The Reading Hospital Cardiovascular Fellowship is a 3 year, ACGME accredited program. We accept 6 fellows per year. Fellowship training is primarily based at the Reading Hospital

The Reading Hospital is a high-volume center for noninvasive cardiac procedures as well as cardiovascular interventions and structural cardiac procedures including TAVR, PFO/ASD closure, Watchman procedure, and MitraClip procedure. Reading Hospital also provides advanced electrophysiology procedures including atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter ablation, VT ablation, device implantation, and lead extraction. In addition, Reading Hospital and Tower Health has a high-volume cardiothoracic surgery service. Cardiovascular training at Reading Hospital and its peripheral sites allow fellows to gain competence in the care of patients exhibiting a wide array of cardiac conditions, providing an opportunity for a broad educational experience.

Academic affiliation with the Drexel University College of Medicine allows fellows to be involved in the teaching of medical students and residents as well as participate in clinical research. Furthermore, within Tower Health and Reading Hospital, there is a dynamic educational environment with multiple primary residencies and subspecialty fellowship programs. Additional medical fellowships are available in Hematology and Oncology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary Critical Care medicine, Endocrinology and Infectious Disease.

It is a goal of the program that graduates be excellent clinicians, board certified cardiovascular specialists with a strong knowledge base, lifelong researchers, procedural experts, and teachers for future cardiovascular specialists.

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Works from 2022

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Cardiac Amyloidosis: A Diagnostic Dilemma and the Role of a Novel Electrocardiogram Criterion., Muhammad Asad Hanif, Tuoyo O Mene-Afejuku, Olivera Chandler, and Julian Diaz Fraga(Article)

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Outcomes of Patients With Type 2 Myocardial Infarction Complicating Acute Ischemic Stroke., Salik Nazir, Robert W Ariss, Abdul Mannan Khan Minhas, Keerat R. Ahuja, Hani Jneid, and George V Moukarbel(Article)

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Factors Associated With Revascularization in Women With Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection and Acute Myocardial Infarction., Toshiaki Isogai, Anas M Saad, Keerat R. Ahuja, Mohamed M Gad, Shashank Shekhar, Omar M Abdelfattah, Manpreet Kaur, Jacqueline Saw, Leslie Cho, and Samir R Kapadia(Article)

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Urban-Rural Disparity Trends in Aortic Aneurysm Mortality in the United States, 1999-2019., Keerat R. Ahuja, Anas Qatanani, Abdul Mannan Khan Minhas, Robert W Ariss, Asif Mahmood, Satish Kumar Ahuja, Rohit Vyas, and Salik Nazir(Letter to the Editor)

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Association of Type 2 Myocardial Infarction with Outcomes and Resource Utilization in Patients Undergoing Endovascular Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement., Salik Nazir, Joshua Hahn, Abdul Mannan Minhas, Keerat R. Ahuja, Guilherme Silva, Juan Plana Gomez, Ernesto Jimenez, George V Moukarbel, and Hani Jneid(Article)

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Demographic and Regional Trends of Mortality in Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction in the United States, 1999 to 2019., Robert W Ariss, Abdul Mannan Khan Minhas, Rochell Issa, Keerat R. Ahuja, Mitra M Patel, Ehab A Eltahawy, Erin D Michos, Marat Fudim, and Salik Nazir(Article)

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Therapeutic Hypothermia is Associated With A Decrease in All-Cause Mortality in Cardiac Arrest Due To Shockable Rhythm., Usama Nasir, Shivaraj Nagalli, Tayyab Ali Waheed, Salman Zahid, Muhammad Qasim, Murtaza Sundhu, Satish Kumar Ahuja, and Keerat Rai Ahuja(Article)

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Lower rates of endoscopy and higher mortality in end-stage renal disease patients with gastrointestinal bleeding: A propensity matched national study., Rajat Garg, Malav P Parikh, Pravallika Chadalvada, Amandeep Singh, Krishna Sanaka, Keerat R. Ahuja, Manik Aggarwal, Rajesh Veluvolu, Shivakumar Vignesh, and Tarun Rustagi(Article)

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Comparative Assessment of Echocardiographic Patterns Among Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Patients on Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor and Healthy Controls., Abayomi O Bamgboje, Muheez A Durosinmi, Tuoyo O Mene-Afejuku, Micheal O Fagbayimu, Olusola Fajobi, and Michael O Balogun(Article)

Submissions from 2021

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Outcomes of Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion in the Elderly., Keerat R. Ahuja, Robert W Ariss, Dhaval Kolte, Shilla Zachariah, Salik Nazir, Charnjeet Sandhu, Muhammad Ameen, P Kasi Ramanathan, Michael Macciocca, and Eric Elgin(Response or Comment)

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Trends and outcomes of infective endocarditis in cirrhosis: a propensity-matched national study., Rajat Garg, Manik Aggarwal, Keerat R. Ahuja, Amandeep Singh, Madhusudan R Sanaka, and Arthur McCullough(Article)

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Association of acute kidney injury with outcomes in patients undergoing percutaneous left atrial appendage closure., Salik Nazir, Keerat R. Ahuja, Robert W Ariss, Mohamed Hassanein, Paul Schurmann, Srikanth Koneru, Hamid Afshar, Irakli Giorgberidze, George V Moukarbel, and Hani Jneid(Article)

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Derivation and Validation of Risk Prediction Model for 30-Day Readmissions Following Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair., Keerat R. Ahuja, Salik Nazir, Robert W Ariss, Parikshit Bansal, Rajat Garg, Satish Kumar Ahuja, Abdul Mannan Khan Minhas, Serge Harb, Amar Krishnaswamy, Shinya Unai, and Samir R Kapadia(Article)

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Association of Hospital Procedural Volume With Outcomes of Urgent/Emergent Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair for Mitral Regurgitation., Keerat R. Ahuja, Salik Nazir, Geeta Bhagia, Sanjay Kumar, Mohammed Mhanna, Shashank Shekhar, Ahmed Elzanaty, P Kasi Ramanathan, and Michael Macciocca(Article)

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Trends in Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes in ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Hospitalizations in the United States, 2002-2016., Keerat R. Ahuja, Anas M Saad, Salik Nazir, Robert W Ariss, Shashank Shekhar, Toshiaki Isogai, Nicholas Kassis, Asif Mahmood, Mujeeb Sheikh, and Samir R Kapadia(Article)

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Thirty-Day Readmissions After Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion: Insights from the Nationwide Readmissions Database., Murtaza Sundhu, Tayyab Ali Waheed, Usama Nasir, Rishin Handa, Rachel Dever, Michael Macciocca, David Scollan, Abdul Mannan Khan Minhas, Salik Nazir, P Kasi Ramanathan, and Keerat R. Ahuja(Article)

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Association of Body Mass Index With Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure With the Watchman Device., Abdul Mannan Khan Minhas, Sajjad Gul, Abu Baker Sheikh, Salik Nazir, Keerat Ahuja, Muhammad Nadeem Anwar, Sourbha S Dani, Sachin S Goel, Salim S Virani, and Mahboob Alam(Article)

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Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Outcomes Based on Decision-Making Capacity., Jarmanjeet Singh, Nicholas Kassis, Keerat R. Ahuja, Chirag Sheth, Beni R Verma, Saket Saxena, Amar Krishnaswamy, Stephen Ellis, Jaikirshan Khatri, Venu Menon, and Samir R Kapadia(Article)

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Sex-based differences in clinical outcomes and resource utilization of type 2 myocardial infarction., Section of Cardiology, University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH, United States of America.; Ahmed M Elzanaty; Abdul Mannan Khan Minhas; Salik Nazir; Sajjad Gul; Neha Patel; Keerat R. Ahuja; Agnieszka Mochon; and Ehab A Eltahawy(Article)

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The Association of Chronic Kidney Disease With Outcomes Following Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure., Keerat R. Ahuja, Robert W Ariss, Salik Nazir, Rohit Vyas, Anas M Saad, Michael Macciocca, and George V Moukarbel(Article)

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Association of Peri-Procedural Major Bleeding With Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Mitral Edge-To-Edge Repair., Salik Nazir, Tanush Gupta, Keerat R. Ahuja, Abdul Mannan Khan Minhas, Robert W Ariss, Rajesh Gupta, Sachin S Goel, and Neal S Kleiman(Article)

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Outcomes and Resource Utilization of Atrial Fibrillation Hospitalizations With Type 2 Myocardial Infarction., Robert W Ariss, Abdul Mannan Khan Minhas, Salik Nazir, Chandramohan Meenakshisundaram, Muhammad Mobeen Ali, Keerat R. Ahuja, Robert D Grande, P Kasi Ramanathan, Waleed Tallat Kayani, and Mujeeb Sheikh(Article)

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Association of Peri-Procedural Major Bleeding With Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure., Salik Nazir, Keerat R. Ahuja, Abdul Mannan Khan Minhas, Robert W Ariss, Sachin S Goel, and Rajesh Gupta(Article)

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Reply: May LAAO Learning Curve Explain the Relationship Between Procedural Volume and Complications Rate?, Salik Nazir, Keerat R. Ahuja, Dhaval Kolte, and Samir R Kapadia(Response or Comment)

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Home health care utilization trend, predictors, and association with early rehospitalization following endovascular transcatheter aortic valve replacement., Salik Nazir, Keerat R. Ahuja, Robert W Ariss, Khalid Changal, Sadik A Khuder, and George V Moukarbel(Article)

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Association of baseline kidney disease with outcomes of transcatheter mitral valve repair by MitraClip., Hitesh Raheja, Keerat R. Ahuja, Salik Nazir, Anas M Saad, Mohamed M Gad, Saurav Chatterjee, Omar M Abdelfattah, Mohamed Hassanein, Serge Harb, and Samir R Kapadia(Article)

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Impact of atrial fibrillation on outcomes following MitraClip: A contemporary population-based analysis., Anas M Saad, Nicholas Kassis, Mohamed M Gad, Omar Abdelfattah, Keerat R. Ahuja, Medhat Farwati, Toshiaki Isogai, Najdat Bazarbashi, Shashank Shekhar, and Samir R Kapadia(Article)

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Prevalence of In-Hospital Stroke Comparing MitraClip and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation., Anas M Saad, Keerat R. Ahuja, Omar M Abdelfattah, Mohamed M Gad, Toshiaki Isogai, Manpreet Kaur, Grant W Reed, James Yun, Amar Krishnaswamy, and Samir R Kapadia(Article)

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Association of Hospital Procedural Volume With Outcomes of Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion., Salik Nazir, Keerat R. Ahuja, Dhaval Kolte, Toshiaki Isogai, Nobuaki Michihata, Anas M Saad, P Kasi Ramanathan, Amar Krishnaswamy, Oussama M Wazni, Walid I Saliba, Rajesh Gupta, and Samir R Kapadia(Article)

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Takotsubo syndrome: Does "Diabetes Paradox" exist?, Keerat R. Ahuja, Salik Nazir, Vardhmaan Jain, Toshiaki Isogai, Anas M Saad, Beni R Verma, Shashank Shekhar, Ravi Kumar, Ehab A Eltahawy, and John E Madias(Article)

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Meta-Analysis of Cerebral Embolic Protection During Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement., Salik Nazir, Fnu Zafrullah, Hafeez U H Virk, Charnjeet Sandhu, Muhammad Ameen, and Keerat R. Ahuja(Article)

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Incidence and Outcomes of Early Mitral Valve Reintervention After MitraClip: A Nationwide Cohort Study., Toshiaki Isogai, Anas M Saad, Shashank Shekhar, Mohamed M Gad, Beni Rai Verma, Keerat R. Ahuja, Rhonda L Miyasaka, Serge C Harb, Amar Krishnaswamy, and Samir R Kapadia(Response or Comment)

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Oral Calcium Supplements Associate With Serial Coronary Calcification: Insights From Intravascular Ultrasound., Najdat Bazarbashi, Samir R Kapadia, Stephen J Nicholls, Julie Carlo, Mohamed M Gad, Manpreet Kaur, Antonette Karrthik, Yasser M Sammour, Mohamed Diab, Keerat R. Ahuja, E Murat Tuzcu, Steven E Nissen, and Rishi Puri(Article)

Submissions from 2020

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Age-Related Variations in Takotsubo Syndrome in the United States., Salik Nazir, Keerat R. Ahuja, Ronak G Soni, Hitesh Raheja, Sameer Saleem, Ingrid Hsiung, Neha J Patel, Ehab A Eltahawy, and John E Madias(Article)

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Outcomes of Cancer Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement., Vardhmaan Jain, Anas M Saad, Mohamed M Gad, Agam Bansal, Omar Abdelfattah, Medhat Farwati, Keerat R. Ahuja, James Yun, Amar Krishnaswamy, and Samir R Kapadia(Letter to the Editor)