Updated: Dec 21, 2022
Dr. Berenji is an interventional cardiologist with 15 years of experience in the field of cardiovascular medicine and currently is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.
He finished his internal medicine training at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His training in cardiovascular medicine included clinical and research training at the University of Iowa and the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. He was trained in coronary and peripheral intervention at St Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
He is an attending cardiologist at Sentara Northern Virginia Hospital as well as Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Stafford Hospital and Mary Washington Hospital.
What exactly does Interventional Cardiology mean?
Interventional cardiology is one of the sub-specialties in cardiology. So after training in general cardiology for 4 years, I spent a year and a half learning how to do cardiac cath (catheterization)and cardiac intervention.
That's the procedure they do to look at the heart and if there is a blockage and try to fix those blockages with the use of a stent and balloon. They do take care of patients with general heart problems, heart failure, and arrhythmia, but in addition to those problems, Interventional cardiologist has the training to diagnose, and treat patients who have a blockage in their heart artery as well as other areas.