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West Penn Allegheny Expands Cardiology Group

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

11 New Physicians Join System’s Cardiovascular Institute
Eleven new physicians have recently joined the Division of Cardiology and the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), further expanding the scope and capabilities of western Pennsylvania’s most advanced center for specialized cardiovascular care.
Many of the newly recruited physicians come to AGH and the West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) from leading, nationally recognized medical centers such as New York University, Beth Israel Deaconess, the University of Pennsylvania and Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University. They complement AGH and West Penn Allegheny’s strengths in a variety of cardiovascular fields, including electrophysiology, heart failure, interventional cardiology and heart transplantation.
The doctors will practice primarily at AGH on Pittsburgh’s North Side as well as at CVI locations throughout WPAHS, including Canonsburg Hospital, Forbes Hospital and West Penn Hospital.
“This outstanding recruitment effort by our leadership team in cardiovascular medicine is emblematic of the momentum we are gaining at West Penn Allegheny in both the regional and national market as a practice destination of choice for talented and dedicated physicians,” said Tony Farah, MD, President of the WPAHS Physician Organization and a practicing cardiologist at AGH. 
The Cardiovascular Institute at AGH offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for the complete spectrum of cardiovascular diseases. The Institute’s nationally recognized medical staff includes specialists in general and interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, leading edge diagnostic cardiology – including cardiovascular MRI, CT and 3-D echocardiography - women’s heart care, heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, vascular surgery and wound care, thoracic surgery, heart valve disease and coronary artery bypass surgery.   
AGH is the only hospital in the greater Pittsburgh region and one of just six in the nation to be lauded by both Thomson Reuters and US News and World Report as among the nation’s top centers of excellence in cardiovascular care.
“Our cardiovascular team takes great pride in the exceptional quality of care that we provide to patients. Physicians at AGH and throughout West Penn Allegheny share a unique commitment to innovation and multi-disciplinary collaboration that ensures patients with even the most complex cardiovascular diseases have the best chance at a successful outcome,” said Srinivas Murali, MD, Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at WPAHS and Medical Director of the system’s Cardiovascular Institute.  
“We are excited to welcome our many new physician colleagues to the Cardiovascular Institute and confident they will help further our mission and tradition of excellence in cardiovascular clinical care and research.”
New cardiologists who have joined the AGH/WPAHS faculty include;
  • Richa Agarwal, MD, who previously held appointments as Advanced Clinical Fellow, Heart Failure and Transplantation, at Columbia University and Visiting Clinical Fellow, Heart Failure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. She completed a clinical and research fellowship in pulmonary hypertension at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she also completed her fellowship in cardiovascular disease. She is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Medicine.
  • Kwame O. Akosah, MD, joins AGH from the University of Virginia Health System, where he was an associate professor of medicine. Dr. Akosah is a graduate of Westminster College and Howard University School of Medicine. He completed his internship in internal medicine at St. Vincent Medical Center in New York, where he was also the chief resident. He completed a fellowship in cardiology at the Medical Center of Virginia.
  • Amresh Raina, MD, completed fellowships in advanced heart failure transplantation and cardiovascular disease at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a fellowship in nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular imaging at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • George Bekic, DO, was a cardiologist in private practice in Lumberton, NC, before joining AGH. He served as chief resident in the Department of Medicine at West Penn Hospital before completing a fellowship in cardiology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. While in North Carolina, he held academic appointments at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University Medical Center. He is a graduate of Gannon University and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Mithun Chakravarthy, MD, MPH, joins AGH after completing fellowships in interventional cardiology and general cardiology at West Penn Allegheny Health System. Prior to that, he was a resident in internal medicine at Temple University School of Medicine’s campus at West Penn Hospital. Dr. Chakravarthy received his master’s degree in public health at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and his undergraduate and medical degrees at Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, India.
  • Michael A. Gaglia Jr., MD, MSc, comes to AGH from Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University, where he completed fellowships in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease. He also completed a residency in pediatrics at University of Michigan Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and  received both his medical degree and  a master of science degree in clinical research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
  • Emerson Honmin Liu, MD, joins WPAHS from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was Fellow in cardiology and Chief Fellow in electrophysiology. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a residency in general surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Harvard University and its medical school.
  • Manreet Kanwar, MD, who completed an advanced heart failure, transplantation and pulmonary hypertension fellowship at West Penn Allegheny Health System. Prior to this, she was the chief fellow in cardiovascular disease at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. She is a graduate of the Government Medical College in Patiala, India. In 2009 she won the Joseph E. Johnson Award for outstanding leadership sponsored by American College of Physicians (ACP). This award recognizes an Associate who exemplifies the college’s mission ‘to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.”
  • Moneal B. Shah, MD, completed a cardiac imaging fellowship at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY, and a cardiology fellowship at West Penn Allegheny Health System. He also completed an internship and residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Akron and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.
  • Rajiv S. Swamy, MD, who completed advanced training in coronary, peripheral and structural interventions as an interventional fellow at New York University Medical Center.  He also completed a cardiology fellowship at University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was chief medical resident and an instructor of medicine. He graduated from Duke University and received his medical degree from University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine.
  • J. Travis Wilson, MD, who completed fellowships in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease at AGH following an internal medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.    Dr. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
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