Early Career & Trainee Committee

The purpose of the Early Career and Trainee Committee (ECTC) is to coordinate the Society’s efforts to engage with, provide effective mentorship of and leadership opportunities for those who are in the early stages of their careers.

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Tara Veasey Rackley, PharmD, BCTXP (2024)

Co-Chair/ Pharmacy Professional Community Representative/Representative to PVD IDN Steering Committee
Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA USA
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Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, MPH (2024)

Co-Chair
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH USA
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Ashley Fritz, DO (2024)

Member/ Anesthesiology and Critical Care Professional Community Representative
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL USA
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Andrew Morley-Smith, MRCP, PhD (2026)

Member/ Cardiology Professional Community Representative/Representative to AHFTX IDN Steering Committee
Harefield Hospital

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Jaime Hernandez Montfort, MD, MPH, MSc (2024)

Member/ Cardiology Professional Community Representative/Representative to MCS IDN Steering Committee
Baylor Scott and White Health

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Caitlin Demarest, MD, PhD (2026)

Member/ Cardiothoracic Surgery Professional Community Representative
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Rebecca Kumar, MD (2025)

Member/ Infectious Diseases Professional Community Representative
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC USA
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Brittany Koons, PhD (2025)

Member/ Nursing and Allied Health Professional Community Representative
Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
Villanova, PA USA
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Federica Pezzuto, (2026)

Member/ Pathology Professional Community Representative
University of Padova

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Neha Bansal, MD (2026)

Member/ Pediatrics Professional Community Representative
Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital

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Caroline Patterson, BMBS, BMedSci, MD (2024)

Member/ Pulmonology Professional Community Representative/Representative to ALFTX IDN Steering Committee
Royal Papworth Hospital
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Forum Kamdar, MD PhD (2025)

Member/ Research and Immunology Professional Community Representative
University of Minnesota Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN USA
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Andrea Grillini, MD (2026)

Member/ Standards & Guidelines Committee Representative
Loyola University Medical Center

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Jessica Burke, MA, CAE, IOM

ISHLT Staff Liaison
ISHLT

Alyssa Simpson,

ISHLT Staff Liaison
ISHLT

The purpose of the Early Career and Trainee Committee (ECTC) is to coordinate the Society’s efforts to engage with, provide effective mentorship of and leadership opportunities for those who are in the early stages of their careers in advanced heart failure and transplantation, advanced lung failure and transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and pulmonary vascular disease. 

Policies

Committee Composition
Committee Composition

In February of every year the early career and trainee members of each professional community shall elect an early career member to serve as their representative to the ECTC for a one-year term, renewable up to three times. Terms shall commence at the conclusion of the ISHLT Annual Meeting.

The ECTC shall be Co-Chaired by the second Immediate Past President of ISHLT, the CEO or other assigned staff member, and an individual elected no later than April 1 by and from among the incoming committee members.

The elected ECTC Co-Chair shall serve as the ECTC representative to the Leadership Advisory Forum.

Committee Responsibilities
Committee Responsibilities
  • Work with staff to develop and implement effective mentoring opportunities throughout the year
  • Work with the Professional Community representatives to the Interdisciplinary Networks to:
    • Identify and secure the participation of senior and mid-career members to participate in the Society’s organized mentoring opportunities
    • Facilitate robust participation of mentors and mentees in the specialty-specific Early Career Mentoring Sessions at the Annual Meeting
    • Facilitate robust participation of mentors and mentees in the Mentor/Mentee Matching program via ISHLTConnect
  • Work with the JHLT Managing Editor and the Director of Communications to identify individuals to participate actively in the Journal Watch program
  • Work with the Director of Communications to identify individuals to serve as roving reporters for the Annual Meeting Daily Conference Coverage newsletter
  • Work with the various Committees, Interdisciplinary Networks, and Professional Communities to:
    • Ensure the engagement of early career professionals in Society leadership opportunities
    • Ensure the needs of early career professionals are met via the Society’s various programs and services
  • Respond promptly and by the deadline to all assigned tasks
  • Come prepared and participate actively in all conference calls and meetings
Online Community
Online Community

Junior faculty and trainee members are the lifeblood of ISHLT and the profession, and ISHLT leadership is committed to facilitating their full engagement in all the Society offers. ISHLT maintains two online communities in ISHLTConnect for Early Career Professional members (defined as individuals who have completed training less than six years ago) and our Trainee members (defined as individuals actively participating in a formal training program). Society leadership encourages all members who meet these criteria to participate actively in these online communities and to become involved volunteers and participants in ISHLT programs and services.