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Our Goal:

The goal of the Cardiovascular Center is to improve the understanding and management of cardiovascular diseases through an integrated multidisciplinary approach. To this end, cooperative agreements exist between several departments in order to facilitate and encourage the exchange of ideas and resources and to stimulate new areas of research that will benefit our understanding of heart disease and lead to better methods prevention and treatment.



David Lefer, Ph.D.,  Director of Cardiovascular Center of Excellence



Traci Goodchild, Ph.D., Associate Professor - Research
Kazi Islam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Research
Danielle Gottlieb-Sen, M.D., Assistant Professor

Gratis Faculty

Stephen Jenkins, M.D.
Rajan Patel, M.D. 

Research and Technical Staff

Jean Carnal, Research Associate
Sarah Boisvert, Research Associate
Erinn Donnelly, Research Associate
Amanda Rushing, Research Associate
Amy ScarboroughCoordinator of Surgical Research
Craig ZibilichResearch Associate
Pablo Spaletra, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Hiroshi Koiwaya, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow


Graduate Student

Zhen Li
Rishi Trivedi


Frank Smart, M.D.,Chief, Section of Cardiology