Spotlight Archive

Shruti Singh, MD
Name: Shruti Singh, MD
Where Are You From? I was born in India, then moved to Katy, TX when I was in high school.
How did you get into Cardiology? Learning cardiovascular physiology and hemodynamics in medical school is what initially piqued my interest in cardiology. My interest in grew during residency training when I had the opportunity to learn from patients with common and uncommon cardiac diseases, as well as teach my patients about their cardiovascular health. The wide scope of practice and constant evolution of evidence in the field of cardiology made me excited to pursue a career in this field.
What are your current research interests and projects? My research project involves studying atrial strain and other echocardiographic parameters of atrial function and deformation in patients with AL amyloidosis with and without cardiac involvement and assess the impact of these parameters on outcomes such as mortality. I have enjoyed working under the mentorship of Dr. Koutroumpakis for this project and learned a lot about leading a research project.

Leslie Ynalvez, MD
Name: Leslie Ynalvez, MD
Where Are You From? Baton Rouge, LA
How did you get into Cardiology? My role models in medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch instilled in me how amazing the heart works. Then during my residency at Baylor College of Medicine, the practice showed me how many ways you can care for your patients: from exercise and therapeutic drugs – with so many up-and-coming trials at the time especially in the HFrEF arena – to the application of physics and engineering (EP, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, mechanical circulatory support devices, and hemodynamics) and transplantation.
What are your current research interests and projects? My interest in looking at peripartum heart failure with preserved ejection fraction really stemmed from my mentor, Dr. Pansy Tung. While most prior studies have evaluated systolic heart failure, there is emerging data that diastolic heart failure is an important clinical entity, especially in pregnant women with certain cardiovascular comorbidities. We sought to elucidate if echocardiographic parameters of diastolic dysfunction are more prevalent in those with cardiometabolic risk factors during pregnancy.
This project is also meaningful in a personal level as it defined mentorship for me – thanks to Dr. Tung. On my end, I witnessed AK and Atia (who were my research residents at the time we were pulling late nights to complete our raw database) become cardiology fellows!