Meet Our Experts

With impeccable credentials, a firm commitment to keeping current with the latest advances, and a wealth of experience in their fields, the cardiac team at The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is both knowledgeable and caring. Supported by dedicated health professionals specially trained in caring for patients with heart trouble, our team works with you, your family and your primary doctor from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up. Each step of the way, we answer your questions and take the time to be sure you understand your condition and treatment options.

 

James Dralle, MD

Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
The Heart Institute at ARMC

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Dr. Dralle was most recently the medical director for the Cardiac Surgery Program at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Illinois, one of the top 100 heart hospitals in the country.

Dr. Dralle is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Dralle earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency and cardiothoracic fellowship at the New York University Medical Center.

To make an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1-888-569-1000.

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Howard I. Axelrod, MD

Cardiac Surgeon
The Heart Institute at ARMC

Axelrod Howard MD wcHoward Ian Axelrod, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC). Dr Axelrod performs all phases of cardiac surgery including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), beating heart bypass surgery, traditional and minimally invasive valve repair and replacement, and aortic aneurysm surgery. Dr. Axelrod is on the faculty of New York University School of Medicine serving as an associate professor of surgery.

Prior to joining ARMC, Dr. Axelrod was an attending cardiovascular surgeon at Westchester Medical Center, where he initiated the Off-Pump CABG program as well as the minimally invasive valve surgery program. In addition he brought minimally invasive vein harvest to Westchester. He was involved in the heart transplant and pediatric surgery program as well. Dr. Axelrod also served as an associate professor of surgery at New York Medical College.

Dr. Axelrod received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York. He performed his surgical residency at New York University (NYU) Medical Center, where he was also a cardiovascular surgery research fellow and a cardiothoracic surgery fellow. He also served as chief resident in surgery at NYU. Dr. Axelrod graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Dr. Axelrod is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has published a number of manuscripts and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Axelrod lives in Egg Harbor Township. 

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Nader N. Ghaly, MD, FACC, FAHA

Director of Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services
The Heart Institute at ARMC

GhalyNaderPreviously, Dr. Ghaly was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ and a practicing member of the South Jersey Heart Group. Prior to that, he was a staff member of the Electrophysiology/Pacemaker Department at Deborah Heart and Lung Center and Assistant Director of Arrhythmia Services at MCP-Philadelphia. Dr. Ghaly completed his fellowships in cardiology and electrophysiology at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in 1990. Dr. Ghaly graduated from Ain Shams University School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt, in 1980. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association Council on clinical Cardiology.

Recognized for the outstanding Cardiac Electrophysiology care provided to the community by Inside Jersey Top Docs 2014.

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