2017 CMHC – Chairpersons & Distinguished Faculty


Robert H. Eckel, MD

  • Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
  • Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes
  • Division of Cardiology
  • Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Emeritus
  • Charles A. Boettcher II Chair in Atherosclerosis
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Aurora, CO

Christie M. Ballantyne, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Chief, Section of Cardiovascular Research
  • Chief, Section of Cardiology
  • Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Director, Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Methodist DeBakey Heart Center
  • Houston, TX

George L. Bakris, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Director, ASH Comprehensive Hypertension Center
  • University of Chicago Medicine
  • Chicago, IL

Jay S. Skyler, MD

  • Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, & Psychology
  • Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Deputy Director for Clinical & Academic Programs
  • Diabetes Research Institute
  • Miami, FL

Distinguished Faculty

Catherine Davis Ahmed, MBA

  • Vice President, Policy and Outreach
  • The FH Foundation
  • Pasadena, CA

Davida F. Kruger, MSN, APNBC, BCADM

  • Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Bone and Mineral Disease
  • Detroit, MI

Wendy S. Lane, MD

  • Clinical Endocrinologist
  • Director of Clinical Research
  • Mountain Diabetes and Endocrine Center
  • Asheville, NC

Jamy D. Ard, MD

  • Assoc. Professor, Div of Public Health Sciences
  • Dept. of Epidemiology & Prevention
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Co-Director, Weight Management Center
  • Medical Director, Medical Weight Loss Program
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Winston-Salem, NC

Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Executive Director
  • Interventional Cardiovascular Programs
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart and Vascular Center
  • Boston, MA

JoAnn Lindenfeld, MD

  • Director, Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Nashville, TN

Kim K. Birtcher, PharmD

  • Clinical Professor
  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Houston, TX

Eugene Braunwald, MD

  • Distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Founding Chairman, TIMI Study Group
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Boston, MA

Matthew J. Budoff, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Program Director & Director of Cardiac CT
  • Division of Cardiology
  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • Torrance, CA

Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, MACP

  • Magerstadt Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Medical Social Sciences
  • Chief, Div. of Cardiology, Northwestern Univ.
  • Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Assoc. Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Chicago, IL

David A. Calhoun, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Medical Director, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Birmingham, AL

Michael H. Davidson, MD*

  • Clinical Professor
  • Director of the Lipid Clinic
  • The University of Chicago
  • Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Chicago, IL

Janet M. de Jesus, MS, RD

  • Program Officer, Implementation Science
  • Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Bethesda, MD

Rajat Deo, MD, MTR*

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pamela B. Morris, MD

  • Director, Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program
  • Co-Director, Women's Heart Care
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Charleston, SC

Stephen Devries, MD, FACC

  • Executive Director
  • Nonprofit Gaples Institute
  • Deerfield, IL

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute
  • New Orleans, LA

John P. Foreyt, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Houston, TX

Roy Freeman, MD

  • Professor of Neurology
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Director, Center for Autonomic and Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston, MA

Thomas W. Gardner, MD, MS

  • Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Molecular and Integrative Physiology
  • University of Michigan
  • Kellogg Eye Center
  • Ann Arbor, MI


  • Chief Medical Officer and Director, Healthcare Transformation
  • IBM Global Healthcare Life Science Industry
  • Prof. University of Utah School of Medicine Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
  • Hopewell Junction, NY

Yehuda Handelsman, MD*

  • Medical Director and Principal Investigator
  • Metabolic Institute of America
  • Tarzana, CA

David G. Harrison, MD, FACC, FAHA

  • Director, Division of Clinical Pharmacology
  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Betty and Jack Bailey Chair in Cardiology
  • Professor, Department of Pharmacology
  • Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Nashville, TN

Stanley L. Hazen, MD, PhD

  • Chair, Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine
  • Vice Chair, Translational Research, Lerner Research Institute
  • Section Head, Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation
  • Director, Center for Cardiovascular Diagnostics & Prevention
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Cleveland, OH

Robert John Hughes

  • ChangeWell Inc.
  • San Diego, CA

Barbara Kahn, MD

  • George R. Minot Professor of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Vice Chair, Department of Medicine
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Boston, MA

C. Ronald Kahn, MD

  • Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Boston, MA

Anne L. Peters, MD

  • Professor, Keck School of Medicine
  • Director, Clinical Diabetes Programs
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, CA

Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD

  • Corporate Vice President
  • Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute
  • San Diego, CA

William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE

  • President, Behavioral Diabetes Institute
  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • University of California
  • San Diego, CA

Paul M. Ridker, MD, MPH

  • Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Director
  • Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Boston, MA

Julio Rosenstock, MD

  • Director, Dallas Diabetes and Endocrine Center
  • Clinical Professor of Medicine
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Dallas, TX

Marc S. Sabatine, MD, MPH

  • Chairman, TIMI Study Group
  • Lewis Dexter, MD Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Boston, MA

Johannes Scholl, MD

  • Facharzt für Innere Medizin, Ernährungsmedizin, Sportmedizin
  • Dr. Scholl Prevention First GmbH
  • Frankfurt am Main
  • Germany

Frank A.J.L. Scheer, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Director, Medical Chronobiology Program, Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders
  • Departments of Medicine and Neurology
  • Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Boston, MA

Benjamin M. Scirica, MD, MPH

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Senior Investigator, TIMI Study Group
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital/TIMI Study Group
  • Boston, MA

Kumar Sharma, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Director, Institute of Metabolomic Medicine
  • Center for Renal Translational Medicine
  • UC San Diego Health Sciences
  • San Diego, CA

Virend K. Somers, MD, PhD

  • Alice Sheets Marriott Professor of Medicine
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Rochester, MN

Mark J. Tager, MD

  • CEO
  • ChangeWell Inc.
  • San Diego, CA

Sotirios Tsimikas, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Director of Vascular Medicine
  • University of California San Diego
  • La Jolla, CA

Deborah J. Wexler, MD, MSc

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Clinical Chief, MGH Diabetes Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Boston, MA

*Professional Medical Education (PME) presenter
**PME presenter and General Session presenter

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