The recipient of a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Raj Khandwalla completed his clinical training with a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center and Washington Hospital Center. Currently, Dr. Raj Khandwalla performs inpatient and outpatient cardiac care at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Located in Los Angeles, the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute offers world-renowned cardiology services, ranging from preventative medicine to surgery. Since the birth of the Heart Transplant Program in 1988, the facility has performed 975 transplants. In 2013, it broke a record for the number of heart transplants performed in one year. That year, the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute finished 119 adult heart transplants, including 2 adult heart-lung transplants; the previous record was 98. This marked the fourth consecutive year that the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute led the country in this procedure. Another reason behind the institution's success is its pioneering efforts in artificial heart transplants. These devices benefit patients who are at risk of dying before their name reaches the top of the waiting list for a new organ. The Cedars-Sinai Health Institute uses the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, a mechanical pumping device. A record 23 patients received the device from the organization last year.
Raj Khandwalla, a general cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group in California, provides patients with outpatient and inpatient cardiac care. He has also co-authored several research papers. Furthermore, Raj Khandwalla is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Cardiology. Since its founding in 1949, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) has played an important role in improving heart health and revolutionizing cardiovascular care. Through education, health policy, quality care, and research, the ACC promotes knowledge among its members, and helps to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. In February 2014, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology published an article on the effects of fitness and obesity on cardiovascular health. Previous research has shown that obesity negatively affects cardiovascular structure, function, and hemodynamics, while increasing the prevalence of cardiovascular disease. However, more recent research shows a positive connection between overall survival and being overweight, which physicians define as having a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 30. To determine the true impact of weight on cardiovascular health and overall survival, the authors of the article, “Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases – Implications Regarding Fitness, Fatness and Severity in the Obesity Paradox,” reviewed all the data regarding the “obesity paradox.” The paradox is rooted in the fact that while obesity does increase the risk of cardiovascular health problems, obese patients with cardiovascular disease have more favorable prognoses than leaner patients with the same cardiovascular diseases. The authors of the study also found that fitness may be a better predictor of survival than body fat level. Highly fit patients with cardiovascular conditions have better survival rates than individuals with low fitness levels who do not have these conditions. These observations led the researchers to conclude that improving physical fitness, rather than preventing obesity, may be more important for maintaining overall health.
A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Raj Khandwalla completed his cardiology fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center. Since 2012, Dr. Raj Khandwalla has worked as a general cardiologist with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group. Located in Beverly Hills, California, the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group runs a Heart Institute that enhances our understanding into cardiology. Its professionals treat conditions of the heart ranging from atrial flutters and cardiac tumors to high blood pressure and aortic diseases. Moreover, it runs state-of-art clinics, such as the Noninvasive Cardiac Laboratory and the Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program, which investigate specific areas of heart medicine. Its remarkable 30-bed Advanced Heart Failure Unit serves as an important resource for persons with congestive heart failure. Along with caring for patients, the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group Heart Institute performs groundbreaking research into heart health. In January 2014, researchers at the facility announced the discovery of six proteins responsible for regulating the heart, managing communication between heart cells, and controlling the intensity of a heart attack or stroke. Previously, scientists believed that only one protein served this function. This greater understanding of how the heart operates can lead to significant advancements in the treatment of heart failure and arrhythmias.
A respected cardiologist with Cedars-Sinai Health Associates and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group in Beverly Hills, Dr. Raj Khandwalla serves approximately 2,000 patients. Dr. Raj Khandwalla has an interest in medical innovation and is particularly focused on the impact of mobile technologies on healthcare delivery. With physicians’ time often scarce, mobile applications present a particular benefit in enabling the remote tracking of patient progress and compliance with treatment regimens. Rather than seeing patients at infrequent intervals, doctors can provide patients with individualized coaching services via smart phones. One startup company is currently developing a mobile platform that will enable the collection of patients’ personal behavioral data to help improve the diagnostic capacities of physicians. Another venture is in the beta stages of designing smart phone optical attachments that will enable high quality imaging that can be transmitted to hospitals as a diagnostic aid. For example, a clip-on dermascope or otoscope could provide high-magnification images of ear and skin issues and avoid the necessity of in-person visits to imaging labs.