Meet the KCVI Cardiovascular Disease 2020-21 Fellows.
Recent Cardiovascular Disease Graduates in the last five years:
24% Fellows Pursued Academic Practice
32% Fellows Pursued Private Practice
44% Fellows Pursued Subspecialty Training after Graduating
Lucy Lin, M.D.
3rd Year Chief Fellow
Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Residency: University of Minnesota
Dr. Lin grew up in Massachusetts and stayed on the East Coast for her undergraduate training in chemical engineering. She then chose to pursue medicine, which took her westward, first to Missouri for medical school and then to Minnesota for residency.
Interests: General cardiology with a focus in imaging and echocardiography
What advice do you have for residents applying to fellowships? Find a program that is well rounded; it is not uncommon for fellows to change their minds about their interests and future plans. Pay attention to procedural volume if interested in a procedural field. Watch how the fellows and faculty interact with each other. Trust your gut feeling.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Snowboarding, hiking, camping, traveling, stargazing.
Interests: Electrophysiology, academic medicine, the advancement of women in cardiology.
Why did you choose OHSU for a fellowship? I was impressed at the faculty’s commitment to fellow education, mentorship, and professional development. The faculty and fellows were welcoming, supportive, and accomplished. I knew that the scope of clinical care and research opportunities would provide a strong and balanced foundation for a career in academic cardiology.
What advice do you have for residents applying to fellowships? Look for a program where you will be happy both personally and professionally, you can identify potential mentors and a learning environment that works for you
Tony Chen, M.D.
3rd Year Fellow
Undergraduate: University of Washington, Medical School: University of Washington, Residency: University of Michigan
Dr. Chen majored in neurobiology in college and worked in a basic science research lab for two years prior to medical school. He enjoyed three years of living in Ann Arbor, Michigan before moving his family back to the Pacific Northwest.
Interests: Heart failure (before VAD/transplant), Echocardiography, Coronary CTA, Nuclear Cardiology.
What advice do you have for residents applying to fellowships? Some things are within your control, some are not. This is one of them. Go with the flow. It actually works out in the end. It was always had for me... at least.
Andrew Nguyen, M.D.
3rd Year Fellow
Undergraduate: University of California Los Angeles, Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Residency: University of California San Diego
As a medical student in Louisville, Dr. Nguyen was concerned about the duration of rounds while on internal medicine rotation and subsequently was drawn towards the decisive attitudes of the surgical and anesthesia fields. Fortunately, he rotated with a cardiology fellow (now one of his attending physicians) who helped reveal the multi-faceted nature of the amazing field of cardiology.
Interests: Palliative care in end-stage heart failure, sports cardiology
Why did you choose OHSU for a fellowship? My wife and I had long planned to settle in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We decided that pursuing a fellowship in the heart of the region would be the best way to put down roots professionally and personally in the area.
What advice do you have for residents applying to fellowships? Look past the brand-name appeal of each program and spend time figuring out what each program does and does not offer so you can ensure you get the best training for your professional and personal goals.
Paola Roldan, M.D.
3rd Year Fellow
Undergraduate: University of New Mexico, Medical School: UNM School of Medicine, Residency: University of Colorado - Denver
Dr. Roldan was raised by two amazing parents – her mother was a pediatrician in Guatemala prior to moving to the US (now currently an exercise trainer and pediatric dietician); her father is a cardiologist at the VAMC in NM. She has two amazing brothers, the younger is doing his ENT residency in Miami and the older is a business manager. She grew up playing many sports (soccer, basketball, track and tae kwon do) and participating in community service projects (particularly with the homeless population in NM and CO).
Interests: Pregnancy in women with heart disease
What are your future plans? General cardiology with a focus in women's health.
Why did you choose OHSU for a fellowship? I was drawn to several aspects of the program - 1. fellows (we all get along great and work as a cohesive team), 2). location (Portland is an amazing, thriving and lovely city), 3. call schedule (fairly balanced amongst fellow years and you have a post-call day off).
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Dancing (particularly salsa dancing), baking, trail running, hiking
Babikir Kheiri, M.D.
2nd Year Fellow
Undergraduate: University of Khartoum, Sudan, Medical School: University of Khartoum, Sudan, Residency: Hurley Medical Center-Michigan State University
Dr. Kheiri moved to the UK after graduating from the University of Khartoum,where he completed a foundation and core medical training in England and Wales. After medical school he came to the US for residency in Michigan before moving to Oregon for this fellowship.
Interests: I am interested in every aspect of cardiovascular specialties. I see cardiology as a whole - a complex, integrated, and connected system. However, I have a special interest in electrophysiology.
Why did you choose OHSU for a fellowship?The OHSU is well known nationally with state-of-art technology. The cardiovascular fellowship program in particular has an appropriate balance of clinical and academic exposure that suited well with my social life balance and future career goals.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Soccer and watching movies.
Kris Kumar, DO, MSc
2nd Year Fellow
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego, DO: Midwestern University, Residency: University of Arizona
Prior to fellowship, Dr. Kumar completed he undergraduate and graduate studies at UCSD. Following this, he worked in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in drug development. Dr. Kumar then went to Arizona for medical school and completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona where he served as a junior faculty member and Chief Resident in the Department of Medicine.
What are your future plans? Interventional Cardiology and Structural Cardiology
Why did you choose OHSU for a fellowship? Excellent learning environment, didactics, clinical experience, the collegial atmosphere amongst fellows, excellent faculty and the ability to participate in multiple research projects.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Exploring the Pacific Northwest, trying out all the great food trucks in the Portland area, and exercising.
Miranda Merrill, M.D.
2nd Year Fellow
Undergraduate: University of Oregon, Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University, Residency: University of Colorado
Dr. Merrill is a native Oregonian. She grew up in the Willamette Valley and stayed in Oregon for college at the University of Oregon and medical school at OHSU. Dr. Merrill moved to Colorado for a few years for internal medicine residency where her interest in cardiology really began.
What are your future plans? pursuing an Electrophysiology fellowship
Why did you choose OHSU for a fellowship? The people and the place! The faculty and fellows were kind, smart and motivated. The program seemed supportive and there was a clear emphasis on education. Also, the hospital is beautiful and Portland is really great.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Running, hiking, soccer, camping, traveling and exploring new Portland restaurants and food carts.
Ryle Przybylowicz, M.D.
2nd Year Fellow
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University, Medical School: The Ohio State University, Residency: Baylor College of Medicine
What advice do you have for residents applying to fellowships? Make sure the fellows are happy and get along with each other. Look into what the fellows are doing after their general fellowship. Make sure the location is somewhere you'd want to live.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Hanging out and cooking with family/friends, hiking, watching soccer, trying new coffee and beer spots.
Tim Simpson, M.D., Pharm.D
2nd Year Fellow
Undergraduate: Oregon State University, Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University, Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Simpson is a native Oregonian and a former snow bum turned pharmacist, turned physician.
What are your future plans? Academic interventional cardiology or electrophysiology
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship? After spending time in the bay at UCSF for residency, the opportunity to return back to Portland for fellowship was an opportunity I could not pass up. The cardiology fellowship has achieved an exceptional amount of progress in the last several years, as has the department as a whole. I found the subspecialties of interventional cardiology as well as electrophysiology, where my interest lie, to be exceptionally strong. Both groups have great clinical volume, exceptional clinical and personal mentorship, and an abundance of opportunities to get involved to whatever extent you wish. People across the division are extremely kind, invested in your learning, and a joy to work with.
Christopher Chen, M.D.
1st Year Fellow
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University, Medical School: Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Residency: Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Chen is a Houston native and his initial interest in medicine and then cardiology was sparked from a prior job as a nurse assistant and telemetry tech during his undergraduate years. He left the great state of Texas to escape the heat/hurricanes, explore a different area of the USA, and learn from a new crop of physician educators.
What are your future plans? Pursuing a career in EP or Imaging in an academic or private setting.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship? Comprehensive program (they pretty much have everything). I was particularly drawn to EP and Imaging. Two major hospital systems/population - a private/academic-hybrid University Hospital and the good ol' VA hospital both connected by a wonderful sky bridge overseeing the Willamette River and the city of Portland with Mount Hood in the background. Balanced clinical duties - while the fellowship has its months of heavy clinical duties the call schedule is extremely reasonable (we are not one of those programs where your first year is trial by fire) and spread more uniformly throughout 3 years. Faculty here are very supportive; I was surprised that the culture here is NOT to avoid calling your attending in the middle of the night when things are going south and you need the extra support. Our program director really cares for us and has shown in the past that she will go the extra mile in creating opportunities to customize and mold your training goals to fit your career goals.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Taking my eighty-pound cream retriever named Casper to a whole multitude of amazing dog parks around town, and hanging with my co-fellows and all their dogs too! Also, enjoy sports and Netflix.
Alexander Farr, M.D.
1st Year Fellow
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Residency: Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Farr is originally from Michigan and spent most of his time there before moving for residency. He spent two years doing research in immunology before pursuing medicine as a career.
Interests: Interventional cardiology
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship? Because of the people that I meant on my interview day. There is a tremendous amount of support for pursuing all fields of cardiology. Everyone here is part of one big family and is committed to seeing you succeed. OHSU is also a large referral center for the area, so the cardiac pathology is very diverse, which I think is important for training.
What advice do you have for residents applying to fellowships? Think about programs where you will fit in with the people and the culture. It is by far the most important consideration for picking a program.
Khoa Nguyen, M.D.
1st Year Fellow
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University, Residency: University of California - Irvine
Dr. Nguyen did a chief year prior to the fellowship. It was a valuable year to slow down and reflect on the different career pathways available to young physicians. For example, he says one day, I might have been attending on the wards; another day I was running a didactic lesson for medical students; and on a different day, I was serving as a liaison between hospital administration and house staff. By dawning these different hats, the chief role propelled him into different situations and tested his responses to them; therefore, divulging many valuable “ah-hah” moments. The year came with highs and lows as expected, but it was a phenomenal experience.
What are your future plans? I want to spend the first year of my fellowship to delve into and learn about the various fields within cardiology and proceed from there. I can see myself practicing in an academic setting in the future.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship? Diverse clinical experiences, renown teachers with emphasis on understanding integrative physiology, and a supportive environment.
Francis Phan, M.D.
1st Year Fellow
Undergraduate: Wichita State University, Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Phan was born and raised in Wichita, KS where he completed undergrad and medical school. After 26 years of enjoying the amazing BBQ, college basketball culture and midwest hospitality he finally left with his fiancee, Amanda, to explore the PNW for residency. He’s since fallen in love with Portland, the PNW and amazing medical community here and looks forward to staying here beyond fellowship.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? hikes with his fiancee and 90 lb goofy rescue pup, working out, cooking, college basketball, KC Chiefs and rooftop beers in the PNW summers.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship? As a former OHSU resident, I was fortunate to experience first hand how collegial and supportive the faculty and fellows are towards one another. I knew that this was a foundation for me to thrive in and I feel incredibly grateful to train here.
Pooja Prasad, M.D.
1st Year Fellow
Undergraduate: Wellesley College | Medical School, University of Rochester | Residency, UC Davis
Dr. Prasad is from California originally but spent eight years on the east coast for college and medical school before returning to California for residency. Dr. Prasad is excited to be moving to the west coast and is enjoying exploring the parks, hikes, pizza and ice cream in Portland so far. She is passionate about mentorship especially for women in cardiology, and also committed to addressing racial health disparities in our field. Her prior research has been based out of chest pain units with the goal of determining the most effective and efficient management of low-risk patients presenting with chest pain to the emergency department.
Interests: Preventive cardiology, echocardiography, cardio-oncology, health disparities
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship? On interview day it was apparent how close-knit the cardiology community is here. People were warm and welcoming, and I even recall going on a walk for one of my interviews. As someone who attended a liberal arts college, I felt this was an environment where I would be supported in exploring different sub-specialties of cardiology and could thrive in achieving my individual goals within this vast field. As a future non-invasive cardiologist, I was excited by the robust amyloid, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and adult congenital heart disease programs here and am looking forward to increasing my exposure to these fascinating diseases and unique patient populations.
Saket Sanghai, MBBS
2nd Year Fellow
Medical School: Seth GS Medical College, Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Dr. Sanghai grew up in Mumbai, India where he went to medical school before moving to Massachusetts for internal medicine and general cardiology training. He was attracted to EP since it provides the perfect combination of direct patient care, procedures, appreciation of physiology and research opportunity.
Interests: Atrial fibrillation- anticoagulation outcomes, Ventricular arrhythmias
What advice do you have for residents applying to fellowships? Look for a program that had a good track record in mentoring fellows with similar interests as yours be it clinical medicine, research, or both. Most of all, go to a place where you can see yourself fit in with the current fellows.
Uday Sandhu, M.D.
1st Year Fellow
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis, Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, Residency: The University of Texas - Texas Medical Center
Christopher Verdick, M.D.
1st Year Fellow
Undergraduate: Drake University, Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine - Peoria, Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University
Kendra Coonse, M.D.
Undergraduate, College of Idaho | Medical School, University of Washington School of Medicine | Residency, Mayo Clinic
Structural Heart Disease
Joshua Vogt, M.D.
Undergraduate: University of Miami, Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Residency: Mayo Clinic
Donna Kang, M.D.
Undergraduate: University of Portland, Medical school: Oregon Health Science University, Residency: University of Michigan
Dr. Kang completed a general cardiology fellowship at the University of Southern California. After finishing the general cardiology fellowship, she has been working as an invasive cardiologist in Eugene, Oregon for past two years. During her work as a cardiologist, she decided to gain more training in advanced cardiac imaging to focus on cardiac MRI and CT with a fellowship in advanced imaging.
What are your future plans? Once I've completed the advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, I plan to return to my cardiology practice in Eugene, Oregon to enhance the imaging program at the medical center.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? OHSU is a great place to learn and train. The people here are amazing, and Portland is an awesome city!
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Running, hiking, and taking care of my dog.
Advanced Cardiac Amyloidosis
Pranav Chandrashekar, M.D.
Medical School: Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, India, Residency: Oregon Health Science University
Dr. Chandrashekar grew up in America then moved to India at a young age. He developed an interest in cardiology during medical school and decided to come back to America for further training. Following medical school, Dr. Chandrashekar spent a year doing research in Cardiology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester looking into surgical outcomes of patients with valvular heart disease. He had an enriching experience completing residency training at Oregon Health & Science University where he became involved in research related to cardiac amyloidosis and subsequently decided to pursue a fellowship in amyloidosis here at OHSU.
What are your future plans? I plan to pursue a general cardiology fellowship next year.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? OHSU had very supportive, approachable faculty who were focused on helping me learn and achieve my goals. Having spent 3 years as a resident at OHSU I felt confident that I would have a great clinical experience focused on education as well as required resources to help support my research endeavors.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? I love spending as much time as I can outdoors usually hiking, camping, or skiing. When I'm not outdoors I enjoy watching/playing soccer and spending time with my friends.