The goal of the Nuclear Cardiology rotation is to introduce the Cardiology Fellow to the clinical protocols, basic technical aspects, and image interpretation associated with nuclear cardiology practice.

Patient Population
Clinical Responsibilities
COCATS & Board Certification
Contact Information


Fadi Hage, MD


Jaekyeong Heo, MD
Fadi Hage, MD
Ami Iskandrian, MD, MACC

Patient Population

Patients with various cardiac disorders such as diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease and coronary heart disease.

Clinical Responsibilities

Supervising stress tests performed by specially trained nursing staff at the inpatient and/or outpatient laboratory, including:

  • selecting the appropriate form of stress
  • providing patient risk assessment
  • monitoring ECG and patient status during stress
  • interpreting the ECG tracing

Reviewing the patient’s clinical chart to determine the appropriate stress and imaging protocol which includes considerations regarding:

  • the optimal form of stress
  • specific cardiac procedure indications
  • viability versus ischemia
  • infarction determination
  • body habitus

Preparing cases for interpretation by attending physicians, including:

  • the completion of all relevant forms, worksheets, proper image formatting on display computers
  • familiarity with pertinent clinical factors

COCATS & Board Certification

Details about certification requirements are available at the ACC (, ASNC (, and CBNC ( websites. Attendance at the ongoing Nuclear Physics Course (Course Director: Dr. Jack Heo) is mandatory for Cardiology Fellows who desire Level 2 certification and wish to become eligible for board certification by CBNC.

Additional didactic instruction on the technical fundamentals of nuclear imaging is provided by E. Lindsey Tauxe, CNMT, and the Nuclear Cardiology attendings in the form of lectures and laboratory exercises. Fellows are responsible to maintain a detailed procedure log.

Fellows who fulfill the requirements for Level 2 certification will receive a letter from Dr. Iskandrian at the end of their training which will document the training experience and skill level achieved. A copy of this letter should be given to the program office and will be maintained in the Fellow’s file in case of future inquiries by licensing agencies, hospitals etc. Level 3 training will require additional subspecialty training.

 Contact Info

Lyons-Harrison Research Building, Room 318
1900 University Boulevard
Birmingham Alabama 35294-0006
Telephone: (205) 934.0545
Fax: (205) 934-7579