Fellow Spotlight: Dr. Punag Divanji
Dr. Punag Divanji was born in Montreal, Canada, and grew up near Houston, Texas. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Plan II, an interdisciplinary honors program, then completed his medical degree, internal medicine residency and chief residency from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Cardiology combines his interests in science, people and the opportunity to tackle widespread problems. At UCSF, he has enjoyed working on the advanced heart failure service. "I've seen people who are incredibly sick and require the care of several disciplines as well as new and emerging technologies," said Dr. Divanji. "I try to be with patients and their families, explaining what's happening to them and asking them to think through the situation with me."
He is interested in specializing in advanced heart failure because of the opportunity to work closely with patients and families, the intellectual challenge of understanding the origin and trajectory of each patient's disease, and the exciting technologies to treat heart failure. These include smaller ventricular assist devices (VADs), as well as innovations such as the CardioMEMS™ HF System, an implantable heart failure monitor which transmits data about how well the heart is pumping to a smartphone or computer. "This is a field where we have the opportunity to create new technology to look at empiric data," said Dr. Divanji.
Dr. Divanji is married to Dr. Diana Divanji, an obstetrician in private practice in Burlingame. Together they enjoy biking, hiking and learning to scuba dive.