Cardiovascular Disease Fellows

2023-24 Fellows

Jump to: Cardiovascular Disease | Clinical Cardiac ElectrophysiologyAdult Congenital Heart Disease  |  Interventional Cardiology  |  Structural Heart Disease | Advanced Cardiac Imaging

Recent Cardiovascular Disease Graduates in the last five years:

11%   Fellows Pursued Academic Practice

32%   Fellows Pursued Private Practice

57%   Fellows Pursued Subspecialty Training after Graduating

Cardiovascular disease

Ahmed Altibi

Ahmed Altibi, M.D., M.P.H.
3rd Year Fellow

Medical School: University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine

Residency Program: Henry Ford Allegiance Health/ Henry Ford Health System

Born and raised in Palestine, Dr. Altibi began his journey in the US in Pennsylvania where he spent a year doing research in cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh after graduating medical school. His research there, focused on the role of wearable defibrillators in preventing sudden cardiac death, sparked his interest in Cardiology. From Pittsburgh, he moved to Michigan for few years of Internal Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospitals, where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Medicine. Concurrently, his passion for epidemiology and health disparities in cardiovascular medicine has driven him to complete an MPH degree in Epidemiology at Harvard University. Hailing from the Midwest, Dr. Altibi is excited to be moving to the west coast and exploring the PNW for the first time. He enjoys hiking, sightseeing, exploring parks, and cooking.

Pranav Chandrashekar

Pranav Chandrashekar, M.D.
3rd Year Fellow

Medical School: Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

Residency Program: Oregon Health Science University 

Dr. Chandrashekar grew up in small town in eastern Kentucky then moved to Bangalore, India after middle school. He developed an interest in cardiology as a medical student caring for rheumatic heart disease patients and decided to return to America for further training. Following medical school, he completed a research year at Mayo Clinic, Rochester evaluating into surgical outcomes of patients with valvular heart disease. Completing residency in Portland at OHSU was not only an enriching academic experience, but he really loved living in the beautiful PNW, spending as much time as possible outdoors checking out new hiking trails and trying out all the great vegetarian food in Portland with his sister and friends. During residency he became involved in research related to cardiac amyloidosis and subsequently completed a fellowship in cardiac amyloidosis here at OHSU. He is excited to stay in Portland where he has made so many great friends and can’t wait to learn all that he can during his general cardiology fellowship training 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.

Sanket Gokhale

Sanket Gokhale, M.D., Pharm. D.
3rd Year Fellow

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Residency Program: University of Illinois-Chicago

Dr. Gokhale is originally from Libertyville, IL and completed residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago. When not in the hospital, he enjoys food, the NBA and spending time with his family. He is currently undecided as to his ultimate career plans but is interested in medical education and quality improvement. He is looking forward to learning as much cardiology as he can over the next three years and cannot wait to get started and meet everyone.    

Omar Sheik

Omar Sheikh, M.D.
3rd Year Fellow

Medical School: Baqai Medical College

Residency Program: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Sheikh was born in Canada, raised in Texas and moved to Pakistan to complete his medical education. He pursed Internal Medicine training in Texas where he coupled matched with his wife. During residency, he was able to confirm his passion for Cardiology. His specific interests are in Interventional Cardiology, however he hopes to explore all aspects of Cardiology. Dr. Sheikh’s prior research interests include Cardiogenic Shock, platelet and lipidology. He is also somewhat of a sports fanatic, especially related Houston Sports teams. Go Rockets!

Colter Wichern

Colter Wichern, M.D.
3rd Year Fellow

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Residency Program: University of California Davis Medical Center

Originally from Wyoming, Dr. Wichern grew up loving the outdoors. Camping, hiking, fly fishing, and racing dirt bikes has kept him occupied for most of his life. During college, he found his passion for learning about the human body and how science can inform the way we optimize physical performance. He is particularly motivated to help our healthcare teams advance our multidisciplinary approach to assist patients with cardiovascular diseases improve their overall wellness. As a training product of the COVID-19 pandemic, he felt especially at home in the critical care units while caring for the sickest patients. He has been involved with research which has identified new echocardiographic parameters of heart function in patients with heart failure as well as investigated the optimal pacemaker settings in patients with heart failure who also have left ventricular assist devices. He is looking forward to returning to OHSU and the beautiful Pacific Northwest to continue training as a cardiology fellow.

Mustafa Ajam, M.D.

Mustafa Ajam, M.D.
2nd Year Fellow

Medical School: Mu'tah University of Faculty Medicine

Residency Program: Detroit Medical Center

Fellowship: Oregon Health & Science University (Critical Care Medicine)

I completed my medical education at Mutah University in Jordan. After that I did my Internal Medicine residency at DMC/WSU in Michigan and Critical Care Medicine fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University.

What are your future plans? Pursuing a career in cardiac critical care and medical education.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? During my critical care training at OHSU, I appreciated the supportive learning environment and mentorship in addition to the excellent medical care that patients get here at OHSU.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? I am a loyal fan of Real Madrid. Other than soccer, I enjoy traveling, swimming and reading.

Rebecca Haraf, M.D.

Rebecca Haraf, M.D.
2nd Year Fellow

Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine

Residency Program: Case Western Reserve

Dr. Haraf grew up in the midwest just outside of Chicago, IL. She was a college athlete before completing medical school, residency, and chief residency in Ohio, where she first developed a love for cardiology and its relationship to exercise. She has a passion for physical fitness and the outdoors and was quickly drawn to Oregon and the opportunity to explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

What are your future plans? Academic cardiology, with a focus on sports/exercise.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? I have always loved exploring new areas of the US, and I saw fellowship as another opportunity to live in a place I have never been! Beyond the draw of the PNW itself, I felt welcomed and inspired by the faculty I have met, and found the sense of comradely and friendship I was hoping for amongst the fellows.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Playing volleyball, hiking with my dog, learning new skills (next on the list: learning to snowboard!), baking, exploring restaurants/breweries in the area.

Adarsh Katamreddy, M.D.

Adarsh Katamreddy, M.D.
2nd Year Fellow

Medical School: M.S. Ramaiah Medical College

Residency Program: Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Jacobi Medical Center

Dr. Katamreddy was born and raised in Bengaluru, India, where he completed his medical school. He moved to New York City to pursue a residency in Internal Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Jacobi program and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha(AOA) honor society during his residency. He served as a Chief resident before moving to Portland for this fellowship.

What are your future plans? Explore the landscape of cardiology during my fellowship including personalized cardiology and AI in cardiology.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? OHSU stood out due to the size of the program, collegial atmosphere, opportunities to pursue further subspecialty training in cardiology, research opportunities, and supportive fellows and mentors. I loved interacting with the amazing people I met on the interview day. The beautiful landscape of the pacific northwest is an added bonus.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Biking, Hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Morris Kim, M.D.

Morris Kim, M.D.
2nd Year Fellow

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine

Residency Program: Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Kim grew up in Portland, OR before leaving for warmer weather in the Bay Area and New Orleans for college and medical school. He returned home to Portland for his residency at OHSU and fell in love with the wonderful people at this institution. The mentorship he received from the cardiology fellows and faculty helped foster a growing interest in cardiology, particularly EP. When not working, you'll find him on the golf course, hiking in the woods, or cycling the back roads around Portland.

What are your future plans? Electrophysiology fellowship, or general practice within a community or academic setting.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? As a resident at OHSU, I had a chance to work with the amazing cardiology fellows and faculty here. In addition to the wonderful people, I felt that the wide breadth of pathology seen at OHSU, along with the program's robust didactics curriculum would help me become an excellent cardiologist.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Playing golf with old high school teammates or parents, hiking/backpacking in one of the many state or national parks in the PNW, trying new restaurants in town, and seeing new parts of the country.

Katie Lutz, M.D.

Katie Lutz, M.D.
2nd Year Fellow

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

Residency Program: Oregon Health & Science University

I grew up in rural northern Illinois and played college basketball at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. I was a part of the Rural Medical Education program at University of Illinois. After spending my entire life in the Midwest, I moved to Portland for residency with my husband, Eric, and we have enjoyed hiking, cycling, and going to craft breweries. During the COVID pandemic, we adopted a rescue dog named Flapjack who claims most of our free time. I am thrilled to be staying at OHSU for fellowship.

What are your future plans? Interested in cardiac critical care.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? As a former resident at OHSU, I was impressed by the education I received on my clinical cardiology rotations and the support I received from my mentors. I was impressed by the collegiality of the faculty and fellows, and I knew that this would be an excellent environment to continue training in.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training?Pretty much anything the PNW has to offer- hiking, bouldering, trying out new restaurants, downhill/cross-country skiing, and bodyboarding.

Ahmed Abdelhamid

Ahmed Abdelhamid, M.D.
1st Year Fellow

Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

Residency Program: University of Iowa

I was raised in the suburbs of Chicago and bounced around the Midwest for my medical school and residency training. I became interested in cardiology early on in residency as I was exposed to the intricacies of cardiac conditions. After spending so much time in the Midwest, my family and I are excited to be on the west coast!  

What are your future plans? I am quite open-minded at this time and excited to learn about all avenues in cardiology.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? I choose OHSU for the supportive and collegial environment and the diverse academic and clinical opportunities that can shape any career. 
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? I enjoy spending time with family, playing basketball, watching movies, and trying new restaurants! 

Karla Asturias

Karla Asturias, M.D.
1st Year Fellow

Medical School: Universidad Francisco Marroquín 

Residency Program: University of Pennsylvania Health System

I grew up in Guatemala City, where I went to medical school. Then I moved to Philadelphia for residency. I am interested in clinical cardiology, EP, and medical education. I enjoy learning and teaching with digital resources, including podcasts and infographics. 

What are your future plans? General cardiology or EP
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? Mentorship, clinical training and work-life balance.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Exploring coffee shops, restaurants and wineries.

Nikhil Gupta

Nikhil Gupta, M.D.
1st Year Fellow

Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University

Residency Program: University of Chicago Medical Center

I grew up and went to college in Columbus, Ohio. I became interested in medicine during my undergraduate degree, and have since been especially interested in cardiovascular medicine.

What are your future plans? Undecided
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? Excellent location and friendly culture with a deep commitment to education in cardiovascular medicine.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Being physically active (biking, hiking, jogging, lifting), watching and playing sports, hosting dinner parties, brewing coffee and kombucha, gaming, and watching reality TV.

Christian Inchaustegui

Christian Inchaustegui, M.D.
1st Year Fellow

Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Residency Program: Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Inchaustegui was born in Lima, Peru, and graduated from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. His family moved to the States upon him finishing medical school, and he went on to complete his Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. His research has focused on anticoagulation management and adverse events in patients with LVADs, and optimization of teaching interactions during medical consultation. He later spent a year as an Academic Hospitalist before moving to Portland for Cardiology fellowship, alongside his wife and their Shiba-Chow pup.

What are your future plans? Critical Care Cardiology
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? The program offers comprehensive exposure to all aspects of Cardiovascular Medicine and mentorship from amazing faculty, each of whom has diverse clinical and research interests. The focus on excellent didactics with an emphasis on pathophysiology, hemodynamics, and foundational literature set the program apart during IV season. The workload is balanced and uniformly spread, and Portland is an awesome place to live.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Hiking and exploring the amazing outdoors around the city (Mt Hood, the Gorge, the Coast, Wine Country, etc). Going on long walks, jogging, or biking across the city while discovering a multitude of restaurants, food cart pods, breweries, comedy clubs, and more.

Ingy Mahana

Ingy Mahana, MBBCh
1st Year Fellow

Medical School: Faculty of Medicine - Ain Shams University 

Residency Program: Medstar Washington Hospital Center

I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. I attended medical school at Ain Shams University then moved for internal medicine residency at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in D.C. I have an interest in structural heart diseases and clinical education for physicians in training. Looking forward to enjoying beautiful Portland and exceptional three years at OHSU.

What are your future plans? Interested in structural heart and valve disease imaging and interventions.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? The uniqueness of getting a balanced comprehensive training in an environment of genuine team camaraderie.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Beachgoing and walking meditation.

Salman Zahid

Salman Zahid, M.D.
1st Year Fellow

Medical School: Khyber Medical College 

Residency Program: Rochester General Hospital

Dr. Zahid, born and raised in Peshawar, Pakistan, embarked on his journey in cardiology during his early years as a medical student at Lady Reading Hospital. An unexpected encounter with an interventional cardiologist led him to the Pakistan Heart Journal office, where he developed his skills in statistics and academic writing. This experience ignited his passion for cardiovascular disease, motivating him to pursue a career in cardiology. After graduating with distinction from Khyber Medical College, where he earned three gold medals, he moved to Rochester, New York, to complete his Internal Medicine Residency. Following this, Dr. Zahid relocated to the Pacific Northwest to undertake his cardiovascular disease fellowship at OHSU. His academic pursuits encompass outcomes research in structural heart disease, preventive cardiology, and addressing disparities in healthcare access. He takes pride in his role as the heart valve disease editor for the Journal of Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, actively contributing to groundbreaking research in the field. In his leisure time, Dr. Zahid finds solace in the poetic verses of Ghalib and draws inspiration from the captivating art of Picasso's cubism. He is also an avid cricket enthusiast and enjoys table tennis. His love for adventure takes him traveling, hiking, and exploring the beauty of the great outdoors.

What are your future plans? In the near future, my foremost objective is to delve into the extensive opportunities that the field of cardiology presents. During my inaugural year of fellowship, my primary aim is to immerse myself in the multifaceted realm of cardiology, striving for a comprehensive grasp of its various dimensions.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? What made OHSU particularly appealing were several factors: the program's scale, the welcoming and collaborative environment it offered, the chances to delve deeper into cardiology subspecialties, research prospects, and the presence of supportive colleagues and mentors. The interactions I had with remarkable faculty members during the interview day left a lasting impression. Furthermore, the stunning natural surroundings of the Pacific Northwest and the beautiful city of Portland added to its allure.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? I take great pleasure in reading books, with a special fondness for Urdu poetry, and Ghalib happens to be my favorite Urdu poet. In the realm of sports, I find enjoyment in both watching cricket matches and playing table tennis. Additionally, I relish the refreshing activity of swimming. Furthermore, I have a passion for exploring the open road through road trips, embracing the beauty of the great outdoors through hiking, and creating cherished moments with friends and family.

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Jose L. Lozano Garcia, M.D.

Jose L. Lozano Garcia, M.D.
2nd Year Fellow

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

Residency Program: University of Michigan Health System

Fellowship: The State University of New York at Buffalo (Cardiology)

Dr. Lozano Garcia was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico where he completed his undergraduate degree. He worked as a mechanical engineer and completed graduate studies in Texas before pursuing medicine and cardiology as a career. Dr. Lozano Garcia is excited to be moving to Oregon and exploring its mountains and beaches.

What are your future plans? Electrophysiology
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? I was initially drawn to OHSU since I initially visited the city for residency interview. I knew that I wanted to experience living in the PNW. I enjoyed my EP interview at OHSU a lot. I truly felt welcomed and that I would get excellent training with awesome attendings.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? Hiking and biking.

Ryle Przybylowicz, M.D.

Ryle Przybylowicz, M.D. 
2nd Year Fellow

Medical School: The Ohio State University

Residency Program: Baylor College of Medicine

Fellowship:  Oregon Health & Science University (Cardiovascular Disease)

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Interests: Electrophysiology
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.

Francis Phan

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.

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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.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Hidemi Kajimoto

Hidemi Kajimoto, M.D., Ph.D.
1st Year Fellow

Medical School: Mie University School of Medicine, Japan

Residency Program: Mie University, Pediatrics

Fellowship: Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Japan, Pediatric Cardiology

Dr. Kajimoto grew up in Japan. She was a pediatric cardiologist there. Following her family's move to Seattle, she worked as a visiting scientist in Cardiology, University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. After long journey, she decided to specialize in adult congenital heart disease. She enjoys the challenge of working in the ever-evolving field of adult congenital heart disease, cardiac MRI, and physiology in the right ventricle. Her research is supported by Heartfelt Dreams Foundation.

What are your future plans? To provide lifelong support and care to patients with congenital heart diseases.
Why did you choose OHSU for your fellowship training? The balance among clinic, research, and education is ideal.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training? In her spare time Dr. Kajimoto enjoys watching her son play soccer and baseball.  She also enjoys cycling, skiing, and camping with her family.

Interventional Cardiology

Alexander Heckman

Alexander Heckman, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados

Residency Program: Mayo Clinic Florida, Internal Medicine

Fellowship:  Mayo Clinic Florida, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Structural Heart Disease

Abhushan Poudyal

Abhushan Poudyal, M.D.

Medical School: College of Medical Sciences - Nepal

Residency Program: John H Stroger, Jr Hospital of Cook County, Chicago IL

Fellowship:  John H Stroger, Jr Hospital of Cook County, Chicago IL (Cardiology); Ascension St John Hospital, Detroit MI (Interventional Cardiology)

Advanced Imaging

Chandralekha Ashangari

Chandralekha Ashangari, M.B.B.S.

Medical School: Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, India

Residency Program: Texas Tech University of Health Sciences

Fellowship:  Medical City Fort Worth, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship