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Cardiologists

Dr. Haeusslein, Md – HSCTC Medical Director

Mary Beth Cishek, M.D.

Dr. Haeusslein is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He earned his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. After completing both his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, a fellowship in cardiology and then heart failure from the University of California, San Francisco followed. Dr. Haeusslein has extensive clinical trial research experience in the fields of heart failure and mechanical circulatory assist devices and has been published in original articles, abstracts and books.

Dr. Haeusslein currently serves as medical director for the Seton Heart Specialty Care & Transplant Center. His special interests include congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathies, heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support systems including ventricular assist devices (VAD's), and pulmonary hypertension. He is also interested in heart disease associated with the muscular dystrophies and heart disease associated with liver disease.

Mary Beth Cishek, M.D. – Transplant/Heart Failure Cardiologist

Mary Beth Cishek, M.D.

Dr. Mary Beth Cishek earned her medical degree at the St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, where she also completed her medical residency program in Internal Medicine, during which time she served as the Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Cishek completed her fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of California at Davis. She then continued her education with a research fellowship in cardiovascular physiology at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Cishek has served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology in the section of Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation at the St. Louis University School of Medicine.

Dr/ Cishek is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease. She is a member of the Travis County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Cishek sees patients at the Medical Park Tower office.

John Dieck, M.D. – Transplant/Heart Failure Cardiologist

Mary Beth Cishek, M.D.

Dr. John Dieck earned his medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, where he also completed his residency training in Internal Medicine. Dr. Dieck concluded his training with a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology at St. Luke’s Hospital, the Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas. Dr. Dieck served as Chief Medical Resident in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital and as Chief Cardiology Fellow at the Texas Heart Institute.

Dr. Dieck has been in private practice in Austin since 1990. During this time, he has served as the Chief of Catheterization Laboratories for Seton Medical Center, St. David's Episcopal Hospital, and South Austin Medical Center, and as the Director of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation at Seton Medical Center.

Dr. Dieck is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Dieck is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the Clinical Council of the American Heart Association, the Travis County Medical Society, and the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Dieckpreviously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Cardiovascular. During his leadership, the practice experienced significant growth in its physician ranks and its position in the Austin market. Dr. Dieck is fluent in English and Spanish.

Scott Blois, M.D. – Transplant/Heart Failure Cardiologist

Scott Blois, M.D.

Dr. Blois earned his medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Science Center at Denver, CO. His area of specialty is Clinical Cardiology, Transplant, and Congestive Heart Failure.

Dr. Blois is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Diplomate (1997); American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Cardiovascular Disease, Diplomate (2001). He is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Cardiology, Heart Failure Society of America, Texas Medical Associations, and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He was the lead author of the article, “Increased Incidence of Guillain-Barre Neurological Syndrome in Orthotopic Heart Transplant Recipients, along with Ban Allos, MD, Simon Shakar, MD, and JoAnn Lindenfeld, MD. Transplantation 2000;S235. He sees patients in Central Austin and in Marble Falls, TX. His personal interests center on his family, tennis, and travel.

David L. Morris, MD – Transplant/Heart Failure Cardiologist

David L. Morris, MD

Dr. Morris received his medical degree from the University of Texas at Galveston. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Morris is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Diplomate (1977); American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Cardiovascular Disease, Diplomate (1979).

Dr. Morris’ professional associations are the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and the Mu Delta Honorary Medical Society. His professional affiliations have been with Austin Heart, serving on the Executive Committee, Vice President (1999 - Current), Medical Director (1999 - Current), and the Congestive Heart Failure Center, Director (1998-present). Dr. Morris has also served at the Seton Medical Center, Medical Executive Committee, Member-at-Large (1992-1995), Director of Cardiology (1992-1994), Chief of Medicine (1991-1992), Central Texas Heart Institute Advisor (1986-present), and the Transplant Program, Staff Cardiologist (1985-present). Dr. Morris has been involved with the American Heart Association, Past President, Travis County Division (1982-1984); and the American College of Cardiology, Elected to Fellowship (1979).

Kunjan Bhatt, M.D. – Heart Failure Cardiologist

Kunjan Bhatt, M.D.

Kunjan Bhatt, M.D., comes to Austin from Forest Hills, New York. After completing his undergraduate degree at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY, he received his medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. Post-graduate training began with an Internal Medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, followed by a Cardiology Fellowship at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY, where he served as Chief of Cardiology with an emphasis in non-invasive imaging.

Dr. Bhatt is board certified in Internal Medicine and Internal Medicine with a Subspecialty in Cardiovascular Diseases. He is also board certified by the National Board of Echocardiography and Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology.

Surgeons

Michael Mueller, M.D. - Surgical Director

Michael Mueller, M.D.

Dr. Mueller is originally from Cumberland, Rhode Island. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Dr. Mueller began eight years of post-graduate training. He completed his General Surgery residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and his Cardiothoracic Surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. During both residencies, he was chosen chief resident. Dr. Mueller then completed a fellowship in Heart and Lung Transplantation at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has practiced with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons since 1995.

Dr. Mueller is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He specializes in adult cardiothoracic surgery including heart transplantation, surgery for congestive heart failure, and mechanical assist device placement.

Dr. Mueller is an active member in the Texas Medical Association, Travis County Medical Society, Texas Transplant Society, and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He has also composed and published numerous research articles in his specialty.

William Kessler, M.D. – Transplant Surgeon

William Kessler, M.D.

Dr. Kessler is from Houston, Texas. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery residencies at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He went on to complete a fellowship in Heart Transplantation at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has practiced with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons since February 1999. He is a Candidate of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Kessler specializes in adult Cardiothoracic Surgery including heart transplantation, implantation and management of ventricular assist devices (VADS), valvular heart disease, and all areas of Thoracic Surgery. He is an active member of Alpha Omega Alpha, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Dallas County Medical Society, and the Parkland Surgical Society. Dr. Kessler has participated in numerous research studies and has authored various research articles in his specialty.

Mark C. Felger, M.D. – Transplant Surgeon

Mark C. Felger, M.D.

Dr. Felger is a native Texan, originally from San Antonio. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his General Surgery internship and residency at Emory University in Atlanta and his Cardiothoracic Surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He has practiced with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons since 1997.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Felger specializes in Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery including heart transplantation, mitral valve repair, and minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery. He is an active member of the Texas Medical Association, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Travis County Medical Society, and Texas Transplant Society. Dr. Felger has also composed and published numerous research articles in his specialty.

Hunter Q. Kirkland, M.D. – Transplant Surgeon

Hunter Q. Kirkland, M.D.

Dr. Kirkland is a Texas native, originally from Austin. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed his residency in General Surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina. He then completed his fellowship at Texas Heart Institute in Houston. Dr. Kirkland has practiced with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons since 2005.

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Kirkland specializes in adult Cardiac and Thoracic surgery. He is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, and the Houston Surgical Society.

Faraz Kerendi, M.D – General Surgeon and Thoracic Surgeon

Faraz Kerendi, M.D.

Faraz Kerendi, M.D is originally from Los Angeles, California. He earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. His residency in general surgery and cardiac surgery fellowship were both completed at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kerendi is board-certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Heart Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery and the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Kerendi has received numerous research and teaching awards and published multiple papers in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. His clinical areas of interest include aortic root surgery, minimally invasive valve surgery, endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms, off-pump coronary artery bypass, heart transplantation, and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). Prior to joining CTVS in July 2009, Dr. Kerendi was the chief resident of cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.

Eric M. Hoenicke, M.D – Thoracic Surgeon

Eric M. Hoenicke, M.D.

Eric M. Hoenicke, M.D. is originally from Midland, Michigan. He earned his medical degree from The University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan and completed his general surgery residency at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. Dr. Hoenicke is board-certified in thoracic surgery and completed his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Hoenicke is a member of the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. His areas of interest include transplantation, Robotic Surgery, surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation, Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD), mitral surgery, arterial revascularization for coronary arterial disease and surgical treatment of thoracic oncology.

Before joining CTVS, Dr. Hoenicke practiced with West Michigan Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Muskegon Michigan.

Liz Murrah, MS, RN – Administrative Director, Seton Heart Specialty Care and Transplant Center

Liz Murrah, MS, RN

Liz was born and raised in northern Kansas and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marymount College in 1973. She is licensed as a RN in Iowa and Texas and has worked in all areas of cardiovascular services over her 35+ year career. For many of those years, Liz has worked as both a clinician and a manager and enjoys both roles. She has been at Seton for six years and enjoys working as the administrative director in the interdisciplinary team that cares for advanced heart failure, transplant, and VAD patients.

Prior to that, Liz served as the service line administrator at Mercy Medical Center in Iowa and was responsible for the Emergency Services, Critical Care, Telemetry, Cardiopulmonary, Cardiac Rehab, Diabetes Education, Cardiothoracic, Angio, and Electrophysiology Labs. She received her Master’s in Science in Health Care Administration from College of St. Francis in Joliet, IL and is a member of the International Transplant Nurses Society and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She was recognized by the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance in 2008 in appreciation for her dedication and support. Her personal interests include sailing, hiking, quilting, and being with her two daughters and their dogs.

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