Saibal Kar, MD

Director, Cardiovascular Intervention Center Research

Saibal Kar, MD is an interventional cardiologist in the Cardiology Division of the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he is also the Director of Interventional Cardiac Research. 

An astute clinician and teacher, Dr. Kar is a skilled interventional cardiologist with a special expertise in valvuloplasty and congenital heart disease. His research interests are focused on coronary restenosis, device development and the advancement of percutaneous techniques in the treatment of congenital and valvular heart diseases. Involved in both clinical and experimental research, Dr. Kar's clinical work has included publishing data on different aspects of angioplasty for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. In the experimental lab, he has done original work on newer drug-eluting stents for the prevention of restenosis of coronary stents, and he recently developed a new drug-eluting stent, which is being used in a clinical trial in Germany.

Dr. Kar has published his clinical and experimental work in full manuscript form in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous international meetings. He has written book chapters in Interventional Cardiology and General Cardiology, and he was instrumental in the startup of a special program of percutaneous closure of atrial and ventricular septal defects.

A board certified interventional cardiologist, Dr. Kar is a fellow and active member of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. He is also member of other professional organizations, including the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association and Cardiology Society of India. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World Congress of Heart Failure.

Dr. Kar earned his medical degree from Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College in Calcutta, India. Following his internship, he completed his residency in medicine and his fellowship in cardiology at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India. After serving for a short time as Assistant Professor at this institute, he began working as an interventional cardiology fellow at the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Kar came to the United States and repeated his residency in medicine at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital, and he completed his cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In view of his academic merits and previous accomplishments, the American Board of Medicine gave special consideration to shorten his period of residency and fellowship.

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