MISSION

Our mission is to raise awareness of women’s heart disease by employing cutting-edge technology, hosting creative education symposiums and encouraging community participation in health and wellness programs.  We hope to engage supporters who can help share our findings and passion to better prepare and inform women across the globe.

 

MEDICAL

RESEARCH

We have a team of Physicians that are intently focused on gathering quality data and developing new techniques and educational tools to help combat women's heart disease.  We use cutting-edge technology to help engage patients and understand their lifestyle habits and how their health heart is performing over time.

EDUCATION

Each year, Have a Heart, Save a Heart hosts a Women's Heart Symposium in conjunction with our sponsors and a host of explosive guest speakers.  This event is designed to educate attendees about risk prevention, healthy lifestyle habits and how technology can be used to help audit and upkeep their wellness plans.

health &

wellness

Fitness and a responsible diet are central to healthy heart.  Our supporters will be intrigued by how we employ the latest technology to securely track volunteers to gather data about heart health across different demographics, geographies and age groups.

OUR FOCUS

WOMEN'S HEART CENTER

PHYSICIANS

NICOLE WEINBERG, MD

Dr. Nicole Weinberg grew up on the East coast in New Jersey. She attended Emory University in Atlanta where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Honors Biology. She received her medical degree from MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine, now a part of Drexel University, and completed her residency at Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine -- both in Philadelphia. She moved to the West Coast for her cardiology fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
 
Dr. Weinberg has published extensively in subjects ranging from imaging modalities to evaluation of cardiac disease.  She has lectured locally on Preventative Heart Disease and Women's Heart Disease and is also part of the Women's Health Initiative at St. John's Hospital. Dr. Weinberg is board certified in Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology.
 
Through the Women’s Heart Center at the Pacific Heart Institute, she has been a co-director of the annual Women’s Heart Symposium which focuses on current cardiovascular topics. She helped found the Have A Heart, Save A Heart Charity in the hopes of increasing awareness and prevention to the community and beyond.
 
When not working, she enjoys spending much needed quality time with her husband and three children.  Although she misses her family in New Jersey, she loves the excuse to travel home for a visit.

SARINA VAN DER ZEE, MD

Dr. Sarina van der Zee is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiac Electrophysiology.  She practices at the Pacific Heart Institute, where her specialty is interventional therapies for arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, as well as pacemaker/defibrillator management.  She is particularly interested in arrhythmias in women and athletes.   She is part of the Women’s Heart Center at Pacific Heart Institute, as well as an athlete’s screening program.

 

After graduating from Yale University, she was awarded a Fulbright-Netherlands America Foundation scholarship to study drug metabolism at a preeminent laboratory in the northern Netherlands, where her family is from.

 

He medical training was at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004.  After internship and residency in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, she completed Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowships at Mount Sinai Medical Center.  She joined Pacific Heart Institute in 2011.  

 

In her free time, she enjoys jogging, from 5K to marathon distances, as well as reading fiction and spending time with her husband and young son. 

ALEXANDRA LAJOIE, MD

Alexandra Lajoie, M.D. is a non-invasive cardiologist with extensive experience in cardiac imaging.  She is originally from New York and attended Princeton University, followed by medical school at Columbia University.  She moved to Los Angeles for cardiology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Lajoie is board-certified in echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac CT.  She has published work on imaging, the effects of diet on atherosclerosis, and cardio-oncology, about which she has given presentations to both the community and academic circles.

 

Dr. Lajoie is passionate about helping patients understand their cardiac conditions and working with them on individualized therapies.  She believes in the importance of prevention and early diagnosis, and she is committed to creating the best treatment plan for each patient’s specific needs. In addition to general and consultative cardiology, she has expertise in preventing and managing heart disease related to cancer therapy.

 

When she is not caring for patients, Dr. Lajoie enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and traveling.

SONIA SAMTANI, MD

Dr. Sonia Samtani joined Pacific Heart in 2019. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. She was born and raised in Potomac, Maryland to physician parents. Upon completing Holton - Arms, a college-preparatory school in Bethesda, she was awarded a seven year accelerated BS/MD at the George Washington University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

 

She continued her training in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University. She was awarded the Critical Care Award for Senior Resident in the Department of Medicine for epitomizing the ideals of empathy and excellence in critical care medicine. Dr. Samtani completed her Cardiology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. She was awarded Fellow of the Year all three years of her training, and was elected as Chief Fellow in cardiology. She continued at UC Irvine for interventional cardiology under the esteemed guidance of Dr. Morton Kern, author of the Cardiac Catheterization Handbook.

Dr. Samtani has a strong focus on patient and medical education. She has authored multiple chapters in three different cardiology textbooks regarding stress testing and interventional cardiology.

She has contributed to the California chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), serving as the Chief of the Fellow in Training Committee for Southern California. Her contribution to the ACC was recognized and she was awarded an Excellence in Cardiology Fellowship Award as well as the Future Leader of 2018 Award.

She has a particular interest in women’s cardiac health and complex coronary interventions with radial access.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Samtani enjoys traveling, playing tennis and swimming.

 
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