Physicians & Staff
Thomas M. Jordan, MD
Dr. Jordan grew up in Atlanta and graduated with high honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After receiving his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, he completed his residency at Emory University in Internal Medicine. He served on the medical faculty at Emory University School of Medicine before continuing his cardiovascular training at the University of Florida, Jacksonville. Dr. Jordan is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease and was recertified in 2005. His interests are in nuclear cardiology and non-invasive testing.
Amol S. Bapat, MD
Amol S. Bapat, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I. was born in Birmingham , Alabama . He attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore , Maryland where he received his B.S. in Chemistry. He then proceeded to the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham , Alabama , and after receiving his M.D., pursued his Internal Medicine Residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston , Texas . He stayed at Baylor for his subspecialty training in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. While at Baylor, he was the recipient of a NIH National Research Award Training Grant and his research involved platelet and thrombosis physiology. He was the first physician to work with the Larry King Cardiac Foundation (LKCF) and its partnership with Saint Joseph ’s Hospital. He was awarded the Physician Laureate Award by the LKCF in 2006. He has had the distinction of serving as Director of the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic at St. Joseph ’s Hospital of Atlanta, on the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph ’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute and as Vice-Chairman of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology at North Fulton Hospital. He is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear and Interventional Cardiology.
He currently is the Vice-Chairman of the Peer Review Committee at St. Joseph 's Hospital, Chairman of the Section of Cardiology at NSH Atlanta/Forsyth as well as Director of Invasive Cardiology at Northside Hospital-Atlanta. He is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear and Interventional Cardiology.
Aashish Desai, MD
Dr. Aashish Desai was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in Bioengineering. He received a medical degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis and completed his medicine residency at Emory University. He completed his fellowship in general and interventional cardiology at the University of Florida.
Dr. Desai is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Desai is the Chief of Cardiology at North Fulton Hospital.
His interests include invasive and interventional cardiology as well as the new radial heart catheterization procedure, allowing the catheter to be inserted through the wrist instead of the leg, allowing faster recovery time and less complications.
Edward H. Gaile, PA-C
Mr. Gaile, a native of Virginia, began his medical career as a Hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After returning from those duties, he graduated from the University of Virginia and Duke University's Physician Assistant Program with highest honors before settling in Atlanta in 1978. Since that time, his practice has spanned the spectrum of cardiology including general diagnostic, interventional, critical care, and cardiac transplant disciplines. Additionally, he has held numerous positions in state and national PA professional organizations as well as served on various taskforce and committee projects with the American College of Cardiology. Mr. Gaile joined our practice in April, 1999.
Richard W. Benefield, MMSc, PA-C
Mr. Benefield was born in Atlanta, Georgia and he graduated on the Dean's list with a B.S. in Biology at the State University of West Georgia. While earning his B.S., he was inducted into the prestigious WHO’s WHO Among Students In American Universities & Colleges, as well as the Order of Omega. He finished his undergraduate career as a Dean’s list recipient. He went on to earn his M.S. in Physiology & Biochemistry at The State University of West Georgia. During his graduate career, he held a position as a Graduate Research Assistant and had the privilege of presenting his research at 2 National Conventions. He later attended the Physician Assistant Program at the Emory University School of Medicine, where he earned his M.M.Sc.. He became Board Certified as a Physician Assistant in 2009. He is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants. Mr. Benefield has been in Cardiology since his certification and joined our team in 2011.
Gordon J. Azar Jr., MD
An Atlanta native, Dr. Azar received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Dean’s list graduate. He subsequently graduated from the Emory University School of Medicine, where he completed his Internal Medicine residency and served on the medical faculty. Dr. Azar completed both his cardiovascular and interventional fellowships at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. His interests are in invasive and interventional cardiology.
Apurva D. Shah, MD
Dr. Shah was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts but spent his formative years in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, with highest honors and a B.S in Chemical Engineering. He completed his medical school training at the Chicago Medical School and also completed his internal medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. His cardiology fellowship was performed at the University of Medicine and Dentistry/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During that training, he also spent time at the Deborah Heart and Lung Transplant Center. He moved from the Northeast to Atlanta, Georgia in 2005. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and he specializes in non-invasive and invasive cardiology. He has a particular interest in cardiovascular imaging, including cardiac perfusion studies, echocardiography and cardiac CT.
Amit V. Tibrewala , MD, MHSA
Dr. Tibrewala received his medical degree at Terna Medical College in India. He then pursued his Master’s in Health Services Administration from George Washington University in Washington DC where he graduated on the Dean’s list. Subsequently, he completed his residency and Chief residency at Georgetown University Hospital/ Washington Hospital Center before relocating to Detroit for his fellowship training in cardiology at the Henry Ford Hospital. During his training, he pursued various research projects that were published and presented at national and international meetings.Dr. Tibrewala is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Nuclear Cardiology. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, and is interested in clinical cardiology as well as cardiac imaging, including nuclear stress testing and echocardiography.
Jorge Lopez, PA-C
Jorge L. Lopez, PA-C, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He started his medical career training in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and nurse. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2001. He has been working in the field of Cardiology since his graduation. He is experienced in a full scope of clinical cardiology with his primary focus in cardiovascular disease prevention, early detection of heart disease, and treatment. He is bilingual in English/Spanish.