Dr. Avelar is a native of Brazil. He completed his medical education in Recife, PE, followed by Internal Medicine internship and residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. He completed a Master of Clinical Investigation program and a cardiology fellowship at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City and a fellowship in advanced cardiac imaging, including cardiac MRI, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Avelar provides cardiovascular medical care with a particular emphasis on diagnostic imaging. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, cardiovascular CT and nuclear cardiology. He has a special interest in cardio-oncology, which uses cardiac imaging to help prevent heart disease in cancer patients. Dr. Avelar has been actively involved in research for many years, authoring or co-authoring numerous cardiovascular research papers in the area of cardiac imaging. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, the journal Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging, and the American Journal of Cardiology.
He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, Society of Cardiovascular MRI, Society of Cardiovascular CT, and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine for the Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership. Prior to coming to Athens, he served as director of non-invasive cardiac imaging at the University of Connecticut Health Center since 2008 before joining Oconee Heart and Vascular and Center. Dr. Avelar, who started the first cardiac MRI and Cardio-oncology programs in Athens, Ga., is St. Mary’s Chief of Cardiology. He also serves as the medical director of cardiac MRI, cardiac CT and the Cardio-oncology programs at Oconee Heart and Vascular Center.