About Wadley HeartCare

The Wadley HeartCare Network includes specialists in the areas of cardiovascular health who work together to provide high quality, comprehensive care with the most advanced treatments and surgical options available.  The team includes trained cardiologists and advanced nurse practitioners who specialize in general and interventional cardiology as well as cardiothoracic surgeons offering expertise in all types of adult cardiac and thoracic surgery. With a comprehensive approach to caring for those affected with heart disease, our team of experts is committed to providing the highest level of service and compassionate care. 

Our Providers -

Cardiology Specialists

Dr. Scott Black is a board certified interventional cardiologist and the founder of Advanced Cardiology of Texarkana, now Cardiology Specialists.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1997.  He then completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology in 2000 at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Black specializes in complex coronary interventions, including balloon angioplasty, stents, cardiac rhythm management, and intravascular ultrasound.  Dr. Black is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.  Dr. Black is a life long resident of Texarkana.  He and his wife, Melinda, have two children, Molly and Brooks.
Dr. Kevin Formes received his degree in medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth in 2003. His residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology was completed at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth in 2010. Dr. Formes was awarded Fellow of the Year for 2008-2009 and also served as Chief Cardiology Fellow. He is Board Certified and is a member of the American College of Cardiology, and American Osteopathic Association, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Formes specializes in invasive and interventional cardiology and peripheral vascular disease. He and his wife, Laura Harland Formes, have 3 children: Bladen, Kelin, and Morgan.
Dr. Poongodhai Ramachandran received her degree in medicine from the University of Madras in India in 1990.  Dr. Ramachandran is a board certified Invasive Cardiologist who specializes in the care of patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and promotes wellness through community education. She completed her residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She is married to Sunil and they have two children, Anjali and Shalini.
Katie Linnen, MPAS, PA-C graduated from Iowa State University with her Bachelor of Science in 2008.  She later received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2010 from Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA.   She has specialized in cardiovascular disease management for over five years.  Katie is nationally certified as a Physician Assistant since 2010 by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  She and her husband Michael have one daughter, Natalie and one son, Max.
Heart and Lung Specialists

Dr. Sylwia Karpinski is a board certified cardiovascular surgeon. Dr. Karpinski received her medical degree from Ross University and completed her general surgery residency at St. Agnes Hospital, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins, and her cardiothoracic surgery residency at Tufts University Medical Center and the Lahey Clinic. She is experienced in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery, valve surgery, adult congenital conditions, lung cancer and aortic surgery.  Dr. Karpinski is well trained and experienced in the latest minimally invasive techniques and robotic assisted surgery in both cardiac and non-cardiac thoracic surgery.  She is the only cardiothoracic surgeon in Texarkana who is robotically trained.