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Symposium Directors

Theodore Feldman, M.D.,
is medical director of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at South Miami Hospital and co-medical director of the Center for Prevention and Wellness at Baptist Health South Florida. He is a clinical associate professor of medicine at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, as well as cardiology clerkship director and interviewer for the medical school’s admissions committee. Dr. Feldman is extensively involved in clinical research and education in cardiovascular disease prevention. He is in private practice and a member of the executive committee and board of directors of Heartwell LLP, a large, single-specialty cardiovascular practice closely affiliated with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. 

Khurram Nasir, M.D., MPH, FAHA, FACC, FSCCT,
is corporate medical director of Baptist Health South Florida’s Center for Research, as well as research director of the health system’s Center for Prevention and Wellness and director of its High-risk Cardiovascular Disease Clinic. He is also an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins’ Ciccarone Center for Preventive Cardiology. Dr. Nasir’s area of expertise involves the identification of high-risk individuals – those likely to have a stroke or heart attack – so that treatments can be targeted specifically to them. He is a recipient of the NIH training award for the cardiac imaging training program at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has published some 300 peer-reviewed articles; serves as associate editor of Atherosclerosis, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes and the Journal of American Cardiology: Cardiac Imaging; and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Cardiac CT. Dr. Nasir is currently chair of the prevention council for the Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging and Prevention and a member of the board of directors for the Society for Cardiac CT. In 2013 he received the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors alumni for their personal accomplishments, professional achievements or humanitarian service.

Michael Ozner, M.D., FACC, FAHA,
is co-medical director of Baptist Health’s Center for Prevention and Wellness. A leading advocate for heart disease prevention, he is a well-known regional and national speaker in the field of preventive cardiology. Dr. Ozner has frequently been featured in the print, radio and television media, including The New York Times, NPR and CBS News. He was the recipient of the American Heart Association’s 2008 Humanitarian Award and has been elected to Top Cardiologists in America by the Consumer Council of America. Dr. Ozner is also the author of The Great American Heart Hoax, Heart Attack Proof and The Complete Mediterranean Diet.

Arthur Agatston, M.D., FACC,
is medical director of prevention and wellness at Baptist Health South Florida, a professor of medicine at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Agatston’s work with Warren Janowitz, M.D., resulted in the Agatston Score, a method of screening for coronary calcium as an indicator of atherosclerosis that is used at medical centers throughout the world and considered by most experts to be the single best predictor of a future heart attack. Author of the internationally best-selling book The South Beach Diet, his first nonacademic work, Dr. Agatston created his balanced approach to healthy eating to help his patients improve their blood chemistry and lose weight. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and abstracts in medical journals and is a frequent lecturer across the U.S. and around the world on diet, cardiac imaging and the prevention of heart disease. In recognition of his contributions, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography created the prestigious Arthur S. Agatston Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Award in 2011, which is given annually to pioneers in the prevention of coronary artery disease.

Christie Mitchell Ballantyne, M.D.,
is vice-chair of research for the department of medicine, chief of cardiology and chief of cardiovascular research at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also heads the Center for Cardiometabolic Disease Prevention’s Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis Clinic. Dr. Ballantyne received his medical degree from Baylor and performed both his internal medicine residency and postgraduate training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed a cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and an American Heart Association/Bugher Foundation Fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Institute for Molecular Genetics. Through his research in the prevention of heart disease, he has become an established investigator for the AHA and has received continuous funding from the NIH since joining the faculty in 1988 in basic research of leukocyte-endothelial interactions, translations research in biomarkers and clinical trials.

Michael J. Blaha, M.D. MPH,
is director of clinical research at Johns Hopkins’ Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. Dr. Blaha earned a B.S. in premedical studies and classical civilization at the University of Notre Dame. At Vanderbilt University he received his M.D. and an MPH degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. He is currently a researcher in clinical epidemiology and has faculty appointments in both cardiology and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also serves on the Statistics and Fellow-in-Training/Early Career Committees of the American Heart Association.

Roger Blumenthal, M.D.,
is director of preventive cardiology at Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. He is a member of the official national spokesperson panel for the American Heart Association and co-chair of its Prevention Subcommittee, and served as chairman for four years of the American College of Cardiology’s Committee for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. His co-chair role of the ACC/AHA’s Guidelines Committee is updating the blood pressure, cholesterol, lifestyle and risk assessment guidelines. An experienced writer, Dr. Blumenthal is on the editorial boards of the American Heart Journal, Clinical Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology’s Extended Learning Center. He is also the preventive cardiology/coronary heart disease section editor of Cardiology Today. 

Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FAHA, FSCCT,
is director of cardiac imaging at Baptist Hospital and Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. He is a clinical associate professor of radiology at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Cury received his medical degree from Santos School of Medical Sciences in São Paulo, Brazil, and completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at MedImagem Beneficência Portuguesa Hospital, also in São Paulo. He completed a clinical and research fellowship in cardiovascular imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where he was on the clinical staff for four years. He is board-certified in diagnostic radiology by the American Board of Radiology. He is the founding member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and serves on its board of directors. Dr. Cury has written numerous journal articles, including more than 100 scientific papers in major cardiology and radiology journals, and has lectured throughout the world on cardiac CT and MR.

Robert S. Fishel, M.D.,
is president and founder of Florida Electrophysiology Associates, a private practice. He is director of electrophysiology at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla., a clinical associate professor of medicine in the division of biomedical sciences, and cardiac physiology course instructor at the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University schools of medicine. He attended Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center and his fellowship training in cardiology and electrophysiology at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Fishel is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters.

Michael Hernandez, M.D.,
is a pulmonary critical care medicine and eICU physician at Baptist, South Miami, Doctors, Homestead, Mariners and West Kendall Baptist Hospitals. Dr. Hernandez is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D.,
is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Miami and director of the school’s Contemplative Neuroscience and Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis, did postdoctoral training in brain imaging at Duke University and was on the faculty of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jha’s research focuses on the brain bases of attention, working memory and mindfulness-based training. With grants from the Department of Defense and several private foundations, her current projects investigate how to best promote resilience in high-stress cohorts using contemplative/mind training techniques that strengthen the brain’s attention networks. She was selected as a Science and Public Leadership Fellow by PopTech, and serves on the editorial review boards of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Frontiers in Cognitive Science, and Frontiers in Psychology. 

Francisco J. Jimenez-Carcamo, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, ASNC,
is director of advanced heart failure and pulmonary hypertension at South Miami Hospital and a voluntary associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and clinical associate professor of medicine at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. He obtained his medical degree and Ph.D. at the University of Alcala de Henares in Madrid, completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Brown University, and completed fellowships in advanced heart failure/cardiac transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic and in interventional cardiology at Brown. Dr. Jimenez has published extensively and participated in multiple national and international clinical trials. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation.

Barry Katzen, M.D., FACR, FACC, FSIR,
is the founder and chief medical executive of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, a voluntary professor of radiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, a clinical professor of radiology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and associate dean for clinical affairs at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Katzen is a leader in the development of interventional radiology and multidisciplinary models for delivering cardiovascular care. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and completed his radiology residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and fellowships at St. Vincent’s Hospital Medical Center in New York and the University of Rome. Dr. Katzen is considered a pioneer of angioplasty thrombolysis and has a particular interest in the treatment of aortic and peripheral aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease and critical limb ischemia, carotid artery disease, renal vascular hypertension and vascular malformations. He has participated in the innovation of new therapies for a number of vascular diseases. Throughout his medical career, Dr. Katzen has been a leader in the development of new, less invasive procedures, and has published extensively in the scientific literature. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, and has been the founding editor of two journals and author and co-author of numerous textbooks. Dr. Katzen had an early interest in the use of the Internet for education and physician interaction, and in 1995 co-founded the Endovascular Forum, one of the first interactive physician websites in the world.

Ashok Mittal, M.D.,
is skilled in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology and earned his Level II training in these areas at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He earned his medical degree at Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi, India and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular cardiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Mitttal is affiliated with Baptist, Doctors, South Miami and West Kendall Baptist Hospitals.

Ramon Quesada, M.D., FACC, ACCP,
is medical director of structural heart and complex coronary intervention and cardiac research for Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. A graduate of the University of El Salvador School of Medicine, he completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at the University of Miami, where he received the Martin H. Stein Memorial Award for Superior Performance as a Cardiology Fellow. Dr. Quesada is very active in clinical research, having served as principal investigator for studies on acute myocardial infarction, structural heart disease and new technology to improve patient care. He has authored articles and book chapters – most recently on the use of the transradial approach for coronary interventions. 

David Wolinsky, M.D., FACC, FASNC,
is section chair of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology in Weston, Fla. He received his undergraduate and M.D. degrees from Columbia University and, following his postgraduate training, spent seven years on staff at St. Luke's Hospital in New York. Dr. Wolinsky is working diligently with multiple societies to educate physicians and provide the tools necessary for clinicians to order the right test at the right time on the right patient. He is chair of the task force that developed Refer Wisely, a joint initiative of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the American College of Physicians to provide education regarding the appropriate use of diagnostic imaging, with a specific focus on the appropriate use of myocardial perfusion imaging and maximizing the value of cardiac testing.

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