Norfolk, VA (January 2013) – Katherine Lietz, MD, PhD has joined Sentara Cardiology Specialists in Norfolk, VA.
Dr. Lietz earned her medical degree from the Medical University of Warsaw, Poland, summa cum laude, in 1995 and a PhD in transplantation immunology at the Medical University of Warsaw in 1998. She completed a heart transplant and assist device research fellowship at Columbia University in New York, NY, in 2000, a cardiology fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, in 2006 and a heart failure/cardiology fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, in 2007.
Dr. Lietz is one of nation's leading experts on the implantation of mechanical pumps to assist failing hearts. She has treated more than 500 heart transplant patients and about 200 patients who have received left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), and is an internationally recognized expert on the selection of LVAD patients, the optimal time to implant LVADs and patient outcome assessment.
Dr. Lietz served as an assistant professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Failure Device Program at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. She also performed as an assistant professor of medicine in cardiology programs at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, and Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY.
Dr. Leitz is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Cardiovascular Disease and a member of many professional societies.
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