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Cardiology Affiliation

Local Cardiology Care, World-Class Quality

In order to expand local services, decrease travel time and offer greater access to world-class, quality care for our patients, St. James Parish Hospital has a clinical affiliation with Ochsner for continuous cardiology support from a team of Ochsner Medical Center—Kenner physicians. Through this affiliation, we are excited to care for more patients right here at home.

What You Can Expect

  • Additional outpatient cardiology clinic options
  • 24/7 cardiology support for ER & Inpatients
  • Access to a national leader in cardiac care
  • Seamless transfer options

Schedule an Appointment

Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner Cardiologists see outpatients in the Medical Plaza located next to St. James Parish Hospital. To schedule an appointment call, 225.258.2037.

Outpatient appointments with Doctors Ravipati and Yousef can also be scheduled online. Click the physician’s name, scroll down to Schedule Now and find the St. James – Cardiology location.

About the Physicians

George Yousef, MD, received his medical degree from Ain Shams University in Egypt. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Marshall University in West Virginia. Dr. Yousef is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Echocardiography. He is also a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI). Dr. Yousef is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and was elected as Fellow in Training Section Chair for the West Virginia American College of Cardiology. Dr. Yousef’s expertise is in cardiology, interventional cardiology, peripheral vascular interventions, valvular heart disease and cardiac arrhythmia.

Saira Samani,MD, received her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Samani went on to complete a medical education fellowship at Mount Auburn Hospital, followed by a cardiology fellowship at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She followed this with an interventional cardiology fellowship from 2018-2019 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. Dr. Samani is board certified in internal medicine, with a cardiovascular disease certification.

Zola N’Dandu, MD, earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2004, he completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Ochsner Clinic Foundation Hospital in New Orleans. He then completed both a Cardiovascular Fellowship and an Interventional Cardiology Fellowhsip at Ochsner Clinic Foundation Hospital.

Jonathan Bonilla, MD, earned his medical degree at Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. He completed an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Ochsner Medical Center. He also completed an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Ochsner Medical Center. He speaks English and Spanish and is Board-Certified in Cardiology.

Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate, and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner’s 12 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 40 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across nine specialty categories. For more information, please visit

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