Dr. Joseph I. Miller received his undergraduate degree and medical degree from Emory University. He completed his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center then returned to Emory to complete a cardiology fellowship.
Dr. Miller was the recipient of the Emory University Attending Teaching Award, Department of Medicine and was chosen as the Emerging Science of Lipid Management - Emerging Leader in Field for five consecutive years. He is a past recipient of the National Health Institute’s (NIH) fellowship training award and is actively involved in multiple research projects.
Dr. Miller is board certified in cardiology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and has participated in several national committees. Dr. Miller has reviewed and chaired sessions specifically in topics related to prevention at the Annual Scientific Sessions. He is a member of the American Medical Association and has served as an editorial board reviewer for the Archives of Internal Medicine, Circulation, and Clinical Cardiology. Dr. Miller is currently a clinical assistant professor at Georgia Health Sciences University and an associate professor of medicine at Mercer University.
Dr. Ross earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College Of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at Vanderbilt University and then went on to complete a vascular surgery fellowship at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
Immediately prior to joining Piedmont Heart Institute, Dr. Ross served as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics School of Medicine at the University of Louisville. He was also on staff at Norton Hospital and Jewish Hospital, both located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dr. Ross is board-certified in vascular surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (Stroke Council) and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Ross is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery and the Society for Vascular Surgery.
Dr. Ross has a long standing interest and experience with minimally-invasive and endovascular approaches to vascular problems as well as standard operative approaches, seeking the best solution for long term success for each individual patient. He has participated in multiple clinical trials and registries, and he has been a speaker at numerous symposia and meetings.
Dr. Martin earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, graduating summa cum laude in 1969. He then trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Stanford University Medical School, where he became one of the pioneers in the field of Two-dimensional Echocardiography.
Dr. Martin has held Faculty positions at the Stanford Medical Center of Stanford, CA, where he was Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Noninvasive Lab; the University of Virginia Medical School, in Charlottesville, Va., where he was an Associate Professor of Medicine and became an innovator in the further use of Echocardiography. Additionally, he served on the Faculty of the Mayo Medical School, where he was a Consultative Cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., and Associate Professor of Medicine.
Dr. Martin returned to Emory University and Emory Clinic to become a Professor of Medicine in their Division of Cardiology, and Director of Noninvasive Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine from 1989 - 2009. He served as Associate Dean for Clinical Development of Emory University School of Medicine from 1991-2003 and Associate Clinic Director from 1991 to 1996. Since September, 2009, Dr. Martin has been a member of the Piedmont Heart Institute, where he serves as Medical Director of Cardiovascular Imaging for Piedmont Heart Institute and Chief of Valvular & Structural Heart Disease for the Piedmont Heart Institute. Dr. Martin is also Professor of Cardiology Emeritus, Emory University School of Medicine.
Dr. Martin has 170 publications to his credit in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, and has served and currently serves on the editorial boards of some of the most prestigious cardiovascular journals, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American Journal of Cardiology, JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, the Journal of Cardiology, the official journal of the Japanese College of Cardiology, and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
Dr. Markus Porkert earned his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas-Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Porkert then went on to complete a cardiology fellowship at Emory University.
Prior to joining Piedmont Heart Institute, Dr. Porkert was with the Cardiovascular Group, PC in Lawrenceville and Snellville, where he practiced since 2006.
Dr. Porkert is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and American Society of Echocardiography.
Dr. Porkert has had long standing interest and experience with cardiac catheterizations, transesophageal echocardiogram, transthoracic echocardiogram, nuclear cardiac studies, including cardiac PET, coronary CT angiograms, and coronary calcium scores.
Dr. Wickliffe specializes in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. A graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine, he completed his internal medicine residency, cardiology fellowship, and cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Emory University Hospital.
Awarded an Outstanding Teaching Resident by the Emory University School of Medicine, he was also named an Outstanding Teaching Fellow. He is board certified in cardiology, electrophysiology and internal medicine. A member of several speakers's bureaus, he is also a published author. In addition, Dr. Wickliffe is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. Leibowitz earned his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga. He served his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colo. Dr. Leibowitz completed a sleep medicine fellowship at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. His undergraduate education was completed at Brandeis University in Boston.
Dr. Leibowitz is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with a sleep medicine sub-specialty certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He also is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. His professional memberships include the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Leibowitz currently is in practice with the Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians group as the Medical Director of the Piedmont Sleep Disorders Center. He also is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University.
Dr. Dimitrios Karmpaliotis earned his medical degree from the Athens University School of Medicine in Chaidari-Athens, Greece and completed his internship and residency at the Brown University School of Medicine. He completed fellowships in critical care at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital; cardiology at Beth Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and in interventional cardiology at Emory University Hospital.
In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Karmpaliotis is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University and has had his work published several times. More than 100 citations of his work have been included in peer review journals and in two book chapters. He is the principal investigator in PHI Same day PCS registry (Greece Study), principal investigator in PHI CTO Database and co-investigator in the Atlanta I & II PHI Study.
Dr. Karmpaliotis is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Karmpaliotis has a special interest and expertise in Chronic Total Occlusions (CTO) and complex coronary interventions. He and a team of cardiologists have developed a nationally recognized CTO program involving physicians who have long been dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of CTO patients in every perspective. This program hosts world-renowned cardiologists four times a year for workshops focused on treating coronary CTOs.
Dr. Sheldon E. Litwin is Professor and Chief of Cardiology at Georgia Regents University. He received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. His internship and chief residency took place at the University of Arizona. Dr. Litwin’s fellowship in cardiology was at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He was the Amundsen Professor of Cardiology, Director of Cardiac Imaging and Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Utah from 1993-2011. He joined the faculty at GRU in 2011.
Dr. Mani A. Vannan graduated from medical school in India and trained in the UK before further pursuing his cardiology career in the United States. He has held academic appointments at Tufts University-New England Medical Center, the University of Michigan, the University of California Irvine, and The Ohio State University.
Currently, Dr. Vannan is the Chief of the Cardiovascular Imaging Department at Piedmont Heart Institute. He also serves as the Director of Echocardiography at the Fuqua Heart Center at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr Vannan is a leader in the field of Echocardiography and CV Imaging and has been a clinical cardiologist, educator and investigator for over 15 years.
Dr. Vannan serves in various committees of the ASE, ACC and AHA and in the editorial boards of leading cardiovascular journals. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has authored book chapters and journal editions. He is at the forefront of innovations and advances in imaging technologies and techniques, and how these apply to clinical practice. Dr. Vannan’s current interest is integrated CV imaging, where information from different modalities is brought together to aid clinical-decision making and guide management.
Dr. Kalynych earned her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. She served her internal medicine residency at the University of Kansas. She completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Emory University. She received her undergraduate training from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Dr. Kalynych is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. Her professional memberships include the American College of Cardiology Dr. Kalynych currently is in practice with The Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians group, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital campus.
Dr. Jidarian specializes in minimally-invasive thoracic surgery. She graduated from UMDNJ - The New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey, where she also completed her surgical internship and residency. She completed an additional residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, as well as her fellowship in minimally-invasive thoracic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
She is board certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery and is also a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Dr. David E. Kandzari earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University School of Medicine then completed his internship and residency at The John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Following his residency, he completed his general and interventional cardiology fellowship at Duke University where he joined the faculty as the John B. Simpson Assistant Professor of Interventional Cardiology and Genomic Sciences.
Dr. Kandzari is the former director of Interventional Cardiology Research at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. Before joining the Scripps faculty, he also served as chief medical officer for the Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company. He has also served as a medical officer for the Center for
Devices and Radiological Health for the United States Food and Drug Administration and is currently an ad hoc member of the FDA's Circulatory Devices Panel.
Dr. Kandzari has held national and international leadership roles in clinical trials in cardiovascular disease and has participated in national and international program committees in cardiology. He has authored and coauthored more than 150 studies, book chapters and scientific reviews and has delivered more than 300 lectures, both nationally and internationally, on a variety of issues related to both interventional and general cardiology.
Dr. Kandzari is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases and is certified by the Board of Interventional Cardiology. He specializes in interventional cardiology, peripheral arterial disease and cardiovascular medicine. His clinical focus includes catheter-based revascularization of complex coronary and peripheral disease.
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