Training Program Goals

  • Understand the pathophysiology of acute and chronic ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease and peripheral vascular disease
  • Understand the indications and contraindications of interventional procedures
  • Appreciate the effectiveness and limitations of interventional procedures
  • Learn predictors, recognize and manage interventional complications
  • Recognize and value the different modalities of treatment including medical therapy and surgical revascularization
  • Understand and apply the latest methods of heart disease prevention
  • Learn and apply the clinical and technical aspects of interventional procedures in compliance with the highest standards of care that emphasize the importance of humanistic qualities
  • Cultivate and maintain a quality approach to patient care based on critical thinking, compassion and dedication
  • Promote scholarly research and foster excellence in teaching

   

Training Program Objectives

Upon completion of this training program, fellows are expected to:
 
  • Be clinically experienced in the diagnosis and management of patients with acute and chronic ischemic heart disease and valvular disease
  • Have developed an understanding of the indications and contraindications of coronary and peripheral interventions, and have a comprehensive understanding of the different modalities of revascularization and medical alternatives
  • Have acquired knowledge to develop the decision-making process that leads to the selection of medical therapy versus coronary revascularization
  • Have developed a clear understanding of coronary physiology, plaque morphology and composition, plaque vulnerability, lesion characterization and plaque response to intervention
  • Have developed sufficient competency to practice interventional procedures without direct supervision
  • Be able to recognize and manage procedure-related complications
  • Have acquired knowledge in post-procedure management of bleeding; groin complications; acute vessel closure; etc., and in patient education, including risk factor modification and discharge planning
  • Have acquired the skills needed for the completion and interpretation of angiograms, hemodynamics, intravascular ultrasound, doppler, coronary flow reserve and pressure measurement
  • Comprehend and have acquired experience in cardiovascular pharmacology
  • Have learned femoral, brachial/radial cannulation for coronary and peripheral interventions
  • Be able to recognize and manage all aspects of mechanical and ischemic complications
  • Have acquired the necessary skills that are needed to manage acute hemodynamic resuscitation including use of vasoactive agents, use of antiarrhythmic drugs, use of thrombolytic agents, CPR, advanced life support, pericardiocentesis, intra-aortic balloon pump

Current Fellow
Dr. Augustine Njoku

Training Site

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport serves as NW Louisiana’s academic medical center, providing state-of-the-art care to patients, as well as research opportunities. It is a major referral center for patients across north Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas, providing cardiology trainees with a broad range of patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

As is expected of Interventional cardiologists in “real world” practice, these experiences occur simultaneously throughout the Interventional fellowship year. This allows the fellow to participate in all aspects of the care of a wide variety of Interventional cardiovascular patients, including pre-procedural assessment, diagnostic and interventional procedures, post procedural care in the hospital and long-term follow up, and in research relative to the field. As the fellow learns and gains experience, it is expected that he/she will integrate this knowledge and finesse to become a complete, well rounded, competent Interventional cardiologist.

The IC Fellowship experience comprises:

  1. Daily Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory experience in procedural techniques
  2. Weekly ambulatory clinic
  3. Consultative services for coronary, peripheral and structural cardiology referrals
  4. Inpatient Interventional cardiology
  5. On-call experience
  6. Weekly multimodality, multimedia and other conferences
  7. Heart Team interactions
  8. Research
  9. Independent reading and learning
  10. Simulation training
Schedule

The Interventional fellow spends 5 days per week in the cardiac catheterization laboratories at LSUHS participating in diagnostic procedures and coronary, peripheral vascular and structural Interventional procedures. Half a day per week is spent in the outpatient clinic with Interventional cardiology faculty. The other half of the clinic day is devoted to research, concurrent with cath lab responsibilities. If any research project requires more time, an additional day may be devoted for research or other arrangements can be made for dedicated research time.

Faculty & Staff

Kalgi Modi, MD
Program Director
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology
Email: cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5941

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Pavan Katikaneni, MD
Associate Program Director
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology
Email: cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5941

George Mina, MD
Assistant Professor
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology
Email: cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5941

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Cristal Willcox
Program Coordinator
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology
Email: cwillc@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 675-5943

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