By creating a dynamic specialty team, you benefit from outstanding expertise from a variety of fields all in one place. This is the foundation of our patient delivery. Our cardiologists no longer hand off cases to our cardiac surgeons. Instead, our medical and surgical experts collaborate in planning the treatment and follow-up care for patients.
Frank Laws, MD, FACC
ELECTROPHYSIOLOGIST & INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGIST
Frank A. Laws, MD, is one of the few physicians in the United States who specializes in both Interventional Cardiology and Electrophysiology. As a ‘Hybrid’ physician, Dr. Laws offers patients with both cardiac arrhythmias and obstructive coronary artery disease the most comprehensive care on the Western Slope of Colorado. Dr. Laws completed his Cardiology Fellowship and his sub-specialty fellowship in interventional cardiology at the University of Texas Houston Medical School. In 2001, while at the University of Texas, he received special commendation from the University of Texas Board of Regents for being the first American College of Cardiology (ACC) Merck Cardiology Research Fellow. As an assistant professor, in clinical internal medicine at the University of South Carolina, he began an interventional cardiology program at the WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC. While at WJB Dorn he helped to pioneer a cardiac program without cardiovascular surgical backup. Dr. Laws was recruited in 2006 to Valley View to develop the Heart and Vascular program including the Heart Catheterization lab. Most recently, Dr. Laws embarked upon a secondary year-long fellowship in 2014 at a training program with the Tufts University School of Medicine to provide better care for patients with cardiac arrhythmias. His additional education has raised the level of expertise so that Valley View is now able to offer advanced cardiac services.
Marcus Howell, MD, FACC
Marcus Howell, MD, specializes in the treatment of cardiac and peripheral vascular disorders including: carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms, and lower extremity arterial disease. As a board-certified
interventional cardiologist, Dr. Howell treats a variety of cardiovascular disorders including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease, and arrhythmias. Dr. Howell received his
medical degree at Georgetown University and then spent six years on active duty with the U.S. Navy as an internal medicine physician. He then pursued a cardiology fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston including specialty training in interventional cardiology and vascular medicine. He has spent 14 years practicing cardiology in Western Colorado, both locally and in Grand Junction. He looks forward to offering advance treatment for cardiac and peripheral vascular disease with the use of the new hybrid cath lab.
James Narrod, MD
CARDIOVASCULAR & THORACIC SURGEON
James Narrod, MD, specializes in thoracic and vascular surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Illinois, and performed his residency at the University of Colorado and then pursued cardiac surgery and cardio thoracic vascular fellowships at New York University. Dr. Narrod also completed a transplant fellowship at the University of Pittsburg and started the transplant program at St. Luke’s hospital in Denver in 1987. He came to Glenwood Springs after spending a decade as chief of surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. Dr. Narrod performs minimally invasive procedures for conditions of the heart, lungs and chest wall, as well as electrophysiology therapy for atrial fibrillation, which is the most common heart-related reason for hospital admission.
Michael Rubinstein, MD, FACC
With more than 25 years practicing cardiology in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Rubinstein brings a high level of experience in quality patient care to Valley View. While in Baltimore, he served as director of cardiac prevention at Union Memorial Hospital and chief of cardiology at Bon Secours Hospital. Since 2008, Dr. Rubinstein has provided personalized care to patients in the Roaring Fork Valley. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, and has a special interest in the early detection of coronary artery disease and the prevention of heart attack. Dr. Rubinstein is most interested in practicing collaborative care with patients – explaining clinical situations in clear terms and encouraging ongoing communication to develop a relationship with patients, helping them maximize their heart health, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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