Meet the RMCVA Interventional Cardiology Physicians
Martin Fejka MD, FACC
Dr Fejka completed medical school at the University of Pavol Jozef Safarik in Czechoslovakia in 1986. In 1996, Dr Fejka moved to the United States where he completed a residency and fellowship at Saint Louis University in Missouri. From Missouri, Dr Fejka moved to Michigan, where he served as Chief Cardiology Fellow from 2001-2002 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. He then completed an interventional fellowship at St. John Hospital at Wayne State University in Detroit, and came to Colordo to join the RMCVA physicians in 2003.
Dr Fejka specializes in peripheral arterial disease, which refers to the arteries away from the heart. His major focus is atherectomy for claudication and limb salvage. That is, removing plaque and blockages in peripheral arteries to resolve limb pain and numbness and to ensure that oxygen and nutrients are able to adequately fuel the arms, legs, fingers, and toes.
Away from the hospital, Dr Fejka enjoys hockey, skiing, reading, playing the saxophone and, most importantly, spending time with his family, including his son and daughter.
David Kovar, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FACP
Dr. Kovar has been practicing cardiology at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver since 2006. Originally from the Czech Republic, Dr. Kovar graduated from the Charles University School of Medicine in 1994 and proceeded to complete his Internal Medicine residency, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr Kovar has been actively involved in medical research. He has presented his work at international cardiology meetings and has published articles in reputable journals. Dr Kovar is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kovar has unique experience in world's health systems practicing medicine also in Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
Dr. Kovar is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiovascular Computer Tomography and Vascular Medicine. He is fluent in several languages including Spanish.
His professional interests include percutaneous coronary and peripheral vascular interventions, Cardiovascular Computer Tomography and upcoming transcatheter aortic valve replacements.
Dr. Kovar, his wife and two children enjoy traveling, skiing, sailing, backcountry camping and hiking.
Douglas R Martel MD, FACC
Dr Martel received his MD degree at the University of Texas Medical School in 1984, and then moved to North Carolina for an internship at Duke University Medical Center. He moved to Colorado in 1987 for his internship and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, where he practiced until 1991. Dr Martel is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology.
Dr Martel is very interested in the preventative aspects of cardiology. he enjoys helping patients learn healthy lifestyle modifications to better manage their cardiovascular issues, which can greatly increase the likelihood of achieving their goals for health and wellness.
When he's away from work, Dr Martel can often be found coming down tall mountains, either on his mountain bike or his snow skis, depending on the weather. Dr Martel takes advantage of all Colorado has to offer, but he also enjoys traveling to new and exciting places.
Jerry S Miklin MD, FACC, FSCAI
A Denver native, Dr Miklin attended both university and medical school at the University of Colorado. After receiving his MD in 1978, he headed west to the University of Utah, where he completed his residency in internal medicine and cardiology, followed by a fellowship in cardiovascular disease. Moving back to Colorado, he joined the RMCVA practice in 1983.
Dr Miklin is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology, and is chief of the Cardiac Service Line at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center. Dr Miklin was twice named a Top Doctor by Denver's 5280 magazine, most recently in 2009.
As an active runner and skier, Dr Miklin stays in shape and enjoys the world-famous Colorado skiing. Outside of the hospital or clinic, you will often find him playing golf or fixing almost anything around the house. He also enjoys spending as much time as he can with his wife and their five children.
Jeffrey Rubinstein MD, FACC
Dr Rubinstein grew up in Syracuse NY and graduated from Yale University in 1976. After four years at the University of North Carolina Medical School in Chapel Hill, he traveled north to Boston City Hospital for training in internal medicine. He completed a critical care fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and then a cardiology fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He developed a research interest in reperfusion injury, but ultimately went into private practice when he joined the RMCVA practice in 1990.
He is board certified in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. He has a specific interest in new technical advances of interventional cardiology, but is also interested in the issues faced by elderly individuals regarding cardiac disease and care.
He spends most of his free time raising his three children and staying physically active by enjoying skiing and mountain biking.
Rajesh Sharma MD, FACC, FSCAI
Born in Champaign, Illinois, he was raised in Alabama where he was the valedictorian of his high school class. After attending Baylor University, he stayed in Texas for medical school, graduating from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Dr. Sharma did his medical residency at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri before completing a general cardiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Given his interest in interventional cardiology and peripheral vascular disease, he completed an interventional cardiology and endovascular fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Presbyterian Hospital. He is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology.
Dr Sharma is the clinical research director at RMCVA. His particular interests include peripheral vascular disease and developing a percutaneous valve program.
Dr Sharma enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and meeting people with diverse cultural backgrounds. When he's not working, he is most likely to be found spending time with his family, enjoying Colorado.
Scott R Valent MD, FACC
Dr Valent received his BA and his MD from the University of Vermont (in 1985 and 1990, respectively). During medical school, he took one year off and traveled through Southeast Asia and South America, and worked in hospitals in Thailand and Australia. He went back to Vermont to finish school, and then moved to the University of Arizona for his residency in internal medicine. Dr Valent worked as an emergency room physician before beginning his cardiology fellowship at the University of Colorado in 1995. Dr Valent's particular interest is in interventional cardiology. He has been in practice with RMCVA since 1988.
Outside of the hospital, Dr Valent is most likely to be found in the mountains with his wife and their four children. When he's not outside telemark skiing in the winter, or playing tennis, backpacking, or fly-fishing, Dr Valent enjoys relaxing with a good book.