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Expanding Cardiovascular Team

Emory Healthcare is constantly growing, and in doing so continues to welcome some of the best faculty and staff members in the industry. Here’s a spotlight on two of the newest members of our cardiovascular team:

Camden Hebson, MD
Camden Hebson, MDDr. Hebson was born in Gadsden, Alabama and raised in Birmingham. He attended Vanderbilt University for undergraduate training and then returned to Alabama for medical school. Dr. Hebson joined Emory Healthcare eight years ago and has since completed a pediatric residency, chief residency, pediatric cardiology fellowship, and an advanced fellowship in adult congenital cardiology.

Dr. Hebson now cares for both children and adults with congenital heart disease. He focuses on lifelong care and has particular interest in patients with single ventricle disease, aortopathies (including bicuspid aortic valves), and patients with congenital heart disease who become pregnant. He sees patients at both The Emory Clinic located on Clifton Road and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

Dr. Hebson enjoys spending time with his family – wife Carolyn, son Henry, and daughter Alice. His other interests outside of cardiology include fishing, leisure reading, and being a self proclaimed “baseball junkie.”

Jonathan Kim, MD
Jonathan Kim, MDDr. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, and additionally holds an adjunct Assistant Professorship in the Division of Applied Physiology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Kim received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Emory in 1998. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and studied in Melbourne, Australia before attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University before completing his General Cardiology fellowship at Emory in 2014. Dr. Kim was chief fellow at Emory between 2013-14. Dr. Kim joined the faculty at Emory in 2014 as part of the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute.

Dr. Kim’s research focuses on issues relevant to sports cardiology and exercise physiology. His interest and published work in this field began during his time in Boston, and continued as a fellow at Emory. Dr. Kim has engaged in and published work analyzing exercise-induced cardiovascular remodeling, pre-participation ECG screening of collegiate athletes, cardiac arrests in marathon and half-marathons, and hypertension in isometric sporting disciplines. Dr. Kim has a strong clinical interest in sports cardiology as well, and will be developing a dedicated sports cardiology clinic at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Outside of cardiology, Dr. Kim enjoys running, golf, watching sports and spending time with his wife and two kids: son Benjamin (age 3) and daughter Isabella (age 1).

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Emory Participates in 2014 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk

Emory Atlanta Heart WalkEmory Healthcare once again joined the American Heart Association (AHA) in raising awareness of heart disease, aka “the silent killer,” at the 2014 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk on Sept. 20. The non-competitive, three-mile walk raises funds to help fight America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers, heart and stroke, through corporate, survivor, and community teams who encourage others to donate to the cause.

The Metro Atlanta Heart Walk is deeply embedded within Emory Healthcare culture. Every year, hundreds of Emory Healthcare employees sign-up to lead teams, raise money and walk to benefit initiatives driven by the AHA. More than 1250 Emory Healthcare employees walked among the 15,000 registrants, and raised $225,000, the most of any corporate sponsor in Georgia.

The AHA’s work in research and prevention aligns with the Emory Healthcare’s mission to educate health professionals and leaders for the future while pursuing discovery research in all of its forms. With 29% of Georgians reported as obese, the event is designed to help participants understand how critically important it is to incorporate as little as 30 minutes of physical activity in their daily lives to prevent cardiovascular disease.

The American Heart Association’s goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020. For information about heart screenings, please visit or call 404-778-7777.

Emory Cardiologist Elected President of American Society for Preventive Cardiology

Emory Heart & Vascular CenterEmory Heart & Vascular cardiologist, Laurence S. Sperling, MD, was recently named the president-elect of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC). Dr. Sperling’s two-year-term will begin in 2014.

The ASPC was founded in 1975 and represents the increasingly multidisciplinary group of healthcare providers (including nurses, nurse practitioners, dieticians and other healthcare specialists in addition to physicians) along with researchers and industry representatives who share an interest in and passion for preventive cardiology.

Dr. Sperling is the medical director of the Emory’s Heart Disease Prevention Center and also serves as medical director for a number of unique programs at Emory including the HeartWise Risk Reduction Program and Optimal Living. In 2004, Dr. Sperling founded and currently directs the first and only LDL apheresis program in the state of Georgia. He has also been instrumental in the development of the Emory Women’s Heart Center which will be opening up two new locations, Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Johns Creek Hospital, in September 2014.

Sperling has been an investigator in a number of important clinical trials and has authored more than 150 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters. He is co-editor of the American College of Cardiology’s Diabetes Self Assessment Program and has served as special consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 2011, Sperling has served annually on the U.S. News & World Report’s panel of 22 national dietary experts evaluating the country’s most popular diets for the publication’s “Best Diets” rankings.

Congratulations Dr. Sperling! We are happy to have you on the Emory team.

About Dr. Laurence Sperling

Dr. Laurence Sperling

Dr. Sperling specializes in internal medicine and cardiology—his areas of clinical interest are cardiac catheterization, cardiac rehabilitation, general cardiology, echocardiogram, lipid metabolism, and electron beam computed tomography. Dr. Sperling has received various awards from the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association Council, and Emory University Hospital and has been a special consultant to the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Sperling received his undergraduate degree from Emory College and graduated with his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 1989. He subsequently completed eight additional years of training at Emory, including a residency in internal medicine, chief resident year at Emory University Hospital, a National Institutes of Health-supported research fellowship in molecular and vascular medicine and a clinical fellowship in cardiovascular diseases.

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What Kind of Shape Your Heart Is In?

Do you know what kind of shape your heart is in? Knowing the risk factors for heart disease and your level of risk can help you  act to reduce your heart disease risk level by as much as 80%.

Watch this Fox 5 Interview with Emory Heart & Vascular Center cardiologist, Dr. Laurence Sperling as he gives you tips on how to make sure you keep your heart in top shape.

Emory Welcomes 3 New Female Cardiologists to the Women’s Heart Program!

Dr. Brown, Dr. Cutchins, Dr. Shirazi

Emory Women’s Heart Program utilizes a women-focused, comprehensive process to assess cardiovascular risk factors and diagnose and treat heart disease. Our goal is to help women prevent heart disease and improve cardiovascular outcomes through the highest quality patient- and family-centered care, research and education.

The Emory Heart & Vascular Center is excited to welcome three new female cardiologists to the Women’s Heart Program team! Jennifer Brown, MD, Alexis Cutchins, MD, and Farheen Shirazi, MD, (pictured left to right) will provide general and preventive cardiology services with a special emphasis on women with heart disease.

Dr. Brown received her cardiology training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In addition to the specialties listed above, she has a particular interest in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy and cardiac failure in women being treated for breast cancer. Dr. Brown will practice at the following locations:


Clifton Road


1608 Tree Lane, Suite 101
Snellville, GA 30078

1365 Clifton Road, NE, Building A, 2nd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30322

1400 Wellbrook Circle
Conyers, GA 30012

Dr. Shirazi recently completed her cardiology fellowship at Emory University and will practice at the following locations:

Johns Creek


6335 West Johns Crossing
Physician Plaza, Suite 110
Johns Creek, GA 30097
404 -778-8240

1200 Bald Ridge Marina Road, Suite 150
Cumming, GA 30041

Dr. Cutchins recently completed her cardiology fellowship at the University of Virginia Medical Center and will practice at the following locations:



875 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342

550 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

The Program staff has extensive experience regarding the unique aspects of heart disease in women. Our multi-disciplinary team includes female and male cardiologists, female nurse practitioners, nurses, nutritionists and exercise physiologists, as well as a full-range of specialists. We provide counseling on weight loss, exercise programs, diet and other lifestyle changes to help treat and reduce the risk of heart disease in women. In addition, we can help women understand how stress, obesity, depression and menopause may impact their heart health.

To refer a patient to one of Emory’s new female cardiologists, please call the number associated with the clinic listed above that is most convenient for your patient. To learn more about all of our locations, please call the Emory Physician Consult Line at 404-778-5050.

Understanding Cardiac Arrest in Athletes Such as Fabrice Muamba

Fabrice Muamba

Source: CNN

Emory Heart & Vascular Center cardiologist Chandan Devireddy, MD recently sat down with the team at CNN to discuss what likely happened to English soccer player, Fabrice Muamba, when he collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest during a game earlier this month.

In the CNN interview, Dr. Devireddy also the cautions and guidelines athletes need to take to diagnose and prevent sudden cardiac death. To get Dr. Devireddy’s full take on cardiac arrest and athletes, check out his interview with CNN here.

Emory’s Heart & Vascular Center is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top heart health centers in the nation. The Emory Heart & Vascular Center offers services that cover the entire continuum of care, from prevention and early detection to the latest in cardiovascular treatment. In fact, Emory has one of the few dedicated hypertrophic cardiomyopathy clinics (HCM) in the US. Emory’s specialized HCM center offers comprehensive care (surgery, interventional cardiology, genetic testing, etc.), as well as greater experience and expertise.

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Atlanta: 4 Heart Disease Prevention Events in November

November Heart Disease Risk Reduction EventsDuring the Holiday season it is hard to stay healthy, make a decision to protect your heart and attend a Emory HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program free educational seminar.

The HeartWise program aims to reduce people’s risk of heart disease through education and interaction. In addition to serving patients who currently suffer from heart disease, we also provide help to individuals who could be at risk for heart complications in the future including those who smoke, do not exercise or have high blood pressure.

Admission to HeartWise events is free and everyone is welcome! Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for one of our November HeartWise lectures online!

How the Heart Works
Robert McDonough, PhD (Georgia Perimeter College)
Monday, November 7, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

High Blood Pressure & Nutrition
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Thursday, November 10, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

ABCs of Vitamins
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, November 14, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Heart Healthy Eating (Samples)
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, November 21, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Our HeartWise events are held at The Emory Clinic, 1525 Clifton Road NE, in the 5th Floor Conference Room.

For more information on heart disease and heart disease prevention, check out our Center for Heart Disease Prevention web site.

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts regarding any of the November HeartWise events. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Heart Surgery and Depression – How are they Related?

Dr. Angel Leon, Chief of Cardiology at Emory University Hospital Midtown, discusses how heart surgery can lead to depression in his latest interview with Fox 5 News leading up to the Atlanta Heart Walk tomorrow!

View the video clip to learn how heart surgery may be tied to depression and more on the what steps you can take or what you can do to help a loved one when this occurs:

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Dr. Angel LeonAbout Angel Leon, MD:
Dr. Leon is a Professor of Medicine and the Chief of Cardiology at Emory University Midtown. His specialties include electrophysiology, cardiology, and internal medicine, and his areas of clinical interest include arrhythmia ablation, electrophysiology lab, and pacemaker. Dr. Leon holds organizational leadership memberships with the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association and he’s been practicing with Emory since 1991.