2022 Cardiovascular Fellows Join Ascension Texas Cardiovascular

Please join us in welcoming the latest Fellows to join the Ascension Seton Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program: Ryan Cooney, MD; Francisco Diaz Viera, MD; Sovik De Sirkar, MD.

As the flagship hospital in the fastest growing region in the state, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin has an ambitious plan to strengthen our exceptional specialty in Cardiovascular Care. With philanthropic support, we are growing the first Cardiovascular Fellowship Program in Central The Ascension Seton Cardiovascular Fellowship Program is a three-year training program in partnership with Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin that improves health outcomes, increases access to specialty care, and incentivizes the best and brightest physicians to practice in Central Texas. Cardiovascular Fellows receive training in four competencies: Clinical Training, Research, Quality Improvement Projects, and Healthcare Leadership/Advocacy.

Cardiovascular Fellows primarily train at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin – home to the only heart transplant center in the Central Texas region – as well as at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas – a state-of-the-art academic medical center and the only adult Level One Trauma Center in an 11-county region.

The Fellowship Program’s goal is to train clinically excellent cardiologists who provide personalized care to patients, with commitment to research and ingenuity toward the healthcare system. Dr. Clay Cauthen leads the Program, with nine Cardiovascular Fellows training under the Cardiologist. This year also saw the start of an interventional, and an electrophysiology program.

2022 Fellows

Ryan Cooney, MD

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Medical School: Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Heart failure, Interventional Cardiology
Research Interest: Heart Failure in Pregnancy, Myocardial Infarction with Non-Obstructive Coronary Arteries (MINOCA), Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)

Francisco Diaz Viera, MD

Hometown: Cayey, Puerto Rico
Medical School: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Cardiac Imaging, Heart Failure Electrophysiology
Research Interest: Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Access to Care, Rhythm Disorders

Sovik De Sirkar, MD

Hometown: Houston, TX
Medical School: McGovern Medical School – Houston
Clinical Interest: Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Research Interest: Pulmonary Embolisms, Heart Transplants, Mechanical Circulatory Support Outcomes

2022 Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow

Joshua Davis, MD

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, Texas
Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine at University of Pikeville
Fellowship: University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship
Clinical Interest: Cardiac Electrophysiology
Research Interest: Atrial Fibrillation and Ablation Strategies, Cardiac Sarcoidosis, Inherited Cardiomyopathies

2022 Interventional Cardiology Fellow

Priya Kotapalli, MD

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Fellowship: UT Dell at Austin Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship
Clinical Interest: Interventional Cardiology
Research Interest: Optical Coherence Tomography(OCT), Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS), Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)