Center for Coronary Artery Disease 

Meet the Team

Emmanouil Brilakis, MD, PHD

Emmanouil Brilakis, MD, PHD

Chairman, Center for Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Brilakis is director of the Center for Complex Coronary Interventions at the Minneapolis Heart Institute® and chairman of the Center for Coronary Artery Disease at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.

After graduating from Lycee Leonin de Patissia, Dr. Brilakis received his medical degree from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He trained in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology at the Mayo Clinic. He also completed a Masters in clinical research at the Mayo Clinic and a PhD in clinical research at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He served as director of the cardiac catheterization laboratories at VA North Texas Health Care System from 2004-2016. He was on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School from 2004-2018.

Dr. Brilakis leads a large clinical trial group investigating treatment of chronic total occlusions, prevention and treatment of saphenous vein graft disease, lipid lowering therapies, prevention and management of complications, intracoronary imaging, antiplatelet treatment optimization post coronary stenting, radiation safety in the catheterization laboratory, and development of novel technologies.

Dr. Brilakis has authored or co-authored more than 600 manuscripts and has written the Manual of CTO Interventions, now in its 2nd edition, and the Manual of PCI. He created the Manual of CTO Interventions and the Manual of PCI YouTube series. He is on the board of the Cardiovascular Innovations Foundation, an associate editor for Circulation and an editorial board member and reviewer for several journals and grant agencies. He is lecturing and proctoring at several institutions in the United States and abroad.    

Nicholas Burke, MD, FACC

Nicholas Burke, MD, FACC

Associate Director, Center for Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Burke is an interventional cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute® and has been practicing since 1995. For 15 years, Dr. Burke was also the director of cardiovascular emergency services and cardiovascular operations at the Minneapolis Heart Institute® where he also co-directs the Chronic Total Occlusion and Complex High Risk Indicated Procedures (CHIP) Program. Dr. Burke specializes in interventional cardiology, including the treatment of chronically totally occluded arteries and cardiovascular emergencies, particularly myocardial infarctions (heart attacks).

Bavana V. Rangan, BDS, MPH

Bavana V. Rangan, BDS, MPH

Program Director, Center for Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Rangan joined the MHIF team as program director for the Center for Coronary Artery Disease (CCAD) in October 2018. Dr. Rangan is also the global director for the PROGRESS-CTO global multi-center registry on chronic total occlusions, which is a significant and expansive endeavor involving more than 50 participating centers globally, and includes >7000 CTO PCI procedures. Also, as program director for MHIF, Dr. Rangan serves on the MHIF Blueprint leadership group dedicated to enabling MHIF’s growth and strategies. Dr. Rangan is originally from Bangalore, India, and received her dental degree at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, VS Dental College and Hospital. Drawn by the opportunity to pursue a career in clinical research, she completed her Master of Public Health in clinical research at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health. Subsequently, Dr. Rangan built a strong background in clinical research in dentistry, rheumatology and cardiology primarily within the VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTCHS) and University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical School. She began working with Dr. Emmanouil Brilakis in 2007 at UTSW and VANTHCS in progressive roles including director of research operations and faculty associate, and leading to principal investigator on the LAVA registry, and national coordinator on several trials, including the VA CSP#571 Drug-Eluting Stents in Saphenous Vein Graft Angioplasty (DIVA) trial, the Crossboss First Trial, ASAP-SVG Trial, among other projects, funded by VA, NIH, industry and philanthropy.  Dr. Rangan’s research expertise has been in saphenous vein graft disease, chronic total occlusions, intravascular imaging and investigational drug and device trials.

Dr. Rangan has also served as a board member and reviewer on the VA North Texas Health Care System Institutional Review Board between 2012 to 2018 and received the VA’s Outstanding Cardiology Research Achievement Award in 2013. She is well-published and has been recognized as a leader in research administration and implementation.

At MHIF, Dr. Rangan focuses on expanding and enabling the vision of the Center for Coronary Artery Disease while serving as global director of the PROGRESS registries, developing MHIF’s investigator-initiated research portfolio of studies and funding, and mentoring the CCAD foreign scholars. 

Judit Karacsonyi, MD, PHD

Judit Karacsonyi, MD, PHD

Senior Research Scholar

Dr. Karacsonyi earned her MD and PhD from the University of Szeged, Faculty of Medicine in Hungary and completed her cardiology fellowship in May 2019. She worked as a cardiology attending at the University of Szeged before joining MHIF as a senior research scholar at the Center for Coronary Artery Disease (CCAD) in late 2019.

She has a prolific track record of publications and completed her PhD on New Aspects in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention of Chronic Total Occlusions. She also worked with Dr. Brilakis and Dr. Rangan at the UT Southwestern Medical Center and Dallas VA as a post-doctoral research scholar between September 2015 and August 2017. She has collaborated on textbook chapters and publications with MHIF faculty and has authored or co-authored publications from the PROGRESS-CTO Multicenter Registry, the CrossBoss First Multicenter trial, and several other topics such as saphenous vein graft intervention, laser atherectomy, and radiation effects on cath lab personnel.

Evangelia Vemmou, MD

Evangelia Vemmou, MD

Research Scholar/Fellow

Dr. Evangelia Vemmou joined the Center for Coronary Artery Disease as a research scholar in July 2019. She was born and raised in Greece where she got her MD from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School in 2017. A three-month Stavros Niarchos Foundation Research Training Program in Clinical and Experimental Medicine Scholarship brought her to the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation in 2018 where she worked on a project regarding x-ray system optimization in the catheterization laboratory. The main focuses of her research are chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary interventions, bifurcation lesions and radiation in the catheterization laboratory.

Ilias Nikolakopoulos, MD

Ilias Nikolakopoulos, MD

Research Scholar/Fellow

Dr. Ilias Nikolakopoulos graduated in 2017 from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He spent three months at Northwell Health, NY working on periprocedural anticoagulation and risk models for thromboprophylaxis in cancer patients, as one of the 10 recipients of the World Hellenic Biomedical Association and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Research Training Program in Clinical and Experimental Medicine. He joined the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation as a research scholar in July 2019. In the Center for Coronary Artery Disease, he mainly focuses on patients with coronary artery bifurcation lesions, chronic total occlusions and bypass grafts. His research work also involves outcomes after acute myocardial infarction across diverse patient populations, access site selection for cardiac catheterization, radiation safety in the catheterization laboratory, and implementation of novel technologies in health care. He plans to pursue a clinical and research career in cardiology.

Scholar Graduates 2017-2020

Barbara Danek, MD
Allison Hall, MD
Ann Iverson, BS
Judit Karacsonyi, MD
Aris Karatasakis, MD
Michael Megaly, MD
Hatem Najar, MD
Mohammed Omer, MD
Yader Sandoval, MD
Arslan Shaukat, MD
Peter Tajti, MD
Iosif Xenogiannis, MD

MHIF offers scholarship positions in several key areas of research. Research scholars are responsible for conducting clinical research studies using good clinical practice guidelines under the supervision of the primary investigator. Through these opportunities, research scholars build significant expertise in designing and executing clinical studies, both prospective and retrospective, single-center and multi-center. In addition, these positions often offer opportunities to gain significant experience in medical writing and the publication process, as well as submitting abstracts and challenging cases for publication and/or presentation at scientific conferences.

Physician Partners

Interventionalists

Kenneth W. Baran, MD

Kenneth W. Baran, MD

Nicholas Burke, MD

Nicholas Burke, MD

Ivan G. Chavez, MD

Ivan G. Chavez, MD

Santiago Garcia, MD

Santiago Garcia, MD

Mario Goessl, MD, PhD

Mario Goessl, MD, PhD

Michael R. Mooney, MD

Michael R. Mooney, MD

Anil Poulouse, MD

Anil Poulouse, MD

Paul Sorajja, MD

Paul Sorajja, MD

Jay Traverse, MD

Jay Traverse, MD

Yale L. Wang, MD

Yale L. Wang, MD

Surgeons

Judah Askew, MD

Judah Askew, MD

Vinayak Bapat, MD

Vinayak Bapat, MD

Thomas F. Flavin, MD

Thomas F. Flavin, MD

Karol Mudy, MD

Karol Mudy, MD

Bassam Shukrallah, MD

Bassam Shukrallah, MD

Ben Sun, MD

Ben Sun, MD

Robert Steffen, MD

Robert Steffen, MD

Non-Invasive

Richard Bae, MD

Richard Bae, MD

Steven Bradley, MD, MPH

Steven Bradley, MD, MPH

Joao Cavalcante, MD

Joao Cavalcante, MD

Thomas Knickelbine, MD

Thomas Knickelbine, MD

John Lesser, MD

John Lesser, MD

Michael Miedema, MD, MPH

Michael Miedema, MD, MPH

Retu Saxena, MD

Retu Saxena, MD

Scott Sharkey, MD

Scott Sharkey, MD

Greg Strauss, MD, MPH

Greg Strauss, MD, MPH

Heart Failure

Mosi Bennett, MD, PhD

Mosi Bennett, MD, PhD

Barry Cabuay, MD

Barry Cabuay, MD

Peter Eckman, MD

Peter Eckman, MD

Kasia Hryniewicz, MD

Kasia Hryniewicz, MD

Michael Samara, MD

Michael Samara, MD

Peter Zimbwa, MD, PhD

Peter Zimbwa, MD, PhD

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