Chairpersons

George L. Bakris, MD

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

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

Ken Fujioka, MD

  • Director of Center for Weight Management
  • Director of the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center
  • Scripps Clinic, Dept. of Diabetes and Endocrine
  • San Diego, CA

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

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

Lawrence Blonde, MD

  • Director, Ochsner Diabetes Clinical Research Unit
  • Frank Riddick Diabetes Institute
  • Department of Endocrinology
  • Ochsner Medical Center
  • New Orleans, LA

Alan Chait, MD

  • Edwin L. Bierman Professor of Medicine
  • Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Nutrition
  • University of Washington
  • Seattle, WA

Ralph A. DeFronzo, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Chief of the Diabetes Division
  • University of Texas Health Science Center
  • San Antonio, TX

JoAnn Lindenfeld, MD

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

Pamela B. Morris, MD

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

Andrew M. Freeman, MD

  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Director, Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness
  • National Jewish Health
  • Denver, CO

Irl B. Hirsch, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Chair
  • University of Washington Medical Center
  • Medical Director
  • UWMC Diabetes Care Center
  • Seattle, WA

Sanjay Kaul, MD, FACC, FAHA

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Los Angeles, CA

Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc

  • Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • Director and Senior Scientist, Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory
  • Tufts University
  • JM USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
  • Boston, MA

Spero M. Manson, PhD

  • Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry
  • Director, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
  • The Colorado Trust Chair in American Indian Health
  • Colorado School of Public Health
  • University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Aurora, CO

Bertram Pitt, MD

  • Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
  • University of Michigan School of Medicine
  • Ann Arbor, MI

Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD

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

Robert E. Ratner, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Washington, DC

Sotirios Tsimikas, MD

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

Salim S. Virani, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA

  • Associate Professor, Section of Cardiovascular Research
  • Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training Program
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Staff Cardiologist, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Investigator, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program
  • Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center HSR&D Center for Innovations
  • Houston, TX

Kim A. Williams, Sr., MD

  • James B. Herrick Professor
  • Chief, Division of Cardiology
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Chicago, IL

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