Faculty

Brief Bio

Martha Gulati, MD, MS
Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA​, FASPC
Program Director

Division Chief of Cardiology, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
Editor-in-Chief, CardioSmart for The American College of Cardiology
Physician Executive Director for Banner – University Medicine Heart Institute

Medical School: General Science, McMaster University, Hamilton Canada
Residency: University of Chicago, Chicago IL
Fellowship: University of Chicago, Chicago IL
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Disease Program  and Internal Medicine

Nickalaus Gramze, MD, FACC
Nickalaus Gramze, MD
Associate Program Director

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center
Fellowship: Houston Methodist Hospital
Board Certifications: Echocardiography, cardiovascular disease

Ashish Pershad, MD
Ashish Pershad, MD
 

Program Director, Interventional Fellowship Program
Interventional Cardiologist, Cavanagh Heart Center at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix

Medical School: Grant Medical College, India
Residency: Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Fellowships: Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, Interventional Cardiology, Scripps Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology

Radha Gopalan, MD
Radha Gopalan, MD
 

Section Director, Advanced Heart Failure

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Fellowship: Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular disease, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology

Robert T. Hurst, MD
Robert T. Hurst, MD
 

Section Director, Cardiovascular Health

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic
Board Certifications: Echocardiography, cardiovascular disease, internal medicine

Anantharam Kalya, MD
Anantharam Kalya, MBBS, MS, FACC
 

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Medical School: Bangalore Medical College
Residency: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Fellowship: Cardiology, Medical College of Wisconsin
Board Certifications: Advanced heart failure, cardiovascular disease

Wilber Su, MD
Wilber Su, MD, FACC
 

Section Director, Heart Rhythm Disorders

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular disease, electrophysiology 

Divya Verma, MD
Divya Verma, MBBS, FACC
 

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Medical School: MGM Medical College and Hospital, India
Residency: University of Texas, Austin
Fellowships: Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology, University of Utah Medical Center
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology

Peter Weiss, MD
Peter Weiss, MD
 

Associate Director of Cardiology, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Residency: University of Washington
Fellowships: Cardiovascular Disease and Electrophysiology, Stanford University Medical Center 

Majid D. Biglari, DO, PhD, FACC
Majid D. Biglari, DO, PhD, FACC

Associate Program Director, Phoenix VA
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: Midwestern University
Residency: Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Fellowships: Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Board Certifications: Internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, vascular medicine

Ali Mehr, MD
Ali Mehr, MD

VA Core Faculty
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
Director of Heart Failure Program, Phoenix VAHCS

Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Residency: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Fellowships: Cardiology, University of Texas Health Science Center (SA) and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant, University of California San Francisco
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular disease, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology

Francisco Arabia, Sr., MD, MBA
Francisco Arabia, Sr., MD, MBA

Physician Executive Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support Banner Health

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Tulane University School of Medicine
Fellowships: UA College of Medicine – Tucson and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Board Certifications: Surgery, thoracic and cardiac surgery

Michael Morris, MD
Michael Morris, MD

Cardiovascular Imaging, Department of Radiology

Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School
Residency: Columbia University Medical Center
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic

Samel Unzek, MD, FACC
Samuel Unzek, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Disease and Advanced Cardiac Imaging

Residency: Internal Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland Medical Center
Fellowships: Cardiology and Cardiac Imaging, Cleveland Clinic


Michael Zawaneh, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine Residency: Case Western University/University Hospitals
Fellowships: Cardiology, Case Western University/University Hospitals, and Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cleveland Clinic
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine,cardiovascular Medicine and cardiac electrophysiology