Councils - Heart Failure & Transplantation



Scientific Council on Heart Failure & Transplantation

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UPCOMING COUNCIL MEETING:
Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:15-8:15 AM
Room: Clio/Thalie/Erato
Location: Acropolis Congrès Centre, Nice, France
ISHLT 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions



HFTX JOURNAL WATCH:

Visit the Journal Watch page where, each month, two assigned HFTX Council members select 1-2 best articles from peer reviewed journals and provide a concise summary and opinion.



ISHLT MONOGRAPH SERIES:

Order your copy of

•  MONOGRAPH VOLUME 3 Parts I and II: Advance Heart Failure

•  MONOGRAPH VOLUME 6: ISHLT Guidelines for the Care of Heart Transplant Recipients

Click HERE for details and ordering info.



ISHLT LINKS NEWSLETTER:

Issues focusing on Heart Failure & Transplantation:

August 2017
December 2016
July 2016
February 2016
November 2015
June 2015: HFTX Council Year in Review
January 2015
October 2014
November 2013
August 2013
December 2012
September 2011 (PDF)





COUNCIL LEADERSHIP OPERATING BOARD
(Parentheses after name indicates year rotating off Board)


COUNCIL CHAIR
Michael Pham, MD, MPH (2020)
California Pacific Medical Center
San Francisco, CA, USA

Dr. Michael Pham is the Medical Director of the Center for Advanced Heart Failure Therapies at Sutter Health. Dr. Pham trained in cardiology and advanced heart failure/transplantation at Stanford and was on the Stanford faculty for 11 years, where he served as the UNOS Primary Heart Physician and Associate Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program.  His clinical and research interests focus on non-invasive assessment of cardiac allograft rejection, remote monitoring of heart failure patients, and process improvement in health care.



COUNCIL VICE CHAIR
Jignesh Patel, MD, PhD (2022)
Cedars Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Jignesh Patel, MD, PhD, FACC, FRCP is Clinical Professor and Medical Director of the heart transplant program at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. He serves as Chair of the Transplant Committee at the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai and Director for Research in heart transplantation. His research focuses on management of sensitized patients awaiting heart transplantation and antibody-mediated rejection. His participation in the International Consortium for Cardiac Amyloidosis Transplantation has increased his involvement in therapeutic trials for cardiac amyloidosis.



COUNCIL PAST CHAIR
Monica M. Colvin, MD (2018)
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Dr. Monica Colvin is the Director of Heart Transplant Research and Heart Failure Network Strategy at the University of Michigan. Her role as the heart clinical specialist for the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients has increased her involvement in heart allocation. Her research focuses on improving post-transplant outcomes and detecting and treating cardiac allograft vasculopathy.



BOARD OF DIRECTORS LIAISON
Howard J. Eisen, MD, FAHA, FACC, FACP (2018)
Drexel University College of Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Howard J. Eisen, MD was appointed Thomas J. Vischer Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiology at the Drexel University College of Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital in 2005. He subsequently also was installed as the Joseph DiPalma MD Famaily Professor of Cardiology. Dr. Eisen has led several clinical trials in cardiac transplant recipients including the everolimus clinical trials and has been involved in the development of gene expression profiling in cardiac transplant patients. Dr. Eisen’s research has been funded by the American Heart Association of which he was an Established Investigator, the NIH and industry.



EDUCATION WORKFORCE LEADER
Daniel H. Kim, MD (2020)
University of Alberta Medical School
Edmonton, AB, CANADA

Dr Kim is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta and member of the Division of Cardiology at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute where he is an Interventional & Heart Transplant Cardiologist. He is the Medical Director of Heart Transplantation and Medical Director of the Adult Cardiac Assist Devices Program. His clinical interests are in Acute Care, Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support, as well as advanced cardiac procedures such as coronary interventions, invasive intracoronary imaging, coronary physiologic assessment and ECMO. His current research interests are non-invasive detection of acute and chronic rejection and cardiorenal physiology in heart failure.



I2C2 WORKFORCE LEADER:
Alejandro Bertolotti, MD (2018)
Favaloro Foundation
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

Alejandro Mario Bertolotti, MD is Chairman of the Transplant Department,  Heart and Lung Transplant Divisions and of the General Thoracic Surgery Division at Hospital Universitario Fundación Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is also Assistant Professor of the Department of Surgery, Universidad Favaloro. He is a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Argentinean Central Unique National Institute Coordinator of Ablation and Implant, Incucai, where he has participated in the development of many related policies, such as the Heart and Lung Allocation Policies. Dr. Bertolotti has been engaged in clinical and preclinical research projects and device developments and maintains an active participation in the academic and scientific areas.


STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES COMMITTEE WORKFORCE LEADER:
Hannah Copeland, MD (2019)
University of Mississippi
Jackson, MS, USA

Hannah Copeland is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Mississippi. She attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine 6 year BA/MD program.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She completed her general surgery training at the University of California San Diego and her cardiothoracic surgery residency from Loma Linda University. Hannah Copeland then completed a heart, lung, and mechanical circulatory support fellowship from Indiana University. Her research interests include donor heart risk factors, post-heart transplant outcomes and surgical education.


ISHLT LINKS NEWSLETTER LIAISON
David P. Nelson, MD
Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

LIAISONS TO OTHER COUNCILS:

BSTR COUNCIL LIAISON
Pradeep P.A. Mammen, MD, FACC, FAHA (2020)
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas, USA

JFTC CO-LIAISON:
Natasha Altman, MD (Non-voting mentee through 2018)
University of Colorado
Denver, CO, USA

Natasha L. Altman MD, FACC, received her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2006. She completed both her residency and general cardiology fellowship training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, where she was Chief Cardiology Fellow.  She then completed her Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver in the Section of Advanced Heart Failure, MCS and Transplantation. Her clinical and research interests include donor selection and management, invasive and implantable hemodynamic monitoring, and Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction.

JFTC CO-LIAISON:
Marco Masetti, MD, PhD (2018)
University of Bologna
Bologna, ITALY

NHSAH COUNCIL LIAISON
Edith Boyes, MSN, FNP-BC, CHFN (2020)
Loyola University Medical Center
Chicago, IL, USA

Edith Boyes is an Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Nurse Practitioner at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. She received her BSN and MSN-FNP from Loyola University Chicago in 2010 and 2016, respectively. Her clinical specialty includes Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplantation, and Mechanical Circulatory Support. Edith previously worked as a VAD Coordinator for 4 years prior to becoming a nurse practitioner. Her research interests include VAD patient mortality and readmission.
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