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
Azemi, Talhat, MD
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
860.972.5536
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Cheema, Mohiuddin, MD
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
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  • New Britain
Crespo, Eric Michael, MD, FACC, FHRS
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • West Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Cronin, Edmond Michael, MD
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • New Britain
  • West Hartford
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Divinagracia, Thomas V., MD
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Plainville
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El Mallah, Wael, MD
860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology
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  • New Britain
Friedman, Meir, MD
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
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Meriden
  • Hartford
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Gifford, Edward "Ted" Dewitt, MD
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Insel, Jared Martin, MD
860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
Jain, Akhilesh Kumar, MD, FACS
860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Kachala, Stefan, MD
860.696.4923
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Meriden
  • New Britain
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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
Paris, Jan Rene, MD
860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
  • Newington
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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
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Southington
Shah, Parth S., MD, FACS
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
860.628.0703
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology
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  • Southington
Werner, Morgan Simon, MD
860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
Yaffee, David, MD
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
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  • Hartford
Zweibel, Steven Lloyd, MD, FACC, FHRS, CCDS
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • West Hartford
  • Hartford
  • New Britain
  • Southington
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