Dr. Vaani Panse Garg, MD

Dr. Vaani Panse Garg, MD

Dr. Vaani Panse Garg, MD

Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish
Phone: 202-877-7777
Fax: 202-877-6891

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Specialties
  • Cardiology
Conditions I Treat
  • abnormal coronary angiography
  • abnormal electrocardiogram (ekg)
  • abnormal stress test
  • acute bacterial endocarditis
  • advanced heart failure (adhf)
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Procedures I Perform
  • abdominal duplex ultrasound
  • adenosine stress test
  • advanced lipid blood tests
  • anticoagulation
  • cardiac rehabilitation
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About the Provider

Vaani Panse Garg, MD, is a cardiologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, and adult comprehensive echocardiography.

Dr. Garg diagnoses and treats the full spectrum of cardiovascular diseases, from hypertension to heart failure. She is passionate about prevention and works with patients for the entire duration of their disease process.

She is particularly interested in structural echocardiography, which enhances her diagnosis of, and treatment decisions for, a variety of pathology. She is highly skilled at interpreting­–and teaching other providers how to read–transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE), transthoracic echocardiograms (TTE), and 3-D echocardiography.

Her current research interests involve novel techniques and teaching approaches in echocardiography, as well as new initiatives to enhance provider wellness and medical education.

Dr. Garg earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She then completed an internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. Following her residency, she remained at Mount Sinai Hospital for a clinical cardiovascular disease fellowship, during which she served as chief cardiology fellow for two years.

Participating in several international projects throughout her training years introduced Dr. Garg to a global health perspective. This interest brought her to Soweto, South Africa, where she was a volunteer at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital Cardiology Department, as well as Pune, India, where she was a public health service corps fellow with the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service Program. She brings this broad, global health awareness to her practice today.

Prior to joining MedStar Health, Dr. Garg practiced at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, where she also served as site director for the cardiology fellowship program (Veterans Affairs track) and the associate program director of the cardiology fellowship program. She was also a clinical assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Philosophy of Care

I always aim to understand each patient’s life and daily practices. This gives me a deep understanding of how to coach them on medications, exercise, and healthy lifestyle changes. I also emphasize hands-on health education. I draw diagrams, share images, and ensure all questions are answered. I fully explain the “why” of decision making, and in doing so, empower them to better manage their health.  

In my partnerships with referring providers, I emphasize open communication and make myself readily available to discuss patient cases.

Education
  • Fellowship Program: Mount Sinai Hospital (2016)
  • Residency Program: Mount Sinai Hospital (2012)
  • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine (2009)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
Publications

Peer Reviewed Original Contributions

Garg VP, Isath A, Argulian E, Lerakis S, Narula J. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Role of Cardiac Sonographers, J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2020.

Argulian E, Sud K, Bohra C, Vogel B, Garg V, Talebi S, Lerakis S, Narula J. Safety of ultrasound enhancing agents in patients with COVID-19. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2020 Jul;33(7):906-908.

Sud K, Vogel B, Bohra C, Garg V, Talebi S, Lerakis S, Narula J, Argulian E. Echocardiographic findings in patients with COVID-19 with significant myocardial injury. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2020 June 5;33(8):1054-5.

Argulian E, Sud K, Vogel B, Bohra C, Garg VP, Talebi S, Lerakis S, Narula J. Right ventricular dilation in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 infection. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2020 May 15.

Garg VP, Vedanthan R, Islami F, Pourshams A, Poutschi H, Khademi H, Naeimi M, Fazel-Tabar Malekshah A, Jafari E, Salahi R, Kamangar F, Etemadi A, Pharoah PD, Abnet CC, Brennan P, Dawsey SM, Fuster V, Boffetta P, Malekzadeh R. Heart Disease is associated with Anthropometric Indices and Change in Body Size Perception over the Life Course: The Golestan Cohort Study. Global Heart. 2015 Dec 10(4):245-254.

Silbiger JJ, Garg V, Moss N, Singh T, Savino J, Edebohls B, Kamran M. Protruding Fat from the Posterior Atrioventricular Groove: A Novel Echocardiographic Finding Useful in Distinguishing Pericardial Effusions from Left Pleural Effusions. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2015 Jan 28(1):116-7.

Islami F, Pourshams A, Vedanthan R, Poustchi H, Kamangar F, Golozar A, Etemadi A, Khademi H, Freedma ND, Merat S, Garg V, Fuster V, Dawsey S, Pharoah P, Brennan P, Abnet CC, Malekzadeh

R, Boffetta P. Smoking water-pipe, chewing nass, and prevalence of ischemic heart disease: A cross- sectional analysis of baseline data from the Golestan Cohort Study, Iran. Heart. 2013 Feb; 99(4): 272-8.

Garg V, Timen N, Hildenbrand P, Silverman M, Catalano PJ. Inflammatory pseudotumor of the skull base. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery 2010 Jan; 142(1): 129-31.

Garg V, Zhang W, Gidwani P, Kim M, Kolb EA. Preclinical Analysis of Tasidotin HCl in Ewing’s Sarcoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Synovial Sarcoma and Osteosarcoma. Clinical Cancer Research 2007 Sep15; 13(18): 5446-54.

Book Chapters

Garg VP, Halperin JL. Novel antiplatelet and anticoagulant agents in the cardiac care unit. In: Gidwani UK, Sharma SK, Kini A. Cardiovascular Intensive Care. Elsevier; Cardiol Clin; 2013 Nov 6.

Invited Contributions
Argulian E, Weinsaft JW, Hendel RC, Garg VP, Kim J, Phillips LM, Mieres JH, Abidov A, Blankstein R, Shaw LJ, Narula J. Life Interrupted: On the front lines with COVID-19. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. Vol. 13, No. 8, 2020: 1834-7.

Other Peer Reviewed Publications
Catalano PJ, Thong M, Garg V. The MicroFlow Spacer: A drug-eluting stent for the ethmoid sinus. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Jun. 20, 2009; (2): 108-113.

Abstracts
Isath A, Perembeti S, Correa A, Rao S, Chahal A, Padmanabhan D, Contreras J, Garg V. Does Cardiac Transplant Protect against Broken Hearts? European Society of Cardiology Congress Conference: August 2020 (virtual).

Isath A, Perembeti S, Rao S, Sherif A, Correa A, Chahal A, Padmanabhan D, Garg V, Contreras J, Mehta D. A Nationwide 6-year Analysis of Trends and Impact of Arrhythmias in Transplant Recipients. European Society of Cardiology Congress Conference: August 2020 (virtual).

Isath A, Perembeti S, Correa A, Chahal A, Padmanabhan D, Rao S, Garg V, Contreras J. A Nationwide Analysis of 6-year Trends in Cardiac Transplantation for Cardiac Sarcoidosis. European Society of Cardiology Congress Conference: August 2020 (virtual).

Isath A, Palazzo A, Garg V. Utility of Electrocardiogram among sub-specialties after Internal Medicine training. Mount Sinai Education Research Day: May 2020 (virtual).

Hanif S, Balaram S, Jadhav P, Bella JN, Garg VP. Vascular maladaptation in chronic thromboembolism complicating aortic root aneurysm: a therapeutic conundrum. American College of Cardiology Conference: March 2020 (virtual).

Anand R, Garg VP. Clot in transit. American Society of Echocardiography Conference. Portland, Oregon: Poster presentation June 2019.

Yadav M, Rafiq A, Gomceli U, Kamalakkannan G, Marin N, Garg VP. Transcatheter aortic valve endocarditis with embolic stroke. American Society of Echocardiography Conference. Portland, Oregon: Poster presentation June 2019.

Yadav M, Bhandari M, Bella JN, Garg VP, Tamis-Holland J, Vittorio TJ. Fever with wall motion abnormalities on echocardiogram. American Society of Echocardiography Conference. Portland, Oregon: Poster presentation June 2019.

Garg V, Vedanthan R, Islami F, Pourshams A, Poutschi H, Naemi M, Fazel-Tabar Malekshah A, Jafari E, Salahi R, Kamangar F, Etemadi A, Pharoah PD, Abnet CC, Brennan P, Dawsey SM, Fuster V, Boffetta P, Malekzadeh R. Associations between anthropometric indices and prevalence of heart disease in Iran: The Golestan Cohort Study. American Heart Association-Epidemiology Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana: Poster presentation March 2013.

Vedanthan R, Garg V, Sartori S, Iyengar R, Lewis M, Hunn M, Boden-Albala B, Woodward M, Farkouh M, Fuster V. Factors influencing fruit and vegetable intake and associations with cardiovascular disease risk factors: The Grenada Heart Project. American Heart Association- Epidemiology Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana: Poster presentation March 2013.

Garg V, Vedanthan R, Sartori S, Bansilal S, Iyengar R, Woodward M, Charney A, Graves C, Lewis M, Hunn M, Farkouh M, Fuster V. Sedentary behavior and cardiovascular disease risk in a middle- income country: The Grenada Heart Project. American Heart Association-Epidemiology Conference. San Diego, California: Poster presentation March 2012.

Vedanthan R, Garg V, Sartori S, Bansilal S, Iyengar R, Lewis M, Hunn M, Woodward M, Farkouh M, Fuster V. Environmental and psychosocial barriers to physical activity and cardiovascular disease risk in a middle-income country: The Grenada Heart Project. World Congress of Cardiology. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Oral presentation April 2012.

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    Washington, DC 20010
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    Phone: 202-877-7000
    Fax: 202-877-3339

  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
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    Phone: 202-444-8843
    Fax: 877-303-1461

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  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
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