Rajendra (Raj) Makkar, MD

Director, Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Raj Makkar, MD is the Director, Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Makkar is the principal investigator of several research protocols in the Cardiovascular Intervention Center. He has established a program for treating patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy using percutaneous transluminal septal myocardial ablation. Dr. Makkar is currently studying the application of stem cells in treating myocardial infarction in an experimental setting.

A skilled interventional cardiologist, Dr. Makkar has extensive experience with the development and the clinical application of devices like coronary stents and intravascular brachytherapy. He has received two American Heart Association grants (a postdoctorate fellowship and a Grant-in-Aid) and has been a co-investigator on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. Dr. Makkar has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of the American Medical Association and Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

Dr. Makkar completed his interventional cardiology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the UCLA School of Medicine.

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