Cardiology is a specialty within internal medicine. Cardiologists are doctors that have specialized training in being able to identify, treat and prevent diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. A cardiologist may be trained to carry out tests and some procedures like heart catheterizations, angioplasty, or pacemaker insertion. To be a cardiologist, one must attend medical school for four years, three years of internal medicine training, and a minimum of three years in cardiology-specialized training. Communication skills are especially important for cardiologists because they often have to speak about risky and expensive treatments. There are many opportunities to advance your practice through more training to get involved with surgery.
Gagan Sahni MD, FACC, FACP graduated from J.N. Medical College in Aligarh, India. She subsequently completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Long Island College Hospital and received her fellowship training in Cardiovascular Diseases from Beth Israel Medical Center-Long Island College Hospitals. Dr. Sahni became an Attending and Coronary Care Unit (CCU) Director at the Metropolitan College Hospital and was the Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College (NYMC) Valhalla. There, Dr. Sahni was appointed Site Clerkship Director in which she mentored and taught third and fourth year medical students. Dr. Sahni joined the Cardiovascular Institute faculty at Mount Sinai Hospital. She was appointed Director of Cardiology Consult Services and is the Director of the first Cardio-Oncology sector at Mount Sinai. She is one of the few cardiologists in the tristate area with expertise in cardio-oncology or treating cardiovascular disease in cancer patients. She has presented several research abstracts at American College of Cardiology, including an abstract on the Impact of Heart Failure medications on incidence of Ventricular Arrhythmias. She also has publications in the European Heart Journal and International Journal of Cardiology. Dr. Sahni is a current member of the Women in Cardiology Committee of ACC. She is also fluent in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi & Spanish.