We have an experienced, dynamic, and diverse faculty all of whom take great pride in the fellowship. They are all involved in day-to-day teaching of the fellows and are always willing to educate and impart their knowledge and experience. They have a variety of backgrounds, interests, and training: you can guarantee that for every condition there will be a faculty member with a special interest or unique experience in that field.

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A word from our Program Director, Dr. Jonathan Zaroff:
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive, stimulating educational and research experience to prepare our Cardiology Fellows as highly competent clinical cardiologists and clinical researchers. 

Our environment, Kaiser San Francisco Medical Center, is one of the largest cardiovascular centers in California, serving the cardiac needs of 4.2 million members in Northern California.  Our sister hospital, Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center, provides comprehensive training in Advanced Heart Failure and Electrophysiology.  The Kaiser Division of Research Investigators produce leading cardiovascular epidemiological science and participate in the research mentoring of our fellows.

Our culture prioritizes activities for the fellows which are educational.  We have a uniquely collegial group of physicians and we welcome our fellows with warmth and enthusiasm.  We are family friendly and value diversity in all forms.

Our medicine is fully integrated at every level (physicians, insurance, hospital, pharmacy) and our fellows train in a health care system which represents the aspirational model for health care in the United States.

Research Faculty

Below is a list of our extended faculty who are vital to the successful running of our program.

Faculty Name Department
Kimberly Lau RN Pacemaker Clinic Supervisor
Cardiac Nurse Practitioner
Colleen Creamer RN Congestive Heart Failure, Prevention Rehab
Out-patient CHF Manager
Lyubov Levine PharmD Congestive Heart Failure, Prevention Rehab
Out-patient CHF Manager
Doris Kuang RN Congestive Heart Failure, Prevention Rehab
In-patient CHF Manager
Norma Chow MS Cardiovascular Genetics
Department of Medical Genetics
James Hood MD Cardiac Surgery CV Surgery Fellows
Department of Cardiothoracic Surg
Jay Labourene MD Cardiac Surgery CV-ICU Supervisor
Department of Cardiothoracic Surg
Susan S Tang MD Nuclear Cardiology
Nuclear Medicine
Nai Chen PhD MD Nuclear Cardiology
Chief of Nuclear Medicine
Hong T Hua MD Vascular Medicine Supervisor
Chief of Vascular Surgery

Faculty Outside KP San Francisco

Faculty Name Department
Charlie Young MD Electrophysiology at Santa Clara
Leonard K Chen MD Electrophysiology at Santa Clara
Jennifer Han MD Electrophysiology at Santa Clara
Robert Cooper MD CCL Mentor, Oakland KPMC
Garwood Gee MD CCL Mentor, Oakland KPMC
William Waibel MD CCL Mentor, Walnut Creek KPMC
Sushil Karmarkar MD CCL Mentor, Walnut Creek KPMC
Kourosh Mastali MD CCL Mentor, Vallejo KPMC
Scott H Yang PhD MD Cardiac MR, Santa Rosa
Navid Shafaee MD Cardiac MR, Santa Rosa
Hemal Parekh MD Heart Failure and Transplant at Santa Clara
Dana Weisshaar MD Heart Failure and Transplant at Santa Clara
Xiushui M Ren MD Echocardio, TAVR, Research, Redwood City
Dorinna D Mendoza MD Advanced Imaging and cMR, Oakland
Samir R Thadani MD Echocardiography, South San Francisco