Jonathan Holtz, M.D.
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Cambria County Native Opens Heart Specialty Office in Carrolltown
ALTOONA, Pa., July 15, 2017 - Jonathan Holtz, M.D., who practices with UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates Cardiology, now sees patients at 142 E. Carroll St., Carrolltown, Cambria County, every Wednesday.
He is the area’s only advanced heart failure and heart transplant specialist. Holtz brings advanced training and extensive experience in treating patients with advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.
A Cambria County native, Holtz earned a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He spent an additional year as a hospitalist with UCSF’s advanced heart failure service before completing fellowships in cardiovascular disease and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.
As an undergraduate studying business at Penn State University, he switched his major to biology when he witnessed the impact of advanced cardiology treatments after his grandfather developed debilitating heart conditions that were then corrected through the implantation of a special pacemaker—a biventricular defibrillator—implanted in his chest.
Seeing his grandfather’s improvement post-implantation influenced Holtz to become a cardiologist.
Last summer, Holtz joined the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute as a specialist in advanced heart failure at UPMC Altoona and UPMC Presbyterian. Holtz, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, serves on UPMC’s Heart Transplant Selection Committee and spends one day a month at UPMC Presbyterian performing heart transplant biopsies and seeing patients at the heart transplant clinic and ventricular assist device clinic. He also provides inpatient heart failure services there several times a year.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” says Dr. Holtz. “I’m able to practice advanced heart failure treatment and care for people in my hometown.”