Showcasing a Hero in Cardiology Care: Dr. Heval Kelli


Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals from every discipline have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their patients.

To recognize these heroes, ReachMD asked members of its community to help lead the way by nominating someone who’s made remarkable contributions in the healthcare field.

Dr. Matthew Sorrentino, of ReachMD’s Heart Matters podcast, sits down with our own Dr. Heval Kelli to discuss his recent nomination for ReachMD’s Heroes in Healthcare Initiative, honoring those recognized by their peers for outstanding contributions to medical care.

Kelli photo

Heval M. Kelli, MD
Noninvasive Cardiology

Michele D. Voeltz, MD, FACC

Michele D. Voeltz, MD, FACC
Interventional Cardiologist

At The Heart Of Improving Maternal Mortality


Cardio-obstetrics may be the most important medical practice that women thinking about having children have never heard of. It’s a relatively new field practiced by Dr. Michele Voeltz of the Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Institute.

This new line of service is especially important as the United States tackles the growing problem of maternal mortality – the death of a woman within 42 days of the end of her pregnancy. Maternal mortality is an important indicator of the health of a nation because many of the deaths are almost entirely preventable.

The U.S. has the worst maternal mortality rate among 11 developed countries. Dr. Voeltz’s expertise is especially important in Georgia. The state has the highest maternal mortality rate in the nation at 46 deaths for every 100,000 births.

Where Are The Heart Attacks?


Across the U.S. and across the world, more people are avoiding hospital emergency rooms. Patients are fearful – and so are some physicians – of catching COVID-19. New York, Boston and Detroit are among the metropolitan areas reporting a sharp upturn in deaths at home. – an online community of cardiologists – estimates the number of people dying of heart attacks at home in New York has increased a staggering 800 percent compared to last year.

Dr. Cindy Grines is the chief scientific officer of the Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Institute. The calamity of preventable at-home cardiac deaths spurred her to co-author a scientific statement, or expert opinion, on how physicians and emergency departments can safely handle cases of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), the medical term for heart attack.

Grines is a past president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and she spoke with host Marlon Manuel about the new recommendations.

Cindy L. Grines, MD, MSCAI, FACC

Cindy L. Grines, MD, MSCAI, FACC
Chief Scientific Officer