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STEVEN SCHIFF, MD
Dr. Schiff is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Interventional Cardiology. He has been in practice in Orange County since 1983. He went to medical school at New York University, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. He trained in Cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Currently, Dr. Schiff is the Medical Director and Service Chief of Cardiology at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He has been performing coronary and peripheral arterial angioplasty and stenting for more than 30 years. Dr. Schiff also has a special interest in cardiac and vascular MRI.
SURINDER S. THIND, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Dr. Thind is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. He has been in practice in Orange County, California, since 1978. Dr. Thind went to medical school at C.M. College & Hospital in Ludhiana, Punjab, India. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, and his fellowship in Cardiology at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is Past Chief of Staff and Past Chief of Division of Cardiology at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, Fountain Valley, and has held various positions on hospital committees. Dr. Thind is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He has been performing coronary and peripheral interventions since 1982.
ROBERT S. GREENFIELD, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA
Dr. Greenfield is a co-founder of California Heart Associates in Orange County, California. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Clinical Lipidology. He received his B.A. from City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and his M.D. from the State University of New York- Downstate Medical Center. After his Residency and Fellowship, he went on to accept an academic position at UC-Irvine Medical Center as full-time faculty before co-founding California Heart Associates in 1979. After twenty-one years, he accepted a full-time faculty position in the Division of Cardiology and as Director of the Cardiology Clinics at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland where he stayed for three years before returning to California Heart Associates. He continues teaching and is a national and regional speaker for several pharmaceutical companies, and he can periodically be heard on KFI-AM. His research includes the fields of lipidology, acute coronary syndrome, and risk factor modification. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Chapter of the National Lipid Association. As California Heart Associates completes its thirtieth year, Dr. Greenfield remains full-time in his busy practice of cardiovascular diagnosis, treatment, cholesterol management, and prevention.
NICOLAS N. DOAN VAN, MD, FACC
Dr. Doan Van is an interventional cardiologist. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease. He has been in practice since 1995, and in Orange County since 2000. He went to medical school at the University of Toulouse in Toulouse, France. Dr. Doan Van completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He completed his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth and Mount Sinai Medical Centers, Cleveland, Ohio and his fellowship in interventional cardiology at Tufts University, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Doan Van is a Fellow of American College of Cardiology.
In addition to his training as a physician and specialist in interventional cardiology, Dr. Doan Van holds a M.P.H. from Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.
ARVIND S. NIRULA, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Dr. Nirula is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology. He has been in practice in Orange County since 2001. Dr. Nirula earned his MD degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, MD. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He trained in Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA, and in Interventional Cardiology at the University of California, Irvine/Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Nirula has been holding the position of Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, for Fountain Valley Regional Hospital since 2006. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is a Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He performs both coronary and peripheral arterial angiography and stenting.
SANJIV M. PATEL, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Dr. Patel is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Nuclear Cardiology and Adult Echocardiography. He has been in practice in Orange County since 2008. He went to medical school at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Patterson, New Jersey. Dr. Patel completed his Cardiovascular fellowship at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, where he also completed his fellowship in Interventional Cardiology.
JENNIFER LEE WONG, MD, FACC
Dr. Jennifer Lee Wong joined California Heart Associates in July 2011 Dr. Wong went to college at Stanford University, and medical school at the University of California, San Diego, where she also completed a residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine. She went on to complete residency training in Nuclear Medicine at UCSD. She then went to UCLA and completed a fellowship in Cardiology, and then joined the clinical faculty at UCLA as a Clinical Instructor before coming to California Heart Associates. Dr. Wong brings a high level of expertise in Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography to California Heart Associates. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Nuclear Cardiology, and Echocardiography. She is fluent in Korean and Spanish.
AMANDA M. DONOHUE, DO
Dr. Donohue is an invasive cardiologist. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, and Echocardiography. Dr. Donohue went to college at St. Lawrence University in upstate NY, and medical school at Nova Southeastern University. She completed her internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. She has a special interest in preventative cardiology, heart failure, women’s cardiovascular health and cardiovascular disease in pregnancy.
TAE YANG, M.D.
Dr. Yang joined California Heart Associates in 2016 coming from a large cardiovascular group out of Los Angeles County. He received his medical degree from David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. He continued with cardiovascular disease training at Henry Ford Hospital, Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Yang is also board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. Dr. Yang specializes in interventional cardiology, has expertise in pacemaker implantation, rotational atherectomy, laser atherectomy, and complex coronary intervention.
SARAH ELSAYED, M.D.
Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Elsayed found herself on the west coast attending Medical School at USC. She graduated at the Keck School of Medicine, USC in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to that, she relocated to Egypt where she spent several years developing her initial skills in the medical field and volunteering at Kaplan Medical, Cairo, Egypt. She has publications in journals such as ‘Vascular Medicine’, ‘Future Medicine, Interventional Cardiology’, and was awarded the American College of Cardiology “Excellence in Cardiology Fellowship Award”.
HOANG NGUYEN, M.D.
Dr. Nguyen is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. His medical education started at UC San Diego in La Jolla, CA. He continued after graduating with a residency at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, CA then his fellowship at USC/LAC Medical Center in Los Angeles. For Dr. Nguyen practicing medicine is more than just science and medicine, it’s the interactions and discussions with his patients that he finds truly rewarding. He finds that practicing Interventional Cardiology allows him to make huge impacts in patient’s lives and outcomes.
NIKHIL WARRIER, MD
Dr. Warrier is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He joined California Heart Associates in July 2018. Dr. Warrier went to medical school at Ross University. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease fellowship at SUNY Downstate. He subsequently completed his Electrophysiology fellowship at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Warrier specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology. He performs implantation of cardiac pacemakers (including leadless pacemakers), defibrillators, performs complex ablations for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, and also implants WATCHMAN device. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society.