The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) is able to manage complex heart and vascular cases in its new hybrid procedure room, a state-of-the-art suite that allows vascular surgeons, electrophysiologists and invasive cardiologists to perform procedures guided by real-time images. The multidisciplinary team at HOCC treats patients who have a wide range of circulatory (vascular) issues and irregular heart rhythms in this advanced environment.

HOCC is part of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute, which provides the coordinated, evidence-based care that you need to get back on your feet again.

The HOCC care team includes board-certified cardiologists, medical and surgical intensivists (doctors who specialize in intensive care), cardiac care nurses, respiratory therapists, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, nutritionists and other specially trained staff members. These units work closely with other departments, including echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and the cardiac catheterization lab. The community has access to an outpatient Heart Failure Program and Infusion Center for Heart Failure, certified by JCAHO, an independent, not-for-profit organization, that recognizes high quality performance standards with a special certification. As part of the cardiac rehabilitation program, a highly specialized peripheral vascular disease exercise program is offered. 

Additionally, the hospital includes telemetry units staffed by board-certified cardiologists and specially trained nurses and technicians. Telemetry allows caregivers to simultaneously monitor the hearts of multiple patients at once. Blood-oxygen level, blood pressure and heart rates and rhythms are continuously measured and data relayed to computers. Information is continually monitored, allowing staff to react quickly to changes in a patient’s condition.

Meet our Heart & Vascular Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Agarwal, Arun, MD 860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
Ayach, Mouhanad, MD, RPVI 860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Plainville
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Azemi, Talhat, MD
5.0 /5
42 surveys
860.972.5083
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Endovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Vascular Medicine
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  • Hartford
Borkowski, Robert D., MD 860.229.6811
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
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  • New Britain
Chaudhry, Waseem, MD 860.972.1793
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Cheema, Mohiuddin, MD
4.8 /5
86 surveys
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
Ching, Gilbert G., MD 860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • New Britain
Crespo, Eric Michael, MD, FACC, FHRS
4.7 /5
31 surveys
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • West Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Divinagracia, Thomas V., MD
5.0 /5
53 surveys
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Plainville
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El Mallah, Wael, MD, PhD 860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology
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  • New Britain
Friedman, Meir, MD
4.9 /5
42 surveys
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • West Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Gallagher III, James, MD
4.9 /5
73 surveys
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Meriden
  • Hartford
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Ghantous, Andre Elias, MD, FACC 203.269.3791
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wallingford
Gifford, Edward D., MD, RPVI 860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Hammond, Jonathan Acton, MD
4.9 /5
34 surveys
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Insel, Jared Martin, MD, FACC 860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • New Britain
Irshad, Ali, MD 860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Norwich
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Jain, Akhilesh Kumar, MD, FACS
4.8 /5
75 surveys
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Kachala, Stefan, MD
4.8 /5
40 surveys
860.696.4923
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • New Britain
  • Hartford
  • Meriden
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Katsetos, Manny Christos, MD 860.229.6811
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
Lee, Inku Kevin, MD 860.276.5107
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
Malkin, Robert Douglas, MD 860.229.6811
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology
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  • New Britain
Moskowitz, Craig Barry, MD 860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Paris, Jan Rene, MD, FACC 860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
  • Newington
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Rijal, Jharendra P., MD 860.972.1793
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Rizvi, Asad Ali, MD 860.972.5083
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
Rock, Joshua Lee, DO 860.628.3600
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
Shah, Parth S., MD, FACS
4.8 /5
71 surveys
860.223.0800
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
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  • Plainville
  • Southington
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St. Pierre, James Francis, MD 860.229.6811
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
Swales, Heather Hunt, MD 860.224.5694
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • New Britain
Ward, Henry Nadim, MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA
4.8 /5
136 surveys
860.628.0703
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology
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  • Southington
Yaffee, David, MD
4.9 /5
33 surveys
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
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  • Hartford
Zweibel, Steven Lloyd, MD, FACC, FHRS, CCDS
4.8 /5
46 surveys
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • West Hartford
  • Hartford
  • New Britain
  • Southington
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