Rehan Z Ali, MD, FACC

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES • INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY

Rehan Ali is a long time Lafayette native. He attended Lafayette High School for two years before transferring to the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts In Natchitoches, Louisiana.

He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University (2001) prior to attending St George's University School of Medicine (2006).

He then returned to his home state of Louisiana to attend Louisiana State University in New Orleans (2006-09) for his internship and residency in Internal Medicine.

He was then appointed Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at University Hospital, where he supervised over 90 physicians.

From 2010-13, he completed a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at LSU in New Orleans.

He then traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to complete a Fellowship in Intervention Cardiology at Hahnemann Hospital in conjunction with Drexel University, where he received extensive training in coronary as well as peripheral interventions and limb salvage procedures.

Dr. Ali actively participates in clinical research trials and has been published in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society and Baylor University Medical Center's Proceedings.

In his spare time, Dr. Ali watches college and professional football and enjoys traveling, swimming and playing chess.

He is currently Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

Rehan Z Ali, MD, FACC

Y. Jeffery Chen, MD, FACC

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES • INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY

A native of Taiwan, Dr Jeff Chen completed medical school at National Taiwan University ('83) where he received multiple Scholastic Excellence Achievement Awards and graduated at the top of his class.

He subsequently moved to California where he completed both his Internship ('85-'86) and Residency ('87-'89) at the University of California, Irvine-Long Beach Program.

Both of his Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology Fellowships ('89-'93) were fulfilled at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Dr. Chen has also had professional accomplishments at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and Medical Center including Clinical Instructor of Medicine ('89-'92), Chief Administrative Fellow, Division of Cardiology University of Southern California ('92), Assistant Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory ('92-'93), Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine ('92-'93).

After relocating to Louisiana in 1993 he served as Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Regional Medical Center of Acadiana ('95).

Dr. Chen was honored by the American Medical Association for Physician's Recognition Award from March of 2000 through May 2014.

He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease & Interventional Cardiology.

He also holds Board Certification in Nuclear Cardiology ('06) and Cardiovascular Computed Tomography ('10).

Dr. Chen is a member of both the American College of Cardiology (Fellow) and The American Medical Association.

Dr Chen is married and an avid family man who truly enjoys caring for his patients, promoting health education and wellness.

Y. Jeffery Chen, MD, FACC

David Daly, MD, FACC

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES • INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY

Dr David Daly, Jr was born in Louisiana and completed high school at Catholic High of New Iberia. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Louisiana State University with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry.

He then went to LSU Medical School in New Orleans where he was an Honors Program Graduate and finished in the top quartile of his graduating class.

He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL where he was selected as a Chief Internal Medicine Resident.

His Cardiology Fellowship and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship were completed in Charleston, SC at MUSC. During his time at MUSC, he was nominated as the South Carolina Fellow Representative for the American College of Cardiology (ACC), was given the Outstanding Fellow Award, and he published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals about both preventive and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Daly is excited to be back in Lafayette with his wife and three children. He is currently serving as a council member for Louisiana ACC and remains active in quality improvement. He is currently accepting new patients in both his Lafayette and New Iberia clinic locations.

David Daly, MD, FACC

James C Dobbs, MD, FACC

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES • INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY

After graduating with Highest Honors in Biochemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi ('97),
Dr. James Dobbs attended the University of Mississippi's School of Medicine in Jackson ('98-'02).

He then fulfilled both Internship and Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham ('02-'05). Where he received The Ben Friedman Award given for excellence in teaching by a senior medical resident.
Dr. Dobbs completed his Cardiology Fellowship ('05-'08) at the Henry Ford Hospital, and his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship ('08-'09) at the University of Alabama Hospital.


He has been an active Fellow of the American College of Cardiology since 2011.

Prior to joining Cardiology Specialists of Acadiana, Dr. Dobbs held a staff cardiologist position at Lafayette Heart Clinic followed by Tennessee Valley Cardiovascular Center in Florence, Alabama.

He is Board Certified in;

  • Cardiovascular Disease,
  • Interventional Cardiology and
  • Nuclear Cardiology


He and his wife are excited to return to South Louisiana to raise their three girls.

James C Dobbs, MD, FACC

Kian Ehsan, MD, FACC

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY & CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

Dr. Kian Ehsan completed his undergrad in Applied Science at SFU in British Columbia in 2001. He completed his medical school in SABA, Netherland Antilles in 2006. Thereafter, he completed his Internal Medicine residency in LSU New Orleans in 2009. He continued his cardiovascular training at LSU - New Orleans where he obtained multiple recognitions as Resident and Fellow of the Year. He was honored to be appointed as the Chief Fellow of the Cardiology Program, supervising over 100 medical students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Ehsan attended Lankenau Medical Center in Philadelphia for his extensive interventional training, including coronary and peripheral intervention. Lankenau Medical Center specializes in the transradial (arm) as well as the femoral (groin) approach. Dr. Ehsan's preferred method is the transradial approach, which allows early ambulation and no bed rest restriction. Dr. Ehsan specializes in treatment of coronary artery disease, from acute (heart attack) to chronic. His vascular work includes treating patients with leg pain from basic claudication to limb salvage. Furthermore, Dr. Ehsan practices in prevention and treatment of venous disease which include venous ablation, venous closure, and sclerotherapy. He is the first interventional cardiologist to be able to implant successfully the world's smallest pacemakers. He is trained in placement of permanent pacemakers and defibrillators.

Dr. Ehsan is triple board certified. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Interventional Cardiology. He is the Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Acadian Medical Center in Eunice. Currently, he has two offices, one in Lafayette and the other in Eunice with hospital privileges at Heart Hospital of Lafayette, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Lafayette General Medical Center and Acadian Medical Center in Eunice.

In his free time, Dr. Ehsan enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Tala Voosoghi, who practices immigration law in Lafayette , and two beautiful sons Arman and Aria. As a family they enjoy travelling, learning about other countries' cultures, and exploring the culinary world. To compensate for the culinary enjoyment, Dr. Ehsan also enjoys an active life style.

Kian Ehsan, MD, FACC

Joseph M Kowalski, MD, FACC

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES • INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY

Joseph Kowalski attended The Marshall University in Huntington in West Virginia, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

A participant of Marshall's Honors Programs, he was a member of multiple honor societies, including;

  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Alpha Kappa Delta
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Phi Eta Sigma Academic Honor Societies.


Dr Kowalski attended The Marshall University's School of Medicine ('80-'84) and completed both his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Marshall University ('84-'87).

He then completed a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at University of Louisville in Louisville, KY ('87-90), where he served two of those years as Chief Fellow.

He received extensive training in Nuclear Medicine.

He is currently Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr Kowalski is currently Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Labs at Heart Hospital of Lafayette and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center.

He also serves as Medical Director and is on the Board of Directors at Heart Hospital. Dr Kowalski holds the position of Director of Cardiovascular Services and is on the Cardiovascular Advisory Board at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Since he has practiced medicine in Louisiana since 1990, Dr Kowalski married and has raised his two children in the Acadiana area. Golf is one of his favorite hobbies.

Joseph M Kowalski, MD, FACC

Jon D Leleux, MD, FACC

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES • INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY

A native of Loreauville, LA, Jon Leleux completed both his undergraduate ('85-'89) and medical school ('86-'91) studies at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA, where he was a member of the Dean's List 1988-91.

He was also a recipient of the John C McDonald Surgical Excellence Award in 1990.

He completed his Internship & Residency ('91-'94) at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, before transferring to the University of Texas in San Antonio, TX, for a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease ('97).

Dr Leleux became Board Certified in Internal Medicine ('94-'04), Cardiovascular Disease ('98-present) & Interventional Cardiology (2000-present) by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

After working as a staff cardiologist in Texas, Dr. Leleux relocated back to his home state of Louisiana and has been practicing in Lafayette since 1999.

He is a member of the Louisiana State and Lafayette Parish Medical Societies and is also a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Wednesday Office Location:
2621 North Drive
Abbeville, LA 70510
Phone: 337-269-9777
Hours: 7:00am-12:00pm

Jon D Leleux, MD, FACC

Stephen R Simpson, MD

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

An Alexandria, LA native, Stephen Simpson obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry ('93-'97) at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport.

He went on to LSU Medical School in Shreveport ('97-'01), where he was named Internal Medicine Medical Student of the Year (2001).

He fulfilled his Internship (2001-02) and Residency (2002-04) in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease (2005-08) at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.


He served as Chief Resident of Internal Medicine in 2004 and Chief Fellow of Cardiology.

Following his training completion, Dr. Simpson relocated to Lafayette in 2008.

He became Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 2004 and obtained Board Certification in Cardiovascular Disease in 2008.

Wednesday Office Location:
707 N Montgomery
Kaplan, LA 70548
Phone: 337-269-9777
Hours: 8:00am-12:00pm

Thursday Office Location:
345 Oddfellows Road
Crowley, LA 70526
Phone: 337-269-9777
Hours: 8:00am-12:00pm

Stephen R Simpson, MD

Eric J Thomassee, MD, FACC

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY & CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

Dr. Thomassee was born and raised in Lafayette. He attended Lafayette High School ('98) and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette ('98-'02) with a Bachelor's degree in Biology.

Following this, he attended medical school at Louisiana State University Health and Sciences Center in Shreveport ('03-'07).

Upon graduation, he received the Chancellor's Award for Leadership and was elected to the medical honors society, Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Thomassee then completed his Internal Medicine internship, residency ('07-'10), Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology fellowships ('11-'15) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

He is board certificated in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular medicine.

He is also Board Certified in Interventional Cardiology and the Vice Chair of Medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center

Additionally, he is fellowship trained in Interventional Cardiology including procedures involving structural heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and coronary artery disease.

During his fellowship, he served as chief administrator, and gained specific expertise in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedures.

His clinical interests include optimization of patient care through quality metrics in acute myocardial infarctions and structural heart disease.

Currently, Dr. Thomassee serves as the medical director of the Heart Hospital of Lafayette/Our Lady of Lourdes TAVR Program.

He is a member of the American College of Cardiology (fellow).

He enjoys cooking unique cuisine and is delighted to return to Lafayette with his wife, Dr. May Thomassee, who is a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon.

Friday Office Location:
1821 Rees Street
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
Hours: Friday 8:00-12:00pm

Eric J Thomassee, MD, FACC