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 weekend warriors.

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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.

 

haronianDr. Howard L. Haronian, MD, FACC

Chief Quality & Innovation Officer, Heart & Vascular Institute
Chief, East Region, Heart & Vascular Institute

Dr. Howard Haronian leads clinical integration, performance improvement, data reporting and analytics efforts to ensure the highest quality and safety care standards throughout our Institute. He also guides our innovation, informatics, digital health, and clinical intelligence initiatives.

Since joining Hartford HealthCare in 2017, Dr. Haronian has been instrumental in the Institute’s growth through recruiting, program development, and leveraging digital innovation. He continues to serve in his role leading our East Region, from Putnam to RI. Dr. Haronian maintains a clinical practice in Mystic and Westerly, RI.

Dr. Haronian graduated from Brown University with a BA, Honors in Biology, magna cum laude. He earned his MD at Weill-Cornell Medical College in NYC. After completing a medicine residency at The New York Hospital and fellowships in cardiovascular medicine, nuclear cardiology, and interventional cardiology at Yale School of Medicine in 1994, he remained on the faculty as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), while founding a specialty private practice in the RI / CT shoreline region. Dr. Haronian also completed the Yale Management Program for Physicians at Yale School of Management. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

Meet our Heart & Vascular Institute Team:

Abreu, Joseph Edward, MD, FACC
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
1215 New Litchfield Street
Torrington, CT 06790
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    Winsted, CT 06098
Offers Video Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Starling Physicians
1 Lake Street
New Britain, CT 06052
Offers Video Medicine
Agin, Elliot David, MD, FACC
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.8 / 5
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute
205 Sub Way Suite 101
Milford, CT 06461
Offers Video Medicine
Aitcheson, Elizabeth, MD, MPH, RPVI
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
5 / 5
Endovascular Surgery
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital
85 Seymour Street Suite 409
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
  • 100 Perkins Farm Drive Suite 301
    Mystic, CT 06355
  • 111 Salem Turnpike Route 82 Suite 8
    Norwich, CT 06360
Offers Video Medicine
Al-Damluji, Mohammed, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Interventional Cardiology
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute
420 Saybrook Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Offers Video Medicine
Ali, Ayyaz, MD, PhD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
5 / 5
Cardiac Surgery
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital
85 Seymour Street Suite 919
Hartford, CT 06106
Offers Video Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County, LLC
425 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
More Locations
  • 3272 Main Street
    Stratford, CT 06614
  • 205 Sub Way Suite 101
    Milford, CT 06461
  • 1262 Post Road
    Fairfield, CT 06824
Offers Video Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine
Consulting Cardiologists, PC
305 Western Boulevard Suite 100
Glastonbury, CT 06033
More Locations
  • 1062 Barnes Road Suite 300
    Wallingford, CT 06492
Offers Video Medicine
Angeli, Angelina, APRN
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute
425 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Offers Video Medicine
Arjun, Sneha, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute
711 Cottage Grove Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Offers Video Medicine
Arora, Sabeena, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
5 / 5
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Hartford Hospital Heart Failure Program
85 Jefferson Street Suite 216
Hartford, CT 06106
Offers Video Medicine
Asseo, Corrie, PA-C
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Cardiac Surgery
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at St. Vincent's Medical Center Main Floor
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Offers Video Medicine
Atef, Amr Mohamed, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Backus Hospital Outpatient Care Center
111 Salem Turnpike Route 82 Suite 8
Norwich, CT 06360
More Locations
  • 5 Founders Street Suite 102
    Willimantic, CT 06226
Offers Video Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County, LLC
40 Cross Street
Norwalk, CT 06851
Offers Video Medicine
Awa, Wendy, APRN
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at St. Vincent's Medical Center Heart Failure Clinic
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Offers Video Medicine
Ayach, Mouhanad, MD, RPVI
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Vascular Surgery
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute - Vascular Surgery
201 North Mountain Road Suite 201
Plainville, CT 06062
More Locations
  • 100 Grand Street
    New Britain, CT 06052
  • 80 South Main Street Suite 202
    Winsted, CT 06098
Offers Video Medicine
Azemi, Talhat, MD, FACC
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Interventional Cardiology
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital
85 Seymour Street Suite 1022
Hartford, CT 06106
More Locations
  • 111 Salem Turnpike Route 82 Suite 8
    Norwich, CT 06360
Offers Video Medicine
Bailey, Allison L., PA-C
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
5 / 5
Vascular Surgery
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute
330 Western Boulevard 2nd Floor
Glastonbury, CT 06033
More Locations
  • 100 Perkins Farm Drive Suite 301
    Mystic, CT 06355
  • 399 Farmington Avenue Suite 200
    Farmington, CT 06032
  • 111 Salem Turnpike Route 82 Suite 8
    Norwich, CT 06360
Offers Video Medicine
Barbour, Mohamad, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute
711 Cottage Grove Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Offers Video Medicine
Beach, Yan, APRN
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Cardiovascular Medicine
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut Bradley Memorial Campus
81 Meriden Avenue
Southington, CT 06489
Offers Video Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County, LLC
40 Cross Street
Norwalk, CT 06851
Offers Video Medicine
Bell, Jennifer, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
HHC Institute
Hartford Hospital Heart Failure Program
85 Jefferson Street Suite 216
Hartford, CT 06106
Offers Video Medicine
Interventional Cardiology
HHC Institute
Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County, LLC
425 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
More Locations
  • 1262 Post Road
    Fairfield, CT 06824
Offers Video Medicine
Bhatt, Paras Satish, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Cardiac Electrophysiology
HHC Institute
Backus Hospital Outpatient Care Center
111 Salem Turnpike Route 82 Suite 8
Norwich, CT 06360
More Locations
  • 100 Perkins Farm Drive Suite 301
    Mystic, CT 06355
  • 85 Jefferson Street Suite 704
    Hartford, CT 06106
Offers Video Medicine
Biskup, Bradley G., PA-C
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
5 / 5
Cardiovascular Medicine
HHC Institute
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute Lifestyle Medicine
280 South Main Street Suite 205
Cheshire, CT 06410
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  • 256 North Main Street
    Manchester, CT 06040
Offers Video Medicine

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