Board certification for the subspecialty of interventional cardiology was introduced in 1999. Physicians who have completed their three-year cardiology fellowship must take additional training in cardiac interventions such as stent placement, angioplasty, pacemaker placement, etc.
Dr. Shammo’s interventional practice remains strong, keeping him and his small staff very busy. He typically sees new and established patients in his Milwaukee clinic and satellite clinic in Watertown. In most cases, it is the start of a long-term relationship.
After seven years in independent practice in Milwaukee, Dr. Shammo admits that the path he has chosen is not an easy one. Maintaining a viable practice in an age of rising practice costs and declining reimbursements is difficult for any physician, let alone an independent practitioner.