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MedStar’s New Front Door to Patients in D.C.

MedStar Health’s new Lafayette Centre ambulatory care center, which opened in late September, houses more than 60 physicians in 15 specialties, as well as laboratory and radiology services and a same-day surgery center. Located on 21st St. NW just off the K Street corridor, the 97,500-square foot, six-floor center provides a convenient, Metroaccessible location for primary care physicians and specialists from MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The following MHVI physicians see patients at Lafayette Square.

“With our full array of diagnostic equipment and the capability to provide full range of assessment services, many patients will have access to much of what we offer at the Hospital Center, without having to physically go there,” says Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician chief executive of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. What’s more, it’s a more collegial environment for physicians to share information and discuss cases.” “MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre is another piece of the puzzle in building the Distributed Care Delivery Network,” says Bob Gilbert, president of MedStar Ambulatory Services. “This center will serve as a front door to MedStar, and increase access to the top experts from across the MedStar network.”

Zuyue Wang, MD, Succeeds Steven Goldstein, MD, as Echo Lab Director

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) is pleased to announce that Zuyue Wang, MD, has been named Section Leader for the Echocardiography Lab at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, succeeding the long and successful tenure of Steven Goldstein, MD.“Steve Goldstein is one of the lions of echocardiography,” says Stuart Seides, physician executive director, MHVI. “A nationally known echocardiologist, he spearheaded the evolution of the field at the Hospital Center from its earliest days to the current high-tech era. And he worked alongside all of us as we developed new tools to diagnose and treat heart disease. His lab made it possible to do much of what we do now.” Dr. Goldstein has dedicated more than 40 years to the clinical and educational missions of the Hospital Center, establishing a highly successful echo lab. Dr. Goldstein will continue to focus on clinical echocardiography and education. Dr. Wang, who has worked with Dr. Goldstein for 15 years, “is a stalwart of the echo lab, known to all as a tireless worker, and whose high level of imaging expertise provides benefit throughout our clinical and academic activities,” says MHVI Chief of Cardiology Allen Taylor, MD. “I have the highest confidence that she will both continue and further the focus on the echo lab providing the highest quality imaging within the rapidly evolving era of structural cardiac intervention. Congratulations to both Drs. Goldstein and Wang.”

Ana Barac, MD, Co-Directs Inaugural Cardio-Oncology Course for ACC

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute’s Cardiac Oncologist Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC, along with Bonnie Ky, MD, FACC, from University of Pennsylvania, are course co-directors for the American College of Cardiology’s inaugural “Advancing Cardiovascular Care of the Oncology Patient” course scheduled for February 17-18, 2017 at the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Dr. Barac is a national leader in Cardio-Oncology, an emerging field at the intersection of heart conditions in patients who have been treated for cancer. The course helps familiarize cardiology providers with key principles in Cardio-Oncology to support the increasing population of their patients with cancer undergoing treatment or requiring survivorship care. For more information, go to

MHVI Participates in Outreach Events

Several physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and friends have reached out to the D.C. community by volunteering at SOME (So Others May Eat). In the last year, they have volunteered at three events. According to Cardiologist Ameika Bush, MD, who has helped organize the volunteer efforts, the volunteers have served breakfasts and lunches at SOME, and collected school supplies to create 50 backpacks. Allen Taylor, MD, chief of Cardiology, says, “We think it’s important for MedStar Heart & Vascular In

Three Physicians Voted Faculty of the Year

Congratulations to Jonathan Patrick, MD, Itsik Ben-Dor, MD, and Jared Widell, MD, who were named Faculty of the Year at the summer Fellows Graduation. These physicians were selected by the cardiovascular disease fellows, who recognized them for their dedication to education.

New Medical Staff

  • Raghuveer Vallabhaneni, MD, FACS, has been appointed director, Vascular Surgery- Baltimore region. As a member of the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, Dr. Vallabhaneni will work with Edward Y. Woo, MD, director of the MedStar Vascular Program, to direct treatment of vascular disease throughout the region.
  • Sandeep M. Jani, MD, joins MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute as attending cardiologist
    specializing in Advanced Heart Failure, and associate director of Advanced Heart Failure & Population Health for this subset of the population.
  • Antony Kaliyadan, MD, has joined MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union
    Memorial Hospital as an interventional cardiologist with special expertise treating complex cardiovascular disease.