Charles, M.T., JOST, MD.

Principal Interventional Cardiology/Vascular Specialist
Dr. Charles Jost was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland where he w...

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Charles, M.T., JOST, MD.

Principal Interventional Cardiology/Vascular Specialist
Dr. Charles Jost was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland where he was educated in four languages and attended the University of Geneva. Dr. Jost completed his Masters of Science focusing on Genetics under the tutelage of the world renowned and fellow Swiss Jean Piaget, PhD. Dr. Jost then attended Medical School at the University of Geneva, a seven year long course of study. Dr. Jost was invited to the United States where he did his fourth year of Medical School with externships at Harvard and Yale medical school. After a year of Internship in Geneva, focusing on Nuclear Cardiology, Dr. Jost was invited to attend Albert Einstein School of Medicine for an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Jost returned to Switzerland for family reasons to continue his studies in Geneva completing another Residency in Internal Medicine. After being invited for a Fellowship in Cardiology at the prestigious University of Texas’ Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital, Dr. Jost returned to the United States. Recognizing the future potential of Interventional Cardiology, Dr. Jost went to the University of Toronto’s Toronto General Hospital for a specialized year of Fellowship in this emerging field first pioneered by Andreas Gruentzig, MD in Zurich, Switzerland. During his year of Fellowship Dr. Jost completed over 600 coronary angiographies and 350 PTCA’ s (Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasties) as well as many stents during his Fellowship year: an extraordinary level of achievement. During Dr. Jost’s studies he was widely published in international medical journals and was invited to speak at international meetings. Dr. Jost began his career as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee at Memphis before pursuing a career in private practice under a Visa reserved for those whose achievements are recognized, on an international level, to be of Extraordinary Ability. Dr. Jost is double Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. Dr. Jost elected to undertake the difficult and demanding task of re-certifying for his Cardiology Boards ten years after completing his Fellowships to ensure that he maintains the highest level of currency with his rapidly changing field. Dr. Jost is currently a Principal Investigator on multiple Clinical Studies and Registries, currently one of the leading world experts for the Cardiac Laser and a spokesman for Philips. This allows us to make sure patients receive the best available, evidence-based cardiology care. Dr. Jost is an Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Education, Midwestern University. Dr. Jost is a Fellow of the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention. Dr. Jost has performed over 5000 procedures in the last five years and over 15,000 procedures since his Fellowship in Cardiology. This puts Dr. Jost in the top 1% of operators in the United States and all studies in medicine suggest that high procedure volumes lead to greater proficiency and lower risks of complication. Dr. Jost practices in Mesa, Arizona and sees patients at his state-of-the-art equipped clinic. Dr. Jost was featured in Cath Lab Digest recently Here

Andrew J. Kaplan, MD.

Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Cardiologist

"The East Valley’s Leader in Cardiac Rhythm Management since 1995"

"Per...

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Andrew J. Kaplan, MD.

Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Cardiologist

"The East Valley’s Leader in Cardiac Rhythm Management since 1995"

"Personalized medicine is about tailor-made care that is centered on the patient. I want to spend time learning about what has been bothering the patient, use appropriate diagnostic testing, and then arrive at a mutually agreed upon care plan. We are partners on the journey towards optimal health and a fulfilling life."

Professional Status:
  • Director of Electrophysiology and Clinical Research, Southwest Cardiovascular Associates
  • Director of the Heart Rhythm Center, Banner Heart Hospital
Education:
  • Undergraduate: BA, Biochemistry; Washington University, St. Louis
  • Medical School: M.D.; University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas
  • Residency in Internal Medicine: Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases: Emory University School of Medicine
  • Chief Residency in Internal Medicine: Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology: Emory University School of Medicine
Initial Board Certifications:
  • Internal Medicine 1990
  • Cardiovascular Disease 1993
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology 1994
Awards:
  • Congressional Physician of the Year
  • Top Doctor, Phoenix Magazine
  • Guardian Award Finalist, Banner Heart Hospital
Military Service:
  • Commander, United States Naval Reserve (Current)
Academic Appointments:
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix
Hospital Appointments:
  • Active Staff, Banner Heart Hospital
  • Active Staff, Banner Baywood Medical Center
  • Active Staff, Banner Ironwood Medical Center
  • Active Staff, Banner Goldfield Medical Center
Publications:
  • Over 25 abstracts and publications
Procedures Performed:
  • Interrogation, Programming, and Interpretation of Loop Recorder, Pacemaker, and Defibrillator Diagnostic Information
  • Transthoracic Echocardiography
  • Exercise Stress Testing
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Right Heart Catheterization and Swan-Ganz Insertion
  • Implantable Loop Recorder Insertion
  • Temporary Pacemaker Insertion
  • Permanent Single and Dual Chamber Pacemaker Insertion
  • Transvenous and Sub-Cutaneous Patch Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator Insertions
  • Bi-ventricular Pacing for both ICDs and Pacemakers
  • Diagnostic Electrophysiology Study
  • A-V Nodal Ablation
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia Ablation, including A-V Nodal Modification, Focal Atrial Tachycardia Ablation, Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia
  • Ablation, Accessory Pathway and other Reciprocating Tachycardia Ablation(s)
  • Atrial Fibrillation/Flutter/Tachycardia Ablation, Including Persistent and Longstanding Persistent Atrial Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia and Fibrillation Ablation
  • WATCHMAN FLX Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Device Insertion
  • Cardiac Contractility Modulation Therapy Device Implantation
  • ST Segment Ischemia Monitoring Device Implantation
  • CardioMems Pulmonary Artery Pressure Monitoring Device Insertion

Michael Barry, DO.

Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Michael Barry is a Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Nuclear Cardiology. He is the f...

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Michael Barry, DO.

Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Michael Barry is a Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Nuclear Cardiology. He is the founder of Aloha Cardiology and has been successfully practicing independently since1996. End of March 2019, with pasdfsdarofound enthusiasm Southwest Cardiovascular Associates and Aloha Cardiology have joined forces to provide a comprehensive physician network and integrated cardiology, vascular and interventional procedural services that will enhance our communities in the greater Mesa-Gilbert surrounding East Valley area. Dr. Barry completed his undergraduate studies at Drake University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minored in Physics and Spanish. He then went on to enroll in a genetics PhD program at the University of Iowa before attending the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa (currently Des Moines University). Dr. Barry completed his internship, internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Barry has interest and expertise in multiple areas of cardiology including the performance of coronary angiography and select percutaneous coronary intervention, the interpretation of vascular and cardiac ultrasound studies as well as gated SPECT and coronary CT angiography. However, Dr. Barry derives the greatest professional satisfaction from the exercise of clinical cardiology: accurately diagnosing the nature and severity of disease primarily based on the history and physical examination with limited cardiovascular diagnostic testing. Dr. Barry feels that clinical cardiology (i.e. diagnosis based on the history and physical examination) is a lost art in modern cardiology. He prides himself in the accuracy of his diagnostic and treatment plans and in the successful minimization of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, as well as the maximization of quality of life, in his patients – in a cost-effective fashion. As such, Dr. Barry employs an integrated and holistic approach in the management of his patients. In his free time, Dr. Barry enjoys spending time with his family, running, surfing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Nareg Minaskeian, MD.

Electrophysiologist
Southwest Cardiovascular Associates welcomes Dr. Nareg Minaskeian to our growing and expanding team. Dr. M...

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Nareg Minaskeian, MD.

Electrophysiologist
Southwest Cardiovascular Associates welcomes Dr. Nareg Minaskeian to our growing and expanding team. Dr. Minaskeian is a Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist who has over 9 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Saint George’s University School of Medicine Medical in 2012. Dr. Minaskeian is accepting new patients. Therefore, we encourage you to call and make an appointment with our new provider for your better cardiac health. Born to a bilingual household in Kuwait, he immigrated to the United States in 1989. His interests include scuba diving, flying, travel and cooking.
LICENSES: Dr. Minaskeian is licensed to practice medicine in the states of Arizona and California.
UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE: California State University Los Angeles, CA, Bachelors of Science – Biology (2006 – 2008)
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Saint Georges University School of Medicine, Grenada, WI (2008 – 2012)
INTERNSHIP: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, Internship – General Surgery (2012 – 2013)
RESIDENCY: University of California Riverside, CA, Residency – Internal Medicine (2013 – 2016)
FELLOWSHIP: University of California San Francisco, Fresno, CA, Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease (2016 – 2019), Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ, Fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology (2019 – 2021)

Robert Candipan, PhD., MD.

Interventional Cardiology
Southwest Cardiovascular Associates welcomes Dr. Robert Candipan to our growing and expanding team. ...

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Robert Candipan, PhD., MD.

Interventional Cardiology
Southwest Cardiovascular Associates welcomes Dr. Robert Candipan to our growing and expanding team. Dr. Candipan is an Interventional Cardiologist who has over 34 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Miami School of Medicine Medical School in 1987. His area of clinical expertise encompasses but is not limited to cardiac critical care. Dr. Candipan is accepting new patients. Therefore, we encourage you to call and make an appointment with our new provider for your better cardiac health.
LICENSES: Dr. Candipan is licensed to practice medicine in the states of Arizona, Utah, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and California.
AWARDS/RECOGNITION: CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification, NextGen Ambulatory EHR, NextGen Healthcare, 2013; Fellow (FACC), American College of Cardiology
UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE: University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. Biochemistry
MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Miami School of Medicine (1987)
RESIDENCY: University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, Residency, Internal Medicine (1988 – 1990)
INTERNSHIP: University of Southern California, Internship in Internal Medicine (1987 – 1988); Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles Department of Biology (1984 – 1985)
FELLOWSHIP: Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology, Sequoia hospital Redwood City, CA (1995 – 1996); Postdoctoral Research fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA (1993 – 1995), Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA (1990 – 1993)
CERTIFICATIONS: American Board of Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology; American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Kirk D. Minkus, MD.

Interventional Radiology Specialist
Dr. Minkus hails from Chicago, IL, where he spent his first 35 years and completed his med...

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Kirk D. Minkus, MD.

Interventional Radiology Specialist
Dr. Minkus hails from Chicago, IL, where he spent his first 35 years and completed his medical training in multiple locations in the Midwest. His undergraduate studies were completed at Washington University in St. Louis, graduate study at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and initial medical school training at St. George’s University School of Medicine, graduating in a combined M.D.-M.Sc. medical doctor and clinical research combined degree program. His masters research thesis focus was on HIV/AIDS, stemming from lab & neurosurgical research at Northwestern University in Chicago in the late 1980’s. Clinical, hospital, and specialty training continued at the Medical College of Ohio (now University Toledo) in Toledo, Ohio, where he completed his 4-year radiology residency and gained his initial training in interventional radiology. Once his vascular & interventional radiology fellowship was completed at Rush University Hospital in Chicago Illinois, he was immediately drafted to Arizona and has been practicing here since 2004. Dr. Minkus has over 15 years of collective interventional radiology practice and training, and has performed over 40,000 procedures. Advanced postgraduate training in the area of interventional pain, aesthetics, and peripheral arterial disease procedural techniques was gained over the past 4 years with certificates earned. Dr. Minkus now focuses mainly on peripheral arterial and venous disease of the legs, interventional oncology/cancer treatments, and administering interventional pain treatments into the spine and joints. Licensed to practice medicine in 7 states. Recent awards:
Patient’s choice award – Vitals.com 2013 Most Compassionate Doctor – Vitals.com 2013 Top 10 Doctor in Arizona – Vitals.com 2014 Dr. Minkus has been an avid musician, drummer, multi-percussionist, singer, musical composer, and live performer for 40 years as well, and enjoys golf, travel, and spending time with his family and little dogs.

Amad Zineldine, MD, FACC

Invasive Cardiologist
Southwest Cardiovascular Associates welcomes Dr. Amad Zineldine to our growing and expanding team. Dr. Z...

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Amad Zineldine, MD, FACC

Invasive Cardiologist
Southwest Cardiovascular Associates welcomes Dr. Amad Zineldine to our growing and expanding team. Dr. Zineldine was born in Alexandria Egypt and is a graduate of Alexandria university Faculty of medicine. His residency was at North Shore University Hospital in New York, and he completed his cardiovascular fellowship at Cornell University in New York. He was a chief resident and chief fellow. Dr. Zinedine is an Invasive Cardiologist who has more than 25 years of experience in the cardiovascular field with special interest in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, advanced cardiovascular imaging, CT scan, Nuclear stress test, echocardiogram, vascular studies, Vein ablation, coronary angiogram and Device implant. For the past 15 years Dr. Zineldine has been providing outreach cardiovascular care to Native Americans in Pineridge, South Dakota. His hobbies are mostly outdoor activities including jogging, biking, hiking, golfing and swimming. During his leisure time he loves to travel. He is extremely proud of his three children; two sons who are in medical school and his daughter who is a dentist. LICENSES: Dr. Zineldine is licensed to practice medicine in the states of Arizona and South Dakota. BOARD CERTIFICATIONS: American Board of Internal Medicine Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease Board Certified in Echocardiography Board Certified in Nuclear Cardiology Board Certified in Cardiac Computed Tomography Board Certified RPVI, Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation Dr. Zineldine is accepting new patients. Therefore, we encourage you to call and make an appointment with our new provider for your better cardiac health.

Stuart Lipskind, MD.

Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Lipskind is a practicing cardiologist in Mesa, AZ. He practiced in the northern region suburbs o...

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Stuart Lipskind, MD.

Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Lipskind is a practicing cardiologist in Mesa, AZ. He practiced in the northern region suburbs of Washington, DC., until he relocated to Arizona in 2001, since that time having practiced cardiology continuously in Arizona. The main impetus for his relocation was to be closer to family that had arrived in Arizona earlier. He graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC in 1975, having been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Honor of Society. He is university trained, married with three children, two of whom are in Medicine, he genuinely enjoys caring for patients. He is truly grateful and proud to be a physician with Southwest Cardiovascular Associates.

Michelle Gentsch, ACNP

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Gentsch is an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner that is...

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Michelle Gentsch, ACNP

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Gentsch is an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner that is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Prior to becoming an AG-ACNP, Michelle was a Trauma Intensive Care Unit and Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit nurse at level one trauma centers in the Phoenix Area for over 7 years before changing area of practice to hospice. Michelle completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Arizona State University in 2010 and received her Master’s Degree in 2018 from Grand Canyon University.

Kelli DuCray, ACNP - BC

Kelli DuCray is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, board certified with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Kelli has over 20 years’ ex...

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Kelli DuCray, ACNP - BC

Kelli DuCray is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, board certified with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Kelli has over 20 years’ experience in Healthcare with a background in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care and Adult Family Medicine. Prior to becoming an ACNP, Kelli has been a Registered Nurse since 1996 and completed her master’s degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Grand Canyon University in 2018.