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Ziad A. Abbud,
MD, FACC
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


Beverly Demchuk,
MD, FACC
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


Sara R. Karam, MD
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


Laith Zamel, MD
Board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine, Dr. Zamel was honored to be a chief resident at Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he completed his Internal Medicine residency. He attended Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson University Medical school for Cardiology fellowship and became Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease in 2016. He then completed an Interventional Cardiology fellowship in 2017 and joined American Heart Center PC.
Dr. Zamel participated in multiple clinical researches, abstracts and publications during his residency and fellowship.

Board Certified in: Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine


Diane Fernicola,
MSN, RN, APN
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.


Stacey Musto,
MSN, RN, APN-C
Stacey Musto received her Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, at Seton Hall University and subsequently worked in a cardiovascular intensive care unit as an RN for over 12 years. In 2017, she graduated from Rutgers University, earning her Master of Science degree as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She joined the American Heart Center in the Fall of 2017 as a Board Certified Advanced Nurse Practitioner managing patients in the office and in the hospital.



Stacey is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
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.