Cardiology – Las Vegas

Our physicians are board certified, published & hold full time faculty positions with the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

William N Evans, MD—Co-Director

Dr. Evans obtained his MD from the University of California, Irvine. He then completed his Internship, Residency, and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As a long-standing member of the Las Vegas medical community, Dr. Evans has held positions at several area hospitals and served as a board member of numerous charities. He is the Founder and Past President of the Las Vegas Pediatric Society. In 1980, Dr. Evans established, and continues to serve as Co-Director of the Children’s Heart Center. Dr. Evans is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Evans speaks Spanish.

Gary A Mayman, MD—Co-Director

Dr. Mayman received his MD from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed Residency at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. Dr. Mayman then served as a Pediatric Cardiology Fellow at the Cardiovascular Research Institute and University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Mayman joined the Children’s Heart Center in April 1991 after an eight year affiliation with Kaiser Sunset Hospital in Los Angeles where he worked as the Director of Pediatric Echocardiography. Dr. Mayman is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Mayman speaks Spanish.

Ruben J Acherman, MD

Dr. Acherman, a native of Colombia, obtained his MD from the Universidad del Valle in Cali. He completed his Pediatric Residency and a Neonatology Fellowship at LA County USC Hospital. Dr. Acherman next completed a Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Before joining the Children’s Heart Center in March 2002, Dr. Acherman spent eight years on the faculty of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where he served as the Director of Fetal Cardiology. Dr. Acherman is board-certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Acherman speaks Spanish fluently.

Abraham Rothman, MD

Dr. Rothman obtained his MD from the University of California, San Diego. He completed Residency at the University of California San Diego Medical Center. Dr. Rothman then served as a Pediatric Cardiology Fellow at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Rothman joined the Children’s Heart Center in September 2003 after a fourteen-year affiliation with the University of California, San Diego where he was Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Rothman is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Rothman is a nationally acclaimed pediatric cardiac interventionalist and an extensively published basic science researcher. Dr. Rothman speaks Spanish fluently.

Carlos F Luna, MD

Dr. Luna received his MD from the Universidad del Valle in Cali. He completed Residency at LA County USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Luna then served as a Pediatric Cardiology Fellow at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Luna joined the Children’s Heart Center in September 2003 after a three-year affiliation with the Keck School of Medicine at USC where he was the Director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at LA County USC Medical Center. Dr. Luna is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology and has a special interest in fetal and neonatal cardiology and transesophageal echocardiography. Dr. Luna speaks Spanish fluently.

Alvaro Galindo, MD

Dr. Galindo received his MD from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed Residency at the New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Galindo then served as a Pediatric Cardiology Fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles. He received additional training in Interventional Cardiac Catheterization at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Galindo joined Children’s Heart Center in August 2006 after serving as Associate Professor at the University of Miami. He completed his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at UCLA and was a post-graduate Fellow in Interventional Cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Galindo is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology.  He patented the Double Balloon Pediatric Ductus Arteriosis Stent Catheter. Dr. Galindo speaks Spanish fluently.

Robert C Rollins, MD

Dr. Rollins is a native Las Vegan who graduated with honors from the Ross University School of Medicine. He completed his Pediatric Residency in Las Vegas at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Rollins then completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Upon completing his Fellowship in August 2006, he moved to Las Vegas to join the Children’s Heart Center. Dr. Rollins is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Rollins has an interest in fetal cardiology as well as transesophageal echocardiography.

William J Castillo, MD

Dr. Castillo received his MD from the Universidad Del Valle School of Medicine. He completed his Residency at LA County USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. He continued his training at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship. Dr. Castillo joined the Children’s Heart Center in October 2007 after a five-year affiliation with the West Virginia University where he was Assistant Professor of Department of Pediatrics and the Medical Director of Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory. Dr. Castillo is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology and has a special interest in fetal echocardiology. Dr. Castillo speaks Spanish fluently.

John A Alexander, DO

Dr. Alexander received his DO from Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, Virginia. He completed his Residency in Pediatrics at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dr. Alexander then completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Tennessee, Lebonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis. Upon completing his Fellowship in June  of 2015, he moved to Las Vegas to join the Children’s Heart Center. Dr. Alexander is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Alexander speaks Spanish fluently.

Ricardo A Samson, MD

Dr. Sampson received his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor. He completed his Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Samson completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He then completed a second Fellowship in Pediatric Electrophysiology at Children’s Memorial Hospital – Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. After serving 22 years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Dr. Samson moved to Las Vegas to join the Children’s Heart Center in July 2016. Dr. Samson is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology.

Tina W Kwan, MD

Dr. Kwan received her MD from the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, Nevada. She completed her Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Kwan then completed her Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Upon completing her Fellowship in July of 2016, she moved to Las Vegas to join the Children’s Heart Center. Dr. Kwan is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in Pediatric Cardiology. She also has an interest in Transesophageal echocardiography. Dr. Kwan speaks Cantonese Chinese fluently.

Elizabeth E Adams, DO

Dr. Adams received her DO from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine. She completed her Residency in Pediatrics at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania, where she then completed her Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology in June of 2012 and her Adult Cardiology Fellow in June of 2013. After serving 4 years as Assistant Professor of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology, Dr. Adams moved to Las Vegas to join the Children’s Heart Center. Dr. Adams is board certified in both Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease.  Dr. Adams is interested in all aspects of adult congenital heart disease, included the care of single-ventricle Fontan patients and pregnancy and contraception counseling.

Victoria Funmi Sijuade, CPNP

Victoria obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2009. She earned a Masters of Science in Nursing/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2014. Most recently Victoria worked at Centennial Pediatrics here in Las Vegas. Before that she spent time at Centennial Hills Hospital working in the nursery. Victoria is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about providing care to children. She believes in educating parents and families about disease prevention with an emphasis on childhood obesity. Victoria joined Children’s Heart Center in January 2016.

Vanessa Fogelbach, FNP-C

Vanessa obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2008. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2015. Most recently Vanessa worked at Sunrise Pediatrics here in Las Vegas. Prior to that, Vanessa worked as a registered nurse on a Medical-Surgical floor at Spring Valley Hospitals. Vanessa is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a Family Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about providing quality care to children. She believes in educating parents and families about disease prevention with an emphasis on childhood obesity. Vanessa joined Children’s Heart Center in October of 2016.

Tammy Roper, RN, BSN

Tammy is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After Graduating from UNLV’s Nursing Program, she began her Nursing career at the Sunrise Children’s Hospital where she worked as a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care area. During her time in the PICU, Tammy specialized in the post op care of Open Heart Surgery patients. Tammy joined Children’s Heart Center of Nevada in 2006 as the Clinical Nurse Manager. She manages the operations of the Clinical Nursing Department and the CHC Lab. This includes supervision of the Treadmill Stress Test, In Office Sedations, Prescription Refills, Cardiac Catheterization Conference, Prenatals, Procedure Scheduling, and Lab Draws. Tammy also assists the physicians and staff and provides educational information to patients, parents, and healthcare workers.

Mia Rios, RN

Mia obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After graduation from the Nursing program, Mia worked as an Obstetrical/Gynecological Nurse at Sunrise Hospital for 12 years. During this time she earned several awards including Southern Nevada OB Nurse of the Year, HCA First Humanitarian Award, and a Customer Excellence award. After her tenure as an Ob/Gyn nurse, she went on to serve in the capacity of Clinical Applications Analyst at Sunrise Hospital for 6 years. In 2007, she joined Children’s Heart Center as the Perinatal Nurse Manager. Mia has actively participated in the development of CHC’s current perinatal cardiology program from the ground up. She has worked with her team of coordinators to develop relationships with local perinatologists and their staff in order to coordinate the highest level of prenatal and postnatal care for mothers who are referred to our physicians for fetal echocardiography & cardiac evaluation. This program continues to grow and is currently one of the busiest fetal cardiology programs in the nation.

Sean Gallagher, RN

Sean obtained his Associate’s Degree in Nursing from the College of Southern Nevada. After graduation from the Nursing program, Sean worked at Desert Springs Hospital as an Emergency Room, Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Nurse for 16 years. In 2015, he joined Children’s Heart Center. Sean works closely with our physicians managing our Electrophysiology patients. He assists with procedures in the Electrophysiology Lab, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, and Operating Room. He also manages our weekly pacemaker clinic, manages remote pacemaker/defibrillator transmissions, and educates our patients and families about procedures, pacemakers, defibrillators, and arrhythmias.

Rosanna Piacentini, RN

Rosanna (Rosie) obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After graduation from the Nursing program, Rosie worked at Sunrise Children’s Hospital as a Critical Care NICU Nurse for 7 years. During her time in the NICU, Rosie gained extensive experience providing patient care in a critical care environment as well as offering education and support to families. In 2015, she joined Children’s Heart Center.

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