Meet the Southern California Heart Specialists Doctors
Gregory M. Giesler, M.D., F.A.C.C. - Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular Disease
He then completed his fellowship in cardiology and interventional cardiovascular disease at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX. He continued his interest in heart transplantation and mechanical devices at the Texas Heart Institute authoring multiple publications and book chapters. He also was active in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction (Heart Attack) and piloted multiple trials including the coordinated treatment of heart attack patients that has now become the standard of care in the United States today.
Dr. Giesler has published extensively on the treatment of both congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarction as well as presented at both national and international meetings.
Greg now has returned home to Southern California to help establish both Huntington and Arcadia Hospitals as centers of excellence in the treatment of heart attack patients. He is also involved in expanding the peripheral arterial disease program and the treatment of congenital heart defects.
Greg is active in the teaching program of residents at Huntington as well as a frequent speaker for Huntington Hospital.
Greg lives with his wife and two children and is active coaching soccer and supporting his daughter in competitive swimming.
Andreas Mauer, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Andreas Mauer is originally from Germany but was raised in southern Nevada. He studied chemistry at Case Western Reserve University before attending the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, where he was recognized as Chief Resident. He subsequently spent three years on the faculty of the Rockefeller University in Manhattan, where he studied the genetics of bleeding disorders. He then completed fellowships in cardiology, interventional cardiology, and structural cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. There, he was recognized with awards for clinical and scientific merit and continued to study the genetics of cardiovascular disease.
He has authored numerous articles in hematology, cardiology, and interventional cardiology, with a particular focus on the genetics of cardiovascular disease. He has authored book chapters on perioperative cardiovascular assessment and valvular heart disease. He
has presented at national and international meetings and was the recipient of a Young Investigator Award from the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis.
Andreas has returned to the West Coast to be close to family and in support of his wife, who is on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine. He enjoys the great outdoors and soccer with his two children. He is excited to continue the work of SCHS at Huntington and Methodist hospitals and to serve the greater Pasadena community.
Stephen J. Soldo, M.D., F.A.C.C. - General Cardiology
Dr Soldo is a general cardiologist, working principally out of our Arcadia office. His practice focuses on the chronic long term management of heart disease, including coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, valvular heart problems, cardiac pacemakers and cholesterol disorders.
Dr Soldo works with the Cardiology program at Methodist Hospital, where he sits on several committees. He is also the co director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Rehabilitation programs.
Dr Soldo lives with his family in Arcadia, where he and his wife Patty are very active in school and community affairs.
Babak Tashakkor, M.D., F.A.C.C. - Electrophysiology
Dr. Tashakkor now serves as director of the new cardiac electrophysiology laboratory at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia where he has employed the latest technologies to help treat our patients. As a result, we have successfully treated hundreds of patients with cardiac arrhythmias over the past several years. Furthermore, he has been allotted the role of volunteer instructor at the University of California San Diego, and he has taken part in multiple cutting edge research projects in the field of cardiovascular diseases and electrophysiology here in Pasadena.
Throughout his journey, Dr. Tashakkor was surrounded with the finest education that each of these regions of the country had to offer. He now looks forward to employing this knowledge and expertise to further aid the citizens of Pasadena and its neighboring communities.
Kristal B.Y. Young, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Young is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine as well as holds certification in echocardiography and nuclear medicine. She specializes in non-invasive cardiology and imaging modalities and has an interest in cardiovascular disease in women and minorities as well as in preventative health.
Dr. Young is the newest addition the Southern California Heart Specialists and is dedicated to the excellence of cardiovascular care at Huntington and Arcadia Methodist Hospitals. She is involved in the residency teaching program and aims to evolve its clinical research. She has now relocated to the West Coast (best coast) and excited to serve the diverse, incomparable community in Southern California.
Douglas D. Yun, M.D., F.A.C.C. - Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular Disease
Dr. Yun’s special training and expertise is in the area of Interventional Cardiology treating patients with coronary and peripheral vascular disease. To be more specific, the management of patients with acute coronary syndrome and acute myocardial infarction have always drawn his interest and enthusiasm. His decision to become a cardiologist essentially evolved from the early years of intravenous thrombolytic therapy and concomitant mega-trials which had completely revolutionized the treatment of patients with an acute myocardial infarction.
Dr. Yun married in 2004 and currently has 2 children. He is active in his local church in Glendale, where the goal is to reach out to those in need in the local community as well as in foreign countries through financial support of missionaries as well as making actual visits to those locations.
John L. Easthope Jr. M.D., F.A.C.C. - General Cardiology
Dr. Easthope is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. He specializes in general cardiology with a focus on preventive health care and cardiac rehabilitation. In addition to being the director of non-invasive cardiology at Huntington Hospital, he also has served as the director of cardiac rehabilitation since 1978. He remains active on Huntington medical boards and has been recognized as one of America’s top cardiologists.
Dr. Easthope has been a leader in academic training of internal medicine residents directing the cardiology dispensary service for over 20 years. He continues to be an active participant of both Huntington Hospital Department of Cardiology and Internal Medicine boards.
He currently lives with his wife where he raised his grown children in San Marino.
W. Allen Edmiston, M.D., F.A.C.C. - General Cardiology
Dr. Edmiston is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular diseases and Critical Care Medicine. He is on the staff of Huntington Memorial Hospital and Methodist Hospital of Arcadia.
Dr. Edmiston has been Chief of Cardiology at Huntington Memorial Hospital and Director of the Cardiology sections at both Huntington Memorial and Methodist hospital of Arcadia. He was also very active at St. Luke hospital where he had many positions including Chief of staff and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Edmiston has published and lectured extensively throughout his career and has always been active in clinical research. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American college of physicians.
Dr. Edmiston has been active in programs to enhance community health. He was President of the American Heart Association, Greater Los Angeles Affiliate and Recipient of their Distinguished Volunteer and Distinguished Achievement awards. He was also Chairman of the Patron Saint Foundation, which supports health care in the San Gabriel valley.
Dr. Edmiston raised four children in South Pasadena and Pasadena and currently lives in Pasadena. Outside of medicine his is passionate about opera and gives community lectures on opera, is on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Opera League and provides medical support for the Los Angeles Opera.
Paul D. Maher, M.D., F.A.C.C. - Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Maher is specialized in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease and its complications. He graduated from the University of Southern California summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences. When he completed his M.D. at USC he earned entry into the honor societies of Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi.
He is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular disease with special certification in interventional cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In recognition of his extensive experience in coronary interventions, he was elected Fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He has also completed a lipid disorder training program with the American Heart Association.
Dr. Maher has been actively involved at Huntington Hospital since earning his degree in 1978 including his post graduate training. He was Associate Director of Clinical Cardiology from 1983-1996. He is a past Chairman of the Department of Medicine and electively uses Huntington Hospital for all of his hospital based care.
He and his wife, Linda, reside in Pasadena, where they have raised three sons.