About Us


Dear valued patients,

Welcome to San Diego Cardiovascular Associates, a private practice dedicated to providing exceptional cardiovascular care to the San Diego community since 1994.

As the founding partners of this group, we are proud to lead a team of highly trained and board-certified cardiologists and allied health professionals, all of whom have graduated from the world’s top universities and teaching hospitals. We are committed to staying at the forefront of cardiovascular medicine through the use of advanced technology and the latest treatment options.

In an era where healthcare is becoming increasingly corporate and impersonal, we believe in the value of private practice. Our team is dedicated to building personal relationships with our patients and providing individualized care that is tailored to their unique needs.

We understand that entrusting your heart health to a physician is a big decision, and we are honored to have the opportunity to care for you. Thank you for choosing San Diego Cardiovascular Associates as your healthcare provider.


John Backman MD and Martin Charlat, MD
Founding Partners, San Diego Cardiovascular Associates.

Our goal is to provide our patients with the most advanced cardiovascular care in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
  • We value building strong relationships with our patients and working collaboratively to achieve optimal cardiovascular health.

  • We value ethical and compassionate care, treating every patient with dignity and respect as we work towards improving their cardiovascular health.

  • We value building long-term relationships with our patients, and being a trusted partner in their cardiovascular wellness journey.

Accepted Insurances

We accept most insurance plans, PPO’s and Medicare. We understand the increasing complexity of insurance requirements and claim procedures and will assist you in processing your claims. Please check with your insurance carrier to verify coverage.

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