Meet the Team
Lawrence GarciaCardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Medicine
Lawrence Alexander Garcia, MD, serves as the Chief of Interventional Cardiology and director of Vascular Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. He specializes in interventional cardiology and vascular interventions as well as structural heart diseases. He is an internationally recognized leading expert for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease and travels worldwide to speak on various vascular medicine topics. He has served as the principal investigator on several national and international trials evaluating therapies in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. His research has been published in numerous manuscripts and book chapters.
Dr. Garcia joined St. Elizabeth’s from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he served in a variety of roles, including the director of the Peripheral Cardiovascular Program and Peripheral Interventions. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, performed his residency in Medicine at UT-Southwestern, Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and his fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and Interventional Cardiology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
In addition, Dr. Garcia is a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Alireza VaziriVascular Medicine
Alireza Vaziri, MD, specializes in vascular medicine at St. Elizabeth's. He earned his medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran in 1993. Dr. Vaziri completed an internal medicine residency at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine in Springfield, Massachusetts, followed by a vascular medicine Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, he worked as a vascular medicine specialist at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. His main interest is the diagnosis and management of peripheral arterial disease and venous thromboembolic disease with an emphasis on non-invasive vascular imaging.
Dr. Vaziri is also an assistant clinical professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Tariq BhatCardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Medicine
Tariq Bhat, MD, is an interventional cardiologist, who serves as associate director of the structural heart disease program and vascular medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Dr. Bhat is also an assistant professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency and cardiovascular disease fellowship at North Shore LIJ- Staten Island University Hospital in New York, and advanced fellowships in interventional cardiology, endovascular interventions and structural heart disease at Tufts University School of Medicine-St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Dr. Bhat is specialized in various minimally invasive catheter-based interventional procedures, including structural heart disease, coronary artery disease and peripheral arterial and venous diseases endovascular interventions. He has a special interest in structural heart disease, including valvular heart disease (aortic, mitral) - TAVR, MitraClip, TCMVR, and ASD/PFO, PVL closure. Dr. Bhat is board certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, endovascular medicine, vascular medicine, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine.