Growing up in India, Dr. Shah saw an epidemic of cardiovascular disease, partly due to genetic predisposition and partly from new diet and lifestyle habits of western influence. He made it his mission to make a difference in the cardiovascular health of people by prevention, early screening, and cutting-edge procedures. After finishing his medical school with honors and seven gold medals in India, he pursued further training at the University of Connecticut, authoring more than 50 articles and book chapters in various prestigious journals. He won several awards including the Young Investigator Award at several national cardiology conferences. He further pursued training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, one of the top centers in the world and got training in cutting-edge complex cardiac and vascular cases that most other interventionalists would not be able to intervene upon. Dr. Shah has held various leadership positions including Director of Vascular Interventions at several prestigious institutes and also held academic positions including Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
A leader in medicine, Dr. Shah has been named a “Top Physician” in the 2015 edition of Leading Physician of the World and has been among the “Top Doctors of New Jersey” since 2015. He holds seven board certifications, which include but do not limit to Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology.
Dr. Shah is currently the founder and director of Apex Heart and Vascular Care, a modern facility with comprehensive cardiac care and cutting-edge technologies, keeping the principles of evidenced-based care and compassion. His mission is to bring his Manhattan-based cardiovascular expertise, coupled with a dedicated family-based approach, to his patients in New Jersey.
Throughout his career, he has contributed to the scientific community through the publication of multiple articles, book chapters, and presentations at national and international conferences.
Dr. Shah currently has admitting privileges and performs interventional procedures at The Hackensack University Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, St. Michael Medical Center, and Englewood Hospital. His areas of interest include treatment of circulatory disease and office-based treatment of varicose veins, swelling of the legs, and venous ulcers.
Dr. Shah lives in New York City. In his spare time, he likes to play tennis, golf and do mathematics puzzles (He went into Mathematics Olympics!!) He is also active in a non-profit organization providing cutting edge advanced care in developing countries.
Dr. Kunal Brahmbhatt is excited to be working at Apex Heart and Vascular following a journey that has encompassed the majority of the prior two decades. Dr. Brahmbhatt was born in Jersey City, moving to several locations before being primarily raised in New York. He attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science and attended the Drexel University College of Medicine, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine. He also attended the Drexel LeBow College of Business and received a Master in Business Administration.
Following his studies, Dr. Brahmbhatt moved to Long Island, New York to begin his Internal Medicine residency at NYU Winthrop Hospital. He continued his training at NYU Winthrop by completing his fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease as well as a subspecialty fellowship in Interventional Cardiology. During his residency and fellowship training, Dr. Brahmbhatt was involved in research and publications, having the opportunity to present at several local and national academic conferences. Dr. Brahmbhatt is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, as well as Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography.
Dr. Brahmbhatt prides himself with his ability to communicate and empathize with his patients. He is devoted to his work and has acquired many particular skills during his training that allow him to effectively diagnose and treat his patients. He is skilled in cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention, and has been trained to perform both peripheral vascular and structural cardiac interventions.
When Dr. Brahmbhatt is not busy with work, he enjoys travelling all across the world, immersing himself in various cultures and cuisines, and speaks functionally native Gujarati and Spanish. He also enjoys cooking, physical fitness, and spending time with his family. He is always rooting for his favorite New York/New Jersey Metro area sports teams. Dr. Brahmbhatt is thrilled to return to New Jersey, helping the same community in which he was born.
Nicallina Milillo is a Physician Assistant graduate from Seton Hall University. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA. Nicallina found her passion for cardiology well before studying medicine. She has a significant family history of heart disease and worked for a cardiologist while applying to schools and fell in love with the practice and patients. Nicallina is most passionate about decreasing the preventable risk factors of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. While there are risks of heart disease that people do not have control over, there are far more risk factors that people can control. She adamantly believes that it is her job to make patients aware of those risks and to inspire them to make changes! On her leisure time, Nicallina loves cooking and creating her own recipes. Diet is an important aspect of our daily lives that can dramatically affect heart health. Nicallina takes pride in creating delicious and healthy meals in her own home. And when she is not cooking or at Apex, you can assume she is likely somewhere reading, shopping, or exercising.
Nicole Merensztein is a Physician Assistant who joined the Apex Heart and Vascular family in September 2019. She received her Bachelors in Biology, as well as her Master’s in Science from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. She was born in Argentina and then moved to New York at a very young age, but maintained her fluency in Spanish by practicing with family, friends, and now with patients! She loves to travel in her free time and experience new cultures, try new foods and meet new people. If you ask her where she is the happiest, the answer is almost always on a beach with a good book. Nicole has had a love for healthcare and medicine for as long as she can remember. She believes in listening and creating relationships with every single patient to maintain and improve life-long health.