Cardiology Fellows Graduation, 26 May 2023

Graduates from the five fellowship programs within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine were recently celebrated at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Iowa City.

After a mixer and some appetizers, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program Director Ferhaan Ahmad, MD, PhD, welcomed guests, made brief remarks, and then presented the division’s annual awards. Division Director Barry London, MD, PhD, aided in the presentation of these awards.

The Paul Neuhauser Award to Giselle Statz, MD

The Dr. Lyle A. and Mabel R. Baker Award to Wasawat Vutthikraivit, MD

The Dr. Irving George Pesek Humanitarian Award to Gary Goldsmith, RT(R), RICS

The Lewis E. January Memorial Clinical Teaching Award to Shareef Mansour, MBBS

The Chief Fellow Award to Arooj Khan, MBBS

The Kanu A. Chatterjee Award for Clinical Excellence to Arooj Khan, MBBS

The fellows then each received facsimiles of their eventual certificates of completion and were given the chance to offer their thanks to friends, colleagues, and family.

Cardiovascular Disease Graduating Fellows
Thorarinn Bjarnason, MD
Nicholas Isom, MD
Arooj Khan, MBBS
Nagalakshmi Nagarajan, MD
Vikram Sharma, MBBS
Wasawat Vutthikraivit, MD

Four other fellowships in the division also celebrated their graduates. Phillip Horwitz, MD, presented Jai Parekh, MBBS, and Ahmed Zaghloul, MB, ChB, with certificates for their completion of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship.

James Hopson, MD, was filling in for Paari Dominic, MBBS, MPH, the Director of the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology fellowship, when he presented Peter Farjo, MD, with his certificate.

London filled in for Linda Cadaret, MD, the Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology fellowship, when he presented Serkan Bektur, MD, with his certificate.

A relatively new fellowship, Advanced Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging, directed by Mahi Ashwath, MD, MBA, FACC, presented Corina Iorgoveanu, MD, with her certificate.

The formal ceremony complete, the evening was rounded out with more than a few group photos, hugs, and promises to keep in touch, wherever these graduates were headed next. Always a Hawkeye!

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