Heart and Vascular Center


The Heart and Vascular Center at Rockford Health System, located in the RHPH, Building 2 at 2350 N. Rockton Avenue, offers an innovative approach to heart and vascular care.

To learn more, please call (815) 971-DRDR (3737).

Heart-related concerns are our focus at the Heart and Vascular Center at Rockford Health System. We understand that when you’re worried it’s critical to have an innovative team of heart and vascular physicians on your side. With Rockford Health System’s Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence, your heart health will be approached with the most advanced technology, expert physicians, and state-of-the-art technology to deliver the highest level of cardiac care.

The Heart and Vascular Center at Rockford Health System specializes in:

General Cardiology

Our general cardiologists diagnose and treat a variety of cardiovascular diseases, with complete focus on you. Whether it is standard diagnostic tests, procedures, or surgery, our physicians and  nurses have a complete focus on your heart care and recovery. 


  • Richard Hayes, M.D.
  • Greg Nowak, M.D.
  • Don Rabor, M.D.
  • Tajinderpal (Tony) Saraon, M.D.

Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiology that specializes in catheter-based treatment of structural heart diseases.

We have the region's only cardiac catheterization laboratory, which is located next to our Level I Trauma Center. Procedures include:

  • Interventions on the coronary arteries of the heart using a less painful approach through the wrist
  • Interventions on peripheral arteries in the legs, neck, and other areas of the body with blockages
  • Diagnostic testing

Open heart operating rooms are also nearby for a fast response to patients who are in distress.


  • Erbert Caceres, M.D.
  • Nicolai Mejevoi, M.D.


The Heart and Vascular Center is staffed with two electrophysiologists who specialize in the electricity of the heart's conduction system.

We offer a pacemaker and implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) clinic, where patients come to have their devices checked after implantation.

Coming soon, we will also offer an atrial fibrillation clinic, where patients can receive innovative and advanced treatment for this common arrhythmia. Our team will also perform atrial fibrillation ablations in the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Rockford Memorial Hospital.


  • Leela Narra, M.D.
  • Jeff Smith, M.D.

Heart Failure

The Heart and Vascular Center has an outpatient intravenous diuretic clinic that delivers safe, fast, and effective relief for patients with symptomatic heart failure.

To make an appointment with one of our providers, call our Physician Referral Line at (815) 971-DRDR (3737)