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Fellowship Program Director
James C. Lafferty, MD - Associate Director of Cardiology

Key Clinical Faculty
Soad Bekheit, MD - Director of Electrophysiology
Thomas Costantino, MD - Director of Cardiology
Foad Ghavami, MD
Marcin Kowalski, MD
James Malpeso, MD - Director of Catheterization Lab
Donald A McCord, MD - Director of Nuclear Cardiology
Yefim Olkovsky, MD
Charles Schwartz, MD - Director of Echocardiography
Stavros T. Snyder, MD
Frank V. Tamburrino, MD

  • Grants:

    • Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program
      2008-2010 New York State Department of Health
      "High Fiber Diet and Coronary Artery Disease"
      PI: S. El Sayegh, MD
      Co-Investigator: James C. Lafferty, MD
      Award: $120,000
    • Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program
      2010-2011
      New York State Department of Health
      "Understanding the Molecular Basis of Ventricular Arrhythmias in Uremic Cardiomyopathy"
      PI: S. El Sayegh, MD
      Co-Investigator: James C. Lafferty, MD
      Award: $220,000
  • Invited Presentations:

    • Baydoun, H, Khoueiry, G, Olkovsky, Y. From right to left heart failure: an unexpected transition. Accepted for poster presentation at National ACP 12/14/12
    • Baydoun, H, Saiful, F, Rosell, F, Ghavami, F. Intraprocedural migration of left renal stent to the right ventricle: an unusual cause of ventricular tachycardia and tricuspid regurgitation. Accepted for poster presentation National ACP 12/14/12.

    • Siddiqui, M. Diaphragmatic paralysis (DP) secondary to a pacemaker pulse generator replacement.Accepted for poster presentation NYACP Albany 5/25/12
    • Baydoun H, Khoueiry G, Olkovsky Y. Thebesian veins: exploring the unknown cause of ischemia? Accepted for poster presentation NYACP Albany 5/25/12
    • Raza, M. A Rare Cause of Malignant Pleuro-Pericardial Effusion. Accepted for poster presentation NYACP Albany on 5/25/12
    • Pompa, T, Rijal J, Mansoor M, Siddiqui A, Khan S, Khalil A. A young male with abdominal pain and shortness of breath. Accepted for poster presentation NYACP Albany on 8/24/12
    • Raza, M, Siddiqui, F, Siddiqui, A, Khoueiry G, Bekheit. A Rare case of hyperkalemia and diffuse ST elevations in a patient with asymptomatic transmural myocardial infarction. Accepted for poster presentation NYACP Albany on 8/24/12
    • Azab, B, Torbey, E, Singh, J Akerman, M, Khoueiry G, McGinn, JT Jr, Widmann WD, Lafferty, J. Mean platelet volume/platelet count ratio as a predictor of long term mortality after NSTEMI. Poster presented: ACC 60th Annual Scientific Session, April 2-5 2012, New Orleans, LA
    • Acharya, P, Bartaula, R, Naqi, M, Pant, S, Bhatt, V, El Sayegh, S. Neglected case of myxedema with reversible cardiopulmonary failure in 21st century: role of pericardiocentesis in myxedema-related pericardial effusion. Selected for poster presentation at National ACP 12/1/11
    • Bhat T, Asgarian K, Shariff M, Saiful F, Warchol A. Left Atrial Papillary Fibroelastoma with Recurrent Chest Pain/case. Accepted for poster presentation NYACP 3/11/11
    • Khoueiry, G, Azab, B, AbiRafeh, N, Torbey, E, Atallah, JP, Ahern, K, Malpeso, J, McCord, D, Chemaly, E. Accepted for poster presentation, EuroPCR 2011, Paris, France, May 18-24, 2011
    • Bhat T, Olkovsky, Y, Costantino, T, Saiful, F, AbouRjaili, G, Culliford, A. Mitral Valve Replacement in Left Ventricular Non-compaction Cardiomyopathy. Selected for poster presentation NYACP 3/11/11
    • Torbey, E, AbiRafeh, N, Lafferty, J,Malpeso, J. Radial artery pseudoaneurysm following coronary angioplasty. Oral Presentation, ACC60th annual scientific meeting (April 2011), New Orleans, LA
    • Azab, B, Torbey, E, Hatoum, H, Singh, J, Khoueiry, G, Bachir, R, McGinn, Jr. JT, McCord, D, Lafferty, J. Usefulness of red cell distribution width (RDW) in predicting all-cause long term mortality after non ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Presented: American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 2011
    • Phookan, J, De, C, Parikh, V, Nagrani, T Lakhani, M, Lafferty, J Forte, F. Decitabine induced transient cardiomyopathy: a case report. Selected for poster presentation at NYACP 3/11/11
    • Saiful F, Khattri S, Jun C, Bhat T, Davvuri S. Iatrogenic Withdrawal Induced Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. Accepted for poster presentation at NYACP 3/11/11
    • Maarouf O, Waked A, Geara A, Khoueiry G, AbiRached J, Ayoub I, Terjanian T, Lafferty J, Dunne E, Smith M, El Sayegh S. An analysis of the diet of hemodialysis patients during a dialysis specific FFQ. - Presented at the New York American College of Physicians' Upstate Scientific Meeting on April 10, 2010.
    • Geara A, Daoud J, AbouRjeily G, Torbey E, Waked A, AbiRafeh N, Terjanian T, Lafferty J, El Sayegh S. Aspirin resistance in hemodialysis patients. - Poster presentation ASN Renal Week 2009, 10/30/09, San Diego, CA.
  • Publications:

    • DeVille, J, Kowalski, M, Baydoun, H, Svinarich, T, Wickliffe, D, Kantipudi, C, Baker, J, Jenkins, M, Chang-Sing, P. Comparison of Resource Utilization for PVI: Cryo-ablation versus RF with Three-Dimensional Mapping. Poster presentation: A-fib Symposium, January 17-19, 2013, Boston, Mass
    • Azab B, Bibawy J, Harris K, Khoueiry G, Akerman M, Selim J, Khalil S, Bloom S, McGinn JT Jr. Value of albumin-globulin ratio as a predictor of all-cause mortality after non-ST elevation myocardial infarction. Angiology. 2013 Feb;64(2):137-45. doi: 10.1177/0003319712436577. Epub 2012 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 22345150.
    • De C, Phookan J, Parikh V, Nagrani T, Lakhani M, Forte F, Lafferty J. Decitabine induced transient cardiomyopathy: a case report. Clin Med Insights Oncol. 2012;6:325-9. doi: 10.4137/CMO.S8598. Epub 2012 Oct 3. PubMed PMID: 23071426; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3468421.
    • Zouein E, Wetz R, Mobarakai N, Hassan S, Tong I. Infective endocarditis complicated by aortic graft infection and osteomyelitis: case report and review of literature. Int J Gen Med. 2012;5:563-8. doi: 10.2147/IJGM.S31353. Epub 2012 Jul 5. PubMed PMID: 22866008; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3410720.
    • Bhat T, Teli S, Bhat H, Akhtar M, Meghani M, Lafferty J, Gala B. Access-site complications and their management during transradial cardiac catheterization. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2012 May;10(5):627-34. doi: 10.1586/erc.12.16. Review. PubMed PMID: 22651838.
    • Abi Rafeh N, Castellanos MR, Khoueiry G, Meghani M, El-Sayegh S, Wetz RV, Lafferty JC, Kleiner M, Tamburrino F, Kiss A, Raia C, Kowalski M. Association between coronary artery disease diagnosed by coronary angiography and breast arterial calcifications on mammography: meta-analysis of the data. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Oct;21(10):1053-8. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2011.3388. Epub 2012 Sep 20. PubMed PMID: 22994982.
    • Khoueiry G, Geha F, Meghani M, Abi Rafeh N, Azab B, Malpeso JV. A palpable pulse does not exclude radial artery occlusion in patients with previous arterial cannulation. J Vasc Access. 2012 Apr-Jun;13(2):263-4. doi: 10.5301/jva.5000028. PubMed PMID: 22020522
    • Azab B, Torbey E, Hatoum H, Singh J, Khoueiry G, Bachir R, McGinn JT Jr, McCord D, Lafferty J. Usefulness of red cell distribution width in predicting all-cause long-term mortality after non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Cardiology. 2011;119(2):72-80. doi: 10.1159/000329920. Epub 2011 Aug 18. PubMed PMID: 21849785.
    • Bhat TM, Asgarian KT, Sadel SM, Awasum M, Warchol A. Resolution of recurrent chest pain with resection of papillary fibroelastoma. J Card Surg. 2011 Sep;26(5):478-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2011.01290.x. PubMed PMID: 21951034.
    • Siddique MN, Popalzai M, Aoun N, Maroun R, Awasum M, Dai Q. Precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia presenting as obstructive jaundice: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2011 Jul 1;5:269. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-5-269. PubMed PMID: 21722379; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3141714.
    • Azab B, Torbey E, Singh J, Akerman M, Khoueiry G, McGinn JT, Widmann WD, Lafferty J. Mean platelet volume/platelet count ratio as a predictor of long-term mortality after non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Platelets. 2011;22(8):557-66. doi: 10.3109/09537104.2011.584086. Epub 2011 Jun 30. Review. PubMed PMID: 21714700.
    • Gaddam S, Nimmagadda KC, Nagrani T, Naqi M, Wetz RV, Weiserbs KF, McCord D, Ghavami F, Gala B, Lafferty JC. Serum lipoprotein levels in takotsubo cardiomyopathy vs. myocardial infarction. Int Arch Med. 2011 Apr 28;4:14. doi: 10.1186/1755-7682-4-14. PubMed PMID: 21527016; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3094218.
    • Bhat T, Lafferty J, Teli S, Abou Rjaili G, Olkovsky Y, Costantino T. Isolated left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography. Clin Med Insights Cardiol. 2011 Feb 14;5:23-7. doi: 10.4137/CMC.S6240. PubMed PMID: 21487457; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3072211.
    • Bhat TM, Waked A, Teli S, Lafferty J, Gala B. Acute complication due to impella 2.5 device (superficial femoral artery thrombosis): managed successfully with novel aspiration thrombectomy catheter (pronto v3). Clin Med Insights Cardiol. 2011 Feb 10;5:17-21. doi: 10.4137/CMC.S6157. PubMed PMID: 21344022; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3041237.
    • Khoueiry G, Flory M, Abi Rafeh N, Zgheib MH, Goldman M, Abdallah T, Wettimuny S, Telesford B, Costantino T, McGinn JT. Depression, disability, and quality of life after off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting: a prospective 9-month follow-up study. Heart Lung. 2011 May-Jun;40(3):217-25. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2010.03.001. Epub 2011 May 20. PubMed PMID: 20561876.
    • Gaddam S, Pablani L, Chainani V, Kavuda RR, Nagrani T, Abou Rjaili G, Dhar M, Lafferty JC. Complete recovery of ischemic cardiomyopathy from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Clin Med Insights Cardiol. 2011 Mar 14;5:29-33. doi: 10.4137/CMC.S6130. PubMed PMID: 21487455; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3072209.
    • Khoueiry G, Abi Rafeh N, Waked A, Abdo A, Azab B, Asgarian KT, Snyder ST. Left atrial appendage lipoma: an unusual location of cardiac lipomas. Echocardiography. 2011 May;28(5):E91-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8175.2010.01334.x. Epub 2011 Feb 17. PubMed PMID: 21323988.
    • Abourjaili G, Shtaynberg N, Wetz R, Costantino T, Abela GS. Current Concepts in triglyceride metabolism, pathophysiology, and treatment. Metabolism 2010 Aug;59(8):1210-20. Epub 2010 Jan 8.
    • Khoueiry G, Galende E, Karakikes I, Edelmann L, Desnick R, Kereny T, Lafferty J. Amniotic fluid cells are more efficiently programmed to pluripotency than adult cells. Cloning and Stem Cells, Vol. 12;No.00,2010. Doi: 10.1089/clo.2009.0077.
    • Khoueiry G, Flory M., Abi Rafeh N, Zgheib MH, Goldman M, Abdallah T, Wettimuny S, Telesford B, Costantino T, McGinn JT. Depression, disability, and quality of life after off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting: A prospective 9-month follow-up study. Heart Lung. 2010 May 20.
    • Zgheib MH, Buchbinder SS, Abi Rafeh N, Elya M, Raia C, Ahern K, Smith MC, Costantino T, Flory MJ, Lafferty JC, Castellanos MR. Breast arterial calcifications on mammograms do not predict coronary heart disease at coronary angiography. Radiology. 2010 Feb;254(2):367-73.
    • Nagrani T, Zaher M, Gaddam S, Jabbour G, Baldari D, Baglini R, Duvvuri S. In-stent thrombosis after 68 months of implantation inspite of continuous dual antiplatelet therapy: a case report. Cases Journal 2010 Feb 23;3:68.
    • Rizvi S, Kamran H, Salciccioli L, Saiful F, Lafferty J, Lazar JM. Relation of the ankle brachial index to left ventricular ejection fraction. Am J Cardiol. 2010 Jan 1;105(1):129-32. Epub 2009 Nov 18.
    • Abi Rafeh N, Abi-Fadel D, Wetz RV, Khoueiry G, Azab B, Edwards A, Ardolic B, El-Sayegh S, Baldari D, Malpeso JV, Costantino T. A STEMI code protocol improves door-to-balloon time on weekdays and weekends. J Healthc Quality 2009 Nov/Dec;31(6):35-43.
    • Galende E, Karakikes I, Edelmann L, Desnick RJ, Kerenyi T, Khoueiry G, Lafferty J, McGinn JT, Brodman M. Fuster V, Hajjar RJ, Polgar K. Amniotic fluid cells are more efficiently reprogrammed to pluripotency than adult cells. Cloning Stem Cells. 2009 Dec 17.
    • De C, Zaher M, Lakhani M, McGinn JT, Baglini R, Baldari D. A planned hybrid culotte stenting procedure in the setting of an acute STEMI. Cases Journal 2009 Nov;27;2:9104.
    • Pothula VR, Waked A, Sadel SM, McGinn JT jr, Cai J, Baldari D. Prosthetic aortic valve abscess producing intermittent right coronary artery compression. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Mar;87(3):963.
    • Nagrani T, Neuman T, Baldari D, Zaher M, Lafferty J, Baglini R, Kasabian A. Tamponade following breast augmentation. Ann Plast Surg. 2010 Feb;64(2):141-3.

Presentations and Publications

Invited Presentations

  • Maarouf O, Waked A, Geara A, Khoueiry G, AbiRached J, Ayoub I, Terjanian T, Lafferty J, Dunne E, Smith M, El Sayegh S. An analysis of the diet of hemodialysis patients during a dialysis specific FFQ. - Presented at the New York American College of Physicians' Upstate Scientific Meeting on April 10, 2010.

  • Geara A, Daoud J, AbouRjeily G, Torbey E, Waked A, AbiRafeh N, Terjanian T, Lafferty J, El Sayegh S. Aspirin resistance in hemodialysis patients. - Poster presentation ASN Renal Week 2009, 10/30/09, San Diego, CA.

Publications

  • Abourjaili G, Shtaynberg N, Wetz R, Costantino T, Abela GS. Current Concepts in triglyceride metabolism, pathophysiology, and treatment. Metabolism 2010 Aug;59(8):1210-20. Epub 2010 Jan 8.

  • Khoueiry G, Galende E, Karakikes I, Edelmann L, Desnick R, Kereny T, Lafferty J. Amniotic fluid cells are more efficiently programmed to pluripotency than adult cells . Cloning and Stem Cells, Vol. 12;No.00,2010. Doi: 10.1089/clo.2009.0077.

  • Galende E, Karakikes I, Edelmann L, Desnick RJ, Kerenyi T, Khoueiry G, Lafferty J, McGinn JT, Brodman M. Fuster V, Hajjar RJ, Polgar K. Amniotic fluid cells are more efficiently reprogrammed to pluripotency than adult cells. Cloning Stem Cells. 2009 Dec 17.

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