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Welcome to the Newest Fellows

In July, 13 new fellows joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center in various specialties and subspecialties of cardiovascular services. Below are their bios and special interests.

Chadi Alraies, MD MPH

  • Medical degree from the School of Medicine, University of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria, 2002
  • Internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University/St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, 2006 to 2008
  • Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine and Master of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Begins fellowship here in the field of Interventional and Structural Heart Disease
  • Interests: complex coronary interventions and hemodynamic cardiovascular support.
  • Outside of work he loves watching movies with family, building Legos with his son, and is an avid blogger, twitter user, and professional development coach.
  • His favorite quote is by the actor Will Smith: “If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time.”

Nana Afari-Armah, MD

  • Medical degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 2009
  • Internship and residency in Internal Medicine, fellowship in Cardiology at Temple University Hospital, 2009-2016
  • Begins fellowship here in Advanced Heart Failure
  • Interests: He is huge soccer fan and enjoys watching the English Premier League.

Vijaywant Singh Brar, MD

  • Medical degree from Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India
  • Residency at Georgetown University Hospital
  • Fellowship here in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Interests: advanced cardiovascular imaging, electrophysiology and critical care cardiology

Kyle D. Buchanan, MD

  • Medical degree with honors from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 2010
  • Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from 2010 to 2013
  • Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis., 2013 to 2016
  • Begins his fellowship here in Interventional Cardiology
  • Interests: My training focus lies within acute coronary syndrome and coronary artery intervention. More specifically, I have an interest in ethnic and social differences of coronary artery disease.

Brian C. Case, MD

  • Medical degree, cum laude, from St. George’s University School of Medicine; Grenada, West Indies, in 2012
  • Residency in Internal Medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., in 2015
  • Begins his fellowship here in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Interests: Within the field of cardiology, my interests include Interventional Cardiology and the Coronary Care Unit. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports and love everything that D.C. has to offer.

Brian Forrestal, MBBS

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School, Ireland, where he graduated with honors in 2013
  • Residency in Internal Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System, Morristown, N.J., in 2016
  • Begins fellowship here in Cardiovascular Disease • Interests: the use of new methods to improve patient education in cardiovascular disease and improving the participation of patients in the maintenance of their cardiovascular health

Harish Jarrett, MB ChB

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB ChB) with honors from the University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, in 2010
  • Residency in Internal Medicine and Surgery at the North West Thames Foundation School, London, United Kingdom in 2012
  • Second residency in Internal Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, in 2015
  • Begins fellowship here in Cardiology
  • Interests: I am hoping to get a fantastic all-round education during my general fellowship. My research interests involve looking at national outcomes in treating venous thromboembolic disease, both deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. As a result, I hope to pursue interventional training following my general training.

Hyein Kim, MD

  • Medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City in 2011
  • Internship and residency in General Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center from 2011 to 2016
  • Begins fellowship here in Vascular Surgery
  • Interests: global medicine, healthcare policy and innovations in surgery. When not in the hospital, I like world travel. I love to try new restaurants and different types of food. I also like to read, golf, swim, ski and snowboard.

Jing-Yuan (Jimmy) Ma, MD

  • Medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, in 2013
  • Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from 2013 to 2016
  • Begins fellowship here in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Interests: My interest in cardiology stems from my background in engineering. The rapid development of novel mechanical fixes to the body’s pump excites me, i.e. transcatheter valve devices, left atrial appendage closure devices, etc. I am also fascinated to see the parallel in the advancement of cardiac imaging with the ability to push the boundary of interventions.

Jose Marcial-Suarez, MD

  • Medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, in 2010
  • Residency in Internal Medicine residency and a Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus, Rio Piedras, PR, from 2010 to 2016
  • Begins fellowship here in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Interests: Cardiac electrophysiology is a rewarding field that I know I will find to be fulfilling as my life’s work because of the constant theoretical, technological and procedural advancements that continue to challenge those who choose to evolve within this cardiovascular specialty. Another passion in my life is music. I enjoy playing the classical guitar in addition to attending live performances of jazz, classical and reggae music.

Usman Salahuddin, MBBS

  • Medical degree from Aga Khan Medical College, Pakistan, in 2009
  • Post graduate medical education, Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan, in 2012
  • Internship and residency in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, from 2012 to 2016
  • Begins fellowship here in Cardiovascular Disease
  • Interest: advanced cardiac imaging

Micheas Zemedkun, MD

  • Medical degree from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., in 2010
  • Internship and residency in Internal Medicine at NYPH-Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY, from 2010 to 2013
  • Fellowship in Cardiology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center from 2013 to 2016
  • Begins fellowship here in Advanced Echocardiography and Structural Heart Disease
  • Interests: enjoys watching soccer, running and spending time with family and friends Integrated Vascular Surgery

Resident Caitlin M. Sorensen, MD

  • Masters of Science in Physiology and Biophysics and medical degree from Georgetown University in 2012 and 2016, respectively
  • Begins an Integrated Residency in Vascular Surgery
  • Interests: Part of what draws me to vascular surgery is the variety and complexity of cases. Not only does it span the entire body, but it also melds tiny, delicate carotid surgeries with big complex aortic cases and amputations. It encompasses open and endovascular cases, and covers both urgent surgeries and elective procedures. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy live music and collecting vinyl records, exploring the area through hikes or bike rides, and following any Bay Area sports teams.