We are pleased to present the Heart & Vascular Clinic's highly qualified team
- Dr. Frank Laws, Director
After completing a general cardiology fellowship and a Merck Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the University of Texas-Houston in 2002, Dr. Laws was an interventional cardiologist at Columbia VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.
He has also served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
His extensive experience in catheterization lab procedures brought him to Valley View Hospital to create its new cath lab facility, which opened in 2007. He is currently the Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Valley View Hospital.
Dr. Laws is recognized as a Regional Top Doctor by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America’s trusted source for identifying Top Doctors.
- Dr.Michael Rubenstein
Dr. Rubinstein practices clinical cardiology in Baltimore, MD. With over 25 years experience, he has served as the Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Bon Secours Hospital and Director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Union Memorial Hospital.
As the founder and CEO of Heart Associates, P.A., he directed a large cardiology group practice.
Dr. Rubinstein specializes in the diagnosis and management of patients
with cardiovascular disease. As a part-time resident of Basalt, he has provided care to cardiac patients at the Heart& Vascular Center since March, 2008
- Dr. Marcus Howell
Dr. Howell completed his medical degree at Georgetown University and his Internal Medicine residency at the Naval Hospital in San Diego. He spent 3 years as an Internal Medicine physician to the Navy's western fleet stationed in Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
Dr. Howell completed his general cardiology, interventional cardiolgy and vascular medicine fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas. He is widely published in the treatment of periphal vascular disorders including carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms and lower extremity arterial disease.
Dr. Howell currently resides with his wife and 4 children in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he is an Interventional Cardiologist at Western Slope Cardiology. He specializes in peripheral vascular disease and percutaneous intervention.
Dr. Howell completes consultations and procedures at the Heart & Vascular
Center of Valley View Hospital one day per month. In addition, Dr. Howell provides interventional call services.
- Dr. John Michael George
Dr. George completed his medical degree at St. George's University and his residency at Hackensack Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Nuclear Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology. He specializes in Interventional Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology, with an interest in clinical trials for acute coronary syndromes.
Dr. George has served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and has been the principal investigator in 21 major US and European clinical trials investigating drug therapy in Acute Coronary Syndromes, early treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction and new device investigations. He has also authored and co-authored over 55 published articles and has presented articles at numerous
US and world conferences.
- Karen Chacon, Sonographer
Karen Chacon has worked in the Heart & Vascular Center since it’s inception and has been at Valley View Hospital for 7 years.
She interrogates all aspects of the heart with ultrasound to help the physicians make a diagnosis in a patients care and treatment. Karen has
a degree in Radiologic Science and is a registered echosonographer.
She also performs ABI (ankle brachial indices) which is an ultrasound of the arterial circulation,checking for peripheral artery disease in patients.She lives in New Castle with her family and enjoys coaching, playing and watching basketball, volleyball, baseball and any sport or activity her kids are involved in.
- Steven Heilbrunn, M.D.
Dr. Heilbrunn is a specialist in coronary and vascular interventions. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, with internship and residency at Boston University Medical Center. A fellow at Stanford University Medical Center in both cardiology and interventional cardiology, he is board certified in Internal Medicine with subspecialties in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.
Dr. Heilbrunn has participated in numerous research projects and clinical trials in the field of cardiology and has published many articles on cardiac disease and treatment modalities.
- William Sauer, M.D.
Dr. William Sauer serves as the director of the electrophysiology program of the University of Colorado affiliated clinics and hospitals. He has been the director of the electrophysiology laboratories at University of Colorado Hospital since 2006 and is also on staff at the Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center and Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC).
Dr. Sauer completed his clinical training in Cardiovascular Medicine and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Additional training in arrhythmia research and ablation techniques of complex arrhythmias was also completed at the University of Pennsylvania.