Medical Director, Structural Heart and Valve Center

Associate Professor of Medicine

Hometown
Pompano Beach, FL
Previous Institution
Washington University School of Medicine
Previous Role/Title
Associate Professor of MedicineCo-Director, Center for Valvular Heart Disease
Specialty
Cardiology, Valve Disease

Education

MD - Vanderbilt School of Medicine
MSCI - Washington University School of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

Internship

Internal Medicine - Washington University Medical Center, 2006

Fellowship

Chief Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine - Washington University Medical Center, 2009

Cardiology Fellowship - Washington University Medical Center, 2009

Clinical Interest

I am actively involved in our heart valve team, evaluating patients clinically and performing the transesophageal echocardiograms for transcatheter valve procedures. My research is centered on calcific aortic stenosis, including several clinical and translational projects. Our group uses various imaging techniques and a biobank of specimens to perform biomarker discovery and elucidate the pathobiology of aortic stenosis and the effects of pressure overload on the left ventricle and pulmonary vasculature. We have a particular interest in how diabetes affects these processes and aim to identify novel targets for adjunctive medical therapy to improve clinical outcomes in patients with aortic stenosis. Novel rehabilitation strategies targeting frailty are also an area of interest. As a heart valve center, we seek to integrate a clinical and research mission in an innovative way that informs disease paradigms and influences management guidelines in valvular heart disease.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Heart ValveĀ Center
  • Heart and Vascular
Research Description

My research is centered on calcific aortic stenosis, including several clinical and translational projects related to biomarker discovery, risk prediction, and elucidating pathophysiology to identify adjunctive interventions to improve patient-centered outcomes. Our group uses various imaging techniques and a biobank of specimens to perform biomarker discovery and understand the pathobiology of aortic stenosis and the effects of pressure overload on the left ventricle and pulmonary vasculature. We have a particular interest in how diabetes affects these processes and aim to identify novel targets for adjunctive medical therapy to improve clinical outcomes in patients with aortic stenosis. Novel rehabilitation strategies targeting frailty are also an area of interest.