Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship: Current Fellows

Meet Our Cardiovascular Disease Fellows

 

PGY-4

Michelle Carlson Bio PhotoDr. Michelle Carlson received her MD from University of Minnesota Medical School in 2010. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the same institution, serving as a chief resident at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center in her final year. Her interests include heart failure, echocardiography, and international medicine. Dr. Carlson joined the cardiovascular disease fellowship program at Hennepin County Medical Center and Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2014.
Benjamin Johnson Bio PhotoDr. Benjamin Johnson received his MD from the University of Minnesota in 2011. He did his Internal Medicine residency training at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. His interests include improving patient follow-up after ST-elevation myocardial infarction and ischemic mitral valve disease. Dr. Johnson joined the cardiovascular disease fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center and Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2014.
 

PGY-5

Sarah Thordsen Bio Photo Dr. Sarah Thordsen received her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2010. She did her residency in Internal Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center. Her clinical research has focused on cardiac troponin, type 2 myocardial infarction and the relationship between chronic kidney disease and atrial fibrillation. Her interests include the care of patients with adult congenital heart disease and heart disease and pregnancy. Dr. Thordsen joined the cardiovascular disease fellowship program at Hennepin County Medical Center and Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2013.

 

Yader Sandoval Bio PhotoDr. Yader Sandoval received his MD from UCIMED medical school in Costa Rica. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN where he was recognized for "outstanding teaching in medical education and patient care" with the Morris Davidman Resident Teaching Award. During his residency Dr. Sandoval engaged in research studying the use of cardiac troponin in myocardial infarction. His medical research career includes collaborations at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the field of perioperative myocardial ischemia, as well as ongoing endeavors with the Cardiac Biomarker Trials Laboratory at the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation focused in the use of cardiac troponin. He has several ongoing research projects at both Hennepin County Medical Center and the Minneapolis Heart Institute. His research has been presented at multiple national conferences and includes several publications in recognized peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Sandoval joined the cardiovascular disease fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center and Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2013.
 

PGY-6

Hasan Amatul Bio PhotoDr. Amatul Hasan received her MBBS from King's College, University of London, England. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California where she was involved in research related to caffeine and arrhythmias. She spent the year after residency working as a hospitalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. During fellowship, she has been involved in the Heart of New Ulm (HONU) project. Her current research project is focused on the echocardiographic assessment of intracardiac thrombi. Dr. Hasan joined the cardiovascular disease fellowship program at Hennepin County Medical Center and Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2012.

Ankur Kalra Informal PhotoDr. Ankur Kalra received his MBBS from Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla, India in 2006. He did residencies in Internal Medicine at the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India and University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (UMDNJ)-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, NJ. He received his board certifications in Internal Medicine in 2012, from the American Board of Internal Medicine, and in Adult Echocardiography in 2014, from the National Board of Echocardiography. His research interests include cardiovascular hemodynamics, cardiomyopathies and sudden cardiac death. He has also worked at collaborating US and Indian physicians in critical care medicine through a working group he has co-founded with his colleagues in critical care medicine, the Critical Care Working Group. Director of the Barry J. Maron Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center in New Delhi, India, he is currently working with Dr. Barry J. Maron, an international expert in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, to improve quality of care for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients in India. Dr. Kalra has presented over 25 abstracts at national and international scientific sessions, and published over 25 manuscripts in various peer-reviewed journals. An aspiring interventional cardiologist, Dr. Kalra will begin his interventional cardiology training in 2015 at Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. His long-term career goals are to establish a robust ST-elevation myocardial infarction care network in his home city, New Delhi, India. Currently the chief cardiology fellow, Dr. Kalra joined the cardiovascular disease fellowship program at Hennepin County Medical Center and Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2012.

 

Graduates

Hemal Kadakia Bio PhotoDr. Hemal Kadakia received his MBBS from India. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York. Dr. Kadakia worked as a cardiology hospitalist in a variety of academic settings, and joined the cardiovascular disease fellowship program at Hennepin County Medical Center and Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2011, after completing advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation fellowship at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. He graduated in 2014, and was accepted for electrophysiology fellowship at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Kadakia is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has special interests in the management of atrial fibrillation and chronic refractory angina.
Louis Kohl Bio PhotoDr. Louis Kohl graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2006 and subsequently completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco. After graduation, Dr. Kohl worked as a staff physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Dr. Kohl joined the cardiovascular disease fellowship program at Hennepin County Medical Center and Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2011, and was elected the chief cardiology fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year. He graduated in 2014, and was accepted for interventional cardiology fellowship at Duke University in Durham, NC. Dr. Kohl is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has special interests in interventional cardiology, cardiac critical care, echocardiography and cardiac CT.