Thank you for your interest in the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program at LSU Health Shreveport. Our program received accreditation from the ACGME to commence training in cardiology starting July, 1987. LSU Health Shreveport has a rich tradition of academic excellence, which we continue with the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship.

We have an excellent faculty with diverse backgrounds, who are dedicated to providing comprehensive training in evidence-based cardiac care. Our goal is to provide a training experience that keeps the trainees and their interests in mind. I am hopeful that changing times will bring more women into the field. In the spirit of the mission of program, the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship aims to enhance the healthcare and awareness of the people of Louisiana through education, service, and scholarship. We are very proud of our long journey and growth. We welcome formal applications to our program through ERAS.

Kalgi Modi, MD
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease & Interventional Cardiology Fellowships



Program Director:
Kalgi Modi, MD
(318) 675-5943

Associate Program Director:
Enrique Jimenez, MD
(318) 675-5943

Program Administrator:
Lucila Watkins
(318) 675-5943

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More than 90% of fellows who trained with us have achieved Board Certification in Cardiovascular Disease.



Mission and Overall Goal

The program prepares fellows for successful career in Cardiology, and is a stepping stone for specialization in the fields of Interventional cardiology, cardiac electrophysiology, adult congenital heart disease and cardiac imaging. Structured boot camps, simulation and daily conferences are part of our yearly curriculum. All our trainees have a full subscription to CardioSource, an online interactive educational resource. We foster our education with a dedicated research program. Trainees have an opportunity to present scientific work at regional and national meetings. This combination of educational and scientific inquiry, and patient-centered hands on learning, produces highly qualified cardiologists.

Our dedicated faculty supervise and teach cardiology fellows in cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories, cardiac intensive care unit, echocardiography laboratory, nuclear cardiology and ambulatory clinics. 


We believe the following elements are essential to the training of Cardiologists:

  • Education in a comprehensive cardiac care team model
  • Technical proficiency in performing safe invasive cardiovascular procedures
  • Stimulating environment of scientific inquiry -- valuing  mentorship and research-based, lifelong learning
  • Care for a medically underserved population and work alongside diverse health care team


Key Fellowship Program Faculty

Kalgi Modi, MD
Program Director

Amornpol Anuwatworn, MD

Paari Dominic, MD

Paari Dominic, MD

Tarek Helmy, MD

Elizabeth Mora Garzon, MD

George Mina, MD

George Mina, MD

Aristotelis Papayannis, MD

Phani Surapaneni, MD

The Fellowship Experience

Shreveport, situated in northwest Louisiana, embraces both South Louisiana culture and East Texas charm. People are naturally pretty informal and friendly. We celebrate life with music, food, and art festivals throughout the year. Shreveport is a comfortable, convenient city where you seldom have to pay to park your car and where commutes are always short. Those requiring a periodic “more urban fix” will find the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex three hours to the west on Interstate 20, with Houston and New Orleans just a little farther to the southwest and southeast.


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Dr. Katikaneni demonstrating heart monitor

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship