Our team, led by Co-Physician in Chiefs Sabet Hashim, MD, and Paul D. Thompson, MD, provides care to a wide range of patients – young or old, athletes or the elderly.

Dr. Hashim, who performed the first heart transplant in Connecticut, has done more than 1,400 mitral valves repairs. Dr. Thompson is an expert on the impact of exercise on heart disease, and vice versa.

He is generally considered one of the “founding fathers” of the sports cardiology field by the American College of Sports Medicine, and is one of eight people funded by the National Institutes for Health to develop a preventive cardiology program.


Dr. Sabet Hashim

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

Sabet Hashim Heart and Valve

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 1,000 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.


    Dr. Paul D. Thompson

    Chief of Cardiology
    Co-Physician in Chief, Heart & Vascular Institute

    Dr. Paul ThompsonDr. Paul D. Thompson graduated from Tufts College and Tufts Medical School.  He served as a medical intern and resident, as well as a cardiology catheterization fellow, at Tufts New England Medical Center and completed his training in cardiology at Stanford Medical Center.  

    Dr. Thompson is Chief of Cardiology at Hartford Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He has authored over 450 scientific articles on topics that include: the effects of exercise training on preventing and treating heart disease, the cardiovascular risks of vigorous exercise, the effects of exercise on lipid metabolism, the effects of statins on skeletal muscle and genetic factors affecting the exercise response. 

    The NIH has supported several of these projects, including the Preventive Cardiology Academic Award; Lipoproteins in Active Men: Role of Exercise & Diet; the Effects of Testosterone on Endothelial Function;  Functional Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Associated with Human Muscle Size and Strength (FAMuSS); and the Effects of Statins on Skeletal Muscle Function (STOMP).

    Dr. Thompson is the Editor of the book, "Exercise and Sports Cardiology." He is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. 

    Sports And Medicine: A Personal Connection 

    Dr. Thompson's research and clinical interests in exercise originate from his personal interest in distance running. He qualified for the 1972 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and finished 16th in the Boston Marathon in 1976.

    Dr. Thompson has served as a television medical commentator for two Boston and five New York City Marathons and served as an analyst at the 1992 and 1993 New York City Marathon while running the race. He was NBC's sports medicine analyst at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and served in a similar capacity for ABC's coverage of the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba.


    Mariane Carna

    System Vice President, Heart & Vascular Institute

    Mariane Carna, RN, MSN, is a health care executive with broad experience in the development and growth of cardiovascular care. As a vice president at Yale NewHaven Hospital, she established a heart and vascular service line for the hospital and Yale Medical Group by building a collaborative governance and leaderships structure that contributed to significantly improve patient outcomes. 

    Previously, Carna served as director of the cardiovascular service line at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, managing the strategic goals of the system's academic and clinical divisions.

    Most recently, she has been vice president of consulting with a technology firm that provides health systems with monitoring applications that improve workflow efficiency and support patient care.


    Meet our Heart & Vascular Institute Team:

    Name Specialties Location
    Agarwal, Arun, MD
    860.223.0220
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • New Britain
    Arcoleo, James Anthony, DO
    860.749.1985
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Endovascular Medicine
    • Vascular Medicine
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    • Enfield
    Atef, Amr Mohamed, MD
    860.886.0023
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Norwich
    • Willimantic
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    Azemi, Talhat, MD
    860.972.5083
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Endovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
    • Vascular Medicine
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    • Hartford
    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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    Borkowski, Robert D., MD
    860.229.6811
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
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    • New Britain
    Bozeman, Patricia K., APRN, CVN
    860.522.4158
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Hartford
    • Plainville
    • Southington
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    Bradbury, William Michael, MD, FACC
    860.963.7519
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Putnam
    • Plainfield
    • Plainfield
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    Canter, Lisa Tammy, MD, FACC
    860.963.7519
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Putnam
    • Plainfield
    • Plainfield
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    Casey, David Madigan, MD
    860.258.3477
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Glastonbury
    • Wethersfield
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    Charron, Jaime, APRN
    860.456.2898
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Willimantic
    Chaudhry, Waseem, MD
    860.972.5536
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Echocardiography
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    • Farmington
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    Cheema, Mohiuddin, MD
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Endovascular Surgery
    • Vascular Surgery
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    • Hartford
    Ching, Gilbert G., MD
    860.223.0220
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • New Britain
    Clarke Jr., Brian H., PA-C
    860.969.5533
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Hartford
    Cosentino, Marianne Therese, APRN
    203.678.1050
    • Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Wallingford
    Coulis, Natalie Elizabeth, PA-C
    203.678.1050
    • Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Wallingford
    Crespo, Eric Michael, MD, FACC, FHRS
    860.972.1506
    • Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • West Hartford
    • Hartford
    • Hartford
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    Cronin, Edmond Michael, MD
    860.972.1506
    • Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Hartford
    • Hartford
    • New Britain
    • West Hartford
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    Divinagracia, Thomas V., MD
    860.522.4158
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Endovascular Surgery
    • General Surgery
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    • Hartford
    • Glastonbury
    • Plainville
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    Dougherty, Kevin Russell, MD, FACC
    860.522.0604
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    • Enfield
    • Glastonbury
    • Wethersfield
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    Duncan, Brett Hunter, MD, FACC
    860.522.5712
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    • Farmington
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    El Mallah, Wael, MD
    860.223.0220
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Interventional Cardiology
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    • New Britain
    Escaravage, Steven John, PA-C
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Hartford
    Feingold, Andrew David, MD, FACC
    860.522.0604
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    • Avon
    • Glastonbury
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    Fernandez, Antonio Benicio, MD
    860.972.1695
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Hartford
    Ferraro-Borgida, Melissa Joy, MD, FACC
    860.522.5712
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Echocardiography
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    • Farmington
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    Ficara, Robert J., PA-C
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Hartford
    • Hartford
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    Fiengo, Mark Nicholas, DO, FACC, FSCAI
    860.886.0023
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Norwich
    • Old Lyme
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    Foley, John Arthur, MD, FACP, FACC
    860.886.0023
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Norwich
    Fram, Daniel Bruce, MD
    860.972.5083
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Hartford
    Friedman, Meir, MD
    860.972.1506
    • Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • West Hartford
    • Hartford
    • Hartford
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    Frisella, Mary Elizabeth, MD, FACC
    860.963.7519
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Putnam
    • Plainfield
    • Plainfield
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    Fusco, Daniel Stephen, MD
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Hartford
    Gallagher III, James, MD
    860.522.4158
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Meriden
    • Hartford
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    Gallagher Jr., James, MD
    860.522.4158
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Glastonbury
    • Farmington
    • Hartford
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    Gifford, Edward "Ted" Dewitt, MD
    860.522.4158
    • Vascular Surgery
    • General Surgery
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    • Hartford
    Granquist, John Dickson, MD, FACC
    860.522.0604
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    • Glastonbury
    • Windsor
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    Guerin, Elizabeth T., PA-C
    860.522.4158
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Hartford
    • Glastonbury
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    Hagberg, Robert Carl, MD
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Endovascular Surgery
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    • Hartford
    Haider, Ali, MD
    860.749.1985
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Echocardiography
    • Endovascular Surgery
    • Nuclear Cardiology
    • Vascular Medicine
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    • Enfield
    Hammond, Jonathan Acton, MD
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Hartford
    Haronian, Howard L., MD, FACC
    401.596.4499
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
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    • Westerly
    • Hartford
    • Hartford
    • Mystic
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    Hashim, Sabet W., MD, FACS
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Hartford
    Hirst, Jeffrey Alan, MD
    860.972.5083
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Hartford
    Horowitz, Steven Matthew, MD
    860.258.3477
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Glastonbury
    • Avon
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    Humphrey, Chester Bowden, MD
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Hartford
    Insel, Jared Martin, MD
    860.223.0220
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • New Britain
    Jacobs, Rose E., PA-C
    860.972.5200
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Hartford
    Jain, Akhilesh Kumar, MD, FACS
    860.522.4158
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Endovascular Surgery
    • General Surgery
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    • Hartford
    • Norwich
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    Katsetos, Manny Christos, MD
    860.229.6811
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • New Britain
    Kegel, Jeffrey Glen, MD
    860.456.2898
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Willimantic
    Kiernan, Francis John, MD
    860.972.5083
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Hartford
    Kramer, Daniel G., MD, FACC
    860.522.5712
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    • Farmington
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    Kutz, Stephen M., MD, FACC
    401.596.4499
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Echocardiography
    • Nuclear Cardiology
    Show Less
    • Westerly
    • Mystic
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    LaSala, Anthony Francis, MD
    860.659.8830
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Wethersfield
    Lee, Inku Kevin, MD
    860.276.5107
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Southington
    Lee, Maximilian H., MD, FACC
    860.522.0604
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    • Avon
    • Glastonbury
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    Malkin, Robert Douglas, MD
    860.229.6811
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Interventional Cardiology
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    • New Britain
    Mamuya, Komsu Fidel, MD, FACC
    860.659.8830
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Wethersfield
    • Glastonbury
    • Granby
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    Mansoor, Mohamed, MD
    860.258.3477
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Glastonbury
    • Wethersfield
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    Marieb, Mark, MD, FHRS
    203.678.1050
    • Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Wallingford
    • Branford
    • Derby
    • Hartford
    • Hartford
    • Meriden
    • Waterbury
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    McKay, Raymond George, MD
    860.972.5083
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Hartford
    Merkatz, Kenneth Alan, MD
    860.258.3477
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Wethersfield
    • Enfield
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    Mirecki, Francis Joseph, MD, FACC
    860.434.4975
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Old Lyme
    • Norwich
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    Nadig, Vidya, MD
    860.456.2898
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Willimantic
    Nelson, Jennifer L., APRN
    203.678.1050
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Wallingford
    Obey, D'Anna, PA-C
    860.972.5200
    • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery
    • Hartford
    Oligino, Eric Joseph, MD, FACC
    860.522.5712
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    • Farmington
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    Panetta, Randolph Alexander, MD
    860.659.8830
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Wethersfield
    Paris, Jan Rene, MD
    860.223.0220
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • New Britain
    • Newington
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    Piccirillo, Bryan James, MD
    860.972.3570
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Hartford
    Rana, Gaurav, MD
    860.749.1985
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Echocardiography
    • Endovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Nuclear Cardiology
    • Vascular Medicine
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    • Enfield
    Rizvi, Asad Ali, MD
    860.972.5083
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    Rock, Joshua Lee, DO
    860.628.3600
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Southington
    Sadiq, Immad, MD
    860.972.5083
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Hartford
    Scheiber, Jon F., MD
    401.596.4499
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Westerly
    • Mystic
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    Shah, Parth S., MD, FACS
    860.223.0800
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Endovascular Surgery
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    • Plainville
    • Southington
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    St. Pierre, James Francis, MD
    860.229.6811
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • New Britain
    Stein, Russell Howard, MD
    860.258.3477
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Glastonbury
    • Avon
    • Wethersfield
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    Swales, Heather Hunt, MD
    860.224.5694
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • New Britain
    Szenk, Monika Kinga, PA-C
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Hartford
    Tally, Kevin Joseph, MD, FACC
    860.522.0604
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    • Enfield
    • Glastonbury
    • West Hartford
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    Thompson, Paul Davis, MD
    860.972.1695
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Hartford
    Underhill, David Joseph, MD
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Endovascular Surgery
    • Vascular Surgery
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    • Hartford
    Van Niel, David E., PA-C
    860.696.5520
    • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery
    • Hartford
    Vellanki, Anu, MD
    860.456.2898
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Willimantic
    Walden, Jeffrey Howard, MD, FACC
    860.522.0604
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nuclear Cardiology
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    • Hartford
    • Glastonbury
    • Manchester
    • Wethersfield
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    Ward, Henry Nadim, MD
    860.628.0703
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nephrology
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    • Southington
    Webster-Lake, Carissa A., MD
    860.522.4158
    • Vascular Surgery
    • General Surgery
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    • Hartford
    • Norwich
    • Southington
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    Werner, Morgan Simon, MD
    860.223.0220
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • New Britain
    Whiting, Alicia M., APRN
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Hartford
    Windels, Mary Hyde, MD
    860.522.4158
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Endovascular Surgery
    • General Surgery
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    • Hartford
    • Southington
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    Yaffee, David, MD
    860.696.5520
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
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    • Hartford
    Yekta, Arshad Mahmood, MD
    860.258.3477
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • Glastonbury
    • East Hartford
    • Wethersfield
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    Zweibel, Steven Lloyd, MD, FACC, FHRS, CCDS
    860.972.1506
    • Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
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    • West Hartford
    • Hartford
    • New Britain
    • Southington
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