The CardioNerds Academy is a year-long digital media and medical education fellowship focused on training medical educators for the modern age. We strive to equip our fellows with skills in online content creation grounded in adult learning theory and digital media best practices. Moreover, we aim to create a community of educators united in the mission of elevating traditionally under-represented voices within cardiology and cultivating a culture of equity, compassion, and humanism within our field.
Through the Academy curriculum, Cardionerds Academy Fellows create “digital educational products” (or “DEPs”) such as infographics or Twitter "tweetorials". These DEPs leverage the unique advantages of digital media to effectively teach cardiovascular medicine topics to the vast and heterogenous online medical education audience. As part of our annual Academy graduation ceremony we are privileged to honor fellows who have distinguished themselves as educators in this space with a DEP Award.
Dr. Holtzman was born and raised in San Francisco, California and attended Stanford University for college, where she earned a BA in Human Biology. She subsequently completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Buenos Aires, Argentina prior to attending Harvard Medical School. As an internal medicine resident at the University of California, San Francisco, her research focused upon investigating equitable enrollment of women in cardiovascular trials and she led the university-wide Women in Leadership Development (WILD) organization.
She also joined the CardioNerds podcast academy as a Chief Fellow, with the goal to democratize cardiovascular education through multimodal, free online educational content. Dr. Holtzman currently serves as the Chief Resident at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and will be a cardiology fellow at the University of California, San Francisco starting in July 2023. Ultimately, Dr. Holtzman aspires to be an academic cardiologist with an emphasis on women’s cardiovascular health and health policy.
Rawan Amir is a cardiology fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a special interest in adult congenital heart disease and hopes to be one of the first Saudi physicians to specialize in the field and to one day start a robust ACHD program back in Saudi.
Rawan, under the guidance of her physician parents, has been involved in research from a very young age and aims to further advance her career as a physician scientist. She is also very committed to trainee wellness and served as the wellness chair for her residency program for two years running. Outside of work, she enjoys scuba diving, playing tennis and training her pet parrots.
Sukriti was born in India and graduated medical school in Bangalore, before moving to the US to pursue her internal medicine residency at Ascension Providence in Michigan. A visual learner and self-taught artist, she loves to learn using art as an aid to simplify complex medical concepts.
She is the author of “Learning Medicine with Art”, a compilation of medical illustrations which aims to make learning fun for the medical student! Outside of medicine, she enjoys yoga, cartooning, and exploring new Asian cuisines.
Devesis a Cardiovascular Disease Fellow at Rochester General Hospital. He was awarded as the best PGY3 of the year for his clinical acumen and peer teaching abilities and was chief resident. During residency, he has received travel and research grants and involved in multiple prospective studies. He is interested in pursuing a career in imaging, prevention, and #MedEd. He is involved in gender-based disparities and outcomes. Over the weekends, he is hiking with his wife @RitambharaMD and exploring western NY.