The Region’s Leading Cardiac Experts Address Innovations in Heart Care in Live Online Forum

November 15, 2016

Baltimore—(November 15, 2016)—Aimed to offer new hope for the estimated 27 million people in the U.S. with heart disease, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital will host a free hour-long Innovations in Heart Care Webcast Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 7 to 8 p.m.  Moderated by WMAR-TV news anchor Jamie Costello, the webcast will stream live from the Inn at the Colonnade in Baltimore, and feature five of Baltimore's top cardiac experts in an engaging interactive dialogue focused on recent innovations in heart care.

Innovation is at the heart of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. New research and developments offer state-of-the-art treatment and diagnosis for patients through the Cardiovascular Research Institute. From leading the charge in transradial cardiac catheterization to being the first hospital in the state to offer dissolvable stents, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial brings together a variety of skilled specialists with experience in a wide range of cardiac conditions to advance heart care. The multidisciplinary team comprises cardiology, cardiac surgery, intensive care medicine, nursing, ancillary care, and administration brings relief to patients through both operative and non-operative treatment.

During the webcast, participants can log on to to watch streaming video and chat live with the experts. Viewers also can participate in the event on Facebook and on Twitter, by following the hashtag #AskMedStar.

Meet the panelists:

John Wang, MD, is the chief of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at MedStar Union Memorial and is the scientific director for Baltimore Cardiovascular Research. He is board certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease, and internal medicine. Dr. Wang specializes in minimally invasive procedures that increase blood flow to the heart, in order to diminish chest pain and decrease the risk of heart attack. He finds great satisfaction in how quickly a patient's quality of life improves with the latest techniques in angioplasty, resorbable stenting, and cardiac catheterization. He has been named a Baltimore magazine Top Doctor in 2015 and 2016.

Glenn Meininger, MD, is the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Services for the Baltimore region of the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. As a board certified cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr. Meininger specializes in heart rhythm disorders, known as arrhythmias. Dr. Meininger helps people manage arrhythmias using a variety of techniques, including pacemakers, defibrillators, medication and lifestyle changes. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Michael Fiocco, MD, is the chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. He is a board-certified cardiac, general, and thoracic surgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of valve and artery disease, and aortic aneurysms. Dr. Fiocco is proud that the majority of cardiac bypass procedures are beating heart surgeries, meaning faster healing and recovery for his patients. He has been named a Baltimore magazine Top Doctor in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Meet the moderator:

Jamie Costello, an award-winning TV news anchor, has been with WMAR, ABC 2 News in Baltimore, MD for 29 years. He co-anchors ABC2 News at 5, 6, and 11; as well as, the "2 Good 2 Be True" segment. Jamie has covered many major Baltimore events including the Pope’s visit, the Ravens Super Bowl win, and live reported from Hurricane Katrina. He is an emcee for numerous organizations off air and serves as a master of ceremonies for various groups.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit

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