Wenwu Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Zhang is a native of China. He obtained his M.D. degree in 1985 from Wuhan University School of Medicine in Wuhan, China. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Physiology in 1998 from the LSU Health Science Center Graduate School in New Orleans. He subsequently served as intern and resident in internal medicine at the LSU Heath Science Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, during 1998 through 2001. He later completed a fellowship training in general cardiology and preventive cardiology (lipidology) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, during 2001 through 2005. Dr. Zhang furthered his cardiology training by completing an interventional cardiology fellowship during 2005 through 2006. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and its Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Disease.
Dr. Zhang has conducted extensive research in the field of cholesterol and lipid metabolism and atherosclerosis. His doctoral research at the LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans involved HDL metabolism and reverse cholesterol transport. He continued his research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center during his cardiology fellowship training. He received Fellowship Awards from National Institute of Health and American Heart Association. He has published twelve articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Dr. Zhang joined Cardiovascular Consultants, LLP, in July, 2006. In addition to general cardiology and preventive cardiology, he provides a complete array of service in interventional cardiology including complex and high risk coronary intervention and peripheral vascular interventions. In September, 2007, Dr. Zhang performed the first percutaneous repair of an atrial septal defect. in the region. This minimally-invasive technique allows for the repair of a hole in the septal wall separating the two atrial chambers of the heart with fewer complications and a speedy recovery than afforded by traditional surgical techniques. Dr. Zhang also performs percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale using a similar technique.