New Faculty

Dr. Frank Seghatol-Eslami joins the Department of Medicine

Frank Seghatol-Elami, MD

Dr. Frank Seghatol is a cardiologist and associate Professor of Medicine in the division of cardiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He is also board certified and level III in echocardiography. Dr. Seghatol received my MD degree from the University of Brussels, Belgium (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and did post-doctoral studies in cardiovascular pathology at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris France. He was always interested in pursuing his education in US. He completed his training in Internal medicine at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital (Interfaith Hospital) in Brooklyn, NY, and his fellowship in cardiology at St-John Providence Hospital in Michigan. Because of his interest in cardiovascular imaging, he applied for and completed a year of training and research in echocardiography at Northwestern University in Chicago. This gave Dr. Seghatol tremendous experience and skill in interpretation and performance of all modalities of echocardiography.

After completing his training, he was recruited at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as Assistant Professor and stayed on the faculty for almost 16 years until now and currently is an Associate Professor. He has always enjoyed academic medicine and teaching. He has been involved in teaching medical students, residents, and cardiology fellows the art and science of medicine and cardiology. He had been preceptor in introduction to clinical medicine for 4 years working directly with medical students. He was proudly nominated for best teacher award. He always uses every case during rounds as a teaching case for residents and fellows rotating in cardiology. But beyond teaching, the most important aspect of his profession as a physician is taking care of patients. He believes every patient deserves to have the best care possible no matter how simple or complex their diseases. He was the recipient of the best intern award for patient care during my internship. He has kept the same interest in patient care and in order to better serve patients, he attends conferences to keep himself updated with recent advances in cardiology.

Dr. Seghatol is interested in research. He believes that patient care and research are intertwined. He spent a year at Northwestern University as a research associate in echocardiography was a fruitful year for him in terms of research and publications. It gave him knowledge and experience in conducting clinical research using the tools that are available. He has continued to be active in research at UAB and have published manuscripts and interesting case reports. He also confirmed his career path in academic medicine. He wishes to continue his academic achievement in Washington University and grow among colleagues with the same goals and perspectives. Key Interests are Academic medicine, inpatient care, teaching and education of medical students and residents, clinical and translational research. Research areas are left ventricular systolic and diastolic function and the mechanism of adaptation of left ventricle to loading conditions such as in valvular disease. Mechanism(s) of left ventricular healing and regeneration after myocardial damage, for instance after myocardial infarction. Prospects for therapy in heart failure and strategies used to delay or even reverse maladaptive remodeling.