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Cardio-Oncology

Cardio-Oncology Program

The Cardio-Oncology Program at Northside Hospital is a joint initiative between the Northside Hospital Heart Institute and Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. It is designed to mitigate cardiovascular risk factors and decrease the development of subsequent cardiovascular disease in cancer patients. Our cardio-oncologists have received additional training in the cardiotoxic effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. Northside’s Cardio-Oncology Program is one of only 27 in the country certified at the gold level, the highest award available from the International Cardio-Oncology Society.

We place a strong emphasis on consultation and timely access to prevent delays with cancer treatments. Together, we provide coordinated care using an innovative approach and can often develop a treatment plan in just days.

Our goal is to:

  • Ensure you receive the most beneficial cancer therapy by controlling cardiac risk factors.
  • Avoid delays in treatment due to cardiovascular side effects. 
  • Minimize long-term adverse side effects on your heart. 
  • Maintain or improve your cardiac function.

Cardio-oncology is a subspecialty of cardiology that delivers cardiac (heart) care to cancer patients and survivors. By combining the expertise of cardiologists and oncologists, the cardio-oncology team is able to work together to look after both your cancer treatment and heart health at the same time.

Cancer patients with pre-existing heart disease are at a higher risk of developing complications from cancer treatment. Additionally, some cancer treatments can affect the heart (also known as cardiovascular toxicity) in patients that do not have pre-existing heart conditions. Working closely together, your cardiologist and oncologist aim to improve your overall cancer care by lowering your risks of possible heart complications during cancer treatment.

We provide the following services:

  • Optimization of risk factors prior to cancer treatment.
  • Care for cancer patients with heart disease.
  • Advanced echocardiography and cardiovascular imaging.
  • Blood testing to look at the health of your heart muscle.
  • Monitoring for heart complications during cancer therapies.
  • Assessment of long-term heart risk in cancer survivors.
  • Managing heart-related side effects of chemotherapy treatments.

What you should know about Cardio-Oncology

Meet Our Team

Our goal is to ensure you receive the necessary cancer treatment with the least cardiovascular complications associated with cancer therapies. Your cardio-oncology care team works together to help ensure cancer patients and survivors can live a life that is free of significant side effects on the heart.
Santhi Adigopula, MD
Santhi Adigopula, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology, Noninvasive Cardiology

4.7 out of 5 (329 ratings)

Mary Bergh, MD
Mary Bergh, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Noninvasive Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology, Cardio-Obstetrics

4.7 out of 5 (407 ratings)

Kimberly Champney, MD
Kimberly Champney, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Noninvasive Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology

4.9 out of 5 (1137 ratings)

Jack Chen, MD
Jack Chen, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology

4.7 out of 5 (1104 ratings)

Anjan Deka, MD
Anjan Deka, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology

4.7 out of 5 (676 ratings)

Lin Gao, MD
Lin Gao, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardio-Oncology, Noninvasive Cardiology

4.6 out of 5 (339 ratings)

Brenda Hott, MD
Brenda Hott, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology

4.7 out of 5 (152 ratings)

Mark Leimbach, MD
Mark Leimbach, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology, Structural Heart & Valvular Care

4.8 out of 5 (475 ratings)

Lalitha Medepalli, MD
Lalitha Medepalli, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Noninvasive Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology

4.8 out of 5 (707 ratings)

Kashyap Patel, MD, FACC
Kashyap Patel, MD, FACC Specialties: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Noninvasive Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology

4.9 out of 5 (1487 ratings)

Mehrdad Toosi, MD
Mehrdad Toosi, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure / Transplant

4.9 out of 5 (186 ratings)

S Steven Wang, MD, PhD
S Steven Wang, MD, PhD Specialties: Cardiology, Noninvasive Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology

4.8 out of 5 (820 ratings)

Faresa Weragoda, MD
Faresa Weragoda, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Noninvasive Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology, Cardio-Obstetrics

4.8 out of 5 (966 ratings)

Heather Westmoreland, MD
Heather Westmoreland, MD Specialties: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Noninvasive Cardiology, Cardio-Oncology

4.8 out of 5 (959 ratings)

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