PHYSICIANS

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AFFILIATIONS

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TREATMENTS

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SPECIALTIES

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CONDITIONS

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PATIENT RESOURCES

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In the News

 

Achieving our Mission.

Everyday, CCP works hard to fulfill our mission.

The Mission of CCP is to improve the health of our patients through the provision of the most comprehensive cardiovascular care, research, and education possible. We strive to continuously advance our relevant knowledge in order to improve the service we provide to our patients, referring physicians and community.

Here you will see examples of CCP's efforts to live up to our mission:

 
 

Dr. Nicholas Vaganos appointed Chief Medical Officer!

CCP is please to annouce that Nicholas Vaganos, M.D., F.A.C.C. has been appointed as Chief Medical Officer. As Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vaganos will provide clinical leadership for CCP office locations designed to improve quality of care and better patient outcomes as the practice transitions into value-based medicine.

Read the full press release here!

Dr. Scott Fredd speaks to Norristown Times Herald about "Stepping into Spring with Heart Healthy Tips"!

Read the full article here!

Welcome to our new physicians: Dr. Howard Gitter, Dr. Samuel Ruby, and Dr. Aymen Alrez!

CCP, America’s largest independent cardiac care practice is pleased to announce that effective February 1, 2017, the practice of Drs. Samuel Ruby, Howard Gitter, and Aymen Alrez have officially become a part of Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia.  CCP is proud to welcome Drs. Ruby, Gitter, and Alrez to our team.

To view our full press release, click here!

Dr. Veronica Covalesky speaks to KYW-News Radio about eating a heart healthy diet for a healthy New Year!

Dr. Veronica Covalesky spoke to KYW-News Radio as part of the Center City District's Resturant Week! Dr. Covalesky participated in cooking demonstrations with local chefs to promote heart healthy eating in the New Year.

To listen to Dr. Covalesky's interview with KYW-News Radio, click here!

Dr. Muhammad Raza named Medical Director of Crozer Chester Medical Center Catheterization Laboratory

Dr. Muhammad Raza is now the medical director of the catheterization laboratory at Crozer Chester Medical Center. Dr. Raza specializes in performing sophisticated, minimally invasive and interventional procedures that offer significantly shorter recovery times, less scarring, and promising outcomes with reduced risk of complications.  As a Board Certified Inverventional Cardiologist, Dr. Raza will bring his unique skillset and great leadership to the Crozer Chester Medical Center catheterization lab.  Please join CCP in congratulating Dr. Raza on this appointment.

Dr. Nirav Mehta speaks to U.S. News and World Report about Music and your Heart

Dr. Mehta spoke with U.S. News and World report about how music can improve you heart health.

Dr. Mehta says, "Music has been shown to decrease adrenaline and cortisol release, i.e. release of stress hormones.  The physiologic result is a decrease in heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate in the near term and a decrease in blood sugar and inflammation over the long term.  For patients with heart disease (e.g. a prior heart attack, arrhythmias, hypertension, or a history of congestive heart failure due to decreased heart muscle function) the effects of music therapy may be likened to those achieved by administration of certain medications used to treat or prevent cardiovascular events.  The positive effects of music therapy, therefore, lie in its ability of reducing the risk of recurrent cardiac events such as the risk for having another heart attack, hospitalization for acute heart failure or recurrent episodes of arrhythmia."

To read the full article click here

Dr. Mark Victor awarded 2016 Health Care Innovator Award by Philadelphia Business Journal

Dr. Mark Victor, CEO and practicing physician for Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia, was a winner of Philadelphia Business Journal's 2016 Health Care Innovator Award.  Dr. Victor was selected from health care professionals across the industry including hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and other life science organizations.  The award is given to individuals who are leaders in creating new ideas, the companies who develop new innovations, and the products that are instituted.

Under Dr. Victor's leadership, CCP has been at the forefront of medical technologies including being an early adopter of electronic medical records.  CCP has remained independent despite the growing trend of private practices being sold to health systems.  Dr. Victor has helped lead CCP into the changing healthcare environment; embracing pay-for-performance and bundled payments.  Through Dr. Victor's guidance, CCP is able to collaborate with third party payors, health systems, and private organizations to improve public health, reduce hospital readmissions, and facilitate the financial shift from a fee-for-services infratsture to a system that pays based on qualty care and efficient care delivey.

The CCP community congratulates Dr. Victor on this award!

Dr. Kimberly Campbell speaks on Women's Heart Disease

Dr. Kimberly Campbell recently spoke to Crozer-Keystone Health System about heart disease in women. In this video she explains how women are affected by heart disease differently than men.

To View the Full Video: Click Here

CCP Opens Vein Clinic in South Philadelphia, the 3rd for the practice

America’s largest independent cardiac care practice has expanded its vein clinic practice and opened a new facility in South Philadelphia at 1703. S Broad Street. The clinic offers radiofrequency ablation to o patients suffering from veinous insufficiency and other venous disorders. Radiofrequency ablation is a non-invasive treatment for venous insufficiency and varicose veins.  In the procedure, a thin catheter is inserted into the afflicted vein through the skin.  The catheter emits radio waves which heat the specific areas of the vein and cause it to close down, therein treating the venous insufficiency and/or varicose veins.

Dr. Daniel McCormick, DO, FACC, FSCAI, says of the new opening, “The new innovative vein laboratory at 1703 South Broad Street will allow access to comprehensive, diagnostic and therapeutic vein procedures for patients suffering one of the most common and disabling clinical disorders. This will represent a tremendous resource to patients with varicose veins, chronic leg swelling, and other disfiguring venous conditions.”

To view the full press release: CLICK HERE

CCP Receives American Academy of Sleep Medicine Accredidation

Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia in Philadelphia recently received accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for its home sleep apnea testing (HSAT) program.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia on meeting the high standards required to receive home sleep apnea testing accreditation,” said Dr. Ronald D. Chervin, AASM president. “Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

To receive HSAT accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. 

To read the full press release: CLICK HERE

CCP Selected to participate in new national initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes

Today, Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia, PC has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of 516 awardees in 47 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes among millions of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. Health care practitioners, such as Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia, participating in the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model will work to decrease cardiovascular disease risk by assessing an individual patient’s risk for heart attack or stroke and applying prevention interventions.

To read the full press release: CLICK HERE

For additional information about the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Model, including a fact sheet and a list of participants, please visit:  https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Million-Hearts-CVDRRM/.

CCP AWARDED PLATINUM PRACTICE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia demonstrated a platinum benchmark within the PINNACLE Registry’s nationally recognized performance metric (PINN-161) for the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation patients who are at an increased rate of stroke in 2015 Q1.

Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia is one of only 36 practices nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia’s commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of care for patients with atrial fibrillation who are at an increased risk of stroke. Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to higher standard levels of care.

“The American College of Cardiology is committed to heart disease patients receiving the best possible care and is proud to recognize Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia for raising the bar in providing the highest standards of care for their patients,” said ACC President Kim Allan Williams, M.D., FACC.

To receive the PINNACLE Registry’s Platinum Practice Center of Excellence award, Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia demonstrated a platinum benchmark on the nationally recognized atrial fibrillation metric. Full participation in the registry engages practices in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence.

To view the full press release: CLICK HERE

For more information about the PINNACLE registry go to ACC.org/PINNACLE

CCP Physician Dean Karalis, MD FACC, FNLA named President of the Northeast Lipid Association of the National Lipid Association

Dean G. Karalis, MD, FACC, FNLA, director of Preventive Cardiology, at PAH, and a clinical professor of Medicine at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, has been named the president of the Northeast Lipid Association of the National Lipid Association (NLA), and takes office in May 2016.

The NLA consists of a total of five regional chapters representing more than 3,500 members from the U.S. It is a multidisciplinary specialty society including physicians, allied health clinicians, researchers, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and dietitians.

The NLA was formed in 2000 to promote the specialization of clinical lipidology, a fairly young yet rapidly growing integrative branch of medicine focusing on lipids (molecules of fats, oils, waxes, some vitamins, and hormones), their metabolism and associated disorders.

Associated disorders such as heart attack and stroke account for approximately one-third of all deaths in the U.S. “Lipid management, involving lifestyle, dietary and pharmacologic interventions, has shown to be a most effective way to treat cardiovascular disease. Yet the number of specialists with expertise in lipid management is lacking in proportion to the number of patients facing cardiovascular and metabolic disorders,” said Daniel J. McCormick, DO, FACC, FSCAI, a fellow CCP physician.

Please join CCP as we congratulate Dr. Karalis on this appointment!

To read more about the NLA, visit: http://www.lipid.org

CCP PHYSICIANS AWARDED TOP DOCTORS BY MAIN LINE TODAY FOR BEST OF THE MAIN LINE

CCP congratulates our physicians on the Main Line who were awarded Top Doctor in Cardiology for Main Line Today's Best of the Main Line! We are proud to have the best of the best caring for our patients every day!

Congratulations to:

  • Ancil Jones
  • Herman Movsowitz
  • Kevin Shinal
  • Leo Podolsky
  • Michael Adesman
  • Nicholas Vaganos
  • Richard Tucci
  • Robert Belasco - Top Cardiovascular Disease Specialist
  • Rose Lee
  • Roselle Mesmer
  • Steven LaPorte
  • Timothy Boyek
  • W. Clay Warnick
  • H. Barry Raff
  • Kimberley Campbell
  • Nirav Mehta
  • Richard Schott
  • Edward Margargee

DOCTOR DAVID KLEINMEN SPEAKS ON IMPLANTED CARDIAC MONITORING

Dr. David Kleinmen recently spoke to Crozer-Keystone Health System about implanted cardiac monitoring.  In this video he explains how an insertable cardiac monitor may benefit those who suffer from unexplained episodes of fainting or other cardiovascuar conditions, such as stroke, atrial fibrillation, or seizures.

To view the full video: CLICK HERE