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Commitment to the Practice of Cardiovascular Care Though Publication

The Cardiovascular Center Care Team at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center contributes to the practice of Cardiovascular Care through research and publication in scientific journals. Examples of recent publications include: 

Zhao SX, Ziegler PD, Crawford MH, Kwong C, Koehler JL, Passman RS. Evaluation of a clinical score for predicting atrial fibrillation in cryptogenic stroke patients with insertable cardiac monitors: results from the CRYSTAL AF study. Ther Adv Neurol Disord. 2019 Apr 11​

Zhao SX, Kwong C, Swaminathan A, Gohil A, Crawford MH. Clinical Characteristics and Outcome of Methamphetamine-Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and Dilated Cardiomyopathy. JACC Heart Fail. 2018 Mar;6(3):209-218 2. 

Kwong C, Ling AY, Crawford MH, Zhao SX, Shah NH, A Clinical Score for Predicting Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Cryptogenic Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack, Cardiology, 6/28/2017. 

Zhao, SX, Soltanzad N, Swaminathan, A, Ogden WD, Schiller, NB, Frequency and Associated Clinical Features of Functional Tricuspid Regurgitation in Patients with Chronic Atrial Fibrillation, American Journal of Cardiology, 5/1/2017.

Kwong C, Wentzien T, Perioperative Management of Oral Anticoagulation Prior to CIED in the ERA Procedures of Bruise Control, CHEST, 2016.

Commitment to Excellence in Teaching

Members of the Cardiovascular Center have a deep commitment to the provision of high quality medical education of future physicians. Over the past seven year, members our team have received the Faculty Teaching Award to the best teacher in the Department of Medicine at SCVMC. This award, presented on behalf of all of the SCVMC residents, was given to:

  • Andres DeLuna, MD (2017)
  • Thomas Wentzien, DO (2015) This is the third time Dr. Wentzien has received this award. 
  • Susan Zhao, MD (2013)
  • Charles Smith, MD (2010)



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