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Cardiovascular Board Interventional Cardiology Exam Committee

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James E. Tcheng, MD, Chair

Dr. Tcheng, a board certified internist, cardiologist, interventional cardiologist and informatician, is a Professor of Medicine and Professor of Community and Family Medicine (Informatics) at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Currently, Dr. Tcheng serves as Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Cardiovascular Board Interventional Cardiology Exam Committee and is a member of the ABIM Cardiovascular Board. He is a member of the Lifelong Education Committee of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the ACC Publications and Editorial Coordination Committee, and the National Cardiovascular Disease Registry. He serves as Chair of the ACC Informatics and Health Information Technology Task Force and the ACC Digital Steering Committee.

He is an accomplished clinical trialist of cardiovascular therapeutics, particularly antithrombotic and interventional therapies in coronary artery disease. More recently, his career has focused on the representation and application of knowledge in electronic health record systems through the use of informatics.

Dr. Tcheng received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, and he completed his residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis. He completed fellowship training in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Duke University.

As of January 2017, Dr. Tcheng reported the following external relationships:

Service on data and safety monitoring boards for the following companies, with honoraria:

  • AstraZeneca, for a study evaluating ticagrelor with aspirin versus ticagrelor alone in high-risk patients after coronary intervention.

Service on a research-related expert panel or advisory board for the following companies, with compensation as listed:

  • Philips Medical Systems, as a subject matter expert on the design and development of next generation cardiovascular information systems, receiving reimbursement for travel and honoraria.
  • Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., as a subject matter expert on the design and evaluation of clinical studies to advance the treatment of peripheral vascular and cardiovascular disease.

Consulting on design of new drugs or devices, clinical trials, the use of specific agents or other research-related activities for the following companies, with reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria:

  • International Guidelines Central, providing consultative guidance in the redesign and updating of their Web product portfolio for this publisher of Guideline “Pocket Cards.”

Work as an author or editor for following companies, with compensation as listed:

Humana Press, receiving royalties for serving as an editor for Primary Angioplasty in Acute Myocardial Infarction.

Dr. Tcheng serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American College of Cardiology, Committee Chair of Digital Steering Committee & Informatics and Health Information Technology Task Force, and National Cardiovascular Disease Registry Board Member, and member of the Science and Quality Oversight Committee, the Data Standards Task Force, the Lifelong Learning Oversight Committee, the Cardiovascular Training Council, and the Publications and Educational Coordination Committee, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Dominick J. Angiolillo, MD, PhD

Dr. Angiolillo, who is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology, is Professor of Medicine and serves as the Director of Cardiovascular Research, Program Director, of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship program, and Staff Cardiologist and Interventional Cardiologist at the University of Florida Health System. He joined the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville in 2004.

Much of Dr. Angiolillo's professional career has been devoted to cardiovascular research in the field of interventional cardiology and acute coronary syndrome. His largest national and international recognition has been for his pivotal contributions in the field of thrombosis. He has performed seminal studies on platelet function and modulation of antiplatelet drug response, including genetic studies, for which he has received numerous national and international academic recognitions, including being named to Thomson Reuters' 2014 and 2015 list of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds. He has also been a key investigator in the clinical development of numerous novel antithrombotic agents. His success in obtaining extramural funding has allowed to him to develop one of the most active clinical research centers in the United States.

Dr. Angiolillo has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and 30 book chapters, and he is the editor of his own textbook on antithrombotic medicine. He has also been invited to deliver numerous lectures across the globe. In addition to holding active membership in many cardiovascular societies in the Unites States and Europe, Dr. Angiolillo is on the editorial board of numerous cardiovascular journals and acts as a scientific reviewer for many major journals and extramural funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and other federal funding agencies in several European countries.

Dr. Angiolillo graduated summa cum laude from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Medical School in Rome, Italy, where he completed training in medicine and cardiology. He subsequently pursued training in interventional cardiology at the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain. Ultimately, he received his doctoral degree in cellular and molecular cardiology.

As of January 2017, Dr. Angiolillo reported the following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses and staff, paid to the University of Florida, from the following companies:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim, for a trial of dabigatran use in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing PCI.
  • Daiichi Sankyo, for a trial of edoxaban use in patients with coronary artery disease.

Attendance at investigators' meetings, with compensation as listed from the following company:

  • Capricor Therapeutics, advising on stem cell research, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Service on data and safety monitoring boards for the following company, with compensation as listed:

  • CeloNova, on stent trial, receiving honoraria.

Service on a research-related expert panel or advisory board for the following companies, with compensation as listed:

  • AstraZeneca, advising on ticagrelor, receiving reimbursement for travel and honoraria.
  • Bayer, advising on a new formulation of aspirin, receiving reimbursement for travel and honoraria.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb, advising on apixaban, receiving reimbursement for travel and honoraria.
  • Daiichi Sankyo, advising on edoxaban, receiving reimbursement for travel and honoraria.
  • Janssen, advising on rivaroxaban, receiving reimbursement for travel and honoraria.
  • New Haven Pharmaceuticals, advising on new aspirin formulation, receiving honoraria.
  • PLX Pharma, advising on aspirin formulation, receiving honoraria.
  • Sanofi, advising on clopidogrel, receiving reimbursement for travel and honoraria.

Consulting on design of new drugs or devices, clinical trials, the use of specific agents or other research-related activities for the following companies, with compensation as listed:

  • Daiichi Sankyo, working on edoxaban and prasugrel, receiving honoraria.

Work funded by educational grants from industry, from the following company with compensation as listed:

  • AstraZeneca, educational activities, receiving honoraria.

James C. Blankenship, MD, MHCM

Dr. Blankenship is a practicing, board certified interventional cardiologist at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania; Director of the Geisinger cardiology department and catheterization laboratories; and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Temple University Medical College.

He represents the American College of Cardiology (ACC) to the American Medical Association Relative Value Update Committee for the past 12 years and co-chairs the ACC Current Procedural Terminology/Relative Value Update Committee Task Force. Dr. Blankenship is immediate past-President of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and is currently a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Board Interventional Cardiology Exam Committee. He has co-authored over 200 scientific abstracts and publications.

Dr. Blankenship earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York. He completed his internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan. In 2014, he received his master's degree in healthcare management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

As of January 2017, Dr. Blankenship reported the following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses and staff, paid to Geisinger Medical Center, from the following companies:

  • Abbott, for a trial on absorbable stents.
  • AstraZeneca, for a trial on drugs to reduce adverse events after heart attacks.
  • GlaxoSmithKline, for a trial of post-percutaneous coronary intervention drugs to decrease adverse events.
  • Orexigen Therapeutics, for a trial of post-percutaneous coronary intervention drugs to decrease adverse events.
  • St. Jude, for a trial of a closure device for atrial septic defects.
  • Takeda, for a trial of a drug to prevent restenosis.
  • Therox, for a trial of super-saturated oxygen to minimize reperfusion injury following heart attack.

Dr. Blankenship serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American College of Cardiology, co-Chair of committee advising the ACC on valuation of physician services, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, immediate past-President, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Gregory J. Dehmer, MD

Dr. Dehmer is a Professor of Medicine at the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, Chief of Cardiology at Baylor Scott & White Health – Temple, Texas and Medical Director, Cardiovascular Services, Central Texas Division at Baylor Scott & White Health. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

Previously, Dr. Dehmer was the director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals and Professor of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine. Before his position at UNC, he was at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the Dallas VA Medical Center. He a past President of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and has served on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology. Currently, he is a member of the Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Board Interventional Cardiology Board Exam Committee.

Dr. Dehmer has participated on the writing committees of several national guidelines, including the Clinical Competency Statement on Cardiovascular Interventional Procedures, guidelines for coronary angiography, Expert Consensus Document for Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Expert Consensus Document on PCI without on-site cardiac surgery and the Appropriateness Criteria for Coronary Artery Revascularization. He is an emeritus member of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry management board. He has published more than 190 articles and book chapters and has served on the Editorial Boards of Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the American Journal of Cardiology. He is a master fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

Dr. Dehmer earned his undergraduate degree from Carroll University and medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1975. He completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

As of January 2017, Dr. Dehmer reported the following external relationships:

Service on data and safety monitoring boards for the following company, with compensation as listed:

  • The Medicines Company, for an international trial in patients undergoing transaortic valve replacement to determine the treatment effect of using bivalirudin instead of unfractionated heparin, receiving honoraria.

Service on a research-related expert panel or advisory board for the following company, with reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria:

  • Consultant to the Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food & Drug Administration, advising the FDA on the approval of new devices. Service on other non-profit healthcare-related companies:

Dr. Dehmer serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American College of Cardiology, Chair of Public Advisory Group of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • American College of Cardiology, co-Chair of Appropriate Use Task Force, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Kirk N. Garratt, MD, MSc

Dr. Garratt is Medical Director, Heart & Vascular Health and the John H. Ammon Chair of Cardiology with Christiana Care Cardiology Consultants, part of the Christiana Care Health System. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

In 2005, he joined Northshore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ), Lenox Hill Hospital and Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute in New York, serving as staff interventional cardiologist, Director of Cardiac Intervention, Director of Cardiovascular Research, Director of the interventional cardiovascular fellowship program, and Associate Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine responsible for quality and process improvements. He left the Northshore-LIJ health system in 2015 with the academic title of Professor of Medicine.

Prior to his time at Lenox Hill, Dr. Garratt spent 17 years at Mayo Clinic as Associate Professor of Medicine and consultant for the Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. He also served as Chair of the Department of Cardiology at Franciscan-Skemp Medical Center, a Mayo affiliate hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin. During his time there, Dr. Garratt participated in many Mayo firsts: first directional coronary atherectomy, first laser coronary angioplasty, first coronary stent procedure, and first coronary intervention at a Minnesota hospital without on-site bypass surgery.

Dr. Garratt is actively involved in professional associations and societies, nationally and internationally, as a committee member and leader to advance interventional methods to improve patient care and outcomes. He serves on medical advisory boards, task forces and steering committees, and presents at conferences and symposiums worldwide. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiology Board Interventional Cardiology Exam Committee. Dr. Garratt is also past President of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI).

He has participated in clinical research for more than 30 years, authored more than 300 publications, and is a reviewer and editor for multiple medical journals. Dr. Garratt has earned awards, recognition and grants for academic achievement, research, teaching and mentorship.

Dr. Garratt earned his medical degree from University of California College of Medicine, Irvine. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Los Angeles County-UCLA Harbor Medical Center, a residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and a fellowship in clinical cardiology at University of California (UCLA) Center for Health Services. Additionally, Dr. Garratt was part of the inaugural graduating class of interventional cardiology fellows trained at the Mayo Clinic and Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota.

As of July 2018, Dr. Garratt reported the following external relationships:

Service on data and safety monitoring boards for the following companies, with compensation for travel expenses and honoraria:

  • Abbott, for serving on a clinical events adjudication committee for a study on coronary bio-resorbable scaffolds, receiving honoraria.
  • Jarvik Heart, for serving on a clinical events adjudication committee for an implantable artificial heart, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.

Service on a research-related expert panel or advisory board for the following companies, with honoraria:

  • CeloNova, serving as an advisor for ongoing research in Europe.

Teaching in satellite symposia funded by the following companies, with honoraria:

  • CeloNova, for presentation of research regarding the utility of shortened dual antiplatelet therapy in patients with high-risk of bleeding.

Dr. Garratt serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, President, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Julie M. Miller, MD

Dr. Miller is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. Her position includes clinical care, fellow training, clinical research, mentoring and quality improvement at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she also serves as Director of the Vascular Cardiology Program and Director of the Quantitative Angiographic Imaging Laboratory. Dr. Miller is a full-time faculty member at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

Currently, Dr. Miller serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Board Interventional Cardiology Exam Committee. She founded and serves as the Executive Director of the Maryland Academic Consortium of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Appropriateness and Quality. She has recently served on the American College of Cardiology (ACC) National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Management Board, the ACC-NCDR Cath-PCI Leadership Committee, the American Heart Association Clinical Interventional Cardiovascular Care and Peripheral Vascular Cardiology leadership committees. She has served on national expert consensus-writing committees, including Expert Consensus Document for Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, and Expert Consensus Document for Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography (CTA). Dr. Miller has published extensively in the fields of general and interventional cardiology.

She is an accomplished clinical investigator, including leading the pivotal international imaging trial of coronary CTA and conventional angiography. She is also a recognized physician educator, invited to deliver numerous lectures nationally. Her most recent endeavors have focused on procedural quality improvement through collaborative peer review and quantitative measures.

Dr. Miller graduated cum laude, with majors in both chemistry and biology, from St. Olaf College. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She trained in internal medicine at Duke University, and completed fellowship training in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Duke University.

As of July 2018, Dr. Miller reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Miller serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American College of Cardiology, Member of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry Management Board, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Work as an author or editor for following company, with compensation as listed:

  • Morton Kern's Interventional Cardiology Board Review, receiving royalties for authorship.

Grant funding for clinical trial expenses and staff, paid to Johns Hopkins University, from the following not-for-profit healthcare-related organization:

  • American Heart Association, receiving funding for an angiographic core laboratory that performs angiographic analysis.

Michael Ragosta, MD

Dr. Ragosta is a board certified cardiologist and interventional cardiologist and the Kaplan Professor of Medicine and Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has more than 20 years of experience as an academic interventional cardiologist and is very active in medical education, clinical research and clinical practice. Clinically, he focuses on complex coronary artery disease, chronic total occlusion intervention, and valvular heart disease, particularly aortic stenosis. As an educator, Dr. Ragosta is Program Director for the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship and teaches medical students, residents and cardiology fellows on a daily basis. He is course director for several continuing medical education programs including the weekly “Cath Conference” and the “Central Virginia Cardiac Catheterization Conference”.

Dr. Ragosta is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Board Interventional Cardiology Exam Committee. He has authored several on-line teaching activities and is the author of several durable teaching publications including “Textbook of Clinical Hemodynamics, Cardiac Catheterization: An Atlas and DVD” and “Cases in Interventional Cardiology”, as well as numerous chapters on various topics in interventional cardiology.

Dr. Ragosta is an active clinical researcher focusing on coronary physiology, novel pharmacology for coronary intervention, high risk coronary intervention and valvular heart disease. He has been a Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator for numerous clinical trials involving coronary interventional pharmacology, coronary stents, fractional flow reserve and valvular heart disease. He is the author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles. He is on the editorial board of Journal of American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions and is ad hoc reviewer for numerous prestigious journals. He also serves as Editor in Chief of SCAI.org, the website for the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention.

Dr. Ragosta completed medical school at Brown University, an internal medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and both cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at the University of Virginia Health System.

As of January 2017, Dr. Ragosta reported the following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses and staff, paid to the University of Virginia, from the following companies:

  • Abbott, for a trial on stents in treatment of left main coronary artery disease.
  • Direct Flow Medical, for a trial on transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
  • Edwards, for the Sapien trial used in transaortic valve replacement.

Work funded by educational grants from industry, paid to the University of Virginia, from the following companies:

  • Cordinus Vascular Robotics, to support education related to robotic coronary intervention.
  • Elsevier, receiving compensation for authorship.
  • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Editor for SCAI.org, without compensation.

Robert D. Safian, MD

Dr. Safian is the Founder and Director of the Center for Innovation and Research in Cardiovascular Diseases at Beaumont Health. He is also the Director of the Fellowship Training Program in Cardiovascular Diseases and the Director of the Fellowship Training Program in Interventional Cardiology at William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Safian is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine and Endovascular Medicine. He is Professor of Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Currently, Dr. Safian's major interests are in professional teaching and education; clinical research in new interventional technologies for structural, valvular and vascular diseases; and use of invasive and non-invasive imaging technologies for plaque characterization in the coronary and non-coronary vascular beds. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Board Interventional Cardiology Exam Committee. He is involved in various community activities to raise awareness and philanthropic support for diagnosis and treatment of children with Crohn's disease and colitis. He is the founder of the Michigan Youth Life-Sciences Program, to provide educational and career opportunities in the life sciences to high school students in the inner cities.

Dr. Safian has published extensively, including books and original articles in the fields of interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine. He serves on numerous committees in various professional societies and on the steering committees of several research trials. He has been the recipient of several awards for teaching and clinical research.

Dr. Safian received a degree in chemistry from the University of Florida, with a minor in political science. He received his medical degree from the University of Florida, and completed residency programs in internal medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and in anatomic pathology at the University of Miami. He completed fellowship programs in cardiology and in interventional cardiology at Beth Israel Hospital-Harvard Medical School, and in vascular medicine at Duke University.

As of January 2017, Dr. Safian reported no external relationships.