About Our Practice

With compassionate care and the highest levels of professional accreditation and experience, the team at California Cardiovascular Institute ensures they provide their patients with the best care possible in Bakersfield, CA.

About California Cardiovascular Institute

California Cardiovascular Institute has a highly experienced team offering complete cardiac and vascular care. We offer comprehensive, compassionate, and individualized treatment for all cardiac problems, from heart disease to circulatory system disorders such as chronic venous insufficiency and problematic varicose veins.

Our practice has on-site, state-of-the-art equipment and technology to offer diagnostic services such as vascular ultrasounds, echocardiograms, nuclear stress tests, and carotid ultrasounds. Our experienced and skilled team also performs a wide range of minimally invasive treatments with cardiac catheterization, such as peripheral and balloon angioplasty with coronary stents.

Gurjit Singh-Uppal, MD


Gurjit Singh-Uppal is a highly experienced Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist who currently holds the positions of Vice Chief of Staff at Bakersfield Heart Hospital, Medical Director of the Atrial Fibrillation Program at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, and Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. He completed his medical training and specialized in Cardiac Electrophysiology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, where he later served as a faculty member for seven years. Dr. Singh-Uppal is a distinguished member of the Society of Cardiac Robotic Navigation and the Heart Rhythm Society.

With a strong background in clinical research and a focus on cardiac devices and robotic navigation, Dr. Singh-Uppal gained global recognition for his groundbreaking discovery regarding the interaction between the iPhone 12 and implantable cardiac defibrillators, earning him the 2021 Crain’s Healthcare Hero Award. He is dedicated to advancing treatment options for heart rhythm disorders in Kern County by leveraging cutting-edge mapping technologies and tailoring individualized therapies, effectively bridging the gap between academic and community practice.

Ajay M. Patel, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Structural and Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. Patel is a highly skilled cardiologist with a passion for improving cardiac care. He earned his medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and pursued further specialization through fellowships in cardiology at the University of California, Irvine, and interventional cardiology at the University of Chicago. Originally hailing from North Carolina, Dr. Patel’s academic journey began with a degree in biology and philosophy in religion, which he earned Summa Cum Laude from East Carolina University. Following medical school, he completed his internal medicine residency at Kaiser in San Francisco. Dr. Patel’s expertise lies in complex cardiac procedures, particularly structural heart interventions. He played a pivotal role in initiating transcatheter mitral valve repair in Kern County, contributing to the establishment of a successful, high-volume program with outstanding outcomes. Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for his patients, Dr. Patel focuses on delivering exceptional care and innovative treatments in the field of cardiology.

Rasham Sandhu, MD, FACC

Interventional Cardiologist

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Leopoldo Puga, MD, FACC

Cardiovascular Specialist

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At California Cardiovascular Institute, we ensure to provide our patients with the best care possible while quickly becoming one of the premier cardiology practices in Bakersfield, CA.