The Cardiovascular Center at Boston Medical Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services for a full range of cardiac diseases and conditions, with expertise in interventional cardiology, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy (heart failure), arrhythmia, non-invasive imaging and preventive cardiology. The Center’s multidisciplinary team is committed to providing clinical excellence, innovation and compassionate patient care.

We are nationally recognized for our interventional procedures, including balloon angioplasty and stents, but we know that the best medicine is preventive medicine. Thus, we offer a variety of medically supervised exercise and lifestyle-modification programs to help people prone to heart disease lower their risk through physical activity and nutritional counseling. These programs include the Cardiovascular Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation Program, the Exercise Training Consultation Program, the Lipid Program, and the Smoking Cessation Program.

The Vascular Center at Boston Medical Center offers treatment for a variety of peripheral vascular diseases, venous diseases, sasospastic diseases and lymphedema.

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Specialty Clinics

Amyloidosis Center

Boston Medical Center is an international referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of amyloidosis, a rare group of diseases caused by the abnormal accumulation of the protein amyloid in various parts of the body. This can occur as part of a bone marrow plasma cell disorder (AL), as a hereditary form (AF), an age-related form (senile systemic amyloidosis due to ATTR), or secondary to chronic inflammatory or infectious diseases (AA).

Arrhythmia Center

The Arrhythmia Center at Boston Medical Center has specially trained electrophysiologists on staff equipped to diagnose and treat all types heart arrhythmias.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Program offers a wide range of services for people who have, or are at risk for developing, heart disease. Patients who have recently had a heart attack, coronary artery disease, valve repair/replacement, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, coronary angioplasty, stent or heart transplant may all benefit from cardiac rehabilitation at Boston Medical Center.

Cardiac Surgery

BMC has provided outstanding cardiac surgical care for more than 70 years. As one of the first cardiac surgery departments in the United States, we continue to build on that history of excellence every day. Our multidisciplinary team works with your cardiologist, cardiac nurses, other BMC specialists, and – most importantly – you and your family to provide the highest quality care and ensure the best possible outcome.

Thoracic Oncology (Cancer)

The Boston Medical Center Thoracic Oncology department evaluates patients with all types of thoracic cancers. 

Vascular Center

When the diagnosis of peripheral vascular disease is made and treatment is needed, the Vascular Center at Boston Medical Center offers comprehensive care including minimally invasive techniques through one of the most advanced multidisciplinary teams of specialists in the region

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery provides state-of-the-art surgical services and medical care for patients with vascular disease. Our vascular surgeons deliver high-quality care with a combination of medical therapies, cutting edge minimally-invasive techniques and complex open surgery.

Diagnostics and Tests

The Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Laboratories at Boston Medical Center offer state-of-the-art diagnostic testing for heart and vascular conditions such as arrhythmias, heart failure, coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, congestive heart failure, hypertension, and more. Offered testing include Stress Testing, Echocardiography, Vascular Diagnostic Testing, and Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging. Each area is supervised by cardiovascular experts and staffed by highly skilled exercise physiologists, sonographers and technicians.


Echocardiography, also called a cardiac echo or echo, is a sonogram of the heart. Echocardiography uses two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and Doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart.

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Stress Test

A stress test is used to gain more information about how your heart functions during exercise. Your physician will monitor your heartbeat and blood flow as you walk on a treadmill, and will then be able to diagnose any problems as well as plan treatment.

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Vascular Diagnostic Testing

Vascular diagnostic testing is the processes of looking at a person’s blood flow.  Oxygenated blood flows from the heart to the body through arteries, and once deoxygenated, is returned to the heart by veins.  Arteries and veins make up a person’s venous, or vascular testing.

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Advanced Cardiac Imaging

BMC's Advanced Cardiac Imaging Program (ACIP) is a collaboration between the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Department of Radiology. Working together, physicians bring expertise in cardiovascular patient care as well as in-depth knowledge of imaging techniques.

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Cardiac MRI

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to create a clear and concise image of a patient’s heart in motion, without using x-ray radiation. It is used to detect or monitor heart problems such as infections or inflammatory conditions, coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, or to evaluate the effects of surgery. An MRI is also commonly used to clarify unclear findings from echocardiography.

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Cardiac CT

Cardiac computed tomography (Cardiac CT) is an x-ray test that physicians use to take clear and detailed pictures of the heart. Cardiac CT is used to help detect or evaluate problems such as coronary heart disease, calcium buildup, pulmonary embolism, aneurysms, and dissections. It is sometimes used in patients who obtained unclear results from a previous stress test. Cardiac CT will likely not be used as a screening test in patients with no symptoms because of long-term radiation exposure concerns and lack of proven benefit.

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Cardiac PET

Cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear imaging test that uses radioactive tracers to produce detailed pictures of the heart. PET scans are typically used to look for poor blood flow in the heart, to assess damage due to heart attack, or to diagnose coronary artery disease. A PET scan is also commonly used to clarify unclear findings from other heart tests, such as echocardiography or stress test. Unlike MRI and CT, a PET scan gives more information about how organs and tissues are working.

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Our Team

Eric H Awtry, MD

Director; Education
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

General clinical cardiology; Preoperative cardiac evaluation; Valvular heart disease

Nir Ayalon, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School Of Medicine

Special Interests

Interventional Cardiology, Heart Failure, Pulmonary Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis and Valvular Heart Disease, Structural Heart Disease

Gary J Balady, MD

Director, Non Invasive Cardiovascular Labs and Preventive Cardiology; Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

general cardiology, preventive cardiology, lipid clinic, cardiac rehabilitation, non-invasive cardiology

Sheilah A Bernard, MD

Director, Ambulatory Cardiovascular Services; Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Valvular heart disease, Ischemic heart disease, Pregnancy and heart disease, Echocardiography, Heart Failure

Alice K Jacobs, MD

Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Interventional cardiology; Women and heart disease

Michael D Klein, MD

Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Coronary heart disease; Heart failure; Cardiac arrhythmias

Gene F Kwan, MD, MPH

Instructor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Cardiology, Vascular medicine, Echocardiography

Ravi M Lala, MD

Instructor in Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Cardiovascular disease; Echocardiography

Hans K Meier-Ewert, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Failure, Atrial fibrillation, Heart Valve conditions, Chest discomfort

Zoran S Nedeljkovic, MD

Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Interventional cardiology

Ashvin N Pande, MD

Director of Invasive Cardiology; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Interventional cardiology, Structural Heart Disease, Transcatheter Valve Replacement, ASD/PFO, Vascular Medicine, Peripheral Vascular Interventions.

Shivda Pandey, MD

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Special Interests

General Cardiology, Non-invasive cardiology, Valvular heart disease, Coronary artery disease, Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Failure

Frederick L Ruberg, MD

Director, Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Program Associate Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Cardiac amyloidosis, Cardiac imaging: MRI, CT, echo, Cardiac sarcoidosis, Ischemic heart disease, Valvular heart disease

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Residency and Fellowship Information

The Cardiovascular Center at Boston Medical Center is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. BMC is committed to serving patients within the community and region through service, quality, and innovation. The education of medical students and residents is an integral part of daily activity at BMC. The faculty are dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge and discovery through healthcare related research from the most basic to the most applied. BMC is keenly aware that the ultimate fruits of our excellence in caring, teaching, and discovery is the betterment of mankind.