The UAB Catheterization Lab is staffed by interventional attendings performing diagnostic catheterizations, cardiac interventions, peripheral interventions, and cerebrovascular interventions. Cardiology Fellows assigned to the catheterization lab to perform diagnostic catheterizations and to assist in interventional cases.

Related Information Cardiac Catheterization Clinical Rotation
Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
Interventional Cardiac Research Program


UAB Hospital North Pavilion
6th Floor
615 18th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233

The Kirklin Clinic (inpatient lab)
2000 6th Avenue South
Cardiology Clinic, 4th Floor
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 801-8000 (General Information)

Birmingham VA Medical Center
6th floor
700 South 19th Street
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
Phone: (205) 933-4518


UAB Hospital and Birmingham VA Medical Center
Massoud Leesar, MD


Brigitta Brott, MD
Massoud Leesar, MD
Silvio Papapietro, MD
Mark Sasse, MD

Clinical Services

Diagnostic catheterizations
Cardiac interventions
Peripheral interventions
Cerebrovascular interventions


Performing and interpreting interventional procedures

  • right and left heart catheterization coronary, graft and ventricular angiography
  • hemodynamic assessment endomyocardial biopsies
  • measurement of coronary pressure
  • gradients and flow and performance and interpretation of IVUS

Observing and understanding

  • peripheral and cerebrovascular procedures
  • renal angiography and intervention


  • intracoronary IVUS tracings
  • coronary flow and pressure measurements (with and without vasodilator challenge)

Pre- and post-procedure patient care

  • pre-procedure evaluation (indications, patient selection)
  • post-procedure follow-up (complications, continued care)



Basic, translational, and clinical research focusing on device and therapeutics evaluation for both vascular and structural heart disease.