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Brian Kazienko, MD, FACC

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Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Diseases

Medical School: West Virginia University

Residency: Cardiology

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor

Special Clinical/Research Interests: Structural Heart Disease, Peripheral Arterial Disease

Is there a particular population of students (e.g., ethnicity, spiritual, sexual orientation) that you would particularly like to advise?

Any and all

What does a typical day in the life of a cardiologist include?

Highly variable.  Can include didactic lecture, inpatient rounds, office hours, outreach clinic, TEE/Echo reading

What is the biggest challenge of being a cardiologist?

Navigating the ever-changing practice guidelines and evolution of new treatment modalities

How do you foresee Cardiology changing over the next 20 years?

We are at the "tip of the spear" with regards to innovations in the treatment of heart and vascular disease.  I feel that gene-specific therapies as well as micro-invasive procedural techniques will dominate our field in the next 2 decades.

What advice would you give a student who is considering a Cardiology residency?

You will need to be a dynamic learner with the ability to quickly adapt to the changing clinical landscape of cardiovascular disease practice.