GeorgeMammen M.D. | F.A.C.C.
Hometown: Kerala, India
Medical School: Trivandrum Medical College 
Residency: South Baltimore General Hospital 
Cardiology Fellowship: St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital, Texas Heart Institute, Houston
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George Mammen, M.D.,  F.A.C.C.

Dr. Mammen is a Houston Cardiologist who was born in India, in the southern state of Kerala. He moved to the United States in 1976 after completing medical school. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to Houston in 1979 to attend the Cardiology Fellowship program at Texas Heart Institute (St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital).

Dr. Mammen is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He joined Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates in 1982, and obtained his certification in Interventional Cardiology in 2000. He is trained in all aspects of adult cardiology with an emphasis on coronary artery disease and heart failure. Dr. Mammen has particular interest in invasive procedures such as angioplasty, stent implantation and pacemakers.

Dr. Mammen is active in hospital and physician affairs and has served as Chief of Cardiology at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital. He has also served as Medical Director of the ICU at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is currently President of Medical Staff at Methodist West Houston Hospital.

Dr. Mammen's personal interests include tennis and skiing. He likes to spend his spare time with his wife, and three children.

Training:
  • Undergraduate: U. C. College. India. 1966-1968
  • Medical School: Trivandrum Medical College. India. 1968-1974
  • Internship: South Baltimore General Hospital. Internal Medicine. 1976-1977
  • Residency: South Baltimore General Hospital. Internal Medicine. 1977-1979
  • Fellowship: St. Lukes Hospital - Texas Heart Institute, Houston
     
Board Certification:
  • American Board of Internal Medicine 1979
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Diseases 1981
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Interventional Cardiology 2010
     
Membership:
RajenMehta M.D. | F.A.C.C.
Hometown: Winnipeg, Canada
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch 
Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Rajen Mehta, M.D.,  F.A.C.C.

Dr. Mehta was born in Winnipeg, Canada. He grew up in Houston and is a graduate of Memorial High School. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he received a Bachelors of Arts in Biology and was on the Dean’s List.  He continued his medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and residency in Internal Medicine at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He then completed his training in Cardiology at the Medical College of Georgia, where he was trained in specialized invasive procedures and diagnostic imaging.  He joined Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates in 1998.

He has expertise in all aspects of Cardiology including the evaluation of common cardiac complaints such as chest pain, shortness of breath, passing out, leg swelling and palpitations. He has special interest in preventive cardiology including management of high blood pressure, cholesterol disorders, as well as management of the disease after they have developed such circulatory problems of the legs, coronary artery disease, and heart failure. Dr. Mehta places special emphasis on patient education.

Dr. Mehta is trained in cardiac special procedures, including coronary angiography and angioplasty, pacemaker insertion and transesophageal echocardiography. His main research has been in cardiac imaging and he has several publications on echocardiography.  


Dr Mehta’s personal interests include playing guitar and spending time with his wife, two daughters and golden retriever.

Training:
  • Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin. 1984-1988
  • Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. 1988-1992
  • Internship: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Internal Medicine. 1992-1993
  • Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Internal Medicine. 1993-1995
  • Fellowship: Medical College of Georgia, Cardiovascular Diseases. 1995-1998
  • Chief Fellow,  1998.
     
Board Certification:
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine.
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases.
Anil C.Odhav M.D. | F.A.C.C.
Hometown: Zambia, Africa
Medical School: University of Zambia
Residency: University of Tennessee
Favorite Activity: Traveling with his wife and children
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Anil Odhav, M.D.,  F.A.C.C.

Dr. Odhav was born in Zambia, Africa. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Zambia, he attended The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, where he completed his Internal Medicine residency and a year as Chief Resident/Clinical Instructor.

Dr. Odhav performed his cardiovascular training at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and joined Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates in January 2001.

He is interested in all aspects of adult cardiology with special interest in invasive cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiogram, hypertension and peripheral vascular diseases.  Certification was obtained from the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1995 for Internal Medicine and in 2000 for Cardiovascular Diseases.

Dr. Odhav holds active memberships in a number of organizations, including The American Board of Internal Medicine, American College of Cardiology, Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society and Houston Heart Failure Society.

During his spare time, Dr. Odhav enjoys traveling with his wife and their children.

Training:
  • Undergraduate: University of Zambia. 1982-1986 
  • Medical School: University of Zambia. 1986-1989
  • Internship: University of Zambia. 1992-1993
  • Residency: University of Tennessee. 1993-1995
  • Fellowship: Medical College of Georgia, Cardiovascular Diseases. 1996-1999
  • Chief Fellow, 1999.
     
Board Certification:
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine. 1995
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases. 2000.
     
Membership:
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Harris County Medical Society
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JamesFeldman M.D. | F.A.C.C.
Hometown: Houston, TX
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine
Favorite Activity: Spending time with his family
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James Feldman, M.D.,  F.A.C.C.

Dr. Feldman was born in Houston, Texas.   He grew up in the Memorial area and attended Memorial High School.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics with honors from The University of Texas at Austin.  He then completed his medical training at Creighton University School of Medicine.  His Internal Medicine and Cardiology Fellowship were completed at Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Feldman is a board certified cardiologist with a strong interest in medical imaging.  He is also board certified in Echocardiography with Level III training. 

Training:
    • Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin 1990-1994
    • Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine 1995-1999
    • Internship: Baylor College of Medicine 1999-2000Residency: Baylor College of Medicine 2000-2002Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine Program II (Texas Heart Institute) 2002-2005

     
Board Certification:
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine.
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
AmirKashani M.D. | M.S. | F.A.C.C.
Hometown:Houston, TX 
Cardiology Fellowship: Yale University School of Medicine
Interventional Cardiology Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency:  Rochester General Hospital
Favorite Activity: Variety of sports
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Amir Kashani, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.C.

Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Kashani grew up in Houston, TX and attended Second Baptist Middle School and High School. He completed his Internal Medicine training at Rochester General Hospital, University of Rochester School of Medicine where he also served as Chief Resident/Clinical Instructor. He attended Yale University School of Medicine for his Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology training. Additionally, he was chosen to serve as Chief Fellow during his Cardiovascular training at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Kashani also trained in Interventional Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kashani has been heavily involved in clinical cardiovascular research. Amidst his over 30 publications, he has numerous collaborations with the TIMI Group, Harvard School of Medicine and with Yale School of Medicine, Section of Epidemiology and Public Health. He is an invited author on several books, and he has been invited to present his research both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kashani currently continues his academic interests as a teaching faculty of Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Kashani remains active by enjoying a variety of sports. Also, he and his wife have a special interest in community service. Dr. Kashani is the President, Founder, and/or member of several charity organizations in Houston. One major focus of the charity organization that Dr. Kashani has established is providing health care to underprivileged children in Houston.

Training:
  • Undergraduate: Baylor University
  • Graduate: University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Rochester General Hospital, University of Rochester
  • Residency: Rochester General Hospital, University of Rochester
  • Chief Resident/Clinical Instructor: Rochester General Hospital, University of Rochester
  • Cardiovascular Fellowship: Yale University School of Medicine
  • Chief Fellow: Yale University School of Medicine
  • Electrophysiology: Yale University School of Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology: Baylor College of Medicine
  • Clinical Research: TIMI Study Group, Harvard School of Medicine
     
Board Certifications:
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology
  • The International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE), Certified Cardiac Device Specialist
 
JohnSunew M.D. | F.A.C.C. | F.S.C.A.I.
Hometown:Scarsdale, NY 
Cardiology Fellowship: The George Washington University
Interventional Cardiology Fellowship: Northwestern University
Residency:  The George Washington University
Favorite Activity: Golf and traveling with family
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John Sunew, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.

Dr. Sunew is triple-board-certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Nuclear Cardiology. He is listed among Top Doctors 2015 in both H Texas Magazine and Houstonia Magazine. He was born in Connecticut and grew up in New York state. Dr. Sunew attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts and went on to earn his medical degree at State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn in New York. He then completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC. He fulfilled his interventional cardiology fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. 

Prior to moving in 2011 to Katy, Texas, Dr. Sunew practiced interventional cardiology for ten years in northern Virginia. He held many leadership roles with the Inova Health System, including Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Inova Alexandria Hospital and Chairman of the Inova Cardiology Quality Steering Committee. He was also Regional Leader for northern Virginia in the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition. In addition, Dr. Sunew served as Assistant Professor for the Department of Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Inova Campus. He was also involved in several clinical research trials and academic publications. 

Dr. Sunew is able to offer the latest and most innovative treatments in cardiology, interventional cardiology, and peripheral vascular disease. He offers expertise in complex coronary angioplasty procedures and peripheral arterial angioplasty. His non-invasive skills include transesophageal echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Another unique service offered by Dr. Sunew includes transradial cardiac catheterization. This  involves performing the diagnostic and angioplasty procedure through the radial artery at the wrist of the arm, instead of the traditional approach through the femoral artery at the top of the leg. The radial technique has been demonstrated to have equally effective procedural outcomes with the advantages of less bleeding risk and improved comfort for the patient during his or her recovery. 

Training:
  • Undergraduate: Amherst College
  • Medical School: SUNY Downstate School of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY
  • Residency: The George Washington University Medical Center
  • Cardiology Fellowship: The George Washington University Medical Center
  • Interventional Cardiology Fellowship: Northwestern University
 
 

Board Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Interventional Cardiology
  • Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease
  • Board Certified in Nuclear Cardiology

Membership:
  • American College of Cardiology, Fellow (F.A.C.C.)
  • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Fellow (F.S.C.A.I.)
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Albina Pace RN, MSN, NP
Hometown:Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia
Nursing School: Washington State University—Tri Cities
Favorite Activity: Playing the piano, spending time with family, traveling
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Albina Pace, RN, MSN, NP

Albina is a Houston Nurse Practitioner who was born in Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia. After earning her RN Associates degree from Columbia Basin Community College in Pasco Washington in 2008, she worked as an RN in the ICU unit of Kennewick General Hospital, WA.

In 2012 Albina completed her Master’s degree of Science in Nursing at Washington State University—Tri Cities and has been an active cardiology nurse practitioner in Washington and Texas. In June 2014, Albina joined Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates.

Prior to immigrating to the United States in 2002, Albina worked as pianist and accompanist. She received a Master’s degree in piano from Kazan State Conservatory, Russia. Albina spent several years teaching the piano and playing accompaniment piano for students in regional and national competitions in Russia.

Albina enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons, playing the piano, traveling, and cooking.


Certification:
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Membership:
  • Texas Nurse Practitioners
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
SelimSekili M.D. | F.A.C.C.
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago
Residency: Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago
Cardiology Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Favorite Activity:Variety of sports and spending time with my wife and two children
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Selim Sekili, M.D.,  F.A.C.C.

Dr. Sekili was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated Glenbrook North High School as Valedictorian in 1979. He then attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for college and graduated with the Bronze Tablet Award, recognizing the top 3% of the graduating class. He continued his training for medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and residency in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, which at the time was affiliated with the University of Chicago.

After nearly 30 years in Chicago, he moved to Houston in the 1990 for his Cardiology Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine with rotations mainly at the Methodist Hospital. He also completed research in myocardial stunning and preconditioning with several publications. He then did an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at The Methodist Hospital in Houston where for a full year, he did nothing but angioplasties and stents of various blocked arteries.

Since 1995, Dr. Sekili has been serving the West Houston and Memorial communities. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is trained in all aspects of cardiology with an emphasis on prevention of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. He achieves this with detailed risk factor analysis and control, including focusing on cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, and genetics, coupled with the early detection of cardiovascular disease through careful physical examination, ultrasound of carotid arteries, echocardiography, holter monitoring and stress testing. He would much rather prevent the development of blockages in his patients, but when the need arises, he has special expertise in the diagnostic catheterization of the heart, aorta, kidney and peripheral arteries as well as the opening of blockages with balloon angioplasty, stents and atherectomy.

Dr. Sekili’s personal interests include a variety of sports including football and soccer. He likes to spend his spare time with his wife and two children including coaching them in volleyball, soccer and softball over the years

Training:
      • Undergraduate: University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. 1979-1983
      • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago. 1983-1987
      • Internal Medicine Residency: Michael Reese Hospital. 1987-1990
      • Cardiology Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine. 1990-1994
      • Interventional Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine. 1994-1995

         
Board Certification:
      • American Board of Internal Medicine, 1991
      • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases 1995
      • Recertified in 2005 and again in 2015

         
Membership:
    • Harris County Medical Society
    • Texas Medical Association
    • American Medical Association
    • American College of Cardiology
LisaDe Benedet MSN, RN, ACNP-BC
Hometown: Ontario, Canada
School: University of Texas Houston Health Science Center 

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Lisa De Benedet  MSN, RN,  ACNP-BC

Lisa was born in Sudbury, Ontario in Canada.  After earning her Bachelors of Science in nursing, she moved to Houston where she worked in the Cardiac Intensive care at the Methodist Hospital in the Medical Center. She later received special training and worked in the cardiac catheterization lab. During this time she continued her studies and in 2005 she graduated from the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center with a degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. 

Prior to working at Memorial Katy Cardiology, Lisa worked at a local Houston hospital in the Cardiology department and was involved in activities as coordinating care for heart attacks, evaluation, and management of cardiac admissions, and monitoring cardiac stress tests.

Lisa’s personal interests including traveling, music, arts and spending time with her husband, two children and dog.