We asked Dr. Leonardi why he chose to pursue cardiology and what he likes about the job.
LMC: Why did you want to become a doctor?
Dr. Leonardi: I was a wildlife biology major at Clemson and thought I would pursue a career managing private hunting and fishing properties. But during an animal physiology class, I became interested in cardiac physiology. That’s when I started working toward medical school.
LMC: When did you know that you wanted to be an interventional cardiologist?
Dr. Leonardi: In medical school, I was working a shift in the emergency room when a hospital employee suffered a STEMI, one of the most dangerous types of heart attacks, where an artery is completely blocked. I was able to observe the cardiologists unblock the artery in a catheterization lab procedure. Their work produced an immediate result, stopping a life-threatening heart attack.
LMC: What are your favorite parts of the job?
Dr. Leonardi: I’ve completed fellowships in interventional cardiology and structural interventional cardiology. I enjoy performing procedures that can help fix problems related to the structure of the heart and the heart valves.
Lexington Cardiology has two locations.
2601 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29204
131 Sunset Court
West Columbia, SC 29169