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Dimitri Cassimatis

Dimitri Cassimatis, MDName:

Dimitri Cassimatis, MD

Email:

dimitri.cassimatis@emory.edu

Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:

1995 - University of Chicago, BS in Biochemistry 

Medical School:

1999 - Harvard

In practice since:

2005.  From 2005-2010, I was an attending in the US Army.  I joined Emory in 2010.

Your Specialty:

General Cardiology

Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school:

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6 years

How did you choose your specialty?

I loved the physiology and pathophysiology of cardiology.  It drew me in.  Additionally, I enjoyed working with the majority of cardiologists that I met and all the technical equipment that cardiologists utilize (echo, cath, ekg, pacemakers, defibrillators, CT, MRI).

What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?

  • MOST:  The pathophysiology and physiology (just thinking about it, explaining it to patients and students, and trying to prevent disease and treat disease in my patients)
  • LEAST: The stress of having patients who can be extremely ill; being on call frequently.

In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?

  • Someone who is interested in the cardiac system and enjoys the pathophysiology.
  • Someone who is not put off about caring for illnesses that can become very severe and life threatening and can require very rapid action to treat.
  • Someone who is willing to work long hours (which can be said for many areas in medicine).  

Hobbies/special interests:

  • Walking/jogging/being outside
  • Philosophy, especially regarding understanding the human experience
  • Travel (although I do much less of this since we started raising kids in 2009)
  • And perhaps most important of all, trying to be a good and present father to my three daughters