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.


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