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9/23/11

UT Medical Group Expands Interventional Cardiology Services

New Doctors Bring Expertise in Percutaneous Procedures and Valve Repair

Memphis, Tennessee (September 23, 2011) – UT Medical Group, Inc.

Dr. Shadwan Alsafwah specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic heart and vascular diseases, with subspecialty interest in coronary and peripheral interventions. He comes to UTMG from Arizona, where he maintained a private practice. Alsafwah completed his internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He went on to complete fellowship training in heart failure/cardiac transplantation at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also served as clinical assistant professor of medicine. Alsafwah furthered his training with a cardiology fellowship at the UT Health Science Center, followed by an interventional cardiology fellowship at Michigan State University/Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He holds subspecialty certification in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology from the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board certified in endovascular medicine by the American Board of Vascular Medicine. He is also certified by the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. Alsafwah is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and serves as assistant professor of medicine at the UT Health Science Center.

Dr. Uzoma Ibebuogu comes to UTMG from Los Angeles, where he recently completed fellowship training in interventional cardiology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He brings expertise in structural heart disease interventions, including aortic valvuloplasty, percutaneous aortic valve implantation, closure of heart defects such as PFO, ASD and VSD, as well as the MitraClip® percutaneous procedure—a minimally invasive procedure for treating patients with severe mitral regurgitation. Ibebuogu also brings expertise in the transradial artery approach to percutaneous coronary intervention, which has been shown to reduce bleeding, vascular complications and length of hospital stay after coronary interventions. Ibebuogu completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship training at the Georgia Health Sciences University, formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty certification in cardiovascular disease. He is also board certified in Nuclear Cardiology. Ibebuogu is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and serves as assistant professor of medicine at the UT Health Science Center.

Both doctors care for patients at UT Medical Group’s offices in the Memphis Medical Center at 1325 Eastmoreland Avenue, Suite 365.