Nassir A Azimi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FASNC
Vice Chief of Cardiology
  • La Mesa Cardiac Center, a Medical Group
    5565 Grossmont Center Drive, Bldg.3, Suite 455
    La Mesa, CA 91942, USA
    Phone: 619-573-0533


1989-1993 B.A. in Chemistry with pre-medical concentration Columbia University, New York
1994-1998   - Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire M.D.


Dr. Azimi is a well respected interventional cardiologist with expertise in angioplasty, stents, peripheral angiograms and stenting, as well as structural heart interventions. He is involved in Transcatheter Aortic Valve replacements. He is awarded national STEMI champion award by Sharp Healthcare for his outcomes involving heart attacks to be the best in the country. He has been recognized as San Diego's Top Interventional Cardiologists by San Diego Magazine 2013, 2014, 2016 and also by Castle Connoly for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. He is a former chief of biomedical ethics (6 years), former chief of Medicine and current chief of Endovascular Medicine as well as Vice Chief of Cardiology at SGH. He is on the board of directors of the California ACC where he serves as chair of the public relations committee.

Research Interest

  • Internal Medicine
  • General Cardiology
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Vascular Medicine

Scientific Activities

2017 Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
2017 America’s Most Honored Professionals-Top 1% American Registry
2012-present Health grades Honor Roll
2013-2017 Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Interventional Cardiology Voted as regional Top Doctor Castle Connolly
2013-2017 America’s Top Cardiologists, Consumer Research Council of America
August 2014 America’s Top Cardiologists, Consumer Research Council of America
2016 Top Doctors 2016, Cardiovascular Medicine Voted by peers as best cardiologist in San Diego San Diego Magazine, October 2016
2015-2016 Leading Physician’s of the World Top Interventional Cardiologist, California
October 2015 California Hero Award: awarded by Senator Joel Anderson
September 2015 Center of Recognized Excellence (CORE) Award TAVR program-Sharp Health Care
2009-2015 Top Doctor-Health Tap: Distinguished Founding Medical Expert
October 2014 Top Doctors 2014, Interventional Cardiology Voted by peers as best Interventional Cardiologist in San Diego San Diego Magazine, October 2014
August 2014 Vitals.Com Patient Choice Award
April 2014 Chair-Congenital Heart Disease Track International Conference on Clinical and Experimental Cardiology-Cardiology 2014 San Antonio, Tx.
January 2014 National STEMI Champion Top Operator, High Volume 2010-2013 Sharp Healthcare, San Diego, CA
October 2013 Top Doctors 2013, Interventional Cardiology Voted by peers as best Interventional Cardiologist in San Diego San Diego Magazine, October 2013
2005-20014 Guardian Angels--35 time honoree
2008 Fastest Door to Balloon Time at SGH
1996-1998 Mertens-Huber Scholarship, Merit and need based award
1996 Outstanding Medical Student Research Award, Awarded of research presentation: The Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Containing Health Care Costs
1996 American College of Physicians Summer Research Fellowship
Private Practice
August 2005 La Mesa Cardiac Center, a Medical Group
Cardiologist specializing in Cardiovascular Medicine, Nuclear
Cardiology and Cardiac and Peripheral Interventions as well as
Structural Heart Interventions.
Work Experience
2005 to Present La Mesa Cardiac Center, a Medical Group Cardiologist specializing in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiovascular, Peripheral and Structural Heart Interventions
2015-present Director: Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory at La Mesa Cardiac Center. An ICANL certified Laboratory
2015-present Radiation Safety Officer-La Mesa Cardiac Center Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory
2015-present Daiichi Sanyo National Speaker for Savaysa Brand
2013 to present Janssen National Speaker for Xarelto Brand
2014-present Co-Lead, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Program Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
2012-present Astra-Zeneca Speaker for Brilinta Brand
2017 Janssen National Speaker for Invokana Brand
December 2016 Advisory Panel for Savaysa Brand-Daiichi Sankyo, Orlando, Fl
2015-2016 Gilead-Curriculum steering committee for Ranexa brand
2014-2016 Gilead Speaker for Ranexa Brand
2016 Faculty-Ranexa Brand Speaker Training April 2016 in Dallas, Tx and Miami, Florida.
2010-2016 Boehringer Ingleheim Speaker for Pradaxa Brand
2009 to 2014 Daiichi-Sankyo and Lilly National Speaker for Effient Brand
2010 GSK: Speaker for Coreg CR Brand
2003- June 2005 Emergency Room Physician, West Haven VAMC ER
2003- June 2005 Urgent Care Physician, Yale University Health Services
2003- June 2005 Medical Intensive Care Unit Advisor, West Haven VAMC
2003- June 2005 Hospitalist, Cardiology Service, Yale- New Haven Hospital
2002- 2003 Stress Lab, Yale- New Haven Hospital, Nuclear Cardiology Department
2015-2016 Curriculum development for Ranexa brand-on behalf of Gilead pharmaceutical
2013-Present Midwestern College of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Faculty
2011-2014 Preceptor-USC-Keck School of Medicine. Precepted outpatient course for PA students.
2002-2003 Instructor, Yale University School of Medicine. Cardiovascular Pathophysiology Module for 1st and 2nd Year Medical Students
2002-2003 Instructor, Yale Physicians Assistants Program. Mechanism in Disease Module for Second Year Physicians Assistants Students
2002 Instructor, Yale University School of Medicine Cardiovascular Clinical Electrocardiography Tutorial for 2nd Year Medical Students
1995 Prosector, Department of Anatomy, Dartmouth Medical School
1994-1995 Tutor, Organic Chemistry, Dartmouth College
1992-1993 Instructor, Introduction to General Chemistry Laboratory Course, Columbia University
1992-1993 Counselor and Teacher, Upward Bound Summer Residential Program, Double Discovery Center, Columbia University
1992-1993 Tutor, Higher Education Opportunity Program, Columbia University


  1. 2017 Sherev, D., Azizi, K., Azimi, N., Van Nordheim, S., Moreno-Cabral, R. Delayed Management of Partial Aortic Valve Avulsion After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery , Volume 104 , Issue 1 , e17 - e18.
  2. 2015 Holden, A., Azimi, N., Forest, C. New oral anticoagulants for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 2015; 28(11): 28-34.
  3. 2006 Azimi, N., Selter JG, Abbott JD, Acbin HS, Copel J, Setaro JF. Angiosarcoma Presenting as Pericardial Tamponade in pregnancy. A Case Presentation and review of the literature. Angiology 2006:57(2):251-7.
  4. 2005 Bader, F. Upadya, S., Sokol, S., Azimi, N., Katz, S. Large-vessel vasculitis in a cardiac allograft. Can J Cardiol 2005: 21(9):745
  5. 2004 Azimi, N., Singh HS, Robert KB, Son HJ, Khosravi S, Pfau S. Do Device Type and Angiographic Patterns of In-Stent Restenosis Predict Long Term Outcomes in Patients Treated with Intravascular Brachytherapy. Submitted for publication Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 2004.
  6. 2004 Singh HS, Roberts KB, Yue N, Nath R, Song HJ, Azimi N, Pfau S. Brachytherapy for In-Stent Restenosis in General Interventional Practice: A Single Institution’s Experience Using Four Radiation Devices. Cardiovascular Radiation Medicine 2004;(3):126-132
  7. 2006 Azimi, N., Selter JG, Abbott JD, Acbin HS, Copel J, Setaro JF. Angiosarcoma Presenting as Pericardial Tamponade in pregnancy A Case Presentation and review of the literature. Angiology 2006:57(2):251-7.
  8. 2003 Singh HS, Yue N, Azimi N, Nath R, Roberts KB, Pfau S, Dose Threshold for Clinical Success in Coronary Brachytherapy: A Nested Case Control Study. Under Review
  9. 1997 Azimi N., Welch HG. The Effectiveness of Cost Effective Analyses in Containing Health Care Costs. JGIM 1998; 13:664-669.


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