Quality Standards

At the Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee the health of your heart and vascular system is our mission. Our expert team of doctors use cutting edge technology to provide you with the best cardiovascular care competing with the best in the nation. So we ask all of you to help us help you.

How it Works

What can be expected at the first visit? After signing in you will be escorted back into the clinic area where you will seen first by a nurse then placed into an exam room to be seen by the doctor. Patient's are also reminded to bring medications each visit for the doctor to review. While at the clinic, arrangements may also be made to have laboratory blood testing or you might be scheduled for further testing such as a stress test or an echocardiogram, which can be performed right on site at the clinic.

Our Providers

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Elie Hage-Korban

  • American University of Beirut - Beirut, Lebanon
    M.D. Degree/B.S. Degree in Biology ( with honors)
  • Michigan State University/Sparrow Hospital - East Lansing
    Residency Program, Internal Medicine
    Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship and Internship
  • State of Michigan
  • State of Tennessee
  • Nuclear license in state of Tennessee
  • Federal DEA
Board Certifications
  • Board Certified-Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified-Nuclear Cardiology (eligible to be authorized user in Michigan)
  • Board Certified in Cardiology
Professional Societies
  • Member-Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, since 1996
  • Member-American College of Physicians, since 1997
  • Member-American Medical Association, since 1997
  • Fellow-American College of Cardiology, since 2000
  • Member-American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, since 2001
  • Fellow-American Society in Laser and Medicine
  • Fellow-FACP
Specific Skills
  • Certified in Venous Central Line placement
  • Certified in Swan-Ganz Catheter placement
  • Certified in BLS and ACLS
  • Certified to perform Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Certified in Temporary Pacemaker placement
  • Certified in performing EEG
  • Proficient in EKG Stress Testing
  • Proficient in performing and interpreting TEE
  • Proficient in interpreting EKG
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Naji Bourji

  • Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
  • Cardiology Fellowship
  • Internal Medicine-Residency
  • Kaunas University of Medicine
  • Licensed in New York
  • Licensed in Tennessee
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Simon Okewole

  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    Major: Biology (BS)
  • St. Josephs University, Philadelphia, PA
    Program: Health and Medical Services Administration, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
    Program: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O./M.B.A.)
  • Cooper University Hospital, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson
    Program: Internal Medicine Residency
  • Deborah Heart & Lung, Browns Mills New Jersey
    Program: Cardiology Fellowship
  • St. Barnabas Hospital, Newark Beth Israel, Newark, New Jersey
    Program: Electrophysiology Fellowship
Professional Certification
  • Successful completion of COMLEX STEP I (06/02)
  • Successful completion of COMLEX STEP II (08/04)
  • Successful completion of COMLEX STEP III (08/07)
  • Board Certified Internal Medicine: American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (09/09)
    - New Jersey Medical License
    - Pennsylvania Medical License
  • Board eligible General Cardiology (07/11)e
  • Board eligible Electrophysiology (07/13)
Research & Publications
  • Co-Principal Investigator
    TOPCAT: A trial of aldosterone antagonist spironolactone in heart failure and left ventricular ejection fraction >45%
  • Co-Principal Investigator
    FOCUS: Transfusion Trigger Trial for Functional Outcomes in Cardiovascular Patients Undergoing Surgical Hip Fracture Repair. Published Transfusion Vol. 46, Dec 2006.
  • Co-Principal Investigator
    Cardiac reperfusion studies using Protein Kinase C Inhibitors to block the release of PMNs and reduce the effects of Superoxide on myocardial tissue
  • Clinical Research Investigator
    Successfully completed various research studies needed for pre-clinical FDA evaluation of drugs proposed for clinical trials. The two studies were 28-day Pregnant Rat and Rabbit Reproductive Toxicology Studies using Factor Xa Inhibitors
    Successfully conducted numerous presentations on experimental drugs and techniques for Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceutical. One of these presentations was on The Effects of Retinoic Acid on the skeletal development of Harlan Rodents
  • Co-Principal Investigator
    Published Journal of Insect Behavior (Vol. 11, No. 5, 1998)
  • Saint Barnabas Health Care System
    Israel Hospital
  • Cooper University Health Systems
    Camden New Jersey
  • Temple University
    Philadelphia, PA
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Nirav Patel

  • Maimonides Hospital Medical Center - Brooklyn, New York
    Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
  • Medical College of Georgia - Augusta, Georgia
    Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine
    Chief Residency/Junior Administrative Faculty
    Residency on Internal Medicine
  • M.S. University, Baroda Medical College
    Baroda, Gujarat, India
  • Licensed in New York
  • Licensed in Georgia
Awards and Certificates
  • Excellence in Medical knowledge during internship year
  • Winner of Statewide medical Jeopardy at the GA Chapter of American college of physicians
  • Head of the Organization Committee of the GA Chapter of the American college of Physicians as a Chief-resident
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Holly Bennett Bunch

  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing - Nashville, TN
    Master of Science in Nursing
    Adult Nurse Practitioner, Cardiovascular focus
    August 2004-August 2005
Licensures and Certifications
  • Registered Nurse Licensure: State of Tennessee (multistate)
  • Nurse Practitioner Licensure: State of Tennessee
  • Licensure to prescribe: State of Tennessee, Registered with DEA
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center
Professional Activities
  • Member, 2005, American Nurses Association
  • Member, 2005, Tennessee Nurses Association
  • Member, 2005, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association
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Shanna L. Wilkes

  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing - Nashville, TN
    Master of Science in Nursing
    Adult Nurse Practitioner - Cardiovascular Focus
    Nursing (summa cum laude graduate)
    August 2004- December 2005
  • University of Tennessee at Martin - Martin, TN
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    August 1991- May 1995
Licensures and Certifications
  • Registered Nurse Licensure: State of Tennessee (multi state)
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Licensure: State of Tennessee
  • Certifications: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified; American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Licensure to Prescribe: State of Tennessee; Registered with DEA.
Honors, Awards, and Honor Society Memberships
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Since 2005)
Professional Activities
  • Member - Tennessee Nurses Association, since 2006
  • Member - American Nurses Association, since 2006
  • Member - Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, since 2006
  • Member - The Center for American Nurses, since 2006
  • Member - American College of Cardiology, since 2006
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Cara Roberson ANP

  • Union University, Jackson, Tennessee
    Master of Science in Nursing
    Family Nurse Practitioner December 15, 2012
  • University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing • Magna Cum Laude • December 1997
Licensures and Certifications
  • Advanced Practice Nurse, Nurse Practitioner with Certificate
  • Registered Nurse
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, current through March 2014
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention, The University of Memphis 1997
Professional Activities
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse FNP-C, Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee Elie Korban M.D.
  • Charge Nurse Clinical Ladder II, Patient Centered Physicians Care, P.C. Kim Howerton M.D.
  • Registered Nurse Case Manager, Hospice of West Tennessee Jackson, Tennessee, 2007