Top Doctors 2018: Cardiology Specialties

Part of our 18th annual list of the region's best physicians

By Edited by Virginia Smyth

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March 1, 2018

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the April 2018 issue, as part of the Top Doctors cover story. Click here to subscribe.

Physicians specializing in cardiology use a wide variety of surgical and nonsurgical techniques to treat diseases and disorders of the heart, which range from congenital defects—whether interior walls of the heart, heart valves or arteries and veins that carry blood to the heart—to arrhythmias and acquired heart diseases, such as coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure.

Cardiac Electrophysiology 

These cardiologists focus on the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders.

Grace Buono, M.D.,** arrhythmias, pacemakers/defibrillators; The Everett Clinic, Heart and Vascular, 3901 Hoyt Ave., Everett, 425.339.5411; Providence Regional Medical Center Everett; University of Washington School of Medicine, 1986 

11 Years Christopher L. Fellows, M.D., arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, angioplasty and stent placement; Virginia Mason Heart Institute, 1201 Terry Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6661; Virginia Mason Medical Center; Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, 1980 

Sanjeev Garhwal, M.D., invasive and noninvasive arrhythmia treatment, electrophysiology study and ablation, pacemakers/defibrillators; Western Washington Medical Group, 12728 19th Ave. SE, Suite 200, Everett, 425.225.2700; Providence Regional Medical Center-Everett; New York University School of Medicine, 1997 

Jeanne E. Poole, M.D.arrhythmias, angioplasty and stent placement, pacemakers/defibrillators; Cardiology Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4300; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Washington School of Medicine, 1980 

Jordan M. Prutkin, M.D.arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, pacemakers/defibrillators; Cardiology Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4300; University of Washington Medical Center; Yale University School of Medicine, 2002 

Derek M. Rodrigues, M.D.arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation; Overlake Medical Clinic, Cardiology, 1135 116th Ave. NE, Suite 600, Bellevue, 425.454.2656; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; St. Mary’s Hospital/Imperial College of Medicine, University of London, England, 1982 

Jad Swingle, M.D.arrhythmias, catheter ablation, pacemakers/defibrillators; The Polyclinic, Cardiology, 904 Seventh Ave., Seattle, 206.860.2302; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, 2000 

Adam H. Zivin, M.D., arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, pacemakers/defibrillators; Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute, 550 17th Ave., Suite 450, Seattle, 206.320.2341; Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill; Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, 1991

Cardiovascular Disease

These cardiologists treat disorders of the heart, lungs and blood vessels.

Ronnier Aviles, M.D.noninvasive cardiology, invasive cardiology, peripheral vascular disease; Overlake Medical Clinic, Cardiology, 1135 116th Ave. NE, Suite 600, Bellevue, 425.635.6544; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; Autonomous School of Medical Sciences of Central America, Costa Rica, 1996 

Joshua M. Buckler, M.D.atrial fibrillation, heart valve and coronary artery disease, echocardiography; Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute, 550 17th Ave., Suite 680, Seattle, 206.320.4697; Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill; University of Michigan Medical School, 2001 

Daniel P. Fishbein, M.D.heart transplant medicine, heart failure, left ventricular assist device (LVAD); Cardiology Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4300; University of Washington Medical Center; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1980 

William S. Getchell, M.D.stress echocardiography, echocardiography, invasive cardiology; EvergreenHealth Heart and Vascular Care, 12333 NE 130th Lane, Suite 320, Kirkland, 425.899.0555; EvergreenHealth; University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, 1991

Julie P. Heyn, M.D.carotid artery disease, cholesterol/lipid disorders, hypertension; Summit Cardiology, McMurray Building, 1536 N 115 St., Suite 200, Seattle, 206.363.1004; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; University of Washington School of Medicine, 1992 

Kier Huehnergarth, M.D.coronary artery disease, cholesterol/lipid disorders; The Polyclinic, Cardiology, 904 Seventh Ave., Seattle, 206.860.2302; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; Albany Medical College, 2002 

Theodore K. Lau, M.D.interventional cardiology, preventive cardiology, cholesterol/lipid disorders; Franciscan Heart & Vascular Associates, 1802 S Yakima Ave., Suite 304, Tacoma, 253.627.1244; St. Joseph Medical Center; McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Canada, 1996 

James H. Leggett, M.D.noninvasive cardiology, interventional cardiology, peripheral vascular disease; Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Cardiology, 1135 116th Ave. NE, Suite 600, Bellevue, 425.454.2656; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, 1982 

Michael Longo, M.D.echocardiography, preventive cardiology, coronary artery disease; Virginia Mason Heart Institute, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.341.1111; Virginia Mason Medical Center; State University of New York, Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 1992 

Philip Massey, M.D.cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology; Pacific Medical Centers, Canyon Park, 1909 214th St. SE, Suite 300, Bothell, 425.412.7200; Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill, Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1996

Sara Weiss, M.D.invasive cardiology, echocardiography, heart failure; Virginia Mason Heart Institute, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.341.1111; Virginia Mason Medical Center; Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2001 

James Willems, M.D.coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, preventive cardiology; The Polyclinic, Cardiology, 904 Seventh Ave., Seattle, 206.860.2302; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1995 

Marko Yakovlevitch, M.D.noninvasive cardiology, cardiovascular risk assessment and prevention, nuclear cardiology; Summit Cardiology, 1536 N 115th St., Suite 200, Seattle, 206.363.1004; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center; Yale University School of Medicine, 1990 

Eugene Yang, M.D.coronary artery disease and cholesterol/lipid disorders, cardiac imaging, hypertension; Cardiology Clinic at Eastside Specialty Center, 3100 Northup Way, Bellevue, 425.646.7777; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, 1997

Interventional Cardiology 

These cardiologists use nonsurgical interventional procedures, such as catheters, for procedures that once required open-heart surgery.

Peter A. Baciewicz, M.D.angiography and stent placement, cardiac catheterization and CT angiography, complex coronary artery disease; The Polyclinic, Cardiology, 904 Seventh Ave., Seattle, 206.860.2302; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill, Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill; New York University School of Medicine, 1983 

12 Years Joseph Doucette, M.D.angioplasty, echocardiography; Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Cardiology, 1135 116th Ave. NE, Suite 600, Bellevue, 425.454.2656; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; Harvard Medical School, 1984 

Scott J. Haugen, M.D.comprehensive cardiovascular care, coronary artery disease and coronary interventions, structural/valvular heart disease and interventions; Kaiser Permanente Bellevue Medical Center, 11511 NE 10th St., Bellevue, 425.502.3000; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, 1999 

Wayne S. Hwang, M.D.coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure; Virginia Mason Heart Institute, 1201 Terry Ave., Seattle, 206.341.1111; Virginia Mason Medical Center; Indiana University School of Medicine, 1996 

Edward Kim, M.D., EvergreenHealth Heart and Vascular Care, 12333 NE 130th Lane, Suite 320, Kirkland, 425.899.0555; EvergreenHealth, Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, 1993 

Mahesh Mulumudi, M.D., nuclear cardiology; The Everett Clinic, 3901 Hoyt Ave., Everett, 425.339.5411; Providence Regional Medical Center Everett; Kurnool Medical College, India, 1990 

Gary L. Weeks, M.D.coronary angioplasty/stents, peripheral vascular disease, pacemakers; Summit Cardiology, 1536 N 115th St., Suite 200, Seattle, 206.363.1004; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center; Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, 1980 

Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery 

Gabriel S. Aldea, M.D.minimally invasive cardiac surgery, vascular and thoracic aortic surgery, heart valve surgery; University of Washington Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.3636; University of Washington Medical Center; Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1981 

James K. Brevig, M.D.coronary surgery, valve surgery, bloodless surgery; Providence Medical Group North Everett Clinic, Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery, 1330 Rockefeller Ave., Suite 400, Everett, 425.261.4950; Providence Regional Medical Center Everett; Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1986 

Kimberly Costas, M.D.thoracic surgery, lung and esophageal cancer, minimally invasive surgery; Providence Medical Group North Everett Clinic, Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery, 1330 Rockefeller, Suite 400, Everett, 425.261.4950; Providence Regional Medical Center-Everett; Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1998 

15 Years Mark E. Hill, M.D.aneurysm, mitral heart valve surgery, thoracic and coronary artery surgery; Virginia Mason, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1201 Terry Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6198; Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Utah School of Medicine, 1989 

Michal Hubka, M.D.minimally invasive thoracic surgery, robotic surgery, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS); Virginia Mason Surgery Center, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.341.1905; Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Washington School of Medicine, 2005 

Brian E. Louie, M.D., MPHesophageal cancer, lung cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); Swedish Thoracic Surgery, 1101 Madison Ave., Suite 900, Seattle, 206.215.6800; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Canada, 1996 

Michael S. Mulligan, M.D.lung transplant, lung and esophageal cancer, emphysema/lung volume reduction; Thoracic Surgery Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4477; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 1989 

15 Years  Eric Vallieres, M.D., lung and thoracic cancer, mesothelioma and mediastinal tumors, hyperhidrosis; Swedish Thoracic Surgery, 1101 Madison St., Suite 900, Seattle, 206.215.6800; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; Laval University Medical School, Canada, 1982

15 Years Edward D. Verrier, M.D., adult congenital heart disease, heart valve surgery, aortic surgery; Cardiology Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4300; University of Washington Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; Tufts University School of Medicine, 1974 

14 Years Douglas E. Wood, M.D., lung and esophageal cancer, tracheal surgery, mesothelioma; Thoracic Surgery Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4477; University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center; Harvard Medical School, 1983 

Pediatric Cardiology 

Yuk Ming Law, M.D.heart transplant medicine, heart failure, mitochondrial medicine; Seattle Children’s Heart Center, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2015; Seattle Children’s Hospital; University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine, 1987 

13 Years Mark B. Lewin, M.D.echocardiography, fetal cardiology, pediatric cardiology; Seattle Children’s Heart Center, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2015; Seattle Children’s Hospital; University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, 1991 

Jack C. Salerno, M.D.cardiac electrophysiology, long QT syndrome, heart attack; Seattle Children’s Heart Center, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2015; Seattle Children’s Hospital; University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, 1996

 

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