Meet Our Team

Back Kim MD

Back Kim, MD

Chief Medical Officer & Faculty Physician

Back Kim is the Chief Medical Officer of Heart Vein NYC (HVNYC) and opened its doors in 2010. Including his time spent with HVNYC, Dr. Kim is the Director of Cardiovascular Patient Outreach and Research program at Lenox Hill Hospital and the Clinical Instructor in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. His medical training can be credited to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Case Western Reserve University Hospital, John Hopkins University, and the Seoul National University, School of Medicine. Dr. Kim has his board certification in Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, and Cardiovascular Disease as well as diplomate of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Dr. Kim is fluent in Korean, English and Spanish.

Dr. Kim’s mission here at HVNYC is to provide quality patient treatment and continuity of care, collectively, with his team of physicians, mid levels, and clinical staff. With locations serving various boroughs, his ultimate goal is to make pertinent health care accessible to patients throughout the greater New York City area.

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Nay Htyte MD, MSc, DASNC, FACC

Nay Htyte MD, MSc., DASNC, FACC​

Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Nay Htyte is an interventional cardiologist who joined Heart Vein NYC (HVNYC) in 2017. After completing his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology training in New Orleans Louisiana at The John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, he returned to New York City and subsequently joined our team. He has hospital affiliations with cath-lab privileges at major hospital systems including NYU Langone Health Center, NY Presbyterian Queens Hospital and St. Barnabas Medical Center and has a keen interest in coronary and peripheral vascular interventions. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and obtained his medicine residency training from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, at what is now Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s and Mt. Sinai West. He is Board Certified in cardiovascular diseases and is a Diplomate of The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Htyte is an expert in all aspects of cardiology including but not limited to – invasive coronary and peripheral arterial interventions, preventative cardiology, venous compression disorders, chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins, and non-invasive cardiovascular imaging. He continues to be an active contributor to academic publication in major peer review journals and most recently, has co-authored two textbook chapters.

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Dr. Esad Vusic

Esad Vucic, MD, CBNC


Esad Vucic, MD, CBNC is a cardiologist who joined Heart Vein NYC (HVNYC) in January 2018. Before working with HVNYC, Dr Vucic worked in medical groups in Connecticut and New York and is affiliated with New York University. He received his medical degree from Eberhard Karls University Faculty of Medicine and underwent clinical medical training at New York University School of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and SUNY Downstate. His board certifications include internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, cardiac electrophysiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac computed tomography. Dr. Vucic is an expert in heart rhythm disorders, cardiac imaging, atherosclerotic vascular disease, Hypertension, heart failure, and more. He is fluent in English, German, French, Serbian, Croatian, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Tae An Choi NP

Tai An Choi, MSN, ANP-BC

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Tae An Choi, ANP-BC joined Heart Vein NYC (HVNYC) in May, 2013. Prior to joining HVNYC, he worked in the internal medicine unit at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York for 4 years (2008~2012). He currently works at all four of our facilities practicing cardiovascular care in collaboration with our physicians. He is one of providers in our office-based Endovenous Laser Ablation (ELA) procedure. He is actively participating in our clinical research projects and our HVNYC blog of case studies. He is also one of main authors who published an article “Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome” in Consultant medical journal in December 2017. He is fluent in English and Korean and proficient in Spanish.

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Dr. Rishona Johnson

Rishona Johnson, MPAS, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Rishona Johnson, MSc. PA-C joined Heart Vein NYC (HVNYC) in February, 2016. Throughout her academic career, Rishona has always had an interest in cardiovascular medicine. She currently works primarily in the Manhattan and Flushing locations in conjunction with a team of well qualified physicians. Her primary goal is to continue to provide effective patient care through her clinical knowledge throughout the NYC area.

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Hiral Patel, MPAS, PA-C

Hiral Patel, MPAS, PA-C

Hiral Patel, MPAS, PA-C joined the Heart Vein NYC (HVNYC) team in September of 2017. Ms. Patel received her undergraduate degree as a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a minor in Biology at Brooklyn’s Long Island University. She then went on to complete her post graduate education and received her MPAS from Boston’s MCPHS University. Ms. Patel has always had a keen interest towards cardiovascular medicine. She has had various experiences in cardiovascular medicine, both before, during, and after her academic career. Prior to coming on board the team at Heart Vein NYC, Ms. Patel has worked at Comprehensive cardiology,  a multi-specialty practice, and rotated through various clinical practices, both in-patient and outpatient, with a specialty in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. Ms. Patel is certified by the American Heart Association and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Additionally, she has received certifications in ACLS, HIPPA and OSHA, and is a proud member for the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Ms. Patel is fluent in Hindi, Gujarati and English and proficient in Spanish. Her goal is to contribute to our mission of providing state-of-the-art, quality, cardiac and vascular care to our patients.

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Xiao Lin

Xiao Lin, MPAS, PA-C

Bio coming soon

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Rachel Nahrwold

Rachel Nahrwold, AGNP-BC

Rachel Nahrwold, AGNP-BC is a new addition to Heart Vein NYC (HVNYC) as of April, 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing at Columbia University. She is an ANCC board certified adult-gerontology nurse practitioner. Prior to joining HVNYC, she worked for Wellness Corporate Solutions, providing quality healthcare at various locations around NYC. She predominantly works at our Manhattan, Flushing, and Fordham locations, collaborating with a well-qualified multidisciplinary team of providers. With a keen interest in pursuing Cardiology as a subspecialty, she focused her education and clinical experience on this goal. She was fortunate to train with expert cardiologists around the city while earning her degrees. She is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York and regularly volunteers with the organization. She hopes to contribute to our mission of providing state-of-the-art cardiac and vascular care to our patients.​

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Mindy Lee

Mindy Lee, NP

Mindy Lee, MSN, FNP-BC, joined Heart Vein NYC (HVNYC) in April 2018. She is an alum of University of California, Berkeley, where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology and Social Welfare. She subsequently obtained both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University. As a registered nurse, she has worked in otolaryngology and has participated in various corporate health clinics around NYC, meanwhile obtaining graduate clinical experience in a multitude of healthcare settings, including cardiology. She is an ANCC board certified family nurse practitioner, and is a member of the American Nurses Association. She currently works at all four HVNYC locations providing cardiovascular care alongside our physicians. She hopes to effectively and compassionately provide quality care to all of our patients.

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