Dr. Mahendra Carpen is a Guyanese born Interventional Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist who is the Head of Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Georgetown Public Hospital in Guyana. Dr. Carpen also serves as the Consultant Cardiologist to the Caribbean Heart Institute and is the Managing Director of Cardiology Services Inc. at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Guyana. He is a co-director of the Guyana Partnership to Advance Cardiac Care and the chairman of the Cardiac Oversight Committee.
He started his medical career at the University of Guyana, School of Medicine where he got his MBBS in 1997 and received the Prime Minister’s award for being the best graduate in the School of Medicine, the Vice Chancellor’s Award for the best graduate in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Rolph Richards Prize for Internal Medicine.
Dr. Carpen completed his DM in Internal Medicine at the UWI, Mona in 2006 before serving as the Clinical Tutor for Internal Medicine at UWI Bahamas. He then went to the University of Toronto and completed Residency training in Adult Cardiology and Fellowship training in Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Carpen subsequently went on to Tufts University in Boston USA to complete a second Fellowship in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology.
He returned to Guyana in 2012 and has since been immersed in the development of cardiac services in Guyana and the Caribbean. He was pivotal in setting up the first Cardiac ICU in the Georgetown Public Hospital, staff recruitment, training and education as well as establishing treatment protocols for common cardiac presentations.
Dr. Carpen has performed thousands of invasive cardiac procedures including coronary angiograms, angioplasties, stent implantations, right heart catheterizations, pacemaker implantations, Lead extractions, Intracardiac defibrillator implantations, cardiac resynchronization therapy and radiofrequency catheter ablations for cardiac arrhythmias. Several of these procedures were historic first-in-country for Guyana including ablations for AV node re-entrant tachycardia, Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome and Retrograde Accessory Pathways. He has helped to strengthen the Electrophysiology services in Trinidad at the St. Clair Medical Center where he functions as a visiting Consultant Cardiologist and currently provides invasive cardiac care to Tortola, British Virgin Island, where he has done the first coronary angiograms, angioplasties and intracoronary stent implantations.
Dr. Carpen has published several abstracts, peer reviewed articles and regularly provides CME lectures in Guyana and across the Caribbean. He is a research supervisor for Interns and medical students in Guyana and also serves as a clinical proctor for visiting international medical students. His willingness to travel around the Caribbean to provide care for his patients is rooted in his own personal experience and belief that “Healing is more than just taking pills or having procedures, it is best achieved in a patient’s own environment when surrounded by friends, family and loved ones.”