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Drs. John Vavalle (left) and Anthony Mazzella (right).

John Vavalle, MD, MHS, will assume the role of Director of the UNC Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, while Anthony Mazzella, MD, joins as Associate Program Director. Dr. Vavalle’s commitment to mentorship, coupled with Dr. Mazzella’s passion for education, brings a formidable combination of leadership qualities to the program.

Dr. Vavalle is widely recognized as an expert in the field of structural heart disease. He often collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team of cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, and advanced practice providers to determine the best treatment options available for patients. As the program’s former Associate Director, Dr. Vavalle has demonstrated exceptional mentoring qualities, and his passion for teaching has always been evident. This new position expands Dr. Vavalle’s opportunities to inspire the next generation of physicians.

As a long-time UNC Trainee now on faculty as a cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr. Mazzella brings his own unique strengths and perspectives to the program. His conspicuous passion for education has been recognized by colleagues and trainees. Dr. Mazzella’s ability to connect with learners will foster an engaging and supportive learning environment. His clinical interests lie in the diagnosis and management of heart rhythm disorders using the latest techniques in catheter ablation and cardiac device implantation.

“Our people are what make UNC a wonderful place to train and grow professionally,” Dr. Mazzella said. “I look forward to applying these experiences formally as Associate Director of the Cardiology Fellowship to promote an environment of collegiality, rigorous clinical training, research opportunities, and inclusion.”

A sincere thank you is extended to Lise Jeannette Rose-Jones, MD, for her exemplary service as the former Program Director. Her contributions have been instrumental in shaping the program’s legacy of excellence.