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Cardiology Division

Our Cardiology physicians care for patients with common cardiovascular problems such as blocked arteries and abnormal rhythms and we evaluate and manage heart failure, complex heart, and arterial disease.

Cardiology Division Providers

Carlson Michelle ContactMichelle Carlson, MD, FACC, Division Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Associate Program Director, Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship, Hennepin Healthcare/Minneapolis Heart Institute/Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Echocardiography Laboratory Director, Hennepin Healthcare

Associate Medical Director for ECMO, Hennepin Healthcare

I am an attending physician in the Cardiology Division at Hennepin Healthcare and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. I have been the Echo Lab Director at Hennepin Healthcare since 2019 and the Associate Program Director for the Hennepin Healthcare/Minneapolis Heart Institute/Abbott Northwestern Hospital Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship since 2021. My areas of clinical interest include multi-modality cardiac imaging, cardio-oncology, and heart failure. I have created a Cardio-Oncology Clinic to better support the cardiac needs of those patients currently or formerly being treated for malignancies at our institution. My research interests include the role of the social determinants of health in cardiac disease and quality improvement in medical imaging.

Education and training

  • Cardiovascular Fellowship, Hennepin Healthcare/Minneapolis Heart Institute/Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • BS, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO

Recent Publications

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Grants

  • 73156 (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Reframing Healthcare through the Lens of Co-Production (RHeLaunch): A mixed methods study of patient experiences and outcomes integrating social and medical services for chronic conditions; 2015-2020; Co-Investigator
  • Canadian-Australasian Randomized Trial for Screening Kidney Transplant Recipients for Coronary Artery Disease (CARSK); 2017-present; Outcomes Adjudicator; Critical Event Committee

Shroff Gautam ContactGautam R. Shroff, MBBS, FACC

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Director of Cardiovascular Research, Division of Cardiology, Hennepin Healthcare

Senior Medical Director, Cardiovascular Service Line, Hennepin Healthcare

I am proud to be a member of the Cardiology Division at Hennepin Healthcare. We focus on providing outstanding care to our patients and educating the next generation of trainees (cardiology fellows, internal medicine residents, and medical students). Finally, we perform clinical research that is meaningful to our patients and community.

My research interests are:

  • Cardiovascular Disease in Patients with Kidney Disease
  • Social Determinants of Health in Cardiovascular Disease

Education and training

  • Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India
  • MBBS, Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

Recent Publications

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Teaching Activities

The Cardiology Division at Hennepin Healthcare leads an outstanding Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program in conjunction with the Abbott Northwestern Hospital / Minneapolis Heart Institute to train the next generation of cardiologists.  In addition to being a faculty member of the Fellowship Program, I am also a faculty member of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Hennepin Healthcare. We also train medical students from the University of Minnesota. I have had the privilege of working with multiple residents and fellows on research projects during my years as a faculty member at Hennepin Healthcare.

 

 

Ayenew Woubeshet ContactWoubeshet Ayenew, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program – Cardiovascular Prevention/Vascular Rotation, Hennepin Healthcare

Director, Cardiology Clinic, Hennepin Healthcare

Director, Cardiovascular Outreach Services, Hennepin Healthcare

Electronic Health Records (EHR) Liaison for Cardiovascular Services, Hennepin Healthcare

Education and training

  • Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • Internal Medicine Internship and Residency, Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

Bachour Fouad ContactFouad Bachour, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Medical Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Hennepin Healthcare

Dr. Bachour has been the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology of Hennepin Healthcare since 2002. He is particularly interested in expediting Acute MI care and has pioneered the door-to-balloon program that decreases the time to open blocked arteries resulting in a heart attack. This procedure allowed patients to be treated significantly faster than the national benchmark. Dr. Bachour has extensive experience in treating patients with complex coronary artery diseases and peripheral arterial diseases.

Education and training

  • Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, University of Missouri-Columbia, St. Luke's Hospital and St. Louis Regional Medical Center Track, St. Louis, MO
  • Internal Medicine Residency & Internship, St. Louis Regional Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO
  • MD, Damascus University, School of Medicine, Damascus, Syria

Fine David ContactDavid Fine, MD, FACC, FCCP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Hennepin Healthcare

Dr. Fine has developed expertise in the full spectrum of cardiology care, from preventive, consultative, and longitudinal care, to diagnostic testing and interpretation, to the performance of interventional procedures including angioplasty, stent, and pacemaker implantations.

Education and training

  • Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN
  • Research Fellowship, Israel Ministry of Health - Fogarty International Center, Department of Cardiology, Hadassah University Hospital, Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN
  • MD, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Goldsmith Steven ContactSteven R. Goldsmith, MD

Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Director, Heart Failure Program, Hennepin Healthcare

I have been a member of the Cardiology Division since July 1981. I have had several administrative roles including having been Director of the Coronary Care Unit and the Cardiology Clinic. I also served as Director of the Cardiology Division between 1995 and 2001. I was drawn to HCMC due to the obvious enthusiasm and camaraderie of the staff, the high quality of the training programs, and the opportunities it provided to develop a career in academic cardiology. This proved to be a good decision as I was able to pursue an active program of research in the field of heart failure, including establishing the Minnesota Heart Failure Consortium, a program of our research foundation.

Education and training

Cardiovascular Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Internal Medicine Residency, Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH

MD, Medical School, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

BA, Denison University, Granville, OH

Recent Publications

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Teaching Activities

Attending Physician on Inpatient Consultation Service (residents, students, fellows)

Attending Staff, Fellows’ Cardiology Clinic

Herzog Charles ContactCharles A Herzog, MD, FACC, FAHA

Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Director, Heart Failure Program, Hennepin Healthcare

I have been a cardiologist at Hennepin Healthcare, and a University of Minnesota faculty member since 1985. I founded the program in interventional cardiology at HCMC and served as the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Director (1985-1991) and as the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory Director (1997-2012). I have a career-long interest in chronic kidney disease and heart disease.   I was an investigator at the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Coordinating Center Director of the USRDS Cardiovascular Special Studies Center (CVSSC) (1999-2014), and investigator since 2019 in the USRDS Coordinating Center.  I participated in the development of the National Kidney Foundation’s K/DOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease in Dialysis Patients, 2005, and the workgroup for the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Clinical Practice Guidelines on Acute Kidney Injury 2012, and co-chaired the 2010 KDIGO Controversies Conference, “Cardiovascular Disease in CKD: What is it and What Can We Do About It?”  In 2015, I began work as a Planning Co-chair for the KDIGO Chronic Kidney Disease, Heart, and Vasculature Controversies Conference Series (CKD and Arrhythmia/Sudden Death, Berlin, 2016; CKD and Heart Failure, Athens, 2017; CKD and Ischemic and Valvular Heart Disease, Vienna 2018 and Central Aortic and Peripheral Arterial Disease, Dublin, 2020). In 2017, I served on the SONG (Standardised Outcomes in Nephrology)-HD Cardiovascular Disease Expert Working Group, and in 2019, I chaired a SONG workgroup on a standardized definition of acute MI in dialysis patients. I served as a co-chair of a Kidney Health Initiative workgroup on Understanding and Overcoming the Challenges of Involving Patients with Kidney Disease in Cardiovascular Trials. In 2013, I became the Renal Committee Chair of the ISCHEMIA-CKD Trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01985360). I was Co-PI for the WED-HED (Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator in Hemodialysis Patients) Study (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02481206), a randomized clinical trial testing the efficacy of wearable defibrillators for the prevention of sudden cardiac death in incident hemodialysis patients. I am currently the chair of the Critical Event Committee and Steering Committee member of the CARSK Trial (NCT03674307), an international trial on surveillance cardiac screening in patients waitlisted for kidney transplantation. I have authored or co-authored more than 300 published papers, reviews, and editorials. I have served on the Editorial Boards of the American Heart Journal, the Journal of Nephrology, and the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and as liaison editor for Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation.

Education and training

  • Cardiovascular Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Internship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • MD, University of Rochester, NY
  • BS, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Recent Publications

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Grants

1R01HL157220-01A1 (NIH/NHLB): Intradialytic Myocardial Stunning in Hemodialysis Patients – a Novel Cardiovascular Risk Factor; 12/24/21-11/30/26; Principal Investigator

Karim Rehan ContactRehan Karim, MBBS, FHRS

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Director, Electrophysiology Laboratory, Hennepin Healthcare

Dr. Karim’s main area of expertise within cardiology is heart rhythm disorders. As a Cardiac Electrophysiologist, he performs procedures that include EP studies, ablation procedures for arrhythmias, and implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators, and biventricular pacing (Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy – CRT) devices. His other areas of interest include echocardiography and intracardial echo imaging.

Education and training

  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
  • MBBS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

Kohl Louis ContactLouis Kohl, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

CardioRenal Medical Director, Hennepin Healthcare

Associate Director of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program, Hennepin Healthcare

Program Evaluation Committee/Clinical Competency Committee Member – Hennepin Healthcare/Minneapolis Heart Institute Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Program Evaluation Committee/Clinical Competency Committee Member + Assistant Program Director – Minneapolis Heart Institute/Hennepin Healthcare Interventional Cardiology Fellowship (non-structural)

I have been a member of the Cardiology Division at Hennepin Healthcare since 2015, specializing in interventional cardiology and general cardiology. As an interventional cardiologist, I perform all types of coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI/stenting), typically via radial access. My areas of interest within interventional cardiology include high-risk coronary intervention, rational application of physiology and imaging-guided PCI, and optimizing revascularization outcomes for patients with advanced-stage kidney disease and dialysis. As a general cardiologist, I have a special interest in the use of novel oral anticoagulants and the proliferation of polypharmacy among patients with cardiovascular disease. I am drawn to quality improvement activities, especially as they relate to the outcomes of patients treated in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

Education and training

  • Interventional Cardiology Fellowship – Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship – HCMC/MHI Program, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency – University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • MD – University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • BS with Honors (Biochemistry) – University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI

Recent Publications

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Teaching Activities

  • Program Evaluation Committee/Clinical Competency Committee Member – Hennepin Healthcare/Minneapolis Heart Institute Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
  • Program Evaluation Committee/Clinical Competency Committee Member + Assistant Program Director – Minneapolis Heart Institute/Hennepin Healthcare Interventional Cardiology Fellowship (non-structural)
  • Lecturer – University of Minnesota Medical School, HHD1

Other Key Professional Activities

  • Co-leader, Cardiology Division Morbidity & Mortality Program, Hennepin Healthcare

 

 

Prateeth Pati, MD

Mengistu Simegn ContactMengistu A. Simegn, MD, FACC, FASE

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Program Director, Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship, Hennepin Healthcare/Minneapolis Heart Institute/Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Director, Nuclear Cardiology for Fellowship, Hennepin Healthcare

Dr. Simegn is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and is actively engaged in education and serves as the Program Director of the Hennepin Healthcare and Minneapolis Heart Institute/Abbott Northwestern Hospital Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training Program.  He is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, and Cardiac CT.

Dr. Simegn provides comprehensive cardiovascular care and advanced cardiovascular imaging with a special interest in those with chronic kidney disease and kidney transplant, valvular heart disease, aortic aneurysm, and bicuspid aortic valve. He has experience in the management of acute cardiovascular conditions including heart attacks, heart failure, valve-related heart diseases, and rhythm abnormalities. He was the Director of the Cardio-Renal Clinic from 2012-2021 and is involved in the evaluation and management of potential kidney transplant recipients. He was the site Co-Principal Investigator for the NIH-funded ISCHEMIA-CKD trial.

Education and training

  • Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center, Division of Cardiology, Detroit, MI
  • Internal Medicine Residency & Internship, Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN
  • Residency, Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University and the Black Lion Hospital, Division of Internal Medicine, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • MD, Medical School: Faculty of Medical Sciences, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

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