This internationally renowned comprehensive clinical and research program centers around life-improving and life-saving solutions for patients with advanced heart failure and pulmonary vascular disease.

Program Director
Massoud Leesar, MD

Related Information

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Types of Research

  • Basic
  • Translational
  • Clinical

Focus & Methods

Device and therapeutics evaluation that focuses on both vascular and structural heart disease:

  • Balloon valvuloplasty for valvular stenosis using intracardiac echo
  • Atrial septal defect and patent foramen ovale percutaneous closure
  • Distal and microvascular protection
  • Contrast nephropathy
  • Novel stent designs
  • Peripheral and cerebrovascular/intracranial stenting
  • Gene therapy for angiomyogenesis
  • Alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy


  • Single center
  • Multi-center
  • Database


  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biochemistry 
  • Cardiology
  • Physics 
  • Pathology
  • Vascular Surgery

Future Directions

  • Percutaneous valve repair for mitral regurgitation
  • Percutaneous bypass support during high risk intervention
  • Stem cell therapy for refractory angina

Contact Information

Massoud Leesar, MD

Faculty Office Tower, Room 920
1960 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
Office Phone: (205) 934-7898
Office Fax: (205) 934-0973