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Meet the Team

When choosing a health partner for the ongoing management of connective tissue conditions, it is important to find a coordinated program and team that has expertise in treating these conditions. The Hoag Marfan Syndrome and Related Conditions Program in the Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center is led by Dr. David Liang and supported with a multidisciplinary specialty network of physicians and nurses.

Program Medical Director

David Liang, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Liang is a cardiovascular specialist who is nationally recognized for his care of Marfan syndrome and connective tissue conditions. Dr. Liang brings over 25 years of experience to Hoag patients and their families.

Learn more about Dr. Liang.

Clinical Nurse Navigator

Meg Boeglin, B.S.N., R.N.

Meg Boeglin is a clinical nurse navigator who understands the complexities of cardiovascular related connective tissue disorders and acts as a resource to patients and their families to access and navigate Hoag resources and the health care system as a whole.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon Team

Anthony Cafarelli, M.D.

Anthony D. Caffarelli, M.D. is the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Hoag, as well as Director of the Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center and the Newkirk Family Endowed Chair in Aortic Care at Hoag. He is one of the highest volume cardiothoracic surgeons in Orange County, and specializes in complex aortic procedures, including aneurysms, dissections, bicuspid aortic valve disease, and valve sparing root procedures.

Learn more about Dr. Caffarelli.

Asad Shah, M.D.

Asad Shah, M.D. is a high-volume cardiothoracic surgeon who performs the full-spectrum of cardiac surgical procedures. His clinical interests include thoracic aortic disease, minimally invasive valve surgery, coronary artery bypass grafting, and transcatheter therapies, including TAVR and TEVAR. He is certified on the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.

Learn more about Dr. Shah.

Aortic Center Nurse Practitioner

Rita Weise, MSN, ACNPC-AG

Rita Weise, MSN, ACNPC-AG is the nurse practitioner for Hoag's Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center. She sees patients in clinic, alongside the physician team, and acts as a resource for those living with aortic disease.

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To contact Hoag Marfan Syndrome and Related Conditions Program, please call 949-764-8468 or email.