Cardiac Surgeons, Cardiologists, Electrophysiologists and Other Heart and Vascular Staff

The Heart and Vascular staff at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin is a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists and others who are committed to putting specialty expertise at the service of patients and their families.

Physicians and Surgeons

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As members of an academic medical center, Heart and Vascular Center physicians are involved in leading edge research and teaching tomorrow’s doctors the latest treatment techniques and best practices. Multidisciplinary teams of cardiologists, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists and cardiac surgeons work together to focus on providing patients with the best possible treatment options. Included here is a list of physician teams working together by program specialty. A list of heart and vascular physicians by discipline follows.

Physician Teams by Specialty Program

One of the best advantages for patients of the Heart and Vascular Center at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin is the multidisciplinary approach to care. This approach gathers experts from many disciplines who specialize in a program area. Follow the links for a list of physicians dedicated to a specific specialty program.

Heart and Vascular Physicians by Discipline

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Cardiology

Peter J. Bartz, MD
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Cardiologist

Scott Cohen, MD
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Cardiologist

Michael G. Earing, MD
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Cardiologist
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program Director

Joshua Meskin, MD
Cardiologist

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Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Michael Cinquegrani, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
Director, Heart and Vascular Service Line
Cardiovascular Medicine

Nunzio Gaglianello, MD
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist

Ryan Grayburn, DO
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist

Heart Transplant Coordinators
Kristen Dwyer, BSN, RN
David Schuster, BSN, RN

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Cardiac Surgery

Michael E. Mitchell, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon (Pediatric)

James S. Tweddell, MD
Cardiac Surgeon
Chief and Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Zahir Rashid, MD
Cardiac Surgeon

Ronald K. Woods, MD, PhD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon (Pediatric)

Physician Assistants
Steve Blackburn, PA-C
Anna Ganju, PA-C
Mark Garnaas, PA-C
James Mangerson, PA-C
Brittany Price, PA-C
Emily Sandfort, PA-C

Nurse Practitioners 
Jessica Dlapa-Mahsem, APNP
Emily Ehrengren, APNP
Jessica Kurowski, APNP
Meg Shannon-Stone, APNP
Tim Sie, APNP
Trisha Wilcox, APNP

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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Ralph Galdieri, MD, FACC
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Mario Gasparri, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

George Haasler, MD, FACS, FACCP
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Section Chief, Adult General Thoracic Surgery

David Johnstone, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

R. Eric Lilly, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Robert McManus, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Daryl Pearlstein, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Zahir Rashid, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Charles Reuben, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Chris Rokkas, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Scott Schlidt, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Paul Seifert, MD, FACS
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Chris Stone, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Michael Swank, MD
Thoracic Surgeon

Electrophysiology

Electrophysiologists are cardiologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias) caused by problems with the heart’s electrical system.

Marcie Berger, MD
Electrophysiologist

Lee Biblo, MD 
Electrophysiologist

Evgueni Fayn, MD
Electrophysiologist

James Roth, MD 
Electrophysiologist

Jason Rubenstein, MD
Electrophysiologist

Dalip Singh, MD 
Electrophysiologist

Nurse Practitioners
Leah DeMares, APNP
Judy Fox, APNP

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General Cardiology

Byung-il William (Bill) Choi, MD
Cardiologist

Stacey Gardiner, MD
Cardiologist

Kiran Kashyap, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Cardiologist

James Kleczka, MD 
Cardiologist;
Medical Director, Cardiology Inpatient Services and CICU

James E. Macioch, DO 
Cardiologist

Catharine Malmsten, MD
Cardiologist

Linda Scaffidi, MD
Cardiologist

Richard A. Staudacher, MD
Cardiologist

Aimee Welsh, MD
Cardiologist

Nurse Practitioners
Christine Czarnecki, APNP
Jennifer Swift, APNP
Lana Zaharova, APNP

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Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiologists are trained in performing catheter-based (non-invasive) treatment of structural heart disease. Procedures include angioplasty, repair of congenital heart disease (e.g., valvuloplasty, ASD and PFO closures) and emergency angioplasty/stenting of blocked arteries for heart attack patients.

Michael Cinquegrani, MD
Interventional Cardiologist; 
Director, Heart and Vascular Service Line

Russell Dabrowski, MD
Interventional Cardiologist

Panayotis Fasseas, MD
Interventional Cardiologist

David S. Marks, MD 
Interventional Cardiologist;
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Michael J. Ptacin, MD 
Interventional Cardiologist

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Vascular Medicine

James Gosset, MD
Vascular Medicine Specialist

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Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgeons specialize in surgery of the arteries and veins, and treat disease of the peripheral vascular system (diseases of blood vessels beyond the heart and brain).

Kellie R. Brown, MD 
Vascular Surgeon

C.J. Lee, MD
Vascular Surgeon

Brian D. Lewis, MD
Vascular Surgeon

Michael J. Malinowski, MD
Vascular Surgeon

Peter J. Rossi, MD
Vascular Surgeon

Gary R. Seabrook, MD
Vascular Surgeon;
Chief, Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgery Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
Courtney Johnson, PA-C
Debra Lanza, APNP
Stephen Robischon, PA-C

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Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Vascular and interventional radiologists are physicians who interpret images (such as X-rays, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and CT) to guide catheters and other instruments through blood vessels to locate precise areas in the body. Various diagnostic and treatment procedures can be performed using this minimally invasive technique. Many of these procedures provide an alternative to traditional surgery.

Robert A. Hieb, MD 
Interventional Radiologist

Eric J. Hohenwalter, MD 
Interventional Radiologist

Parag Patel, MD
Interventional Radiologist

William S. Rilling, MD
Interventional Radiologist
Director, Vascular/Interventional Radiology

Sean M. Tutton, MD
Interventional Radiologist

Sarah White, MD
Interventional Radiologist

Interventional Radiology Nurse Practitioners
Anne Gelsthorpe, APNP
Jim Molnar, APNP
Lauren Schmidt, APNP

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Nurses and Medical Assistants

Heart and Vascular Center nurses and medical assistants bring significant experience and practical perspective to heart and vascular care at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. They work in close partnership with physicians to provide patients with the best health care available.

Lab Technologists

Our diagnostic laboratories are staffed by an experienced group of certified cardiac cath lab technologists, expert EKG technicians, registered sonographers and vascular and interventional radiology technologists.    Laboratory Leadership Tracy Ostoic – Echocardiography Laboratory Manager Bill Simpson – Catheterization Laboratory Manager Zach Timm – Director Vascular Services, Interventional Radiology, Vascular Lab

Therapists

People with heart and vascular problems can benefit from working with rehabilitation specialists. At the Heart and Vascular Center, patients have access to physical, occupational and respiratory therapists and certified exercise physiologists.

Other Support Staff

Our patients can rely on a team of support professionals for help with a variety of needs. The support staff includes registered dietitians, transplant coordinators, social workers, administrative assistants, patient schedulers, chaplains and psychologists.

Appointments

For heart & vascular services:

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Locations

Heart & Vascular Center, Froedtert Hospital 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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