Our People

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers, and teachers in our profession. Through formal mentoring programs as well as an open-door philosophy, we provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.

Current Residents

Sixth Year Resident

Adnan Al Ayoubi Portrait

Adnan Al Ayoubi, MD, PhD
Medical University of South Carolina

Fifth Year Residents

Abby Chainani, portrait

Abby Chainani, MD
Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine

Albert Pai, MD

Albert Pai, MD
Texas Tech University, School of Medicine

Fourth Year Resident

Lucas Nguyen, portrait

Lucas Nguyen, MD
University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Third Year Resident

Marian Hohenwarter Portrait

Marian Hohenwarter, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

Second Year Resident

Kyle Wash, portrait

Kyle Walsh, MD, MS
University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

First Year Resident 

Rohan Anand, MD

Rohan Anand, MD
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Residency Leaders

John Keech, MD 
Residency Program Director

Mohammed Bashir, MD
Associate Program Director

Jody Gingerich

Jody Gingerich
Program Coordinator
Email: jody-gingerich@uiowa.edu

Alumni Placement

Year Private Practice Academics
Cumulative Total Since 1949 79 42
2021-2022 - 1
2020-2021 - 2
2019-2020 - 1
2018-19 - 1
2017-18 2 -
2016-17 1 -
2015-16 1 1
2014-15 2 -
2013-14 - 1
2012-13 - 2
2011-12 - 1
2010-11 1 1
2000-2010 5 10



Our Faculty

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery has faculty whose clinical, teaching, and research expertise spans a comprehensive and immersive experience into the diagnosis, management and treatment of all aspects of cardiovascular and thoracic diseases.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Faculty

Evgeny Arshava

Evgeny Arshava, MD, FACS

Clinical Associate Professor
Thoracic Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Mohammed Bashir

Mohammad Bashir, MBBS

Clinical Associate Professor, Structural Heart Disease Program Surgical Director, Director of Adult Cardiac Services
Adult Cardiac Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Moshem Karimi

Mohsen Karimi, MD, MS, MBA

Clinical Professor, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

John Keech

John Keech, MD, FACS

Clinical Associate Professor, Educational Program Director, 
Director of the Center for Procedural Skills and Simulation
Thoracic Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Ali Nasr

Ali Nasr, MD, PhD, FETCS, FACS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Adult Cardiac Surgery/Procurement Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Anthony Panos

Anthony Panos, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS

Adult Cardiac Surgery Professor, Heart Transplant Surgical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Surgical Director
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Kalpaj Parekh

Kalpaj Parekh, MBBS

Nicholas P. Rossi Professor, Interim Chair and DEO
Professor, Lung Transplant Surgical Director
Thoracic Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Marco Ricci

Marco Ricci, MD, MBA

Professor of Surgery, Chief Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Arun Singhal

Arun Singhal, MD, PhD, FACS

Clinical Associate Professor
Adult Cardiac Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Anthony Swatek, MD

Assistant Professor
Thoracic Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Please select a link below to view emeritus faculty profiles.

Department Chair

Kalpaj Parekh, MBBS

Kalpaj Parekh, MBBS is the Chair and DEO of  Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Why Iowa

Adnan Al Ayoubi, MD PhD

"6 years ago, I came to Iowa for my residency interview. It was the most “West” I had traveled to during the residency interview process. Being a rural state, I expected to see nothing but corn fields, which certainly seemed like it from the air as the plane was approaching the local airport. To my surprise, Iowa City is nothing l had imagined. It is a young and vibrant city with all sorts of indoors and outdoors activities all year round, and is well suited for young professionals and families relocating to this area. As far as my decision to come here, it truly was a no-brainer. The faculty are very welcoming, engaging and dedicated to residents growth clinically, technically, academically and in our leadership skills. We benefit from a very wide catchment area, therefore we see and operate on all sorts of diseases from bread and butter cases to the most complex ones. All surgeries are done in one location, we don’t need to travel between sites. The residents are a cohesive group and truly care about one another like a family. We have an outstanding cadre of APPs who streamline patient care and make our grueling days easier. We also have an excellent relationship with general surgery and other ancillary services that enhance our learning and training experience. Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of our training is the trust and pride of Iowans as well as patients from neighboring states who travel to our hospital with full confidence they will receive the best care possible anywhere. 6 years later, my attachment to this place is stronger, and I am full confidence future trainees will share my view after they spend some time here."


Albert Pai, MD

"Growing up in Minnesota, I chose Iowa to return to the Midwest and the four seasons (although the winter is mild compared to other northern states). The hospital is situated in a medium college town with big city amenities. Traffic is minimal, and the city is safe. The suburbs and good school districts are right on the outskirts of the hospital system which was important to me and my family."