MSIH Alumni are Experts in Heart Health #AmericanHeartMonth


Maria Sobolev MD
Dr. Maria Sobolev, MD

February is #AmericanHeartMonth. As heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the US (CDC), we are highlighting our alumni working to improve the health of those most at risk for cardiovascular disease. 

MSIH alumna Maria Sobolev, MD (‘09) is a non-invasive cardiologist at Crystal Run Healthcare, a multispecialty practice in Rockland and Orange County, New York. 

Dr. Sobolev has been an active speaker for the local American Heart Association, and she has worked to educate the community on heart disease in general and specifically heart disease in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, accounting for approximately one in every five female deaths (CDC). Dr. Sobolev has published multiple papers on cardiac rehabilitation, as well as vascular imaging and has presented multiple abstracts in the American College of Cardiology meetings. 

Dr. Sobolev is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Echocardiography, Nuclear Medicine and Vascular Imaging. Her specific interests are in women’s health, cardiovascular imaging and cardiac rehabilitation. 

Dr. Ofer Sagiv, MD

Fellow alum, Dr. Ofer Sagiv (’05) is also making a difference in the field of cardiology, and improving the heart health of those in the US and abroad. 

A global health practitioner, Dr. Sagiv is a visiting cardiologist and vascular specialist with practices in St Croix, US Virgin Islands, and in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. He also maintains a role as a cardiologist at hospitals in Connecticut, where he developed a vascular imaging program.

While at MSIH, Dr. Sagiv spent four months working in Ethiopia during his Global Health Clerkship experience. There, he split his time serving populations in both urban and rural areas. This time inspired his career path as a visiting physician caring for the underserved, and providing access to cardiology and vascular treatments that would be ordinarily unavailable or too expensive.

Cardiovascular disease kills about 2,300 people a day (American Heart Association). Those with the disease are at much greater risk of heart attack or stroke. #MSIHAlumni are working to change that. 

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