Dr. William Aimar Rollefson is a Little Rock cardiologist board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology and is certified as an advanced cardiovascular life support instructor. A native of Little Rock, Dr. Rollefson graduated from Hendrix College in Conway before earning his medical degree with honors from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1991. He then went to Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu to complete both his internship and residency. He completed his fellowship in cardiology at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where he remained for several years as director of cardiovascular interventions before coming to Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic. The recipient of numerous awards (including Outstanding Staff Teacher and Outstanding Original Research), Dr. Rollefson has been well recognized for his talents in medicine, teaching and research.
Dr. Vijay Raja is an interventional cardiologist who enjoys caring for patients with all forms of heart disease, but especially has a passion for treating patients with refractory symptoms and those needing acute interventions. He was born in New Jersey but was transplanted to Texas at age 11. He earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and then completed his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He moved back to Texas to complete his post-graduate training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In addition to patient care, Dr. Raja has a strong interest in health care management and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from University of Texas at Dallas during his cardiology fellowship. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, interventional cardiology and vascular medicine. He is trained to treat all forms of cardiac or peripheral artery blockages (including 100% occlusions), as well as evaluate and treat a variety of structural heart diseases (including congenital heart defects [patent foramen ovale, atrial and ventricular septal defects, patent ductus arteriosus], perivalvular defects, alcohol septal ablations, and transcatheter valve diseases). He and his wife, Dr. Grace Raja, a hematologist/oncologist with CARTI, are glad to be in Arkansas with their three young children.
Originally from Russia, Dr. Vasili Lendel moved to Nova Scotia in 2000 for a fellowship to study medicine. He completed his residency and cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 2007. He then went into private practice at the Memphis Heart Clinic in Tennessee. Dr. Lendel joined Arkansas Heart Hospital in 2011. Dr. Lendel’s accomplishments include many medical and academic distinctions. He has participated in many medical research studies and has spent time volunteering in hospitals and nursing homes. He currently resides in Little Rock with his wife, who is an endocrinologist, and his two daughters. Dr. Lendel’s personal interests include music, reading and athletics, especially soccer, hiking, running and fishing.