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SHAPE Awards SHAPE Provider Certification to 34 Medical Providers

Certification program promotes early detection and treatment of heart attack risk in apparently healthy people

SHAPE, The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (, a nonprofit organization that promotes the early detection and treatment of heart attack risk in apparently healthy people, today announced that 34 medical providers from around the world are among the first to earn SHAPE Provider Certification. The program promotes the early detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) through identification of clinically appropriate patients for non-invasive CAD screening, and awards certification based on a rigorous process of training and examination.

SHAPE Provider Certification adheres to the First SHAPE Guideline for screening to identify hidden CAD in asymptomatic (apparently healthy) patients. The First SHAPE Guideline established standards for the careful and responsible implementation of scientifically proven atherosclerosis tests to detect hidden plaque buildup in coronary and carotid arteries, and recommended the tests be incorporated into routine screening for at risk men and women as they age.

"We are pleased to award SHAPE Provider Certification to these deserving medical providers and encourage them to continue advancing preventive cardiology," said JoAnne Zawitoski, chairwoman of the SHAPE Board of Directors. "SHAPE Provider Certification is a way to incorporate the First SHAPE Guideline into patient care. It helps patients and referring physicians identify cardiology specialists who are following best practices by managing patient care to reduce the incidence of acute coronary events and CAD-related mortality. We also believe that SHAPE Provider Certification can help to improve clinical outcomes for patients by employing scientifically proven screening methodologies as a part of a physician's preventive medicine practice."

In addition to SHAPE Provider Certification, SHAPE encourages best practices in heart attack screening through SHAPE/Heart Health Centers of Excellence. Unlike traditional cardiovascular clinics that are primarily focused on preventing a second heart attack, SHAPE/Heart Health Centers of Excellence focus on the prevention of a first heart attack. To date, clinics in Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania have been designated SHAPE/HeartHealth Centers of Excellence.

SHAPE Provider Certification addresses the needs of cardiologists, radiologists, internists, family physicians, primary care providers, OB-GYNs, preventive medicine specialists and non-physician providers. Specific educational modules include: appropriate patient selection for CAD screening, risk assessment for subclinical CAD, coronary artery calcium scoring, carotid IMT testing, understanding the clinical and economic burden of global cardio vascular disease (CVD), comparison of available screening tests, and how to use the First SHAPE Guideline to improve patient outcomes.

SHAPE Certified Providers

United States


Naveen Acharaya, MD

Heart Care Consultants

Sarasota, FL 34238



Timothy C. Chapman RTR CT MR

Chandler Medical Center

1677 East Oak Road

San Tan Valley, AZ 85140

(480) 656-9684


Troy Eden, P.A.

Eden Medical Clinic

Elko, NV

(775) 753-3770


Carlos Jorge, M.D.

Presbyterian Novant Heart and Wellness

Cornelius, NC

(704) 384-7910


Ahmed Khan, M.D.

Cardiology Consultants, PC

Johnson City, TN

(423) 282-3377


Michael Mumma, MD

Florida Cardiac Consultants

1540 S. Tamiami Trail Ste. 401

Sarasota, FL 34239



Gene Myers, MD

Sarasota, FL

Khurram Nasir, M.D.

Boston, MA


Raghotham Patlola, M.D.

Cardiovascular Institute of the South

Lafayette, LA

(337) 988-1585


Eugene Schwarz, M.D.

Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services

Columbia, S.C.

(803) 754-2600


Abid A. Shah, MD

5741 Bee Ridge Road Ste. 420

Sarasota, FL 34233



Robert Touchon, M.D.

Huntington, WV


Mark Urman, M.D.

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute

Los Angeles, CA

(310) 243-3300


Larry Weathers, M.D.

Rogers, AR

(479) 338-4400


Norbert Wilke, M.D.

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL


British West Indies


Joseph Barefoot, M.D.

Grand Cayman, British West Indies



Issam Abbas, M.D.

Nabatia, Lebanon


Nada Atoui, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Abbas Awada, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Ali Bachir, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Ali Berry, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Nuria Casals, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Mohammad Dbouk, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Tagrid Hajjali, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Malek Hamade, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Hichem Hojeij, M.D.

Nabatia, Lebanon


Hussain Isma'eel, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Mark Koshaish, Ph.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Mahmoud Mansour, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Diya Mohsen, Ph.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Hussein Salhab, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon


Bilal Shoumar, M.D.

Beirut, Lebanon



Assen Goudev, Prof.

#8 Bialo More Str.

Sofia, Bulgaria



Based in Houston, the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) is a non-profit organization that promotes education and research related to prevention, detection, and treatment of heart attacks. SHAPE is committed to raising public awareness about revolutionary discoveries that are opening exciting avenues to prevent heart attacks. SHAPE's mission is to eradicate heart attacks in the 21st century. Additional information is available on the organization's Web site at

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