Cathleen Bairey-Merz, MD, Cedars-Sinai

Dr. Cathleen N. Bairey-Merz, MD, is a Cardiovascular Disease specialist in West Hollywood. She attended and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1981, and now has over 36 years of diverse experience, especially in Cardiology. She is affiliated with many hospitals including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Bairey-Merz also collaborates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Fahed Bitar, MD, Citrus Valley Health Partners

Dr. Fahed Bitar serves as both the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and the Medical Director of the STEMI Receiving Center, both located at Inter-Community Hospital in Covina (an affiliate of the Citrus Valley Health Partners system). His specialty is Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Bitar has become a true champion for the heart programs at Citrus Valley Health Partners. He is always looking for opportunities to grow the programs so that the surrounding communities have access to the latest technology and innovative cardiac procedures. One of many examples of his commitment to his patients has been his leadership and ongoing support of the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement program.

David S. Cannom, MD, Good Samaritan Hospital

Dr. Cannom is the Director of Cardiology at Good Samaritan Hospital. He founded Los Angeles Cardiology Associates (LACA) in 1985. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, he completed his internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His cardiology fellowship was completed at Stanford University. Dr. Cannom is recognized throughout the world as an expert in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias. He is a past President of the Los Angeles Affiliate of the American Heart Association, past Governor of the American College of Cardiology in California, and immediate past President of North American Society for Pacing and Electrophysiology.

Gregg Fonarow, MD, UCLA Health System

Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow serves as Director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, Co-Chief of UCLA’s Division of Cardiology, and Co-director of UCLA’s Preventative Cardiology Program. He attained the rank of Professor of Medicine in 2003. He was awarded the Eliot Corday Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Science in 2003. His research interests center on heart failure management, preventative cardiology, disease management, and implementing treatment systems to improve clinical outcome. Dr Fonarow has published over 800 research studies and clinical trials in heart failure management, preventative cardiology, and outcomes research. New therapies and management strategies for advanced heart failure and research into the pathophysiology of this disease are conducted at UCLA under his direction.

Eli S. Gang, MD, Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern California

Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA, Dr. Gang is highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of complex arrhythmias, and is an expert in radiofrequency ablation and implementation of pacemakers and automatic defibrillators. Dr. Gang is also a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Jon A. Kobashigawa, MD, California Heart Center, Cedars-Sinai

At the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Jon Kobashigawa, MD is Director of the Advanced Heart Disease Section, Director of the Heart Transplant Program and Associate Director of both the Cedars Sinai Heart Institute and the Comprehensive Transplant Center. He is the DSL/Thomas D. Gordon Professor of Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Kobashigawa completed his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He performed his internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the UCLA Medical Center.

Leslie A. Saxon, MD, Keck Medicine of USC

Dr. Leslie Saxon is a professor of clinical medicine (clinical scholar) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and preventing sudden cardiac death. In addition to her work in cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Saxon serves as the executive director of the internationally acclaimed USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) and newly formed USC Virtual Care Clinic (VCC). She is a well-known authority on the pre-clinical and clinical development and testing of wearable and implanted technology, including networked devices used in medical, wellness and fitness disciplines. With her clinical expertise, she is a valuable strategist in developing device models and software solutions that offer engaging user-feedback based on real-time physiologic data.

Prediman K. Shah, MD, Cedars-Sinai

Prediman Krishan (P.K.) Shah, MD is Director of the Division of Cardiology and holds the Shapell and Webb Family Endowed Chair at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He also is the Director of the Oppenheimer Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai where he leads several studies that focus on heart disease prevention and treatment. Dr. Shah has been Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA since 1992. In the early 1990s, he worked in the cardiovascular research laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital of the Harvard Medical School in Boston. He devotes 60 percent of his professional hours to patient care and the balance of his time to research, administrative, and teaching responsibilities.

Charles D. Swerdlow, MD, Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern California

Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA, Dr. Charles Swerdlow is a cardiac electrophysiologist specializing in the care of patients with cardiac arrhythmias. In addition to consultative and long-term patient care, his clinical interests focus in two areas: (1) catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation and other complex arrhythmias; and (2) implanted cardiac electronic devices including implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), cardiac pacemakers, wcardiac resynchronization (bi-ventricular) devices, and implantable monitoring devices for heart failure.

Jonathan Marvin Tobis, MD, UCLA Health System

Dr. Jonathan Tobis is a cardiologist in Los Angeles and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Tobis is one of 165 doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and one of 59 at UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica who specialize in Cardiovascular Disease. He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish.

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