Journal of Cardiology and Vascular Medicine

Editorial Board (JCVM)

Darcy L. DiFede
Darcy L. DiFede
Director of Research
Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute
University of Miami School of Medicine
United States
Biography
Darcy L. DiFede, RN,BSN: Director of Research Administration – Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute – University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (9/07 – Present). 2011 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Beta Tau Community Leader. Currently is a board member on the Beta Tau Chapter for leadership Succession Committee. Over the past 4 years she has implemented 5 Investigator-initiated clinical trials of novel cell based therapies for heart disease, which together have enrolled over 100 patients (the largest single center experience in the US). In addition to extensive clinical trial research expertise, Ms DiFede lectures at the local nursing school, mentors medical students, undergraduate students and international nurses in clinical research. Ms. DiFede is a member of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) and American Heart Association (AHA) since 2009. Most recently, she serves as a co-investigator for the Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network (CCTRN) steering committee through the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). She has several publications in the area of Stem Cell research.
Publications
Director of Research
Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute
University of Miami School of Medicine
United States
Research Interest
Pre-clinical and clinical trials related to stem cell therapies related to cardiology and vascular medicine.
Daniel Duprez
Daniel Duprez
Professor of Medicine/Cardiology
University of Minnesota
United States
Biography
Publications
Professor of Medicine/Cardiology
University of Minnesota
United States
Research Interest
Arterial stiffness, arterial elasticity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, early detection of CVD, HIV and CVD
Joel A. Garcia
Joel A. Garcia
Director
Catheterization Laboratory Denver Health Medical Center
United States
Biography
Dr. Joel A. Garcia is part of a multi-disciplinary team of health care providers specializing in Cardiovascular Diseases, Peripheral Vascular Disease, and Structural Heart Disease at the University of Colorado Hospital and Denver Health Medical Center. His special interests include Treatment of Complex Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), Advanced Coronary and Peripheral Imaging, StentBoost (2D-3D), Rotational Angiography (3DCA), Dual Motion Rotational Angiography (DMRCA), 3D Modeling (3DRA), Coronary and Device Volumetric Reconstructions, Long Coronary Injections and Image Acquisition (180), Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) and Validation, Image Fusion (CT/MR/3D), CTA overlay, and Optimal View Mapping (OVM). Dr. Garcia mostly works as an Interventional Cardiologist with training in advanced percutaneous therapies for coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and structural heart disease. He has been certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Endovascular Board and Interventional Cardiology. . Dr. Garcia has been the recipient of many national, international, and institutional awards for his clinical excellence, leadership, and research involvement. Among those he was the recipient of a Young Investigator Award (ICIM, Japan), the American Medical Association (AMA) Leadership Award, an Emerging Young Leadership Award from Cardiovascular Revascularization Therapies (CRT), SCAI/GE Research Award, ACCF/BMS Award, and a Clinical Research Fellows Conference Award. . Dr. Garcia is also an active fellow of several medical specialty societies like the ACP, ACC, and SCAI.
Publications
Director
Catheterization Laboratory Denver Health Medical Center
United States
Research Interest
Melvin Cheitlin
Melvin Cheitlin
Emeritus Professor
University of California
United States
Biography
Publications
Emeritus Professor
University of California
United States
Research Interest
Congenital heart disease in the adult, Valvular heart disease, HIV Associated Heart Disease
Elizabeth B. Juneman
Elizabeth B. Juneman
Director
Echocardiography – SAVAHCS
United States
Biography
Dr. Elizabeth Brophy Juneman is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cardiology Section at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. She is a member of the Saver Heart Center. Dr. Juneman received her BS in Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Texas where she graduated with honors. She attended medical school at the University of Texas - Houston Health Sciences Center. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency, Chief Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Arizona - Sarver Heart Center. Dr. Juneman joined the faculty at SAVAHCS in 2007 where she serves as the Echocardiography and Stress Laboratory Director. Dr. Juneman is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography. She has been recognized as Tucson’s Top Doctor for the past four years, received the 2011 University of Arizona Cardiology Fellowship Teaching Award and the 2010 Northwestern Junior Faculty Basic Science Award winner. She is Faculty for the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Juneman’s research interest is focused on the cellular and mechanical remodeling in ischemic heart failure. She has a particular interest in the functional and electrical integration of cell-based therapy in ischemic heart failure.
Publications
Director
Echocardiography – SAVAHCS
United States
Research Interest
Jalal K. Ghali
Jalal K. Ghali
Professor
Mercer University School of Medicine
United States
Biography
Dr. Ghali is Professor of Medicine at Mercer University. He is the Associate Chair for Clinical Research and Chief of Cardiology. He received his MD degree from Damascus University in Syria. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine. As principal investigator, Dr. Ghali has conducted over 200 clinical trials predominantly in heart failure and has contributed to the medical literature more than 200 publications, predominantly in the field of heart failure. He currently serves on the editorial board of the American Heart Journal, Journal of Cardiac Failure, European Journal of Heart Failure, JACC: Heart Failure, Current Cardiology Review, Open Heart Failure Journal, World Journal of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease, World Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases. He currently serves as Senior Editor for Congestive Heart Failure and as Associate Editor for Aging Health. He has served as a member of several steering committees, adjudication committees and data and safety monitoring boards in various heart failure trials. He came to Mercer from Detroit where he held the positions of Director of Cardiovascular clinical trials and the heart failure program at the Cardiovascular Institute, Detroit Medical Center, Chief of Cardiology, Detroit Receiving Hospital and Associate Chair for Research at Wayne State University.
Publications
Professor
Mercer University School of Medicine
United States
Research Interest
Heart failure and racial/ethnic disparities in healthcare
Andrzej J. Jaroszynski
Andrzej J. Jaroszynski
Professor
Medical University of Lublin
Poland
Biography
Andrzej J. Jaroszyński obtained his phd from Medical University of Lublin in 1997 and currently he is serving as a professor to the same university. He served as a chair for the Department of Family Medicine at Medical University of Lublin and also as Medical Director of Dialysis center “Diaverum” Lublin Staszica at Poland. He is the member for several professional organizations like – Polish Society of Cardiology, Polish Medical Association, European Renal Association and Polish Hipertensiology Association.
Publications
Professor
Medical University of Lublin
Poland
Research Interest
Sudden cardiac death; heart failure; anaemia; arrhythmias; hypertension; hyperphosphatemia; vascular calcification; atherosclerosis; chronic kidney disease; dialysis; diabetes.
Joseph M Wu
Joseph M Wu
Professor and MS Program Director
New York Medical College
United States
Biography
Joseph M Wu has obtained his Ph.D from Florida State University, Florida, USA in the year 1975 and completed his postdoc in the year 1977 from Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. He also held many positions and honors Research Instructor, Department of Biochemistry, Temple University, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, New York Medical College and Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New York Medical College. He is also a visiting professor for the Department of Cardiology at Nanjing Medical University, China
Publications
Professor and MS Program Director
New York Medical College
United States
Research Interest
Cardiology, Biological Sciences and Biochemistry
Aref M Rahman
Aref M Rahman
Director and Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
United States
Biography
Publications
Director and Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
United States
Research Interest
Lin Yee Chen
Lin Yee Chen
Director
Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory
United States
Biography
Dr. Chen received his medical degree from the National University of Singapore, then completed his medical residency, general cardiology fellowship, and cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Following fellowship training, Dr. Chen was a faculty member at the National University of Singapore from 2006-2008. During this two-year period, he obtained an independent research grant from the National Medical Research Council of Singapore to identify novel genetic determinants of atrial fibrillation in an Asian population. This research grant supports ongoing phenotype assessment and genotyping in an Asian lone atrial firbillation cohort that will be useful for future genetic association studies. In December 2008, Dr. Chen joined the University of Minnesota faculty. His current research is focused on elucidating the determinants and impact of heart rhythm disorders, particularly atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. He receives grant support from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. He is the Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Publications
Director
Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory
United States
Research Interest
All areas of heart rhythm diagnosis and treatment, including clinic consultations, device implants, and electrophysiology testing and ablations.
Frederic F. Rahbari-Oskoui
Frederic F. Rahbari-Oskoui
Assistant Professor
Emory University School of Medicine
United States
Biography
Publications
Assistant Professor
Emory University School of Medicine
United States
Research Interest
Polycystic Kidney Disease, Hypertension, The renin angiotensin system in hypertension and chronic kidney disease, Pharmacogenomics of blood pressure response to different antihypertensive agents, Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, Renal cystic kidney diseases
Robert Ostfeld
Robert Ostfeld
Director
Montefiore Medical Center
United States
Biography
Robert Ostfeld, M.D., MSc., a cardiologist, is the founder and co-director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore, an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Associate Director of the Cardiology Fellowship at Montefiore-Einstein. Dr. Ostfeld earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa; his MD from Yale University School of Medicine; and his Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ostfeld completed his medical internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and his cardiology fellowship and research fellowship in Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital - both teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. His professional interests include cardiovascular disease prevention, medical education and clinical research. He earned the Outstanding Full Time Attending of the Year award at Montefiore for excellence in teaching medical residents; the Program Director's Award for dedicated service on behalf of the Montefiore-Einstein Cardiology Fellowship; and was elected to the Leo M. Davidoff Society at Einstein for outstanding achievement in the teaching of medical students.
Publications
Director
Montefiore Medical Center
United States
Research Interest
Cardiovascular Medicine
Robert J Chilton
Robert J Chilton
Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center
United States
Biography
Publications
Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center
United States
Research Interest
Cardiology
Catalin Loghin
Catalin Loghin
Associate Professor
UT Health Science Center – Houston
United States
Biography
Dr.Loghin is a valedictorian of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi, Romania. He completed his cardiology training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. With over two decades of academic experience, he authored numerous original papers, book chapters and abstracts presented at national and international professional meetings, reflecting his interest in cardiac imaging. Dr. Loghin serves as a reviewer for several high impact journals, and as an imaging consultant for the Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network.
Publications
Associate Professor
UT Health Science Center – Houston
United States
Research Interest
Multimodality cardiac imaging: echocardiography, computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, SPECT/PET.
Jonato Prestes
Jonato Prestes
Associate Professor
Catholic University of Brasilia
Brazil
Biography
Undergraduate in Physical Education from State University of Maringa (2002), Brazil.Master's Degree in Physical Education from Methodist University of Piracicaba (2006), BrazilDoctoral Degree in Physiological Sciences by Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil.Post-doctoral in Western Kentucky University, USA. Productivity Scholar in Research level 2 from the National Council of Scientific Development and Technology - CNPq, Brazil.Advisor from the Master's and Doctoral Program in Physical Education - Catholic University of Brasilia.Has experience in Physical Education with emphasis in Physiology and Immunology of Exercise, acting mainly on the following subjects: exercise physiology, exercise, exercise immunology, periodization and variables of resistance training and body composition.
Publications
Associate Professor
Catholic University of Brasilia
Brazil
Research Interest
Cardiovascular health, aging, exercise, resistance training.
Hua Pan
Hua Pan
Instructor in Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
United States
Biography
Dr. Pan is currently an instructor in Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine Cardiovascular Division. She has obtained her M.S. from Case Western Reserve University and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. She is also an active member of AHA, ASPET, and BMES.
Publications
Instructor in Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
United States
Research Interest
Inflammatory signaling pathways in atherosclerosis; Ion channel in atherosclerosis intervention; nanotechnology in atherosclerosis diagnosis and treatment.
Carmen Sucharov
Carmen Sucharov
Associate Professor
University of Colorado Denver
United States
Biography
Publications
Associate Professor
University of Colorado Denver
United States
Research Interest
1- Activation of signal transduction pathways in pediatric heart failure. 2- miRNAs as circulating biomarkers in pediatric heart failure. 3- Regulation of microRNA levels and function in human and animal models of heart failure and their role in cardiac disease. 4- Regulation of miRNA function in cardiac differentiation.
Rosemeire M. Kanashiro-Takeuchi
Rosemeire M. Kanashiro-Takeuchi
Research Assistant Professor
University of Miami
United States
Biography
Dr. Kanashiro-Takeuchi is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She graduated from Sao Paulo State University, Veterinary School, Brazil and received her M.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2004) from Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She subsequently conducted her postdoctoral training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2005-2006) and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (2007-2011), which provided her with practical research skills in many aspects of the cardiovascular investigation, including those with ischemic and non-ischemic etiologies that mimic common human disorders. Over the past few years her research efforts have focused on the activation of cytokines and/or hormonal signalling pathways as potential therapeutic approaches for congestive heart failure.
Publications
Research Assistant Professor
University of Miami
United States
Research Interest
Heart failure, myocardial infarction, cardiac remodeling, cardiac regeneration, cytokines and/or growth factors and stem cells.
Xiaoping Liu
Xiaoping Liu
Research Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University
United States
Biography
Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Wuhan University in China in 1992. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Shanghai Institute of Physiology from 1992 to 1994 and in Louisiana State University School of Medicine from 1994 to 1998. He joined Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions in the end of 1998 and was promoted to Instructor of Medicine in January 2001. He came to the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute at Ohio State in August 2002. He is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, OSU Wexner Medical Center. His research interests focus on mathematical modeling of the biotransport process of small molecules, reaction kinetics of heme proteins mediated nitric oxide (NO) metabolism in cardiovascular system, and the effect of NO metabolic kinetics on vascular NO bioavailability in hypoxia and in the development of cardiovascular diseases.
Publications
Research Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University
United States
Research Interest
Mathematical modeling of the biotransport process of small molecules, reaction kinetics of heme proteins mediated nitric oxide (NO) metabolism in cardiovascular system, and the effect of NO metabolic kinetics on vascular NO bioavailability in hypoxia and in the development of cardiovascular diseases.
Yong Celina
Yong Celina
Cardiologist
Stanford University/Palo Alto VA Hospital
United States
Biography
Celina Yong is a cardiologist at Stanford University Medical Center and the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate degree in Molecular Environmental Biology at UC Berkeley. On a British Marshall Scholarship, she then pursued an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing at the London School of Economics and an MBA with a focus on social entrepreneurship at Oxford University. She completed her MD at Stanford Medical School and Internal Medicine residency at UCSF, with an Area of Distinction in Leadership & Health Systems. She completed her cardiology fellowship, including serving as Chief Cardiovascular Fellow, at Stanford University. As a Soros Fellow and Truman Scholar, she has helped develop cost-effective health strategies for Senegal with the USAID, researched health policy at The White House, and investigated determinants of healthcare fraud in rural India for The World Bank. At the Center for Global Health and Economic Development, she aided country leaders in developing their national strategies as part of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Now at Stanford, her scientific research focuses on understanding and reducing racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities in cardiovascular disease. She is also a research investigator for Stanford’s renal denervation trials and the Palo Alto VA Hospital’s Corevalve Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) trial. She is married to Freddy Abnousi, who is a cardiovascular fellow at Stanford University.
Publications
Cardiologist
Stanford University/Palo Alto VA Hospital
United States
Research Interest
Renal Denervation for Hypertension Symplicity Trial & Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Corevalve Trial.
Oliver Strohm
Oliver Strohm
Adjunct Associate Research Professor
University of Calgary
Canada
Biography
After medical training in Heidelberg, San Antonio and Berlin and a 4-year position as associate professor in Calgary, I started a private center for Cardiology in Baden-Baden, Germany. Research interest has always been the clinical application of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and our working group in Berlin and later in Calgary focussed on tissue characterization. Myocarditis and myocardial storage diseases have been the main focus of research, several book chapters and publications followed.
Publications
Adjunct Associate Research Professor
University of Calgary
Canada
Research Interest
CMR and CT complete the clinical tools next to echocardiography and invasive procedures.
Leo Junlei Chang
Leo Junlei Chang
Stanford University
United States
Biography
Dr. Chang is currently a postdoctoral research scholar at Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. He has received his B.S. and M.S. degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing and his PhD degree in metabolic syndrome and diabetes from The University of Hong Kong. He also received 4-year training of cardiovascular medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital at Boston during his PhD study
Publications
Stanford University
United States
Research Interest
Cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling central nervous system (CNS) angiogenesis and blood-brain barrier integrity and their implications in pathologic conditions including brain tumor and stroke. He is also interested in stem cell biology and molecular connections between obesity and diabetes, cardiovascular complications
Nassir Azimi
Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiovascular Physician
La Mesa Cardiac Center
USA
Biography
Nassir Azimi is an interventional cardiovascular physician with interest in all aspects of transcatheter treatments. He studied chemistry at Columbia and graduated Dartmouth Medical School and went on for internal medicine tarsining at UCHSC in Denver. After residency, Dr. Nassir embarked on felowship training in Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale, then Nuclear Cardiology at Yale and Interventional Cardiology at Yale. Since finishing, he have lived in San Diego where I do interventional cardiovascular medicine, PFO/ASD closures, peripheral interventions, renal interventions, and coronary interventions. He loves learning new devices and techniques and staying up on diverse topics. Although not affiliated with a university hospital, he is active in teaching and lecturing.
Publications
Interventional Cardiovascular Physician
La Mesa Cardiac Center
USA
Research Interest
Congenital defects and their management particularly gaining an understanding of Platypnea Orthodeoxia Syndrome.
Shirley Park
Shirley Park
Clinical Instructor
Stanford University Medical Center
United States
Biography
Dr. Park is currently a Clinical Instructor in Cardiovascular Medicine (department of Cardiac Electrophysiology) at Stanford University Medical Center and the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at Harvard University, and earned her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine. She then completed her internal medicine residency, cardiovascular medicine fellowship (serving as Chief Fellow), and cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Stanford University. While at Stanford, Dr. Park was awarded post-doctoral research fellowships from both the NIH (Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award) and the American Heart Association (Western Affiliates) to study the potential for using light to activate and inhibit cardiac cell function. Dr. Park’s clinical interests are in all aspects of electrophysiology, including catheter ablation and device implantation and management. She performs catheter ablation of supraventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, and ventricular tachycardia, as well as implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators, and cardiac resynchronization devices.
Publications
Clinical Instructor
Stanford University Medical Center
United States
Research Interest
Mechanisms of arrhythmias, new technologies in catheter ablation and device implantation.

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