Department of Internal Medicine

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Cardiovascular Fellowship group
Wright State University’s medical community is uniquely positioned to provide a cardiovascular medicine training program with clinical and academic excellence. Wright State University cardiology faculty provide care for all levels of cardiac patients, from stable congestive heart failure and ischemic heart disease to decompensated critically ill patients with acute myocardial infarctions and complicated valvular diseases or cardiomyopathies. The four hospitals comprising training sites for cardiovascular fellows provide a wealth of clinical material, including patients of all complexities with age, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity.

Both community hospital sites, Good Samaritan Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital, have been recognized for clinical excellence. In cardiac electrophysiology, fellows will have exposure to all forms of device therapy, radiofrequency ablations and CT reconstruction for cardiovascular anatomy to guide ablative therapies. There are very active cardiovascular surgery programs managing a wide variety of valvular diseases, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and congenital heart disease. There is also a very active peripheral vascular interventional program.

Good Samaritan Hospital has received a five-star rating from HealthGrades for the fourth year in a row for myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and vascular surgery, the latter being ranked best in the state of Ohio. HealthGrades has also ranked Miami Valley Hospital’s cardiac program among the top five hospitals in Ohio and top 5 percent in the United States for overall cardiac services, cardiology services and coronary interventional procedures for the fourth year in a row. Miami Valley Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center, bringing in patients of exceeding complexity through a several-county helicopter service. There is also a very active high-risk obstetrics/perinatology program caring for women with congenital heart disease who go through pregnancy and delivery with consultation by the cardiology service.

The Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center provides care to a large number of elderly veterans with congestive heart failure and peripheral vascular disorders in the setting of multisytem disease. The patient population at Wright-Patterson Medical Center (WPMC) includes both active duty and retired military personnel and dependents, addressing a variety of acute and chronic cardiovascular disorders.

The Cardiovascular Fellowship at Wright State University is fully accredited by the ACGME (program #1413812294), and is three years in duration. Cardiovascular fellows are involved in multiple, ongoing research projects and publications with faculty during their tenure. Fellows sit for the American College of Cardiology In-Training Exam each year of their fellowship.

Qualified fellowship candidates must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Interviews are scheduled by invitation in September or October. Fellowship positions are filled through the match (NRMP).


Core Rotations

Clinical rotations

In concordance with the ACGME requirements for cardiovascular disease fellowship training guidelines, the core clinical rotations are spread over the first two years of training. The third year of training is geared towards subspecialty and elective training.

Each fellow will rotate through three main sites (Good Samaritan Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital, and the Dayton VA Medical Center) during his/her fellowship training. These rotations comprise critical care/coronary care unit rotations (two blocks), clinical telemetry (two blocks), clinical consult (four blocks), resident-cardiology consult service (two blocks) and congestive heart failure/device implantation service (two blocks).

During nonlaboratory clinical rotations, the fellows are expected to perform different types of procedures (cardiac catheterization, trans-esophageal echocardiograms, temporary pacemaker insertions, cardioversions and pericardiocentesis).

Noninvasive imaging rotations

Noninvasive imaging rotations include echocardiography rotations (five blocks), nuclear imaging rotations (six blocks) and one block of advanced imaging rotation (Cardiac CT and MR).

Procedural rotations

Electrophysiology rotations include two blocks of clinical electrophysiology in addition to the two blocks of device implantation consult service and eight blocks of core cardiac catheterization laboratory rotations.

There are some differences in our fellowship procedural experience as compared to the national average. There will be no competition during the procedural blocks as there will be only one fellow scheduled for that particular rotation.

Elective rotations

There are four blocks of electives. Three blocks are dedicated for research and one is an away elective. Each fellow should have his/her own research study carried out at one or more of our training sites. The fellows will have some educational funds reserved for research activities for those who are presenting at national or international meetings (travel and accommodation expenses, statistical analysis and poster printing services).

Continuity clinics

For the outpatient clinical experience, each fellow will spend half a day in the general cardiology clinic at the Dayton VA Medical Center on a weekly basis for the first two years. In the last year of training, the fellows will do six months of electrophysiology cardiology clinic and six months of interventional cardiology clinic services at Good Samaritan North outpatient center.

Sample Rotation Schedule*


Start Dates




Block 1





Block 2





Block 3




VA Cath

Block 4





Block 5




MVH Echo

Block 6




GSH -Cath

Block 7


VA Cath

MVH Tele


Block 8



VA CHF/ Device

MVH Cath

Block 9





Block 10


MVH Tele



Block 11





Block 12





Block 13



VA CHF/ Device


*Participating hospitals:
  • Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
  • Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH)
  • Miami Valley Hospital (MVH)
  • Wright-Patterson Medical Center (WPMC)

Sample Conference Schedule

Day A.M. P.M.
Monday EKG/Echo Series VA Conference
Tuesday   Research Conference*
Wednesday   CTS/Cards Conference
Thursday Didactic  
Friday Board Review/EP Series MVH Imaging*

* Monthly Research Conference
* Monthly Miami Valley Hospital Imaging Conference
Monthly M&M — Last Thursday of every month
Monthly Weinberg Lecture Series at Dayton/Moraine Country Club
Quarterly Journal Club

There will be also simulation training on artificial models designed for cardiac catheterization, trans-esophageal echocardiogram, temporary pacer insertion, and echocardiographic-guided pericardiocentesis procedures.

There will be also annual cardiac dissection seminar carried out at GSH medical education building.



Abdul Wase, M.D.
Abdul Wase, M.D., FACP, FACC

Fellowship Program Director
Director, Electrophysiology Laboratories
Clinical Professor
Internal Medicine Residency: Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Ill.
Cardiology Fellowship: Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Ill
Electrophysiology Fellowship: Sinai Samaritan Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Ajay Agarwal, M.D.
Ajay Agarwal, M.D., FACC

Associate Professor
Fellowship Site Director, Dayton VA Medical Center
Cardiology Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City, N.Y.

George Broderick, M.D.
George T. Broderick, M.D., FACP, FACC

Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and Cardiology Service
Clinical Associate Professor
Internal Medicine Residency: Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
Cardiology Fellowship: University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

Joseph Malone, M.D.
Joseph P. Malone, M.D., FACC

Clinical Associate Professor
Internal Medicine Residency: Metro Health Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Cardiology Fellowship: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Timothy Markus, M.D.
Timothy D. Markus, M.D., FACC

Clinical Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine Residency: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

James Pacenta, M.D.
James M. Pacenta, M.D., FACC

Clinical Associate Professor
Internal Medicine Residency: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Cardiology Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Penn.

Stephen Schreck, M.D.
Stephen C. Schreck, M.D., FACC

Clinical Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine Residency: Miami Valley Hospital
Cardiology Fellowship: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Penn.

Bal K. Srivastava, M.D.,
Bal K. Srivastava, M.D., FACC

Clinical Associate Professor
Internal Medicine Residency: Bridgeport Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.
Cardiology Fellowship: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio

Bryan White, M.D.,
Bryan White, M.D., FACC
Assistant Professor
Chief of Cardiology, Wright-Patterson Medical Center
Internal Medicine Residency: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Cardiology Fellowship: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio


2017-18 Fellows


F3 Fellows

Thomas Vacek, M.D.

Thomas Vacek, M.D.

Internal Medicine Residency, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio



Muhanad al-Zubaidi

Muhanad Al-Zubaidi, M.B.Ch.B.
Internal Medicine Residency, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, Ariz.




F2 Fellows

Theresa Ratajczak

Theresa Ratajczak, M.D.
Internal Medicine Residency, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine



F1 Fellows

Mohammed Abdulrazzaq, M.B.Ch.B.
Internal Medicine Residency, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

F1 Fellow

Samira Bahrainy, M.D.
Internal Medicine Residency, Stonybrook University Hospital, Stonybrook, NY




Umbreen Hussein, M.D.
Internal Medicine Residency, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

WSU Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Graduates



Omair Ali (2016) Vanderbilt University—Advanced Heart Failure
Abrar Sayeed (2016) Private Practice, Indiana

Ali Abdul Jabbar (2015)

University of Toledo—Interventional Cardiology

Muddasir Mehmood (2015)

Allegheny General Hospital—Heart Failure & Transplantation

Vamsi Garikapati (2014)

The Ohio State University—Electrophysiology

Omar Mufti (2014)

University of Connecticut—Interventional Cardiology


Last edited on 12/22/2017.