Dr. Ramani joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty in 2008. Echocardiography is a personal interest of his, and he supervises transthoracic, transesophageal, and stress echocardiography in the Echo Lab at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.
Dr. Ramani’s clinical and research interests are focused on patients with advanced heart and pulmonary vascular disease, particularly those with late stage heart failure or pulmonary vascular disease who require heart transplantation or mechanical circulatory support.
In particular, his research efforts aim to identify novel risk factors for developing pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular failure, as well as advanced imaging modalities to detect left ventricular assist device (LVAD) complications. He was the site primary investigator for a recently completed National Institutes of Health (NIH) peripartum cardiomyopathy study and for the ongoing NIH funded GUIDE IT study investigating biomarkers in high risk heart failure patients. In addition, he serves as the site primary investigator for several industry-sponsored pulmonary hypertension pharmaceutical studies.
The heart transplant program at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) has been the busiest program in the state of Maryland over the past 6-7 years. Dr. Ramani participates in all aspects of cardiac transplantation, including evaluation and management of the pretransplant patient as well as care of patients after heart transplantation.
In addition to transplantation, Dr. Ramani works in the field of mechanical circulatory support. His team has implanted pumps in a range of patients, including high school students and patients in their 70s. Through the use of ventricular assist devices (VADs), highly symptomatic patients can often return to work and regain tremendous quality of life. The program’s philosophy emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach, including a thorough evaluation and careful patient follow-up. A care team, including surgeons, cardiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, engineers, and pharmacists works closely with patients throughout the evaluation process, surgery, and outpatient care to ensure a successful outcome.
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