MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With the opening of its new home – the 10-story tower attached to WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital – just three months away, the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute is expanding its roster of experts to meet the ever-increasing demand for its services. Mohamad Alkhouli, M.D., Walid Gharib, M.D., Takashi Murashita, M.D., Sameer Raina, M.D., J. Scott Rankin, M.D., Bryan Raybuck, M.D., and Donald Siddoway, M.D., all joined the faculty this summer.

Dr. Alkhouli, an interventional cardiologist, came to Morgantown from the Mayo Clinic, where he completed a fellowship in coronary and endovascular interventions and an advanced fellowship in structural heart interventions. Prior to that, he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he also spent a year as chief cardiovascular fellow. He also completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Temple University, including a year as chief resident.

He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine, and endovascular intervention.  

Dr. Gharib, who is also an interventional cardiologist, completed cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, as well as an internal medicine residency at WVU. He received his medical degree from Marshall University. He is board certified in internal medicine.

Gharib will primarily see patients at Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale.

Dr. Murashita, a cardiothoracic surgeon, received his medical degree from Kyoto University in Japan. He then completed his surgery residency at Kurashiki Central Hospital and cardiovascular surgery fellowship at National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center. From there, he went on to an advanced clinical fellowship in cardiovascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

Prior to joining the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, Murashita served as a clinical instructor in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Raina, a non-invasive cardiologist, joined the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute cardiology faculty from the University of Arkansas, where he completed an internal medicine residency and cardiovascular disease fellowship. Prior to that, he received his medical degree from the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, and completed an internal medicine residency at the Rabindra Nath Tagore Medical College in Udaipur, India. He is board certified in internal medicine.

Dr. Rankin, a thoracic surgeon, received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee before completing a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute and a surgical residency at the University of Alabama Hospital. He spent two years as a general surgeon for the U.S. Air Force before joining the faculty of the Duke University Medical Center. He also held positions at the University of California San Francisco, Saint Thomas Hospital and Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

Most recently, Rankin was a partner in Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates, PLLC, in Nashville and chief medical officer of BioStable Science and Engineering, Inc., in Austin, Texas. He is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.

Dr. Raybuck, an interventional cardiologist, came to Morgantown from Northern Virginia, where he served as director of cardiac catheterization laboratories and co-director of the structural heart program at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute.

Raybuck received his medical degree from the Penn State College of Medicine. He then completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He spent more than a decade as an active duty U.S. Army officer, until his honorable discharge in 1993, at which time he was a lieutenant colonel. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Siddoway, an electrophysiologist, joined the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute from UPMC, where he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He received his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

For more information on the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, visit mywvuheart.com.  

The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute is comprised of an integrated team of cardiovascular surgeons and cardiologists who are considered national experts in their field, working closely together to bring the most state-of-the-art therapies to patients from West Virginia and the surrounding region.

For more information: Angela Jones-Knopf, Manager of Media Relations, 304-293-7087