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CVT Faculty

Meet the leaders of the CVT program

Paul F. Braum, B.S., RCVT, RDCS, RVT, FASE, RCS, RVS 

Program Director

Mr. Braum has been teaching in the field of cardiology and cardiac imaging since 1978. He has work experience that spans the field of cardiovascular non-invasive testing for more than 35 years. He was a senior technologist in the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He also served as Chief of Pediatric Echocardiography at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Paul has participated in the pioneering stages of liver and heart transplantation, along with the early stages of cardiac catheterization interventions. He has educated Fellows in pediatric cardiology, participated in critical care medicine at Emory University and authored publications in a number of scientific journals. Paul has extensive experience in various areas of cardiology which provides you, as a student, with an in-depth education unlike any other program.

Education

A.S., Santa Fe Community College affiliate of University of Florida – Cardio Pulmonary Technology 
B.S., University of Pittsburgh – Health Administration/ Education; Minor – Premedical Sciences

Certifications and Memberships 

Registered in Invasive Cardiology (RCVT)
Registered in Adult Echocardiography (RDCS) 
Registered in Peripheral Vascular Testing (RVT)
Fellow in American Society of Echocardiography (FASE)


Joon Ahn, MD 

Electrophysiology

Dr. Ahn obtained his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Ahn completed his fellowships in cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. Dr. Ahn is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a member of the Heart Rhythm Society and has participated in national research trials that have improved and advanced
the field of cardiac electrophysiology.

Education

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering - Philadelphia, PA
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine - Atlanta, GA
Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine - St. Louis, MO
Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine - Atlanta, GA


Abhishek Gaur, MD, FACC, RPVI 

Consultative Cardiology

Dr. Gaur obtained his medical degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, an academic affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York. Dr. Gaur completed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also completed an advanced non-invasive cardiac
imaging fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gaur is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and is the medical director of the echo lab and co-director of the vascular lab at Northeast Georgia Heart Center. He is also board certified in Nuclear Cardiology, Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography, Internal Medicine, and Cardiovascular Disease.

Education

Medical School: All Institute of Medical Sciences - New Delhi, India
Internal Medicine Residency: St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University - New York, NY
Cardiovascular Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside Hospital - Pittsburgh, PA
Advanced Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School - Boston, MA


Brenda J. Hott, MD, FACC 

Heart Failure/Transplant

Dr. Hott is a graduate with high honors from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She continued her training with Emory where she completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in cardiology. After serving as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University in the heart failure and transplant program, Dr. Hott joined Northeast Georgia Heart Center and established the first heart failure program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) and Northside Hospital-Forsyth. These programs have been established to provide quality heart failure measures that reduce the number of heart failure readmissions. Through her leadership these heart failure programs are recognized for their exceptional quality of care and providing better outcomes for heart failure patients.   Dr. Hott continues
her interests in heart transplant and left ventricular assist device (LVAD). She currently serves as medical director of the heart failure programs at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Northside Hospital-Forsyth. Dr. Hott is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

Education

Undergraduate: James Madison University - Harrisonburg, VA
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine - Atlanta, GA
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine - Atlanta, GA
Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine - Atlanta, GA


J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FACC, FSCAI 

Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Marshall received his medical degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine, and his fellowship in Cardiology and Angioplasty at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Marshall has achieved many distinctions' and awards in his medical profession
from cardiac research, to Editor-in-Chief of "Seconds Count", an educational website for patients. He was the former President of SCAI (The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions), and spearheaded the angioplasty and acute MI (STEMI) programs at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC). Dr. Marshall served
on the faculty at Emory University where he was an Associate Professor of Medicine and Cardiology for eleven years and was also on the faculty at the Medical College of Virginia. He is the medical director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at NGMC, the medical director of the NGHC Research Committee and serves on the Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease for the American Board of Internal Medicine (the group that writes board exams for all Cardiologists). His clinical interests include peripheral, carotid and coronary interventional procedures and research in these areas. Dr. Marshall is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology.

Education

Undergraduate: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Medical School: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Residency: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Fellowship: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA


Lalitha C. Medepalli, MD, FACC, RPVI 

Consultative Cardiology

Dr. Medepalli received her medical degree from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital, New York, New York. Dr. Medepalli completed her fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, and a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI). Her area of special interests and expertise includes noninvasive cardiology and women's heart health. It is through her active approach she has created partnerships with fellow physicians to promote
women's heart health awareness, and early detection and treatment for women with heart disease. Dr. Medepalli continues to be involved in community outreach by providing editorial content for community publications and educational lectures to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease in women.

Education

Undergraduate: Osmania University - Hyderabad, India
Medical School: Osmania Medical College - Hyderabad, India
Residency: New York University Downtown Hospital - New York, NY
Fellowship: Mount Sinai School of Medicine Elmhurst Hospital - Elmhurst, NY


Prad E. Tummala, MD, FACC, FSCAI 

Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Tummala is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and obtained his medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University Medical Center.   Dr. Tummala completed his fellowships in general and interventional cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology. After serving as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University, Dr. Tummala joined Northeast Georgia Heart Center and helped start the angioplasty and acute MI programs at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He has served as medical director of the cardiac care unit (Ronnie Green Heart Center) since 2003, and has participated in several quality improvement committees at the hospital and in the clinics. He has authored numerous publications in the fields of vascular medicine and interventional cardiology and has been an active investigator in numerous clinical research trials involving new interventional devices such as stents and invasive heart monitors, as well as, investigational medications to treat acute and chronic heart disease.
He has won teaching awards from former residents, and he continues to give lectures and updates in cardiology to community physicians and health care professionals.

Education

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School - Ann Arbor, MI
Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine - St. Louis, MO
Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine - Atlanta, GA