Meet the Doctor: Antonio Chamoun, MD
Antonio Chamoun, MD, is an interventional cardiologist at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park. He sees patients in Einstein Cardiology offices on Tabor Road at Einstein Philadelphia and in Plymouth Meeting. Dr. Chamoun is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.
Dr. Chamoun has been named a “Top Doctor” by Main Line Today and by Philadelphia Magazine. In 2018, he was Main Line Today’s “No. 1 Interventional Cardiologist.”
We spoke recently with Dr. Chamoun about his career, his interests, and cardiology at Einstein Healthcare Network.
Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: I grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, during the civil war, in a family of teachers and physicians whom I admired for their dedication and enthusiasm to persist in helping people of all ages to improve their condition. I always knew I wanted to follow their lead and improve the health of those in my community.
Q: Tell us about your education.
A: I attended St. Joseph’s Medical School (French Faculty of Medicine) in Beirut, then moved to the United States. I did my internal medicine residency at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. During my medical residency, I met my wife, who was a medical student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. We then moved to Texas to pursue further training at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where I did my fellowship in cardiovascular disease and then in interventional cardiology while my wife was training to become a family physician.
I started my career as a faculty member in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and was awarded “Outstanding Teaching Faculty of The Year” by the cardiology fellows in 2003.
Q: Why did you choose your specialty?
A: After studying the cardiovascular physiology section in medical school, I was fascinated with the mechanics and electricity of the heart, a tireless vital pump working with no interruptions for decades. I knew then I wanted to become a cardiologist. During my cardiology training, I further developed a passion for interventional cardiology.
Q: What are your clinical interests?
A: As an interventional cardiologist, I particularly enjoy the challenging complex interventions most often needed to treat advanced severe coronary artery disease and severe peripheral vascular disease in all of its forms. These procedures require navigating, with wires and catheters, through diseased blood vessels before reaching the target vessel to be treated. It may be a coronary (heart) artery or a vessel anywhere else in the body.
Q: What drew you to Einstein?
A: I have known the interventional cardiologists at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia for years, professionally and on a personal level. I was impressed with the outstanding quality of the work being done in the cardiac catheterization lab at Einstein and wanted to be part of the team. I strongly felt this would be an important step forward to advance my career and substantially contribute to the care of a community in need of my skills while also enjoying training future interventional cardiologists. Moreover, after meeting with the cardiology leadership I was particularly impressed with the vision and dedication to continuously grow and advance the program.
Q: Why should people choose Einstein for their cardiovascular care?
A: They should choose Einstein because of the expertise and dedication of the physicians in the cardiology department. Patients will be treated with the most advanced comprehensive cardiac care in a compassionate environment.
Q: What are your interests outside of work?
A: I enjoy playing my acoustic and classical guitars in my time off. I like attending comedy shows and Broadway plays. When the weather is good, I enjoy short- to mid-distance running and walking on local trails.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Forrest Gump. The movie is just full of life-changing quotes, including: “Don’t ever let anybody tell you they’re better than you,” “You have to do the best with what God gave you,” and “My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: Napa Valley and the Bay Area in California. The weather is so beautiful and the wine tasting is just great. I’ve also enjoyed Paris quite a bit – the arts, the food, the historical sites. While the kids were growing up we really enjoyed Disney.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
A: I have recently been introduced to Suraya in Fishtown and Li Beirut in Collingswood, both serving great Middle Eastern Lebanese cuisine.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
A: If I were not a doctor, I would have really enjoyed being an international travel show host!
Find out more about interventional cardiology at Einstein.