The Interventional Cardiology team at NorthShore University HealthSystem is comprised of a multidisciplinary and highly-skilled group of professionals. These physicians have access to the latest diagnostic imaging technology and most current research trials.

Meet Our Team

Ted Feldman, MD, FSCAI, FACCTed Feldman, MD, FSCAI, FACC
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Affiliations:  
Professor of Medicine Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine 
Past President - Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI)

Dr. Feldman is an interventional cardiologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem, where he became the first physician in the U.S. to repair malfunctioning mitral valves non-surgically in patients.  Up to then, only open surgery had been used to repair mitral heart valves.

Dr. Feldman is involved in advancing the scope of interventional cardiology and has served as principal investigator on numerous studies dealing with:

  • percutaneous vavluloplasty, and valve repair and replacement
  • patent foramen ovale closure
  • drug eluting stents
  • carotid stenting
  • stent treatment as an alternative to open heart bypass surgery
  • complex lesion assessment
  • embolization protection in vein graft stenosis
  • left main and multivessel coronary stenting

Dr. Feldman earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency and Chief Residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, and was a fellow in Cardiology at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He lectures nationally and internationally; serves on the editorial boards of a number of cardiology and interventional cardiuology journals, is the Editor-in-Chief of Interventional Cardiology Today, and has authored over 300 publications. He has been a program director for the national meetings of the American College of Cardiology i2 Inetrventional Summit, the SCAI annual scientific sessions, and the Pediatric Interventional Cardiovascular Symposium.


Timothy A. Sanborn, MDTimothy A. Sanborn, MD
Head, Division of Cardiology
Co-Director, Cardiovascular Care Center

Affiliations:        
Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Sanborn is Director of the Cardiovascular Care Centers of NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

He earned his medical degree from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He then completed his residency at Boston City Hospital and was also a cardiology fellow at Boston University Medical Center.  He serves on the editorial boards of a number of cardiology journals; and has authored nearly 200 publications. He also is a member of the Interventional Cardiology Committee for the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions and the Advocacy Committee Working Group for the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Sanborn has numerous clinical trial interests including:

  • cardiogenic shock
  • bifurcation stenting
  • intramyocardial and intracoronary gene therapy


Michael H. Salinger, MDMichael H. Salinger, MD
Director, Comprehensive Care Center
Director, Interventional Cardiology
Co-Director, Endovascular Care Center

Affiliations:        
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Salinger serves as Director of the Comprehensive Care Center and as Director of Interventional Cardiology for NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, critical care and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Salinger earned his medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He holds fellowships in cardiology and critical care medicine from Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and is widely published.


Dale M. Seifert, RNDale M. Seifert, RN
Cardiology Research Coordinator, Division of Cardiology

Ms. Seifert has been with NorthShore University HealthSystem in Cardiology Research for nearly four years and has specific interests in Interventional Cardiology and related radiology imaging advances. An RN in Illinois since 1991, Ms. Seifert has received NU Certificate of Training “CRC Skills” and NU Certificate “Pathways in Clinical Research.”

Why she became a research nurse:
“This role of coordinating cardiology research provides the opportunity to use my experience in clinical cardiology and radiology within the procedural and post procedural care setting in many ways. It is a continual challenge to utilize past knowledge, develop new skills and search for the future horizons in what may become the next generation's clinical care. Coordinating research for patients provides a unique individual and team building experience for all those within and those between institutions of care and industry. It is a pleasure to combine these efforts with our dedicated research staff at NorthShore University HealthSystem.”


Claudia Focks, RN, MS, CCRCClaudia Focks, RN, MS, CCRC
Research Nurse, Division of Cardiology

Ms. Focks has been with NorthShore University HealthSystem for nearly two years doing device trials for cardiology research. Prior to that, she spent more than seven years at Northwestern University working at Northwestern Center for Clinical Research doing drug trials for rheumatology, weight loss, hypertension in diabetics, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. She received her BSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995 and an MS in Health Services Administration from the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

Ms. Focks says clinical trials provide hope when people reach the end of their currently available drug or treatment options. Cardiology research being conducted at NorthShore University HealthSystem not only provides hope but is taking medical procedural treatment into the future.

Why she became a research nurse:
“Conducting clinical trials provided a combination of patient contact with components of business and research that offered a constant variety of work activities. There are always ethical, patient and trial considerations that keep you evaluating your environment and patient contact practices.”


Elizabeth “Beth” Garnier, RNElizabeth “Beth” Garnier, RN
Research Nurse, Division of Cardiology

Ms. Garnier has been with NorthShore University HealthSystem for more than four years and has specific interest in structural heart disease and cardiothoracic surgery. Prior to joining NorthShore University HealthSystem, her clinical work included acute care nursing on a step-down surgical telemetry floor caring for post-operative open heart patients. Next she worked on a surgical heart unit where she cared for patients who have undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery as well as valve repair/replacement operations. She came to NorthShore University HealthSystem from the Northwestern Center for Clinical Research where she began her career in research focusing on clinical trials in urology. It was there she learned the tools she would need to conduct research and the importance of clinical trials and their relation to the impact on patients’ lives.

Why she became a research nurse:
“When I began at NorthShore University HealthSystem, the EVEREST I trial had just started a few months prior to my start date. The idea of repairing a mitral valve without open heart surgery was fascinating to me considering my previous experience. It was wonderful to follow this group of patients and track their progress over the years. To listen to the stories from patients of how research has changed their health and the way they feel has been a rewarding experience. This is the reason that I have continued on in this area of cardiology. It is exciting to watch how clinical practice for cardiac patients has advanced and changed practice over time. Research is truly a team effort and there is a great group of people here at NorthShore University HealthSystem that help make it a successful program. From the physicians to the nurse practitioners to the staff in the cardiac catheterization laboratory and cardiac imaging to the staff in the department of cardiology to my research nurse colleagues - the teams really make the program successful.”

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