FACULTY


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John A. Ambrose, MD, FACC

Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Director of Cardiology, Community Regional Medical Center
Chief of Cardiology, UCSF Fresno
Program Director, UCSF Fresno Cardiovascular Fellowship
Former Governor, American College of Cardiology - New York Chapter
Former President, New York Cardiologic Society


Dr. John Ambrose is an internationally renowned expert in coronary artery disease and is one of the great pioneers in acute coronary syndromes. He has published extensively and his work has laid the foundation for the current theories on unstable angina, myocardial infarction and the vulnerable plaque, among others. Before coming to Fresno, Dr. Ambrose was the Director of the Cardiovascular Center at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in Manhattan. Before that, he was the Director of Cardiac Catheterization at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He has been included in every edition of “Best Doctors in America.” Dr. Ambrose sang professionally in New York and continues to sing with his wife with the Fresno Grand Opera.

                 

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Prakash Deedwania , MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Chief of Cardiology, VACCHCS
Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

Dr. Prakash Deedwania is one of the most recognizable figures in the fields of hypertension, heart failure, lipid disorders, ischemic heart disease, rhythm disorders, and preventive cardiology where he has authored numerous landmark clinical trials and several clinical practice guidelines. He is a respected leader of several national and international medical societies, having held various positions at the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the National Health Lung & Blood Institute. Having published over a thousand medical manuscripts, Dr. Deedwania is also on the editorial board of the top medical journals including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology and Clinical Cardiology, among many others.


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Ralph J. Wessel, MD, FACC  

Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Interventional Cardiologist, Community Regional Medical Center

 

Dr. Ralph Wessel has been a faculty member of the UCSF Fresno Medicine residency and Cardiology fellowship programs since their inception in the 1970s. Perhaps the most beloved and most respected teacher, he is the “do-it-all” cardiologist with special interest in interventional cardiology, myocardial pathology, congestive heart failure, pacemakers, and pulmonary hypertension.  He’s formerly the Chief of Cardiology at Kaiser Permanente in Fresno as well as the former Assistant Chief of Cardiology at University Medical Center.

 

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Enrique V. Carbajal, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Assistant Chief of Cardiology, VA Central California Health Care System, VACCHCS
Non-interventional Cardiologist, VA Medical Center, Fresno

 

Dr. Enrique Carbajal has been a faculty member of the UCSF Fresno Cardiology program for over 20 years.  He completed his cardiology training at the original VA Medical Center-based UCSF Fresno campus.  His special interests include chronic ischemic heart disease, heart failure, perioperative cardiac risk assessment and the diligent pursuit of evidence-based medicine.

 

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Mouatou Mouanoutoua, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Interventional Cardiologist, Community Regional Medical Center
Program Director, UCSF Fresno Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

 

Dr. Mouanoutoua is board certified in coronary and peripheral vascular intervention.  He was the chief fellow during his cardiology training at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.  Dr. Mouanoutoua is considered a pioneer within the Fresno community being the first Hmong cardiologist in the Central Valley and the first Hmong cardiac interventionalist.  He is also the Interventional Fellowship Program Director.

 

 

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Henning Rasmussen, MD  

Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Assistant Chief of Cardiology, Community Regional Medical Center
Interventional Cardiologist, Community Regional Medical Center


Dr. Henning Rasmussen is the Associate Director of Cardiology at the Community Regional Medical Center. He specializes in consultative cardiology with special interest in coronary interventions and cardiac devices. He attended pre-med at Harvard University and finished his medical degree at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Rasmussen completed his cardiology training at Louisiana State University and is a skilled senior cardiologist.  He has built a highly successful private practice for over 20 years before joining the faculty group.

Chandra K. Katikireddy, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Director, Cardiac Imaging Section  

 

Dr. Katikireddy completed his residency at Saint Joseph Medical Center/Northwestern University in Chicago where he also served as Chief Resident. Upon completion of the residency, Dr. Katikireddy did further fellowship training in General Cardiology and Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at Stony Brook and Stanford University Programs. Dr. Katikireddy holds board certifications in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography, Cardiac CT, and Physician Vascular Interpretation (RPVI).

In his free time, Dr. Katikireddy enjoys golfing, painting and photography.
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Ryan Berg, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Interventional Cardiologist, Community Regional Medical Center

 

Dr. Ryan Berg is board certified in interventional cardiology and has special interest in coronary artery disease, structural heart disease, and percutaneous valvular therapies. He completed his internal medicine training at the University of California San Francisco. He completed both his cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

 

Before coming to Fresno, Dr. Berg served as the Associate Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Assistant Program Director for the Cardiology Fellowship and the Assistant Program Director for the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at St. Louis University.  Dr. Berg also has special interest in medical education and received the teacher of the year award from both the cardiology fellowship and the internal medicine residents at St. Louis University.

 

 

Teresa Daniele, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF

 

Teresa Daniele, M.D., specializes in cardiac consultation, nuclear cardiology and cardiac PET/CT. She is board certified in Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography and maintains a special interest in women’s heart disease. As a part of the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, Dr. Daniele will be starting a women’s cardiac program for area patients.

Dr. Daniele received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at Brown University. She completed a Fellowship in Nuclear Cardiology at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Medical Center and a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at Yale University/Danbury Hospital.

She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.

 

Other Faculty

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Pervaiz Chaudhry, MD
Robert Stewart, MD

Congenital Heart Disease
Paul Francis, MD
Carl Owada, MD

 

Echocardiography
Joy Guthrie, PhD


Electrophysiology
Thampi John, MD, FACC
Khoi Le, MD

Interventional Cardiology

Cyrus Buhari, DO
Bipin Joshi, MD
Harcharn Chann, MD
Usman Javed, MD
Kanwal Singh, MD


Vascular Surgery
Randall Stern, MD
Leo Fong, MD

Transplant
Teresa DeMarco, MD

 

Nuclear Cardiology
Vishnu Bobba, MD

Volunteer

Joseph Woo, MD