Promotions and Expanded Practices


Antonio Abbate, M.D., Ph.D., has been named medical director of Clinical Research Services at the Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Abbate is the James C. Roberts, Esq., Professor in Cardiology and serves as vice-chair of the Cardiology Division. He divides his time between conducting research and seeing patients in the Coronary ICU, the General Cardiology Practice and the Ambulatory Care Center.


Hem Bhardwaj, M.D., is the new director of Inpatient Cardiology Services/Cardiology ConsultationServices. Bhardwaj specializes in performing and reading transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms, as well stress tests. She sees patients at both the downtown and Stony Point offices.


Anthony Cassano, M.D., has been named interim chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. A cardiac/thoracic surgeon, his clinical specialties include surgical treatment of benign and malignant disease of the lungs, airways and mediastinum and minimally invasive approaches to surgical therapy.


Cardiac/thoracic surgeon Mohammed Quader, M.D., has expanded his practice and now sees patients downtown and at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. His clinical specialties include coronary artery bypass surgery, minimally invasive valve surgery, arrhythmia surgery and surgery for heart failure, including cardiac transplantation and implantation of mechanical assist devices.


Inna Tchoukina, M.D., has been named medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation. Dr. Tchoukina is a cardiologist who specializes in treating patients with advanced stages of cardiovascular disease and heart failure, including those with mechanical circulatory support devices and heart transplants. Her clinical specialties include hemodynamic heart catheterizations and heart biopsies.