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Our Heart Failure Team

A highly skilled multidisciplinary team of specialists coordinates care for our heart failure patients. These physicians, surgeons and nurses are devoted to the medical, surgical and emotional needs of patients with heart failure. This dedication makes a difference. All of our patients have access to specially trained heart failure nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Nir Uriel, MD
Director, Heart Failure, Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support

Gene H. Kim, MD

Gabriel Sayer, MD

Nitasha Sarswat, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Valluvan Jeevanandam, MD
Chief, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

Takeyoshi Ota, MD, PhD
Assistant Director, Center for Aortic Diseases

Nurse Coordinators

Heart Failure

Elinar Lowry, PhD, RN, CHFN

Barbara Valentine-Bates, RN, MSN

Ventricular Assist Devices

Whayoun Lee, APN

Colleen Juricek, RN, BSN

Viktoriya Kagan, APN

Holly Ruedlinger, APN


Catherine Murks, Phd, APN

Tiana Riley, MSN,RN,ACNP-BC

Meaghan Riley, RN, BSN

Jelista Legarreta, RN, BSN

Additional team members include:

  • Social workers
  • Pharmacist
  • Nutritionist