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Physicians Specializing in the VNUS Closure Procedure


Dominick Stella, M.D.

Dominick Stella, M.D.Our main goal is better patient care. This is such a rapidly changing field. We have to stay on top or be left behind. We want to provide the best and most technologically advanced care for all our patients...

Dr. Dominick Stella graduated from Illinois Benedictine College. At Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, he received his M.D. in 1995. After residency training at Loyola University, Dr. Stella stayed to complete his fellowships in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. There he was named both Cardiology Chief Fellow as well as Interventional Chief Fellow. Dr. Stella is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Dominick Stella joins his brothers Joseph and Ronald as interventional cardiologists for Heart Care Centers of Illinois. Their individual areas of expertise dovetail nicely, providing the full range of cutting-edge invasive cardiology services.

Peter W. Kakavas, M.D.

There has been a rapid growth in cardiac imaging technologies in the past decade. I am proud to have brought together a team of specialists to provide our patients with the "cutting edge" of these new modalities.
Dr. Peter Kakavas earned his undergraduate degree at Benedictine University, where he was selected for membership in the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society. At Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, he received his M.D. degree in 1989. Following residency training at Northwestern University, Dr. Kakavas completed his cardiology fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, where he completed an additional year of specialty training in echocardiography.

Dr. Kakavas was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center. He serves as Director of the Echocardiographic and Vascular Laboratories of Heart Care Centers of Illinois and and has previously served in the same role at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island. He is also director of the Cholesterol Modification Program at HCCI.

Dr. Kakavas specializes in Echocardiography and has a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of patients with lipid disorders. He has published articles on topics relating to echocardiography, cardiomyopathy, and Trans-Myocardial Laser Revascularization. He participates in Multicenter clinical trials of new therapies, and is the Director of Clinical Research at HCCI.

Dr. Kakavas is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease with additional certification in Echocardiography. He joined Heart Care Centers of Illinois in 1995.


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