Women’s Vascular and Cardiac Health Interdisciplinary Center

Center Location & Hours

UTHealth Houston Professional Building
6400 Fannin St., Suite 2850
Houston, TX 77030
Mon - Fri | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fax: (713) 512-7203

The Women’s Vascular and Cardiac Health Interdisciplinary Center (WVACHI) team delivers comprehensive care for women of all ages diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases. Utilizing a collaborative and customized approach, patients are provided treatment plans based on the severity of their condition.

Your world-class health care team may include cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, adult congenital cardiologists, heart failure physicians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, geneticists, vascular neurologists, pulmonary extensive care doctors, and clinical epidemiologists. As a medical home for women’s cardiovascular health, you can count on specialists who are top-tier academic physicians focused on the latest research and personalized care.

As part of our commitment to advancing patient care and academic research, eligible women may choose to participate in clinical trials to further the understanding of the impact cardiac and vascular diseases in women.

We look forward to partnering with you on your journey to renewed and improved quality of life.

Faculty & Staff


Rana O. Afifi, MD


Vascular Surgery

Bindu Akkanti, MD

Bindu Akkanti, MD


Pulmonary Medicine

Maria M. Patarroyo Aponte, MD

Maria M. Patarroyo Aponte, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Anju Bhardwaj, MD

Anju Bhardwaj, MD

Cardiovascular Disease, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Alana C. Cecchi, CGC

Medical Genetics

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Simbo M. Chiadika, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Anthony L. Estrera, MD

Anthony L. Estrera, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dianna M. Milewicz

Dianna M. Milewicz, MD, PhD

Medical Genetics, Internal Medicine

Siddharth K. Prakash

Siddharth K. Prakash, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Diana A. Racusin, MD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Ismael A. Salas De Armas, MD

Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac

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Poyee P.Tung, MD

Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease

Charles Miller

Charles C. Miller, PhD

Clinical Research And Health Care Quality

Harleen Sandu

Harleen K. Sandhu, MPH

Clinical Research And Development

Anjail Z. Sharrief, MD

Anjail Z. Sharrief, MD

Vascular Neurology

Robyn P. Garcia, MD

Robyn P. Garcia, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Barbi Witz, PA-C


Advanced Care Provider Coordinator