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California Heart Center Joins Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation

CHC MDs will also help lead Heart Institute

The California Heart Center, the cardiology group that developed the nation's largest heart transplant program, is joining the Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation, and its physicians will hold a variety of leadership roles within the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

The group, which has overseen the nation's largest heart transplant program at UCLA while in private practice for the past three decades, is led by Jon Kobashigawa, M.D. Dr. Kobashigawa is highly respected internationally for his clinical and research expertise in advanced heart failure and heart transplantation, and is the past president of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. He also leads a number of major multi-national clinical research studies.

"We are delighted to have the California Heart Center join the Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation, as they share our commitment to quality and to serving patients," said Thomas D. Gordon, Cedars-Sinai's senior vice president, Medical Delivery Network.

In a leadership role, Dr. Kobashigawa will serve as associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, and also as director of Advanced Heart Disease and director of the Heart Transplant Program.

Dr. Kobashigawa's colleagues in the California Heart Center will also have key roles with the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, as follows:

  • Jaime Moriguchi, M.D., medical director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program
  • Michele Hamilton, M.D., director, Heart Failure Program
  • Antoine Hage, M.D., director, Solid Organ Transplant Cardiology
  • Jignesh Patel, M.D., Ph.D., co-medical director, Heart Transplant Program
  • Michelle Kittleson, M.D., Ph.D., director, Post-Graduate Education in Heart Failure and Transplantation

An additional member of the group, Babak Azarbal, M.D., practices interventional cardiology with a focus on heart failure patients. Dr. Azarbal was chief resident during his training at Cedars-Sinai.

"All of them join an outstanding group of transplant cardiologists, including Lawrence Czer, M.D. and Ernst Schwarz, M.D., Ph.D., to serve our patients," said Eduardo Marbán, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. "Drs. Czer and Schwarz have ably built the medical side of Cedars-Sinai's outstanding heart transplant program, a program that stands to rise to new heights nationally and internationally with the contributions of California Heart Center physicians. Drs. Czer and Schwarz will continue to play key leadership roles in the expanded program, integrated under Dr. Kobashigawa's overall direction."

This month, the Heart Institute's Advanced Heart Disease Center is moving to a larger space on the second floor of 8536 Wilshire Blvd. (at LeDoux). The California Heart Center's private practice space will be located on the third floor of the building.