Our team, led by Co-Physician in Chief Sabet Hashim, MD and Co-Physician in Chief (Interim) James Cardon, MD, provide care to a wide range of patients – young or old, athletes or the elderly.


Sabet Hashim Heart and Valve

Dr. Sabet Hashim

Chairman of Cardiac Surgery
Co-Physician in Chief, Heart & Vascular Institute

Dr. Sabet Hashim is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery and repair.

Dr. Hashim earned his medical degree from St. Joseph’s University School of Medicine, Beirut, in 1975. He received his general surgical training from Columbia University at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City.

He joined the Yale University faculty after his cardiothoracic residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.

He is presently the chairman of cardiac surgery and co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute.

A Pioneer in Heart Transplantation

In 1984, while co-directing the Heart Transplant Program at Yale New Haven Hospital, Dr. Hashim performed the first heart transplant in the state of Connecticut. Dr. Hashim also developed multiple programs at Yale New Haven Hospital, including the Mitral Valve Repair Program (one of the first mitral valve repairs centers in the United States), the Atrial Fibrillation Surgery Program and the Minimally Invasive Aortic and Mitral Valve Surgery Program.

An Innovator in Mitral Valve Repair

Dr. Hashim performed the first mitral valve repair in New England. Since then, Dr. Hashim has consistently held the largest mitral valve practice in Connecticut and has performed over 2,000 mitral valve repairs. Today, he is internationally recognized as an innovator and expert in valve surgery.

Dr. Hashim currently specializes in minimally invasive mitral valve repair, having developed novel techniques in this operation. Dr. Hashim pioneered the discrete sub-mammary incision for young women and has perfected the right anterior thoracotomy approach, which eliminates the need for sternotomy and shortens recovery time.

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Dr. James Cardon

Chief Clinical Integration Officer & CEO, Integrated Care Partners
Co-Physician in Chief, Heart & Vascular Institute

Dr. James P. Cardon is Hartford HealthCare’s (HHC’s) chief clinical integration officer and CEO of Integrated Care Partners, a clinical integration organization, which includes HHC-employed physicians (Hartford HealthCare Medical Group), as well as private-practice physicians. Integrated Care Partners is responsible for improving access to care; developing and implementing evidence-based best practices; reducing variability of care; and defining, measuring and managing clinical excellence for member physicians. Integrated Care Partners will engage with payers and employers to develop innovative payment methodologies to align financial incentives with clinical objectives.

Dr. Cardon, a cardiologist for more than 20 years, is a senior staff member of Hartford Hospital’s Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology. Dr. Cardon graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Boston College and earned his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Cardon is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and in Cardiovascular Disease. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Connecticut State Medical Association and the Hartford County Medical Association.

Wheatley Wentzell Wheatley Wentzell MBA-HCM, MT (ASCP)

Senior Vice President, Operations, Heart & Vascular Institute

Wheatley Wentzell is a proven healthcare leader with nearly 20 years of experience. In her role as Senior Vice President of Operations for Hartford HealthCare’s Heart & Vascular Institute, she works closely with physician and system leadership to grow and establish the Institute as a statewide and national leader in cardiovascular care. Her focus is on operations management, strategic planning and physician alignment and recruitment. Prior to her role as Senior Vice President, Wheatley served as Director of Planning and Communications for the Heart & Vascular Institute and Hartford HealthCare’s Hartford Region, which includes Hartford Hospital. She joined Hartford HealthCare in 2015 after serving in leadership roles in Urgent Care Operations & Project Management at Middlesex Health. Wheatley earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Vermont and a Master in Business Administration in Health Care Management from Quinnipiac University. She also holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate from Villanova University.


Meet our Heart & Vascular Institute Team:

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Abreu, Joseph Edward, MD, FACC
4.9 /5
84 surveys
860.489.1132
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Torrington
Agarwal, Arun, MD 860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
Agin, Elliot David, MD, FACC 203.874.1512
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Milford
Aithal, Keshava Harthattu, MD, FACC, FACP
4.9 /5
54 surveys
860.636.2010
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Middletown
  • Marlborough
  • Old Saybrook
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Ali, Ayyaz, MD, PhD 860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Altszuler, David Jay, MD 203.265.9831
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Glastonbury
  • Wallingford
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Amsdell, Jacqueline, PA-C 860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Arcoleo, James Anthony, DO 860.749.1985
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Endovascular Medicine
  • Vascular Medicine
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  • Enfield
Arora, Sabeena, MD 860.886.0023
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Norwich
Atef, Amr Mohamed, MD
4.9 /5
180 surveys
860.886.0023
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Norwich
  • Willimantic
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Augenbraun, Charles Barry, MD 203.353.1133
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Stamford
  • Norwalk
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Ayach, Mouhanad, MD, RPVI 860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Plainville
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Azemi, Talhat, MD
4.9 /5
45 surveys
860.972.5083
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Endovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Vascular Medicine
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  • Hartford
Beach, Yan, APRN 860.276.5107
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Southington
Berman, Jeffrey Neal, MD 203.445.7093
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
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  • Trumbull
  • Fairfield
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Bhatt, Paras Satish, MD
4.9 /5
83 surveys
860.889.9180
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Norwich
  • Mystic
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Birney, Paige M., PA-C 203.576.6000
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Bridgeport
Blattman, Seth Barak, MD 203.382.1900
  • Vascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Fairfield
Bleich, Steven, MD 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Borer, Steven Michael, DO, FACC 860.522.5712
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Boston, Meagane, APRN 860.972.0001
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Hartford
Bozeman, Patricia K., APRN, CVN 860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Bradbury, William Michael, MD, FACC
4.9 /5
201 surveys
860.963.7519
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Putnam
  • Plainfield
  • Plainfield
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Brennan, Paige James, MD 860.572.5400
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Mystic
  • Old Lyme
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Brodsky, Samuel, MD 203.353.1133
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Stamford

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