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Interview with Our New Cardiologist: Dr. Shishir Mathur

January 31, 2019

We are thrilled to have Dr. Mathur join Starling Physicians where he will specialize in interventional cardiology, as well as see non-invasive patients. Dr. Mathur has been a physician for over 18 years and practicing cardiology for 8 years. He was in a busy practice in Pittsburgh where he worked on minimally invasive procedures for treating vascular and venous disease. He sees patients in Wethersfield and Glastonbury.

Dr. Mathur shares some interesting information on his background and areas of expertise.

Tell us about your medical training?

I am originally from India where I attended Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi for my medical education. I completed my residency and fellowship training from Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut. I am board certified in cardiology and Interventional cardiology

What are your areas of interest?

I am particularly interested in coronary and peripheral vascular interventions.  I have a special interest in acute coronary syndromes, peripheral vascular disease, and management of varicose veins.

I specialize in minimally invasive techniques to open up blocked arteries of the heart to re-establish blood flow to the heart muscle. This procedure is used to treat angina and can be life-saving in certain situations. I use the latest technologies like intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography, in addition to coronary angiography for optimal assessment and treatment of coronary artery disease with stents.

Tell us more about areas of specialization?

I have a special interest in treating peripheral vascular disease and specialize in opening blocked arteries going to the legs with minimally invasive techniques involving balloons and stents. This procedure can relieve leg pain and prevent limb amputation in certain situations.

I also have a particular interest in treating vein disease of the legs like varicose veins. I use minimally invasive procedures like radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy to treat the diseased veins of the legs.

What motivated you to become a cardiologist?

I trained as a physician in India where I volunteered to work at homeless shelters, in addition to my full time job at a large tertiary care center in New Delhi. I had a keen interest in treating cardiovascular disease using modern technology which motivated me to pursue further training in the US.

Are you involved in research?

During my training at Hartford Hospital, I did extensive research on understanding important risk factors that lead to developing heart disease. I won the young investigators award at American Society of Nuclear Cardiology in 2009 for my research presentation. I also have several publications in reputed scientific journals. I was highlighted in local West Hartford newspaper for saving the life of a European diplomat who had a heart attack while he was visiting Connecticut.

What do you do outside of work?

I moved back to West Hartford with my family because they missed West Hartford and we wanted to be back with our family and friends in the Hartford area. I am married and have 3 boys. In my free time I enjoy spending time with his family, swimming, and biking.

Dr. Mathur will see patients starting in April in Wethersfield and Glastonbury.

Now scheduling appointments: (860) 258-3477.