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Interventional cardiologist joins Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Matthew Van Stone: 570-808-3248

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kishore Harjai, M.D., MMM, FACC, FSCAI, has joined the Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) as an interventional cardiologist. Dr. Harjai will direct the GWV Valve Clinic, which was created to diagnose and treat patients with complex heart valve disease. He will pioneer the use of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) therapy at GWV – a treatment that replaces heart valves via a catheterization procedure.

“Dr. Harjai brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and innovation to the robust team of highly trained specialists at the Pearsall Heart Hospital,” said Peter Berger, M.D., chairman, cardiology, Geisinger Health System. “His expertise in caring for patients during the critical moments following a heart attack and those whose hearts have weakened over time, and in particular his skill at treating patients with all varieties of heart valve problems, will be an invaluable asset to the residents of the Wyoming Valley and its surrounding communities.”

Dr. Harjai began his career at Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, in 1998 where he served as an attending cardiologist for three years before spending nine years as an attending interventional cardiologist at Guthrie Medical Center, Sayre, Pa. While at Guthrie, Dr. Harjai served as the program director for the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program, vice-chair for the Cardiac and Vascular Center of Excellence, medical director of the cardiac catheterization laboratories and co-director of the Chest Pain Center. He most recently spent one year as a clinical instructor at Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, while he completed advanced training in the latest treatments for heart abnormalities and structural heart problems.

A 1988 graduate of Seth G.S., Medical College at the University of Bombay, India, Dr. Harjai went on to complete an internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, in 1994. He then completed a cardiology fellowship at Ochsner Health System in 1997, during which he was named chief fellow, and, in 2003, also completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich. In 2011, he earned a master’s in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dr. Harjai is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in the areas of vascular medicine, interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease. He is also a fellow of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions and the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American College of Physician Executives. An avid researcher and presenter, Dr. Harjai is the recipient of more than a dozen national awards and more than 15 travel grants. He has presented more than 60 lectures nationwide, participated in more than 20 research projects that yielded more than 100 presentations and he has been published on nearly 100 occasions in both medical journals and textbooks.