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Saint Joseph Hospital

Our Heart Care Team

Heart and vascular conditions require specialized knowledge to treat. You may receive care from our award-winning surgical teams, cardiologists, nurses with special training in heart care, rehab specialists and patient experience navigators.

General cardiologist

Cardiologists treat a wide range of problems that affect your heart and blood vessels. They are usually the first doctor you see after being diagnosed with a heart-related condition. Depending on the diagnosis, your cardiologist may refer you to an even more specialized cardiologist.

Interventional cardiologist

Our interventional cardiologists specialize in minimally invasive procedures to treat heart or heart valve disease. Our interventionists perform procedures such as:

  • Angioplasty – Technique in which a small, thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into the artery to widen it
  • Stenting – Inserting a small, wire mesh tube into a diseased coronary artery to hold it open
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – Technique in which a catheter is used to place a mechanical valve in the place of a damaged aortic valve

Electrophysiologist

This doctor has advanced training in diagnosing and treating abnormal heart rhythms. Electrophysiologists determine whether you are at risk for cardiac arrest by completing diagnostic testing such as:

  • Electrophysiology study – Sends signals to the heart to see if you develop a rapid heartbeat
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) – Monitors the heart’s electrical activity and translates it into line tracings on paper

Cardiac and vascular surgeons

A cardiac surgeon focuses on heart bypass surgery or other types of open-heart surgery while vascular surgeons are trained to operate on blood vessels that are related or connected to the heart, but outside of it.

More about heart surgery.

More about vascular surgery.

Cardiac rehab team

Your cardiac rehabilitation team may be composed of one or more of the following:

  • Counselor
  • Dietitian
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Registered nurse
  • Respiratory therapist

Mark A Ammons, MD

Specialties: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Denver Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery
1960 N Ogden St Ste 540
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-318-2440
Fax: 303-318-2485
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

William D Anderson, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Structural Heart
1960 N Ogden St Ste 540A
Denver, CO 80218
Primary Location:
SCL Health Medical Group - Heart & Vascular Institute - Thoracic
2643 Patterson Rd Ste 403
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone: 970-298-7675
Fax: 970-298-2984
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Stephen J Annest, MD

Specialties: Surgery (General Surgery)
Area of Focus: Surgery Vascular
Primary Location:
Vascular Institute of the Rockies
1601 E 19th Ave # 3950
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-539-0736
Fax: 303-539-0737

Steven H Atchley, DO

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
Caritas Community Clinic
1960 N Ogden St Ste 400
Denver, CO 80218-3670
Phone: 303-318-1540
Fax: 303-318-2481

Tammi M Backer, NP

Specialties: Nurse Practitioner, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Denver
1960 N Ogden St Ste 110
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-318-2460
Fax: 303-318-2489
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Ryan J Bellassai, PA

Specialties: Physician Assistant, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Denver Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery
1960 N Ogden St Ste 540
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-318-2440
Fax: 303-318-2485
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Claudia K Benedict, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Wheat Ridge
3655 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 201
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-603-9800
Fax: 303-403-6209
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Adam S Betkowski, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
Kaiser Permanente Franklin
2045 Franklin St
Denver, CO 80205
Phone: 303-861-3402
Fax: 303-861-3660

Fred A Crawford, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
Kaiser Permanente Rock Creek
280 Exempla Cir
Lafayette, CO 80026
Phone: 303-861-3402
Fax: 720-536-6505

Pamela J Decker, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
Kaiser Permanente Rock Creek
280 Exempla Cir
Lafayette, CO 80026
Phone: 303-861-3402
Fax: 720-536-6505

Laura A Diamandopoulos, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Wheat Ridge
3655 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 201
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-603-9800
Fax: 303-403-6209
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

James A Dillingham, PA

Specialties: Physician Assistant
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Denver
1960 N Ogden St Ste 110
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-318-2460
Fax: 303-318-2489
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Daniel P Drake, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
Kaiser Permanente Rock Creek
280 Exempla Cir
Lafayette, CO 80026
Phone: 303-861-3402
Fax: 720-536-6505

Travis L Engelbert, MD

Specialties: Surgery (General Surgery)
Area of Focus: Surgery Vascular
Primary Location:
Kaiser Permanente Franklin
2045 Franklin St
Denver, CO 80205
Phone: 303-861-3688
Fax: 303-831-3741

Martin Fejka, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Lafayette
300 Exempla Cir Ste 310
Lafayette, CO 80026
Phone: 303-689-6420
Fax: 303-689-6430
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Brett E Fenster, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
Kaiser Permanente Franklin
2045 Franklin St
Denver, CO 80205
Phone: 303-861-3402
Fax: 303-861-3660

David N Flitter, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
Caritas Community Clinic
1960 N Ogden St Ste 400
Denver, CO 80218-3670
Phone: 303-318-1540
Fax: 303-318-2481

Andrew M Freeman, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
National Jewish Health
1400 Jackson St
Denver, CO 80206
Phone: 303-398-1355
Fax: 303-398-1211

Anuradha Gudavalli, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Interventional Cardiology
Primary Location:
Kaiser Permanente Rock Creek
280 Exempla Cir
Lafayette, CO 80026
Phone: 303-861-3402
Fax: 720-536-6505

William H Gurdin, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Wheat Ridge
3655 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 201
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-603-9800
Fax: 303-403-6209
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Glenn A Hirsch, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
National Jewish Health
1400 Jackson St
Denver, CO 80206
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Denver
1960 N Ogden St Ste 110
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-318-2460
Fax: 303-318-2489
Accepting New Patients Yes

Colleen S Hupp, DO

Specialties: Surgery (General Surgery)
Area of Focus: Surgery Vascular
Primary Location:
Colorado Cardiovascular Surgical Associates
950 E Harvard Ave Ste 550
Denver, CO 80210
Phone: 303-778-6527
Fax: 303-733-1288

James Jaggers, MD

Specialties: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Primary Location:
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E 16th Ave B100
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 720-777-6820
Fax: 720-777-7290

Kelly Y Kim, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Wheat Ridge
3655 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 201
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-603-9800
Fax: 303-403-6209
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Jody P Kleinman, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Wheat Ridge
3655 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 201
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-603-9800
Fax: 303-403-6209
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Robert A Meguid, MD, MPH

Specialties: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Primary Location:
University of Colorado Hospital
1665 Aurora Ct 2nd Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303-724-7428
Fax: 303-724-2806

Jerry S Miklin, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Wheat Ridge
3655 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 201
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-603-9800
Fax: 303-403-6209
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Kevin B Miller, MD

Specialties: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Denver Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery
1960 N Ogden St Ste 540
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-318-2440
Fax: 303-318-2485
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

John D Mitchell, MD

Specialties: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Primary Location:
University of Colorado Hospital
12631 E 17th Ave MS C310
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303-724-2799
Fax: 303-724-2806

Omar A Mubarak, MD

Specialties: Surgery (General Surgery)
Area of Focus: Surgery Vascular
Primary Location:
Vascular Institute of the Rockies
1601 E 19th Ave # 3950
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-539-0736
Fax: 303-539-0737
Accepting New Patients Yes

Dilsher M Nawaz, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates
1601 E 19th Ave # 5000
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-839-7100
Fax: 303-839-7249

Nelson A Prager, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates
1444 S Potomac St Ste 300
Aurora, CO 80012
Phone: 303-750-0822
Fax: 303-750-1298

John A Prevedel, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Interventional Cardiology
Primary Location:
Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates
1444 S Potomac St Ste 300
Aurora, CO 80012
Phone: 303-750-0822
Fax: 303-750-1298

Steven H Resnick, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Denver
1960 N Ogden St Ste 110
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-318-2460
Fax: 303-318-2489

DeeAnn M Rivera, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
Kaiser Permanente Rock Creek
280 Exempla Cir
Lafayette, CO 80026
Phone: 303-861-3402
Fax: 720-536-6505

Brandon T Roy-Garland, MD

Specialties: Surgery (General Surgery)
Area of Focus: Surgery Vascular
Primary Location:
Vascular Institute of the Rockies
1601 E 19th Ave # 3950
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-539-0736
Fax: 303-539-0737
Accepting New Patients Yes

Jeffrey D Rubinstein, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Denver
1960 N Ogden St Ste 110
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-318-2460
Fax: 303-318-2489
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Jason A Shofnos, MD

Specialties: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Denver Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery
1960 N Ogden St Ste 540
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-318-2440
Fax: 303-318-2485
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Raphael K Sung, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
National Jewish Health
1400 Jackson St
Denver, CO 80206
Phone: 303-659-7000
Fax: 303-654-9895
Accepting New Patients Yes

Alan Y Synn, MD

Specialties: Surgery (General Surgery), Vascular Surgery, Surgery General
Area of Focus: Surgery Vascular
Primary Location:
Wheat Ridge Gen and Vasc Surgery and Associates
7805 W 38th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-431-2900
Fax: 303-431-2999
Accepting New Patients Yes

Albert Tseng, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Interventional Cardiology
Primary Location:
Kaiser Permanente Lafayette
280 Exempla Cir
Lafayette, CO 80026
Phone: 720-536-7810
Fax: 720-536-7805

Scott R Valent, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
SCL Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Wheat Ridge
3655 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 201
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-603-9800
Fax: 303-403-6209
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Nampalli K Vijay, MD

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Location:
Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates
1601 E 19th Ave # 5000
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-839-7100
Fax: 303-839-7249

Michael J Weyant, MD

Specialties: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Primary Location:
University of Colorado Hospital
12631 E 17th Ave MS C310
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303-724-2799
Fax: 303-724-2806

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