Dr. Mark AzizDr. Mark Aziz Joins Heart Institute as Interventional Cardiologist, Endovascular Specialist in Kingsport

Dr. Mark Aziz, who has trained with pioneers in cardiovascular disease at premier medical facilities in the country, has joined the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute as an interventional cardiologist and endovascular specialist.

Delivering exceptional care to patients at the heart institute’s Kingsport office and Holston Valley Medical Center, Dr. Aziz performs minimally invasive procedures to treat vascular disease. A medical doctor, he also received advanced training to conduct transcatheter aortic valve replacements, a novel procedure for patients who are not appropriate candidates for open-heart surgery.

Holston Valley is the only hospital in the region and Kingsport is one of only about 100 cities in the country where this valve-replacement procedure is available. Dr. Rahul Sakhuja, a medical doctor and an interventional cardiologist at the heart institute, also performs these cases at Holston Valley.

“I have developed a passion for taking care of patients with valve disease, especially those with aortic valve stenosis,” Dr. Aziz said. “Many of these patients are unable to have open heart surgery to replace their valve because of various medical conditions. In the past these patients had no option to resolve their medical needs, but they now have a less invasive approach that returns them to a high quality of life.”

Dr. Aziz also has a major interest in treating vascular conditions that develop in blood vessels throughout the body. He highlights the less invasive approaches that are now possible for cases such as aortic aneurysms and traumatic aortic injuries as well.

Reflecting on his career to date, two cases related to his training stand out. One was a 90-year-old who underwent the valve replacement and was transformed from having trouble breathing in her home to being able to attend her granddaughter’s college graduation. Another was a 17-year-old boy who suffered a traumatic injury to his aorta in his chest that was able to be corrected with a minimally invasive procedure.

Now, he is sharing his knowledge while learning from a team of experts at the heart institute.

“The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute was attractive to me because it has an outstanding and diverse group of about 50 physicians and other highly qualified medical professionals who have an excellent work ethic,” Dr. Aziz said. “They are focused on providing the best and most up-to-date options for their patients and their cardiovascular needs, and I share this commitment.

“This region deserves a comprehensive cardiovascular program to meet patients’ needs, and that’s exactly what they receive from the heart institute.”

The son of an ear, nose and throat surgeon and an ophthalmologist, Dr. Aziz graduated from the Tanta University medical school in Egypt and completed initial training there. He then completed an internal medicine residency and fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Indiana University in Indianapolis. While he was there, Dr. Aziz served as chief fellow and trained with pioneers in cardiology and echocardiography.

His next step was advanced endovascular training as a Vascular Interventional Advances fellow. This prestigious opportunity is offered to only one fellow in the United States each year and allowed Dr. Aziz to train with innovative physicians in the field of vascular medicine, including interventional cardiologists, vascular medicine specialists and interventional radiologists.

After he completed his training, Dr. Aziz practiced as an interventional cardiologist in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Dr. Aziz is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

“Patients need to know we are here to help when they need us,” Dr. Aziz said. “When somebody has cardiovascular disease, we recognize it’s a challenging time in their lives and their family members’ lives. We’re here to support them and provide our medical expertise and the best and latest techniques close to home.”

Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the heart institute’s president, said he is excited Dr. Aziz has joined the practice.

“We have added a superbly trained interventional cardiologist who will contribute to the superior care the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute delivers every day,” said Dr. Blackwell, a medical doctor. “Our patients will benefit greatly not only from having another stellar physician to treat them but also from the synergy developed through the collaborative efforts of all our providers to improve people’s quality of life.”

Dr. Aziz is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment or to obtain more information, please call 423-230-5000 or visit www.wellmont.org. Established Wellmont patients can interact with Dr. Aziz and his office through www.MyWellmont.org, a free portal that gives them access to a significant portion of their medical record.