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New Medical Staff

Misaki Kiguchi, MD, MSc, MBA

KIGUCHI-misaki_WellerDr. Kiguchi Joined the medical staff of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute as a vascular surgeon, seeing patients at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Dr. Kiguchi received her under- graduate degree, a Master’s of Business Administration and medical degree from Yale University. She completed her internship and residency in vascular surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she was a post- doctoral fellow obtaining a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research. She also completed the University’s Physician Leadership and Management Program.

Dr. Kiguchi has particular interest in improved therapies for arterial and venous disease, and in improving resident surgical training with new technology, including the use of ground-breaking operative simulation.

Her special clinical interests and expertise also include:

• Peripheral artery disease
• Aortic aneurysms
• Carotid disease
• Hemodialysis access
• Venous disease, including cutting-edge therapies for deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, and pelvic congestion syndrome


Michael J. Lipisnki, MD, PhD

Lipinski-updatesDr. Lipisnki is an interventional cardiologist for the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. He completed his interventional cardiology fellowship at MedStar Georgetown University/MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Dr. Lipinski received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed his cardiology fellowship, internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a PhD in molecular physiology and biological physics at the University of Virginia.

In addition, Dr. Lipinski was the Stanley J. Sarnoff Fellow in cardio- vascular research at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During his training, Dr. Lipinski’s research received numerous awards of recognition and he has served as co-investigator on a number of investigations. He is the principal author of many articles of original research, and serves as a reviewer for numerous professional journals.

Dr. Lipinski’s clinical and research interests include:

• Acute myocardial infarction
• Coronary artery disease
• Translational research
• Immune response in atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction
• Stem cell therapy
• Percutaneous coronary Intervention


Christy L. Kaiser, MD

KAISER-christyDr. Kaiser joins the medical staff of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute as an attending cardiologist. Dr. Kaiser recently completed her cardiology fellowship at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, serving as chief fellow. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, where she was recognized as the Outstanding Medical Student Researcher. Dr. Kaiser completed her internal medicine residency at Duke University.

During her training, Dr. Kaiser, a fluent Spanish speaker, spent time in Central America providing general internal medicine and cardiology services. As chief fellow, she led training sessions for her colleagues and developed curriculum for the program.

Dr. Kaiser’s clinical and educational interests include:

• General cardiology
• Echocardiography
• The use of simulation for training in cardiovascular procedures
• Initiating an international elective for fellows to manage patients with advanced cardiac disease in Nicaragua


Hector M. Garcia-Garcia, MD, PhD

GARCIA-GARCIA-hectorDr. Garcia-Garcia is an attending cardiologist at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. Before joining the MHVI medical staff, Dr. Garcia-Garcia served as director of the core lab of invasive imaging at Cardialysis—a leading cardiology clinical research organization— and as researcher at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Dr. Garcia-Garcia received his medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, and completed his internal medicine residency at the Universidad de Nacional Autónoma de México. He received his cardiology fellowship training and completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology at the Instituto Nacional de Cardiología-Ignacio Chavez.

An accomplished researcher, Dr. Garcia-Garcia is widely published in many international medical journals, with more than 350 publications. He has written numerous book chapters in cardiovascular textbooks, presented at cardiology conferences world-wide, and is an expert in innovative cardiovascular technology.

His research and clinical interests include:

• Imaging techniques for the assessment of coronary atherosclerosis

• Treatment of coronary stenosis with bioresorbable scaffolds

• Optical coherence tomography

• Intravascular ultrasound


Preetham Kumar, MD 

KUMAR-preethamDr. Kumar is an attending physician in cardiology for MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from Bangalore University and completed his internal medicine residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center/Wayne State University, where he served as chief resident.

He completed his cardiovascular disease fellowship at Mayo Clinic- Florida, and an advanced cardiovascular imaging fellowship at Mayo Clinic-Arizona. He is board certified in cardiovascular diseases, echocardiography and internal medicine.

In addition, Dr. Kumar was a post- doctoral research fellow in medical genetics at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India, where he also completed a psychiatric residency.

Dr. Kumar’s clinical and research interests include:

• Echocardiology in the areas of:
-3D
- Interventional
- Intra-operative
- Adult congenital echocardiography
• Cardiac Imaging