief of cardiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, as she congratulated the graduating cardiology fellows. The cardiovascular disease fellows honored Dr. Sweitzer with the “Award for Best Lecturer.”

 

 

The graduating Cardiovascular Disease Fellows have the following plans:

  • Sohail Abdi-Moradi, MD, will work in private practice in Ventura, Calif.
  • Evbu Enakpene, MD, will pursue an interventional cardiology fellowship at University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
  • Naktal Hamoud, MD, will pursue a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale.
  • Jagdesh Kandala, MD, will continue at the UA for interventional cardiology fellowship.
  • Clint Oommen, MD, also will continue at the UA for interventional cardiology fellowship.
  • Nisreen Yaghmour, MD, will pursue a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Case Western University (Metrohealth) in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cardiovascular Disease Fellows Class of 2016 honored faculty member Mark Friedman, MD, (front center with blue shirt) for his excellence in teaching and mentorship. They also established the Mark J. Friedman Award for Excellence in Education and named Huu Tam Truong, MD, (holding the award) as the first recipient. The graduating fellows (back, from left)Nisreen Yaghmour, MD, Evbu Enakpene, MD, Clint Oommen, MD, Sohail Abdi-Moradi, MD, Jagdesh Kandala, MD, and Naktal Hamoud, MD.

Other faculty awards included Karl B. Kern, MD, for “Best Coronary Care Unit Attending;” and Kapil Lotun, MD, for “Best On-Call Attending.”

Dr. Truong announced that the Southern Arizona VA Medical Center cardiology team established the “VA Cardiology Fellow of the Year,” and gave the honor to Dr. Hamoud.

The graduating Interventional Cardiology Fellows will pursue these plans:

  • Alejandro Asencio, MD, will work in private practice at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, W.Va.
  • Uday Kanakadandi, MD, will join the interventional cardiology practice at Carle Foundation Hospital, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Interventional Cardiology Graduating Fellows 2016: (from left) Alejandro Asencio, MD, Kapil Lotun, MD, program director and associate professor of medicine, Uday Kanakadandi, MD.

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