Meet the Team

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Dr. Pankaj Arora, MD, FAHA (Lab Director)

Dr. Vibhu Parcha, MD (Lab Fellow)

Dr. Garima Arora, MD, MRCP (UK) (Lab Co-Director)

  I am a physician-scientist in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Department of Medicine, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). My research program is focused on the natriuretic peptide system and the causal role of deficiency in natriuretic peptide signaling in the development of the cardiometabolic disease.  

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Dr. Garima Arora, MD, MRCP (UK) (Lab Co-Director)

Dr. Vibhu Parcha, MD (Lab Fellow)

Dr. Garima Arora, MD, MRCP (UK) (Lab Co-Director)

 As a multimodality imaging cardiologist, my primary interest is in advanced imaging with cardiac MRI and echocardiography, with my long-term career goal focused on developing 3D models using imaging techniques to help understand, characterize and guide interventions for complex structural valve cases.

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Dr. Vibhu Parcha, MD (Lab Fellow)

Dr. Vibhu Parcha, MD (Lab Fellow)

Dr. Vibhu Parcha, MD (Lab Fellow)

 I am an early-career physician-scientist with an overall goal of translating experimental knowledge and discoveries into an improved understanding of human physiology through clinically-focused patient-oriented research. I strive to advance research in the fields of cardiovascular physiology, pathology, epidemiology, clinical biomarkers, risk-reduction, clinical outcomes, and health disparities. My research objective is to apply population-based epidemiological studies as well as patient-based investigations to examine a broad range of outcomes-related and mechanistic topics. 

Twitter: @vibhuparcha

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Dr. Nirav Patel, MD (Lab Fellow)

Dr. Rajat Kalra, MBChB (Lab Associate)

Dr. Vibhu Parcha, MD (Lab Fellow)

 I have been involved in human translational research involving physiological perturbations to understand the endocrine system of the heart and its contribution to cardiovascular diseases.  My research interests are: i) human physiological studies focused on the natriuretic peptide system, ii) pathophysiologic determinants of health disparities in cardiovascular research, and iii) epidemiological and outcomes research to study cardiovascular risk factors.  I joined the UAB ABIM Research Pathway in 2019. 

Twitter: @npatel1640 

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Dr. Rajat Kalra, MBChB (Lab Associate)

Dr. Rajat Kalra, MBChB (Lab Associate)

Dr. Rajat Kalra, MBChB (Lab Associate)

Chief Cardiology Fellow at the Cardiology Division, The University of Minnesota 

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Dr. Gargya Malla, MBBS, MPH (Lab Associate)

Dr. Rajat Kalra, MBChB (Lab Associate)

Dr. Rajat Kalra, MBChB (Lab Associate)


 Doctoral candidate in Epidemiology and AHA Predoctoral Fellow working as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Department of Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Focused on Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology. 

Twitter: @drgargyamalla

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Dr. Sarabjeet S. Suri, MD (Lab Associate)

Dr. Sarabjeet S. Suri, MD (Lab Associate)

Dr. Sarabjeet S. Suri, MD (Lab Associate)

I am a Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellow. I am interested in preventive cardiology, social and pathophysiological determinants of health disparities. I am interested in outcomes in mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation

Twitter: @ssurimd

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