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Herbert Master, MD, FSCAI

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Dr. Master earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his medical degree from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. After graduation he served a rotating internship at the Policlinic of Saint Orsala of the University of Bologna followed by an internal medicine residency at the Hospital of St. Raphael Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn. Thomas Jefferson Hospital of Thomas Jefferson University Medical School Philadelphia, Penn., and the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed his cardiology fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard School of Medicine Boston, Mass.

In 1978 Dr. Master entered private practice in Shreveport and pioneered the early development of modern day cardiology in the city beginning the early programs of diagnostic testing with nuclear stress testing, echocardiography, and the first invasive cardiac catheterization laboratory for visualization of the coronary arteries and implantation of cardiac pacemakers in the Shreveport/Bossier area. In 1981 he began the early procedures of balloon angioplasty to open blocked arteries to prevent heart surgery. He used the first clot busters for heart attacks and performed the early emergent balloon procedures for heart attack patients. This was followed in the mid-1990s with the addition of intracoronary stents that increased the safety of the procedure. His interests today are in the use of CT coronary angiography in selected patients to define the coronary anatomy and avoid an invasive procedure, MRI pacemakers in which the patients can have a MRI diagnostic procedure after their implant. In the future the availability of the bioabsorbable coronary stent which all allow less time for the duration of blood thinner medication following stent implantation as well as new drug therapy for atrial fibrillation and heart failure since these diagnosis account for the most common hospital presentations.

Dr. Master is a member of the Shreveport Medical Society, Louisiana State Medical Society, Fellow of the Society of Coronary Angiography and Coronary Interventions, and a member of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Master and his wife Dr. Maria Master, a retired neurologist, have three married children and four grandchildren.