Medical Degree: University of California, Irvine
Fellowship in Cardiology: Valley Medical Center, Chief Resident in Internal Medicine
Four time All-American and 1968 U.S. National High Jump Champion, Dr. Hanks found three keys to success that work in sports, academics and life: Intense Focus on a clearly defined goal, the passionate desire to achieve it and repetition as the mother of skill. His unrelenting focus is on quality patient care. He has served as the Chair of Cardiology at Fresno Community Hospital, Sierra Hospital, Fresno Heart Hospital, and multiple times at Saint Agnes Medical Center. He has been active in Quality Improvement and Peer Review committees.
Medical Degree: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Fellowship in Cardiology: Valley Medical Center
The intimacy and immediacy of impacting a patient’s life drew Dr. Gregory to the field of cardiology. “Back in high school I became intrigued by the first heart transplants.” In medical school he continued to see cardiology as the most exciting and challenging area of medicine while also allowing tremendous patient interaction. Now after building many lasting relationships with his patients, this Fresno native feels, “I really see myself as a family practice doctor in the field of cardiology.”
Medical Degree: Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Fellowship in General Cardiology: Rush-Presbyterian - St. Lukes Medical Center, Illinois
Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology: Loyola University Medical Center, Illinois
Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, Endovascular Medicine, Pacemaker and Defibrillator Board, Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Board.
Dr. Sundrani studied at India’s premier medical school before continuing his post-graduate training in Chicago where he was a recipient of the Clinical Skills & Scholarship Award for two consecutive years. A specialist in interventional cardiology and peripheral vascular disease, Dr. Sundrani devoted his final two years of training to the use of stents and balloon angioplasty. Being able to treat vascular disease with minimal invasive techniques for the benefit of patients is what he now finds most fulfilling. “There’s an art to healing and an incredible satisfaction in getting someone well.”
Dr. Sundrani strongly believes in getting newer technology to the Central Valley so that patients don’t have to travel out of town. He was the first one to do carotid stent procedures in the Central Valley. He, with his colleagues, are also instrumental in bringing to the valley lead extraction for infected or malfunctioning pacemaker / defibrillator leads, smallest implanted heart pump for heart failure patients (LVAD), as well as replacing aortic valve without open heart surgery (TAVR) procedure.
Medical Degree: St. Georges University School of Medicine
Fellowship in Cardiology: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology: Brown University – Rhode Island Hospital
Originally from New York, Dr. Gen graduated from Cornell University and worked at the prestigious Salk Institute. He left a career in science to pursue medicine and cardiology. He trained at the University of Colorado in Denver and at Brown University with cardiologists who pioneered angioplasty and stenting, giving him experience with the most advanced cardiac procedures. Despite many prestigious awards including outstanding Research Fellow and awards by the National Institute of Health by other cardiologists, he is most proud of the Patient Satisfaction Award bestowed on him by his patients.
Medical Degree: Madras Medical College (MBBS); All India Institute of Medical Sciences (MD)
Fellowship in Cardiology: New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, New York
Fellowship in Electrophysiology: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
Dr. Palaniswamy is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. In addition to his competence in stress testing and echocardiography, he has a significant expertise in therapies for cardiac arrhythmias – including implantation of pacemakers (including leadless cardiac pacemakers), defibrillators (subcutaneous defibrillators, biventricular defibrillators), laser lead extractions (surgery to remove infected or malfunctioning pacemaker and defibrillator leads) and catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (radiofrequency ablation and cryoballoon ablation), supraventricular and ventricular tachycardias. He offers the full spectrum of arrhythmia therapies. Dr. Palaniswamy is a firm believer in bringing cutting-edge medical innovations to the Central Valley. He uses the state of the art mapping technologies for ablation of arrhythmias. He was the first in the Central Valley to perform the implantation of Watchman Left Appendage Closure device, a new catheter-based procedure for prevention of blood clots in a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation.
Despite his busy clinical schedule, Dr. Palaniswamy continues to be involved in a wide range of research undertakings. He has been the lead author or co-author for over 100 research articles that have been published in prestigious journals such as Circulation, Journal of the American Heart Association, Heart Rhythm, JACC Electrophysiology, American Journal of Cardiology and International Journal of Cardiology. His research papers have been presented in over 100 scientific conferences worldwide. Additionally, he has co-authored chapters in several reputed textbooks including the Hands-On Ablation: The Experts’ Approach and Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapeutics. He is a peer-reviewer for over 25 scientific medical journals. His research work has been cited in the Clinical Practice Guidelines from American Heart Association/ American College of Cardiology guidelines for syncope and atrial fibrillation. He is fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society.