Drs. Richard Abben & Peter Fail Named as Best Doctors in America® 

HOUMA — Drs. Richard Abben and Peter Fail of Cardiovascular Institute of the South have been named to the Best Doctors in America® List for 2017-2018, showing their expertise in providing world-class patient care.  Only four percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review, in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers in the profession. 

The experts who are part of the Best Doctors in America® database provide the most advanced medical expertise and knowledge to patients with serious conditions – often saving lives in the process by finding the right diagnosis and right treatment.

abben2__headshot@2x.jpgDr. Richard Abben is an electrophysiologist and an interventional cardiologist, and serves as the director of both cardiac interventions and the arrhythmia center at CIS in Houma.  He has broad experience in both interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology and is a lecturer, researcher, and published author in both areas.  He has particular expertise in cardiac rhythm devices, having been one of the South’s first implanters of a cardiac resynchronization (biventricular) pacemaker in 1998.  His experience has allowed him to organize and direct an ongoing physician’s training course in device therapy.  For more than twenty years, he has also co-directed an international interventional cardiology symposium entitled “Principles and Perspectives in Interventional Cardiology,” an annual event that has consistently attracted the leading minds in interventional cardiology as faculty members.

He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases and is one of only a handful of physicians in the country that has completed subspecialty certification in both clinical cardiac electrophysiology and interventional cardiology.  He is a member and fellow in numerous professional societies, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the American College of Cardiology, and the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, and the Heart Rhythm Society.  He was also nominated as one of New Orleans City Business' Health Care Heroes of 2013.

fail__headshot@2x.jpgDr. Peter Fail is the Director of the TGMC cardiac catheterization lab and interventional research, and he also serves as CT medical director at CIS.  He is heavily involved with a comprehensive Structural Heart Program in Houma which is the only program of its kind in Louisiana to participate in research trials and provide treatments for valve disorders and structural heart defects.  He has pioneered the use of multiple new devices including the Evolut R and MitraClip, and he was also the first to perform deployment of a custom, fenestrated endograft in the tri-state area.

Dr. Fail is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.  He is level three certified in the cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) experience program.  Dr. Fail is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Association.

Best Doctors has earned a sterling, worldwide reputation for reliable, impartial results by remaining totally independent. Doctors cannot pay to be included in the Best Doctors database, nor are they paid to provide their input.  The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List is assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup.  Doctors in more than 450 specialties and subspecialties worldwide appear on this annual list, with a database of more than 50,000 physicians.  In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”  Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results, and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.  

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