Faculty

 

The divisions of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the The University Hospital are staffed by 150 dedicated professionals in a wide array of disciplines. The physician team is comprised of board-certified specialists who are also faculty members of New Jersey Medical School (NJMS).

 

Cardiology


Marc Klapholz, MD, FACC, FCSAI


Dr. Klapholz is a Professor and Chair of Medicine at New Jersey Medical School and director of the division of cardiology at NJMS and University Hospital. He earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was a Clinical Research Fellow in the Heart Failure Group at the same institution, earning an NIH National Research Service Award.

Prior to joining NJMS/UH, Dr. Klapholz was the Chief of the Heart Failure Prevention and Treatment Program at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in New York City. He has been and continues to serve as the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials, including the groundbreaking African-American Heart Failure Trial (A-Heft). He has published extensively on the subject of heart failure and is a member of several professional organizations and editorial boards.

 

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Julius Gardin, MD, MBA, FACC, FASE


Julius M. Gardin, MD, MBA is a Professor of Medicine, Director (interim), Division of Cardiology, and the Chief of Quality and Program Development for the Division at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He previously served as Chair of the Department of Medicine (2008-2015) at Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Gardin cares for patients with a wide spectrum of cardiac conditions and risk factors, and has been listed annually in the Who’s Who, Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors publications. Dr. Gardin earned his undergraduate and medical degrees with honors from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at University of Michigan-affiliated hospitals and then completed a fellowship in Cardiology at Georgetown University Hospital.  Dr. Gardin has made important contributions to cardiac investigation through research funded by the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health and the medical industry. His ongoing research has helped to elucidate the role of non-invasive cardiac imaging in predicting the risk of developing heart attacks and stroke. He has been an author of more than 200 original research articles, in addition to guidelines, editorials, textbook chapters, review articles, and a U.S. patent. Dr. Gardin serves on multiple editorial boards and is currently an Senior Consulting Editor for the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. He is a former President of the American Society of Echocardiography, International Cardiac Doppler Society, and Council on (Society of) Geriatric Cardiology and was awarded the Melvin L. Marcus Gifted Teacher in Cardiology Award from the International Academy of Cardiology.

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Christine Gerula, MD, FACC, FASE


Dr. Christine Gerula is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Assistant Dean for Careers in Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School. Within the division of cardiology she serves as the Program Director for the Cardiovascular Fellowship. Dr. Gerula earned her medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in 1996, and has remained at the institution, completing both her Internal Medicine residency and her Cardiology fellowship. She is an esteemed educator at the medical school and has responsibilities within the medicine residency program. Dr. Gerula specializes in echocardiography and her research interest lie in the assessment and management of cardiac disease in end stage liver disease patients awaiting transplantation.

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Dr. Maher

James Maher, MD


James Maher, MD, FACC is an Associate Professor of Medicine and serves as the Medical Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory and the Associate Director of the Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension Prevention and Treatment Program. He completed his Internal Medical Residency and served as Chief Medical Resident prior to completing a Cardiovascular Fellowship at New Jersey Medical School. His board certifications include: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. He is also a registered physician in vascular interpretation. He has served as the principle investigator to several international, multicenter clinical trials involving novel device and pharmacotherapies for the treatment of heart failure and pulmonary hypertension.

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Pallavi Solanki, MD


Pallavi Solanki, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and serves as the Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support. She completed her Cardiovascular Research Fellowship as well as Cardiology Fellowship at Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School. She completed subspecialty training in Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. She worked as an Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Cardiologist at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio prior to joining NJMS. She participates in several international clinical trials involving heart failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support. She performs right heart catheterizations, heart biopsies, cardiopulmonary stress tests, and is part of the primary teaching faculty in the echocardiography laboratory.

 

Dr. Waller

Alfonso Waller, MD


Alfonso H. Waller, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and is the Director of Advanced Cardiac Imaging at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Waller completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at New Jersey Medical School. He subsequently completed an Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship and served as Chief Fellow of the Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital - Harvard Medical School. Dr. Waller has extensive clinical expertise in multi-modality cardiovascular imaging and has published peer reviewed manuscripts in the fields of Cardiac MRI, Cardiac CT, Nuclear cardiology (SPECT and PET), and Advanced Echocardiography. His clinical and research interests include optimal selection between imaging tests and comparative effectiveness of cardiovascular imaging.

 

Cardiothoracic Surgery


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Justin Sambol, MD


Justin Sambol, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the New Jersey Medical School and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital and New Jersey Medical School.  Dr. Sambol specializes in all aspects of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery including off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery, mitral valve repairs, endovascular repairs, aortic surgery including thoracic aortic aneurysm repair,.

In addition, Dr. Sambol’s interests include thoracic oncology, tracheal surgery as well as minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic procedures.

He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and completed medical school as well as his residency in general surgery and fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at New Jersey Medical School.

 

 

Constantinos Lovoulos, MD


Constantinos Lovoulos, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the New Jersey Medical School and a member of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital and New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Lovoulos specializes in all aspects of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery including surgery of the Thoracic Aorta (aortic root, ascending, arch and descending), mitral and tricuspid valve repair, and lung and esophageal surgery.

In addition, Dr. Lovoulos clinical interests include heart transplantation and ventricular assist device implantation and coronary revascularization and left ventricular remodeling on low ejection fraction patients.

He is a graduate of Medical School of Aristotle University and completed residency, clinical fellowship and research fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Yale University-Yale New Haven Hospital. He is also fluent in Greek.

 

University Cardiology Associates


University Cardiology Associates is group of dedicated cardiologists who practice in the community and at University Hospital. These physicians are leaders in their field and hold academic appointments at the New Jersey Medical School. They have unique access to the cutting edge technologies and protocols available at University Hospital and are invited to attend weekly grand rounds and conferences.

Abdul Ameen, M.D.
50 Baldwin Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07304
(201) 915-2448

Michael Benz, MD, ABVM, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI
142 Palisade Avenue
Suite 215
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 216-3060

Asad Cheema, MD
946 Bloomfield Ave.
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
(973) 743-1121

Joaquim Correia, M.D.
243 Chestnut St.
Newark, NJ 07105
(973) 589-8668

Atul Prakash, MD, MRCP, FACC
15-01 Broadway
Suite 28
Fairlawn, NJ 07410
(201) 791-6900

Qaisra Y. Saeed, MD
Cardiology & Internal Medicine
111 Northfield Avenue
Suite 304
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 731-0203

Abbas Shehadeh
Cardiology & Internal Medicine
111 Northfield Avenue
Suite 304
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 731-0203

Sina Zaim, M.D.
255 West Spring Valley Avenue
Maywood, NJ 07607
(201) 546-8746