Dr. Hamza Rayes is an interventional cardiologist specializing in coronary and peripheral interventions and is board-certified in cardiovascular medicine, cardiac CT, critical care medicine, echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology. He treats every patient as family and enjoys investing in their lives.

After earning his medical degree at the University of Tripoli Medical School in Libya, Dr. Rayes trained at Creighton University, Mayo Clinic and the University of Cincinnati. He completed his interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, during which he trained at Arkansas Heart Hospital.

Dr. Rayes is a member of many medical and scientific societies including the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Rayes is a renowned researcher and has been cited in more than 130 research projects and publications.

As an active volunteer in medical and educational activities, Dr. Rayes seeks to improve patient care locally and internationally. In his free time, Dr. Rayes enjoys spending time outdoors and with his family.

Dr. Rayes talks about heart health in Heart to Heart Facebook live panel.

Dr. Mahesh Bavineni is a general cardiologist with interests in preventive cardiology, heart failure, cardiac imaging and cardio-oncology. An Arkansan since 2016, he loves the natural state’s beauty and is proud to call Little Rock his home.

Born in India, Dr. Bavineni graduated with honors from PSI Medical College. He then completed his internship in internal medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Lafayette before moving to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, where he served as chief resident and completed his internal medicine residency. He completed his cardiology fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock where he also served as chief fellow during his final year. Dr. Bavineni has a strong passion and interest in healthcare management, which led to him earning a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Business, and he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, a Prestigious International Business Honor Society. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, adult echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.

Patients love Dr. Bavineni’s passion for improving their overall health, his positive attitude and listening ear. Outside of work, he and his wife enjoy traveling and exploring new cuisines with their children.

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What do you enjoy about being a general cardiologist?

The most rewarding part of my career is listening to my patients and seeing them recover and walk around cheerfully. I want them to see me as part of their family, and I want to treat them as part of my family. I will be a patient listener and an advocate for their heart health and overall health.

What patients are saying about Dr. Bavineni:

“Dr. Bavineni is so personable. He really cared what I had to say.”

“He is professional, proficient and productive.”

“Dr. Bavineni is a good, caring doctor.”

Dr. Bavineni in the news:

Dr. Bavineni reacts to trending online videos on heart health during the Docs React series.

Dr. Bavineni shares four tips for prioritizing your health as you age


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Dr. Gary McCallum specializes in wound care and serves as medical director at Arkansas Heart Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. Dr. McCallum enjoys treating all sorts of wounds, both acute and chronic, and finds it extremely rewarding to help patients regain their health.

A native of Arkadelphia, he attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he also completed his emergency medicine residency.  He practiced emergency medicine for 16 years in Little Rock before pursuing his passion for wound care.

Dr. Gary McCallum

In his free time, Dr. McCallum likes to spend time with his wife Jennifer, a rheumatologist, and four children, all of whom are involved in competitive sports.

Dr. Armaghan Soomro is a general and interventional cardiologist who seeks to be a trusted advocate and supporter of his patients in their heart health journeys.

Dr. Soomro completed his clinical fellowship at UAMS and earned his medical degree from Dow Medical College where he graduated with special honors. He completed his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and Clinical Cardiology from Northwell Health/Hofstra School of Medicine-Staten Island. In addition to patient care, Dr. Soomro shares a keen interest in clinical research and completed a Clinical Research Certificate Program (CRTP) from Drexel University. He has been published in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals and national conferences as well. Dr. Soomro is board-certified in Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Adult Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Vascular Ultrasound.

Dr. Soomro will be seeing patients in our Little Rock, North Little Rock, El Dorado and Magnolia clinics.

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Why did you decide to become a doctor?

My parents were doctors and they inspired me to be who I am in life. My father was my role model growing up, and in my pursuit of being more like him, I was exposed to the medical field.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your profession?

Cardiology is a challenging field, which pushes my boundaries both as an individual and physician. The most rewarding aspect of my profession is seeing the impact you have on people. It’s very gratifying to know that someone who came in at one of the lowest points, is now moving on to live a thriving, viable life with their family and friends. It makes all the challenges worth it!

What is your approach to patient care? 

I feel it’s really important for a patient to feel that their physician is someone they can trust, and someone who can guide them through the lowest points of their illness to bring them back to becoming a more viable and healthier person. I would like patients to feel that I am an advocate for them, a colleague and someone who is there for them in their journey of healthcare.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? 

I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my wife and daughter.

Dr. Soomro in the news:

Dr. Soomro reacts to trending heart health online videos in the Docs React series.

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Current Patients: (501) 978-3768

Dr. Nurredin Almaddah (Dr. Nuri) is an interventional cardiologist dedicated to excellence in patient care. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, and Nuclear Cardiology. In 2007, he earned a medical degree with honors from the University of Zawia Faculty of Medicine in Libya. Dr. Almaddah worked in the largest specialist heart center in Libya, National Heart, in the post-cardiac ICU prior to moving to the US for residency. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital in Massachusetts where he served as chief resident. He went on to complete a fellowship in cardiology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, an interventional cardiology fellowship at University for Medical Sciences at Little Rock, and a Masters in Interventional Cardiology from National University of Ireland.

Dr. Nuri is known for being personable and passion for working alongside patients to find a solution to cardiovascular diseases.

In his free time, Dr. Nuri enjoys outdoor activities, reading and spending time with his family.

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New Patients: (833) 733-7244
Existing Patients: (501) 614-3654

What patients are saying about Dr. Nuri:

“Dr. Nuri is my husband’s doctor. He has always gone beyond what you would expect.” 

“Love Dr. Nuri! He is such a great physician, and we are lucky to have him!” 

“He did my moms heart cath, and she was very impressed! She was treated so well by everyone at AHH, and she thought highly of Dr. Nuri.”

“He’s a favorite…an amazing cardiologist and the total package! He loves his patients and loves what he does.” 

Dr. Hardin is a Little Rock native. He earned a degree in business economics from Wheaton College before graduating from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Hardin completed a residency in general surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center, including a year as a research fellow at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. He served as a general surgeon in the U.S. Army at Irwin Army Community Hospital and Madigan Army Medical Center. While on active duty, Dr. Hardin served as part of a Forward Surgical Team to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Syria. He completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is board certified in General Surgery. His clinical interests include coronary bypass and structural heart disease. Dr. Hardin and his wife, Whitney, were married in 2003 and have three children. Dr. Hardin enjoys traveling with his family and watching his kids compete in sports. 

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What patients are saying about Dr. Hardin:

“Dr. Mark Hardin was my surgeon and he was awesome. I recommend him and the Arkansas Heart Hospital.”

Dr. Talledo is originally from Lima, Peru, where he completed medical school at Universidad de San Martin de Porres. After earning his M.D., he moved to the United States to pursue surgical training. He completed a surgical internship at Duke Hospital in North Carolina and continued his training with a general surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma Health and Science Center. From there, Dr. Talledo pursued a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatrics at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is licensed by the State of Arkansas Medical Board and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

In addition to helping patients improve their health and achieve their goals, Dr. Talledo also is interested in organizations that cleanup our oceans. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, exercise, watching movies and discovering new restaurants.

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What is the most rewarding aspect of being a bariatric surgeon?

The most rewarding thing about being a physician is helping people in the most personal and sensitive area of their lives: their health. It’s very rewarding, and as a surgeon, you get to see the impact you’ve had in their lives in a very short period.

What patients are saying about Dr. Talledo:

“Dr. Talledo and his staff were always welcoming and kind. I work in healthcare and was very impressed by Dr. Talledo’s expertise and bedside manner. He took time to listen and address any concerns. I highly recommend him if anyone needs a bariatric surgeon.”

“Dr. Talledo took so much time with my husband and I after making a special trip to talk with us in person rather than over the phone. He is genuine and shows great care. I highly recommend him!”

“Dr. Talledo does a great job communicating with his patients and you can tell he really cares.” 

“I would recommend him with the highest sincerity. He and his staff are very compassionate and go above and go above and beyond.” 

Dr. Talledo in the news:

Dr. Talledo reacts to trending weight loss videos in Docs React series.

Bariatric surgery is the solution, not resolution, to obesity and obesity-related diseases

Dr. Talledo, BMI patient talk physical, mental benefits of bariatric surgery on KATV

Surgical weight loss options at the Arkansas Heart Hospital

The Arkansas Heart Hospital offers long-term changes to patients

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Start your journey at bmi.arheart.com to learn about our weight loss surgery options, watch our free online seminar, see if you qualify for surgery and more.

Michael Loguidice is a cardiologist who is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, he completed both his undergraduate coursework and medical degree in Philadelphia. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his medical degree at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He then moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where he completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center. After residency, he moved to Dallas, Texas where he completed both his General Cardiology Fellowship and Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Loguidice treats heart rhythm disorders such as supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation/flutter, and ventricular tachycardia with simple and complex atrial and ventricular catheter ablation therapy, cardioversions, and anti-arrhythmic medications. He implants traditional and leadless pacemakers for bradycardia, traditional and subcutaneous defibrillators for prevention of sudden cardiac death, cardiac resynchronization therapy devices and cardiac contractility modulators for patients with severe heart failure, and the Watchman device in select patients with atrial fibrillation.

In his free time, he enjoys playing his guitar, seeing live music, and engaging in an active life style through hiking, running, kayaking, and yoga.

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Existing Patients: (501) 219-7805
New Patients: (833) 733-7244

What patients are saying about Dr. Loguidice:

“He is an all around great doctor. He goes out of his way to help you understand the problem and solution. He is very knowledgeable and answered all my questions completely.” 

“Dr. Loguidice is a very personable professional! He was very easy to talk to and makes things easy to understand.” 

“Dr. Loguidice is a good doctor. He did my mom’s pacemaker surgery, and he did an awesome job.” 

Dr. Loguidice answers questions on heart failure, AFIB, heart disease symptoms and more on Heart to Heart Facebook Live Panel: Fact or Fiction.

Dr. Scott Ryan is a vascular surgeon who enjoys caring for patients with all forms of vascular disease.  Dr. Ryan graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with degrees in Business and Economics and minors in Biology and Chemistry.  He then attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and graduated with his Doctor of Medicine in 2013.  Dr. Ryan completed his general surgery residency at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, where he won both the Junior Surgical Resident Award and Senior Surgical Resident Award.  He went on to finish his vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Texas – Houston.  Following fellowship, he founded Arkansas Vascular Surgery, PLLC.  As a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon, Dr. Ryan treats all conditions associated with the peripheral vascular system using medical, traditional open surgical and minimally invasive endovascular therapies.  His highest priority is always providing excellent, individualized care for his patients.  Dr. Ryan and his wife Emily married in 2009 and have four children. He enjoys hiking, fishing, kayaking, and spending time with his family in his spare time.

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New and Existing Patients: (501) 748-8400

What patients are saying about Dr. Ryan:

“Dr. Scott Ryan gave me a life with no pain. He is an excellent surgeon.” 

James “J.J.” Tucker is a native Arkansan. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas, he attended Medical School at the American University of Caribbean and traveled to Pennsylvania where he completed his residency in General Surgery. After many hours dedicated to bariatrics during residency, he decided to pursue a fellowship in Bariatrics, Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Tucker is licensed by the Arkansas State Medical Board and board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. Growing up in Hot Springs, Arkansas brought a lot of love for the community and exploring the outdoors. He, his wife and two children spend a lot of time enjoying what the Spa City has to offer, including golfing, biking, hunting and enjoying the lake with family and friends. Most importantly, he enjoys giving back to the community that has given so much to him.

Dr. Tucker’s personalized care and clear communication resonates with his patients as he partners with them to achieve their health and weight loss goals.

Start your journey at bmi.arheart.com to learn about our weight loss surgery options, watch our free online seminar, see if you qualify for surgery and more.

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Call 501-219-7770

What patients are saying about Dr. Tucker:

“Dr. Tucker and his staff saved my life — 110 pounds gone forever.”

“He definitely changed my life! I’ve lost 150 pounds so far with the help of Dr. Tucker and team. I can’t say how great they are or thank them enough.”

“Dr. Tucker is so caring and informative. He sits and talks with you and answers any questions you may have. I am so happy I chose Dr. Tucker and the BMI at Arkansas.”

Dr. Tucker in the News

Dr. Tucker reacts to trending weight loss videos in Docs React series.

Dr. Tucker, BMI patient talk to KATV on benefits of bariatric surgery for weight loss, disease management