Two transplant cardiologists join heart failure, transplant team

April 08, 2004

The Strong Health Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation at Strong Memorial Hospital welcomes two transplant cardiologists to its team of specialists.

Jeffrey Alexis, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, is a transplant cardiologist who cares for heart failure and transplant patients.

Alexis’ research interests include studying transplant arteriopathy, which is a narrowing of the arteries of the heart that often occurs after heart transplant. He currently is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study what regulates this arteriopathy.

Alexis completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard College and earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He served as an internal medicine resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and a cardiology fellow at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. He most recently was director of the Senior Electives Program and the Fourth Year Cardiology Elective, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Also joining the team is Hamang Patel, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a transplant cardiologist who cares for heart failure and transplant patients.

Patel’s research interests include congestive heart failure, rejection of donor organs and exercise intolerance in heart failure patients.

Patel completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University and earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He served as an internal medicine resident at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Baltimore V.A. Medical Center, a cardiology fellow at the University of South Florida Division of Cardiology, and a cardiac transplant fellow at the Lifelink Transplant Institute in Tampa. He most recently practiced cardiology at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Tampa General Hospital in Florida.

The Strong Health Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation now includes four transplant cardiologists, in addition to heart failure specialists, surgeons, transplant coordinators and social workers. The program, which began in February 2001, serves patients from upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania.

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