Luis Guzman, M.D., joined the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center in August as the new director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, leaving his position as director of the Cardiovascular Cath Lab and the Peripheral Interventional Program at University of Florida, Jacksonville. His expertise includes all types of cardiovascular procedures, from treating coronary and structural heart disease to high-risk percutaneous coronary interventions with the assistance of mechanical circulatory devices.
“He is a world-class cardiac interventionalist who brings a wide range of skills. He is one of the pioneers of a technique that opens up chronically closed coronary arteries, referred to as CTOs—chronic total occlusions— and also brings peripheral vascular disease interventions to the cath lab that we’ve never had before,” says Kenneth Ellenbogen, M.D., chairman, Division of Cardiology.
Within the field of peripheral vascular disease, he conducts critical limb ischemia, with very advanced interventions below the knee, including accessing the tiny arteries in the foot. Born in Buenos Aires, Guzman received his M.D. with honors from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Churruca-Visca Hospital, his cardiology fellowship at the Instituto Cardiovascular Buenos Aires, and his clinical and interventional cardiology fellowships at the Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology.
Guzman was drawn to VCU Health for its “significant academic reputation—both the institution itself as well as the Division of Cardiology. It is well-recognized as an institution that is dedicated to not only high standards of patient care, education and research, but also to having the most cutting-edge technologies,” he says.