Our Doctors



Steven L. Akins, M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

1982

Education

BA - Mississippi State University
Medical School - University of Mississippi Medical Center
Internal Medicine Residency - Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Cardiology Fellowship - University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

Professional Interests

Coronary Artery Disease
Hyperlipidemia
Cardiac Arrhythmias

expert

Shadwan F. Alsafwah, M.D., FACC, FSCAI

Education

Medical Degree - University of Damascus, Syria

Residency in Internal Medicine - Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Fellowships in Interventional Cardiology - Michigan State University/Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Fellowship in Cardiology (Chief Fellow) - University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis

Fellowship in Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant - Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Diseases
Endovascular Disease
Nuclear Cardiology

Professional Interests

Peripheral arterial disease interventions
Coronary disease interventions
Venous disease interventions

Congestive heart failure

Acute and chronic heart diseases

Vascular diseases

Keith G. Anderson, M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

1990

Education

Bachelor of Science - Vanderbilt University
Medical School - University of Tennessee

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease
Interventional Cardiology

Professional Interests

Interventional Cardiology
Clinical Cardiology
Practice Management

Eduardo V. Basco, M.D.

Established Practice in

1996

Education

Medical School – Far Eastern University, Quezon City, Philippines
Internship – University of Texas Medical Branch
Residency – University of Texas Medical Branch
Fellowship – University of Texas Medical Branch

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiology
Nuclear Cardiology

Brian J. Borkowski, M.D.

Education

Medical Degree - St. George’s University School of Medicine
Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine - Primary Care (Chief Resident) - University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT
Fellowship in Preventive Cardiology - Yale University Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, New Haven, CT
Fellowship in Cardiology/Cardiovascular Diseases - University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis

Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology/Cardiovascular Diseases - University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine

Professional Interests

Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology

Ajay Dalal, M.D.

Established Practice in

2001

Education

Medical School – University of South Hampton, England, UK
Residency – Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Fellowship 0 Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Board Certifications

Cardiology

Professional Interests

Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology

expert

Beverly W. Danley, M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

1989

Education

BS - Auburn University
Medical School - University of Tennessee
Internship in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine - University of Virginia
Residency in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine - University of Virginia
Internship in Internal Medicine - University of Tennessee
Residency in Internal Medicine - University of Tennessee
Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases - University of Tennessee

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Diseases
National Board of Echocardiography - Testamur

Professional Interests

Echocardiography

Claro F. Diaz, M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

1995

Education

Bachelor of Science - Tulane University
Medical School - Louisiana State University Medical Center

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Diseases
Interventional Cardiology

Professional Interests

Peripheral Vascular Disease
Interventional Cardiology
Vein Disease

expert

Dwight A. Dishmon, M.D.

Education

Medical Degree - University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
Residency in Internal Medicine (Chief Resident) - University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
Fellowship in General Cardiology - University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology - Michigan State University

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Diseases
Interventional Cardiology

Professional Interests

Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology
Invasive cardiology
Peripheral, carotid & endovascular interventions

expert

Guerraumberto Jose Guerra, MD

Established Practice in

1974

Education

Graduate and Medical School - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Diseases
Nuclear Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology

Professional Interests

Nuclear Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology

Jack T. Hopkins, Jr., M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

1981

Education

Undergraduate and Medical School - Vanderbilt University
Residency - University of California, San Diego

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine

Professional Interests

Coronary Intervention

expert

Uzoma N. Ibebuogu, M.D., FACC

Education

Medical Degree - University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Residency - Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Fellowship in General Cardiology - Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology - UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Diseases
Interventional Cardiology
Nuclear Cardiology

Professional Interests

General cardiology
Interventional Cardiology
Structural heart disease intervention
Peripheral vascular intervention
Advanced transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

expert

Sunil K. Jha, M.D., FACC

Education

Medical Degree(MBBS) - Patna Medical College, Patna, India
Residency in Internal Medicine - Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology - MCP Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease - Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Professional Interests

Cardiac arrhythmia and clinical cardiology
Cardiac electrophysiolgic study and ablation of complex tachyarrhythmia
Pacemaker, defibrillator (ICD), and biventricular ICD Implantation

expert

Rajesh Kabra, M.D., FHRS

Education

Medical Degree (MBBS - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Internship - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Residency in Internal Medicine - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

Residency in Internal Medicine - St. Francis Hospital of Evanston, IL
Fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology - Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Cardiovascular Disease

Professional Interests

Atrial fibrillation
Ablation of common and complex cardiac arrhythmias
Cardiac electrophysiologic study and mapping

Clinical cardiology and cardiac arrhythmia
Heart failure and cardiac resynchronization therapy
Pacemaker and cardiac defibrillator (ICD) Implantation

expert

Rami N. Khouzam, M.D., FACC, FACP, FASNC, FASE, FSCAI

Education

Medical Degree - Ain Shams University, College of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
Residency in Internal Medicine (Chief Resident) - Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program (THMEP), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Fellowship in Invasive Cardiology (Chief Fellow) - University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology - Winthrop University, Mineola, NY

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Interventional Cardiology

Cardiovascular Disease
Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography and 
Nuclear Cardiology
Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

Professional Interests

Cardiology
Comprehensive echocardiography
Interventional and invasive cardiology
Cardiac pre-op clearance for surgery
Nuclear cardiology
Structural heart disease
Teaching clinical medicine and cardiology

James T. Litzow, M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

1994

Education

B.A. - Northwestern University
Medical School - Medical College of Wisconsin

Board Certifications

Cardiovascular Disease
Clinical Cardiac Electrophyusiology

Professional Interests

Evaluation and treatment of arrhythmias
Evaluation and treatment of syncope

expert

Matthew R. Lyons, M.D., FACC

Education

Medical Degree - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Residency in Internal Medicine - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Residency in Internal Medicine - University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases - Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Echocardiography
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vascular Interpretation Examination
Nuclear Cardiology

Professional Interests

Cardiology
Comprehensive echocardiography
Interventional and invasive cardiology
Cardiac pre-op clearance for surgery
Nuclear cardiology
Structural heart disease
Teaching clinical medicine and cardiology

Michael B. McDonald, M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

1988

Education

Medical School - University of Tennessee

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology

Professional Interests

Coronary Intervention
Cardiac Valve Intervention

Antonio C. Quiroz, M.D., FACP, FACC

Established Practice in

1960

Education

Medical School - University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
Fellowship in Cardiology - Baylor Medical Center
Fellowship in Cardiology - Tulane University School of Medicine

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Diseases

Professional Interests

Clinical Cardiology
Cardiovascular Physiology and Hemodynamics
Electrocardiography
Echocardiography

Maureen A. Smithers, M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

2004

Education

Bachelor of Science - University of Wisconsin
Medical School - Medical College of Wisconsin
Internship in Categorical Medicine - Brooke Army Medical Center
Internal Medicine Residency - Brooke Army Medical Center
Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship - Brooke Army Medical Center

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease

Professional Interests

Non-invasive/Invasive Non-interventional Cardiology
Clinical Focus - Heart Failure Management and Complex Cardiovascular Disease, Women�s Health & Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine
Echocardiography

Matthew R. W. Smolin, M.D., MBA, FACC

Established Practice in

1987

Education

Bachelor of Science - University at Albany
Medical School - New York Medical College
MBA - Western Governors University

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease
Interventional Cardiology

Professional Interests

Interventional Cardiology
Transesophageal Echocardiography
Permanent Pacemakers
Preventive Cardiology

James J. Stamper, M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

1995

Education

Bachelor of Science - Vanderbilt University
Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine
Residency - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Cardiology Fellowship - University of Alabama at Birmingham

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease

Professional Interests

General Cardiology

David Stewart, M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

1990

Education

Bachelor of Science - Christian Brothers University
Medical School - University of Tennessee
Internal Medicine - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Cardiology Fellowship - Medical University of South Carolina

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
American College of Cardiology

Professional Interests

General Cardiology
Coronary Artery Disease
Angiography
Coronary Intervention

Tibor S. Szabo, M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

1990

Education

Szeged University Medical School, Szeged, Hungary
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

Board Certifications

Cardiovascular Diseases
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Professional Interests

Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Rhythm Abnormalities
Catheter Ablation
Implantation and Management of Pacemakers and Cardiac Defibrillators

Galen VanWyhe, M.D., FACC

Education

Bachelor of Science - University of South Dakota
Medical School - University of Iowa
Internal Medicine Residency - University of Iowa
Cardiology Fellowship - University of Wisconsin
Electrophysiology Fellowship - University of Wisconsin

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cardiovascular Electrophysiology

Professional Interests

Broad spectrum of Electrophysiologic diseases, but most notably Radiofrequency ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

expert

Param Vidwan, M.D.

Education

Medical Degree - University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
Residency in Internal Medicine - UNC Hospitals
Fellowship in General Cardiology - UNC Hospitals
Interventional Cardiology Training - Emory University

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology

Andrew T. Watson, M.D., FACC

Established Practice in

2005

Education

Bachelor of Science - The Citadel
Medical School - American University of the Caribbean
Internal Medicine Residency - Methodist University Hospital
Cardiology Fellowship - Marshall University

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease

Professional Interests

Clinical Cardiology
Vascular Medicine
Practice Management

expert

Timothy Woods, M.D.

Established Practice in

1998

Education

Internal Medicine Internship - St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Youngstown, Ohio
Resident, Internal Medicine - St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Youngstown, Ohio
Fellowship, Cardiology - University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Cardiac MRI Training-ACCF/AHA Level-Two - Duke CV Magnetic Resonance Center- Duke University, Durham, NC

Board Certifications

Cardiovascular Medicine
National Board of Echocardiography, Comprehensive

Professional Interests

Echocardiography
Non-Invasive Cardiology

Lisa J. Young, M.D.

Established Practice in

1996

Education

Medical School – University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Internship – University of Maryland
Residency – Naval Hospital, Oakland, CA
Fellowship – Regional Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine, Cardiology

Professional Interests

Women’s Health, Echocardiography