The HCM Team

Our multidisciplinary HCM team works together to provide our patients with the highest standard of integrated care. Our collaboration brings together the following experts:

For appointments with the HCM Team, please call 212.305.8013


Cardiology/Medical Management

Shepard Weiner, MD, Co-Director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy program, is a cardiologist specialized in the treatment of cardiomyopathies.

Mathew Maurer, MD, a researcher and cardiologist who provides medical management, and comprehensive treatment plans for adults with HCM.

Farhana Latif, MD, a heart failure/transplant cardiologist at The HCM Center.

Melana Yuzefpolskaya, MD is a cardiologist specializing in medical management of adults with HCM at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Cardiac Surgery

Hiroo Takayama, MD, PhD, Co-Director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy program, is a cardiac surgeon who performs a complex procedure called a myectomy, removing the overgrown heart muscle to restore blood flow.

Yoshifumi Naka, MD, PhD, a seasoned cardiac surgeon who has made significant advances in complex heart surgery including reoperations and surgery for heart failure, including VAD implantation and heart transplantation.

Koji Takeda, MD, PhD, a highly trained cardiac surgeon with a subspecialty in surgery for heart failure and minimally invasive heart procedures.


Frederick Ehlert, MD, Director of the Electrophysiology Fellowship at Columbia, and an expert in managing arrhythmia and device therapy in patients with HC.

Kathleen Hickey, RN, EdD, a specialist in electrophysiology, cardiogenetics and the prevention of sudden death.

Linda J. Addonizio, MD, Director of the Program for Pediatric Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure and Transplantation at NYP/Columbia

Marc Richmond, MD, an attending physician in the Program for Pediatric Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure and Transplantation.

Warren A. Zuckerman, MD, a specialist in the clinical treatment of pediatric cardiomyopathies, heart transplantation, pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure.


Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, a geneticist who tests and counsels patients and their families for genes related to HCM.

Interventional Procedures

Tamim Nazif, MD, an interventional cardiologist who performs septal ablation. to destroy overgrown heart tissue and improve blood flow.


Advanced imaging specialists who use Echocardiography, CT scans and MRIs to refine the diagnosis

Sonia Tolani, MD, an echocardiographer who utilizes the latest ultrasound techniques to evaluate cardiac structure and function.

Our team also includes specially trained nurses, patient educators, physical therapists, and nutritionists who will help HCM patients maintain an optimal lifestyle.