Angel Lopez-Candales, M.D., Joins UAMS as Director of Cardiac Noninvasive Laboratory

By ChaseYavondaC

He is also a professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine.

Lopez-Candales specializes in using advanced echocardiography to assess the function of the heart and its valves. UAMS is the only adult facility in Arkansas and surrounding states to offer advanced echocardiography. Echocardiograms use ultrasound sonography to produce images of the heart. The facility is commonly known as an “echo lab.”

With over 150 peer-reviewed publications, Lopez-Candales brings his research and clinical expertise to advance UAMS’ mission of improving health and promoting early recognition of cardiac disease, not only to Little Rock but the entire state of Arkansas.

Lopez-Candales uses innovative advanced echocardiography imaging tools to evaluate a wide array of patients suffering from chest pain, shortness of breath, exercise intolerance, dysfunctional heart valves, heart failure, electrical rhytm disturbances and cancer survivors with unrecognized cardiac involvement from their treatments.

Lopez-Candales comes to UAMS from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where he was chief of the Cardiovascular Medicine Division and vice chair for research. Over his 32-year career, he has been on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, State University of New York at Buffalo and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Lopez-Candales completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Veterans Affairs Caribbean Healthcare System in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He completed a research fellowship and a clinical fellowship, both in cardiology, at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital of St. Louis through the Washington University School of Medicine.

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