Cardiology Fellowship Program



Mandar Jagtap, DO FACC,FASE,FSCAI,FASNC    Program Director

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We appreciate your interest in our Cardiology Fellowship program.

The Cardiology Fellowship Program at Magnolia Regional Health Center offers a structured three year program of training designed to prepare highly qualified candidates for careers in clinical and investigative cardiology.  This intensive experience, under close supervision of full-time staff, is provided in all major clinical and laboratory aspects of cardiology.

During training all fellows rotate through the cardiac catheterization laboratory, echocardiography, electrophysiology, graphics (ECG, stress testing, ambulatory monitoring, pacemaker analysis), and nuclear cardiology laboratories.

From the beginning of training one half day per week is spent working under careful supervision in the Outpatient Cardiology Practice and is expected to participate in one or more areas of ongoing research.

Graduates of the program meet board eligibility requirements for general cardiology and COCATS Level 2 requirements for Nuclear and Echocardiography Boards.


Cardiology Fellowship Program Director

*We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

MRHC’s Cardiology Fellowship program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

MRHC abides by the CMS COVID vaccination mandate requirements.  New hires are required to be fully vaccinated or granted exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Dr. Patel

Mehul Patel, MD

Cardiology Fellowship Core Faculty

Nanni Pidikiti, MD, FACC  

Cardiology Fellowship Core Faculty


Christopher Ingelmo, MD

Cardiology Fellowship Core Faculty

Paul Volansky, DO

Cardiology Fellowship

Associate Program Director

Academically & Clinically Structured Program

  • Journal Club
  • Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds
  • Mayo Board Review
  • Grand Rounds
  • Morbidity and Mortality
  • Morning Report
  • Case Presentation
  • Community Volunteer Opportunities
  • Fellow lecture
  • Research opportunities
  • Ambulatory care clinic experience weekly
  • 3 yr Schedule @ a glance 3 YR Rotational Requirements by AY_Cardiology Fellowship_2021

Program Benefits

  • Competitive annually increasing salary
  • Health & Life Insurance
  • 21 PTO Days & Educational Days annually
  • Long Term Disability
  • White Coat Annually
  • MRHC Stipend / Loan Repayment Program
  • Complimentary Meals
  • Library Resources
  • Mobile Device
  • Research Opportunities
  • Benefits Page:  MPS Benefit Summary Sheet

Two Positions Per Year

The fellowship program offers 2 positions per year and is a comprehensive program that fulfills fellowship requirements of specialty boards of certification.

Those training in invasive cardiology require a fourth separately accredited year in Interventional Cardiology to become fully proficient in angioplasty and other interventional techniques and/or certification.

Application Process

Magnolia Regional Health Center participates and accepts applications through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) along with an MRHC application. Two positions are offered at Magnolia Regional Health Center per academic.  A separate required application may be downloaded from our website: Download our Cardiology Fellowship Application along with the required information of:

Letters of Recommendation – At least three (3) letters of recommendation that attest to your personal qualifications and to your scholastic and clinical ability.

Transcripts/Diploma – A copy of your most recent medical school transcript should be included in your application.

Research and Scholarly Activity

We are extremely proud of the work our fellows have put in to completing scholarly activity amidst their rigorous training schedules. They continue to work diligently to present at national and regional conferences, including the MRHC Annual Cardiovascular Symposium each fall.

Fellows are allotted a stipend utilized toward such conferences based on PGY year. Scholarly activity funds are to be utilized to help fellows pay for attendance to present posters and/or abstracts at educational conferences, cost of posters and other materials needed. Utilization of such funds for items not listed above will only be allowed once an acceptable form of scholarly activity has been completed.


Ted and Patel TCT

Dr. Ted Richards and Dr. Mehul Patel, Cardiology Fellowship Core Faculty Member, present at the 2019 TCT National Conference in San Francisco, CA.


Fellow CV 2019

All of our Cardiology Fellows presented research posters and delivered excellent lectures at our 2019 Cardiovascular Symposium.

Conferences and Publications

Our fellows and faculty have presented at many conferences, and/or have been published in national journals, including the following and others:

  • 2021 70th Annual Scientific Session – Poster presentation: ACC Complex Clinical Cases, “SPECTRUM OF RECURRENT SPONTANEOUS CORONARY ARTERY DISSECTION, NATURAL AND MODIFIED HISTORY WITH VARYING MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES” presented by Likhitesh Jaikumar, MD, C. Taylor Smith, DO, Mehul Patel, MD
  • 2021 Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) 2021 scientific sessions – abstract:  A Rare Concomitant Left Ventricular Aneurysm and Pseudo Aneurysm Following Acute Myocardial Infarction: Role of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging  Dakshin Gangadharamurthy, MD
  • 2020 ASNC Journal of Nuclear Cardiology -Manuscript Publication  -Cardiovascular Disease Training Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Need for Change in Training Paradigm   Dakshin Gangadharamurthy, MD
  • 2020 ACOI Annual Convention -Research abstract presentation – FINALIST “Cardiovascular Disease Training Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Need for Change in Training Paradigm” Dakshin Gangadharamurthy, MD
  • 2020 AHA Scientific Session Abstract acceptance -Timely Recognition And Successful Clinical Outcome Of An Acute Debakey Type I Aortic Dissection  presented by Dakshin Gangadharamurthy, MD
  • 2019 ACC Annual Scientific Session – posters presented by Dr. Thomas Flautt and Dr. Alison Spangler
  • 2019 Alabama/Mississippi ACP Scientific Meeting – posters presented by Dr. Thomas Flautt and Dr. Alison Spangler
  • 2019 TCT Annual Conference – poster presented by Dr. Likhitesh Jaikumar
  • 2018 CCVC 7th Annual Symposium – poster presented by Dr. Ted Richards, Dr. Ling Twohig, and Dr. John Prather
  • 2018 American College of Osteopathic Internists Annual Scientific Convention – poster presented by Dr. Thomas Flautt, Dr. Ashley Nickerson, Dr. Sahar Jahan, Dr. Alison Spangler, Dr. Paul Volansky, and Dr. John Prather
  • ACC 2018 Poster Presentation “Paralyzed: A Rare Case of Thromboembolism” Thomas Flautt, Do; Aaron Earles, DO, Billy D. Parsons, MD
  • Heart Rhythm Case Reports – Title: A Novel Mapping and Ablation Strategy of the Mitral Isthmus using Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE) in the Left Atrium
    Corresponding Author: Thomas Flautt, DO
    Co-authors: Alison Spangler, DO; John Prather, PhD, MD; David Lan, MD
  • “Noonan Syndrome with Coronary Anomaly” Twohig, Nickerson, Prather. Congenital Diseases Case Report. European Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine. Vol 5, Issue 3, September 2017
  • “Critical Limb Ischemia and Minor Tissue Loss as Initial Presentation of Peripheral Artery Disease” Accepted to SAWC – 9th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care; Las Vegas, NV, October 20, 2017. Paul Volansky, DO; Prateek K. Gupta, MD; John W. Prather, MD
  • Helping Residents See Clearly: Introducing CLER into the Daily Practice of a Newly Accredited Program- poster (presented at 2017 ACGME; 2017 IM Symposium; 2017 AL & MS ACP)
  • 2017 American College of Osteopathic Internists Annual Scientific Convention – Another Man Who Cried Wolf? A Rare Presentation of Endocarditis. H. Lusby, T. Cao, P. Volansky, J. Prather.

Click the link below to Meet our Cardiology Fellows!

Meet Our Cardiology FELLOWS 2022-2023

CONGRATULATIONS Cardiology Fellows

Class of 2022 upon your successful completion of Fellowship!

L-R   Dakshin Gangadharamurthy, MD; Likhitesh Jaikumar MD


Welcome Cardiology Fellows AY 2022


Talhah Siraj, MD

Dr. Siraj received his Medical Degree from St. Georges University School of Medicine, West Indies, Grenada.  He completed Internal Medicine Residency at Unity Health-White County Medical Center, Searcy, Arkansas, where he also served as chief resident.  He is a current member of the American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography and American College of Physicians. In his spare time, Talhah enjoys golf, tennis, hiking, camping and traveling.


Sophia Thang, DO 

Dr. Thang received her Medical Degree from Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Magnolia Regional Health Center, Corinth, MS, where she also served as chief resident.  She graduated from University of Houston, Houston, Texas, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering.  Dr. Thang is a current member of American Osteopathic Association, American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.  In her spare time, Sophia enjoys piano, violin, and spending time with family.


Contact Us

To arrange a site visit or assist with any questions you may have:

Office of Graduate Medical Education

Jamie Hajek

Cardiology Fellowship Coordinator

Division of Cardiology
Magnolia Regional Health Center
611 Alcorn Drive
Corinth, Ms. 38834
Office (662) 293-1143
Fax (662) 293-4347


Call (662) 293-1000