Chief of Medicine
VA Long Beach Health Care System and Univ California Irvine
Dr. Kern is currently Professor of Medicine, Chief of Medicine at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital and continues as a member of the Division of Cardiology, University California Irvine. Dr. Kern continues to perform and teach cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary interventions. Dr. Kern is a past president of the SCAI. His research interests include coronary physiology, intravascular ultrasound, and cardiovascular hemodynamics. He has authored “The Cardiac Catheterization Handbook” now in its 6th edition and its companion “The Interventional Cardiac Cath Handbook” which are among the most widely used textbooks teaching cardiac catheterization.
Director, Cardiovascular Research and Advanced Education
MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute
Ron Waksman, MD, FACC, Associate Director, Division of Cardiology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) and Director of Cardiovascular Research and Advanced Education for the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. With nearly 20 years of experience in leading edge medical technologies, Dr. Waksman is a world-renowned interventional cardiologist and is a highly sought after Principal Investigator for pre-clinical and clinical studies conducted in the United States and abroad. Dr Waksman has performed over 5000 coronary interventions throughout his career.
He earned his medical degree from the Ben Gurion University in Israel and completed residencies in medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology at Hadassah University in Jerusalem, Israel. Subsequently, Dr. Waksman completed his fellowship in interventional cardiology in 1994 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA.
Arkansas Heart Hospital/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Dr. Mehmet is a Professor of Medicine at Arkansas Heart Hospital. He is interventional cardiologist over a decade with expertiese in coronary, peripheral as well as structural heart interventions with significant emphasis in interventional cardiology research. His main research interest is in use of OCT in coronary and peripheral circulation as well as novel device development. He has several investigator initiated studies that are funded as he is the leading PI.
Director of CTO and Complex and High Risk Angioplasty Program, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center
PhD in Vascular Biology. Residency at Brown University RI, Cardiology Fellowship at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Emory University.
Currently Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of CTO, Complex and High Risk Angioplasty Program at the Center of Interventional Vascular Therapy, NYPH/Columbia University Medical Center, NY
Amir Lerman, MD. Is a professor of medicine and a consultant in the department of cardiovascular disease at the Mayo graduate school of medicine. Dr. Lerman serves as an associate chair of the department and the director of the cardiovascular research center at Mayo Clinic and the medical director of the Mayo-Israeli start up companies initiative. Dr. Lerman graduated from the Technion school of Medicine in Haifa Israel and completed his training in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and invasive cardiology at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Leman interest is coronary physiology and imaging, regenerative medicine and digital health.
Dr. Lerman published more than 550 manuscripts, book chapters and reviews; the NIH, AHA, and several foundations support his research
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Navin C. Nanda, MD, DSc (Med)(Honoris Causa), DSc (Hon), FACC, FAHA, FISCU(D) ,Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, pioneered the development of echocardiography. Specifically, he was the first to discover the pulmonary valve by echocardiography, diagnose a bicuspid aortic valve, invent treadmill exercise echocardiography, introduce color Doppler in the USA , invent the techniques of transpharyngeal and transgastric ultrasound, and use echocardiography in cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. These techniques have revolutionized the way we practice cardiology in the world today. .
Director, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Hospital
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Dr. Raggi's research focused on imaging of atherosclerosis, vascular calcification, and cardiovascular diseases associated with chronic kidney disease, rheumatological disorders, HIV infection, diabetes mellitus and the metabolic syndrome. He regularly engages in the interpretation of echocardiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance and nuclear cardiology imaging studies for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease, subclinical atherosclerosis and evaluation of left ventricular function and viability. He lectured extensively both nationally and internationally and is a research mentor for several trainees. He has contributed over 300 publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Archives of Internal Medicine, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, European Heart Journal, and several others. Dr. Raggi received awards as best teaching attending and best clinical investigator both nationally and internationally. He is Co-Editor of the journal Atherosclerosis, and sits on the Board of 3 other major peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a fellow of the ACP, ACC, AHA, ASNC and SCCT
Associate Professor of Medicine, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering
University of Virginia Health System
University of Virginia
Dr. Michael Salerno is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine (Cardiology), Radiology and Biomedical Engineering. He is a multi-modality cardiovascular imager with experience in CMR, CCT, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Salerno has been involved in MRI research for the past 20 years with 10 years experience in CMR. His current research focuses on quantitative CMR with an interest in quantification of myocardial perfusion in coronary artery disease and microvascular disease, quantification of myocardial fibrosis usingT1 mapping, and evaluation of myocardial infarct remodeling using quantitative multi-parametric CMR techniques. He also has research interests in coronary CTA.
Professor and Dean Emeritus
Georgia Institute of Technology Emory University School of Medicine
Georgia Tech and Emory University
Dr. Don Giddens is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory Medical School. His primary research interest is the role of biomechanical phenomena in the initiation, detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease, especially atherosclerosis. Major contributions include: fundamental hemodynamics studies that led to “flow disturbance analysis” for detecting carotid artery plaques with Doppler ultrasound that are in common use today; studies that demonstrated the role of low hemodynamic shear stress in the localization of early atherosclerotic plaques; evidence that hemodynamic wall shear stress activates atherogenic molecular mechanisms in mouse models of atherosclerosis; and studies elucidating the interplay between hemodynamic shear stress and plaque progression in human coronary arteries. His research has been recognized by a number of awards and honors, including election to the National Academy of Engineering.