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Dr. Abbud received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He completed his internal medicine internship at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and his internal medicine residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ He then completed a fellowship in critical care medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he served as the chief cardiology fellow, and a fellowship in interventional cardiology at the University of Toronto.

In 2002, Dr. Ziad Abbud founded the American Heart Center PC, which has grown to be one of the most successful and respected medical practices in New Jersey.
Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, and Nuclear Cardiology, Dr. Abbud has been appointed a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has been selected to be the Medical Director for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Bayshore Community Hospital, as well as the Angioplasty program at Jersey Shore University Hospital, and Riverview Medical Center.

Dr. Abbud is the Co-chair for the cardiovascular research program at the Meridian Health System Cardiovascular Steering Committee. He is a principal investigator in multiple clinical trials, and has published multiple papers in well-respected medical journals over the years.

Board Certified in: Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, and Nuclear Cardiology
Dr. Tawfik holds a B.A. in biological sciences with honors from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and a medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA He completed his internal medicine residency and his cardiology fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he was chief cardiology fellow. He then completed his interventional cardiology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

He joined American Heart Center in 2010. His specialties include Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology.
While completing his residency and fellowship at RWJUH, he served as a research assistant and Co-author on several papers and presentations on acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and cardiac transplantation.

He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the American Society of Echocardiography.

Board Certified in: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, and Echocardiography
A native of Canada, Dr. Demchuk received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She completed her internship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal. She then returned to the University of British Columbia to complete her internal medicine residency, followed by a geriatric residency and a cardiology residency. She completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at Toronto Hospital.

Dr. Demchuk relocated to the United States in 1999, where she practiced with the Tucson Heart Group
in Tucson, AZ, and the New Mexico Heart Institute in Santa Fe, NM. Dr. Demchuk joined American Heart Center in 2005, where she specializes in Interventional Cardiology.

She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Board Certified in: Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Karam holds undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She completed her internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she was chief cardiology fellow, and a fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology, also at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
She joined the American Heart Center in 2009, specializing in Electrophysiology.

She has co-authored several papers on and she is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Medical Association.

Board Certified in: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Diane Fernicola graduated with honors from Felician College and then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She joined the American Heart Center in 2009 as a Nurse Practitioner in the Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Unit who provides primary nursing care and management of critical trauma and post-operative patients.



Our Mission
American Heart Center, PC is dedicated to providing the Jersey Shore community with unparalleled cardiovascular care. Our primary duty is to our patients and their families and we endeavor to focus on each patient's personal concerns in a friendly and compassionate manner.