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Olakunle Akinboboye, MD, MPH, MBA Chair

Olakunle Akinboboye, MDDr. Akinboboye is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Sleep Medicine. He is the Clinical Professor of Cardiology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is also the Medical Director of Queens Heart Institute/Laurelton Heart Specialist P.C. in Rosedale, Queens, New York.

Dr. Akinboboye is Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Board and a member of the ABIM Council. He is also a member of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) Executive Committee, where he serves as Chair of the Clinical Trials Committee. He also serves on the International Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology (liaison for Africa). He served as the President of the ABC from 2012 to 2014.

He received a humanitarian award from the College of Medicine at University of Ibadan in Nigeria in 2005 for his ongoing efforts to spread expertise in the techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in Nigeria. He also received an award from ABC for his dedicated service as a board member from 1999 to 2005.

Dr. Akinboboye received his medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan. He completed his internal medicine residency and part of his cardiology fellowship at the Nassau County Medical Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook. He subsequently moved to Columbia University, where he completed his fellowship in cardiology with one year of dedicated training in nuclear cardiology and another year of training in advanced echocardiography. Dr. Akinboboye obtained a master's degree in public health from Columbia University. He also received a master's degree in business administration from Columbia Business School.

As of May 2020, Dr. Akinboboye reported the following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses and staff, paid to Queens Heart Institute, from the following companies:

  • AstraZeneca, for a study of the effects of exenatide in lowering cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (EXSCEL).
  • Novartis, for a study of the effectiveness of angiotensin-neprilysin inhibition versus enalapril in heart failure (PARADIGM-HF).

Attendance at investigators’ meetings, with compensation for travel expenses from the following companies:

  • Cytokinetics, for a study to evaluate the effect of treatment with omecamtiv mecarbil compared with placebo on exercise capacity as determined by cardiopulmonary exercise testing following 20 weeks of treatment with omecamtiv mecarbil or placebo.

Craig Beam

Craig BeamCraig Beam is President of Petra ICS. Mr. Beam has overseen the development and management of a broad range of real estate with a focus on healthcare and institutional projects. Mr. Beam’s involvement in healthcare development includes the planning and development of hospital, medical office and ambulatory facilities. He is nationally recognized for his ability to lead assignments that are complex in program, finance and construction. He has over 30 years practicing nationally and internationally.

Mr. Beam started his career in real estate in 1977 as Chief Financial Officer of Concordia Development, a real estate development company based in Southern California. He then founded his own firm, Beam & Associates starting in 1983. At Beam had overall responsibility for the consulting, development, leasing and brokerage divisions of the firm. The firm was consistently ranked in the top 5 health care program and project management firms in the US. He merged this firm with Hammes Company in 1998 which created the largest healthcare project management firm in the United States. Mr. Beam has worked for major systems including Saint Joseph Health System of Orange, Ascension Health, MedStar and New York Presbyterian as well as academic centers such as Stanford, University of California San Francisco and Northwestern. Mr. Beam is a licensed California real estate broker and holds the professional designation of Counselor of Real Estate.

In addition to his real estate activities he has served on numerous boards including the advisory board to the Director of the National Institutes of Health, UniHealth, Pacificare and Martin Luther Hospital. He is past Chairman of the Board of the American Heart Association and is past Treasurer of the World Heart Federation.

Mr. Beam received a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration from California State University in Fullerton, California

As of August 2019, Mr. Beam reported the following external relationships:

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

  • American Heart Association, Chair of the Hospital Accreditation and Certification Committee, Member of the Quality Oversight Committee, Member of the Corporate Operations Oversight Committee, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Hospital Association of Southern California, Board Member for AllHealth, receiving honoraria.
  • Californians for Patient Care, Member Board of Directors, Member of Patient Safety Advocacy Group, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Suzanne A. Feigofsky, MD

Suzanne A. Feigofsky, MDDr. Feigofsky is an electrophysiologist at the Iowa Heart Center in Carroll, Iowa. Previously she spent a decade in Orange County, CA in private practice. Dr. Feigofsky is board certified in Cardiology and Electrophysiology and currently serves as a member of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) communications committee and was recently appointed to the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Women in Cardiology Leadership Council. She also serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Disease Specialty Board.

Dr. Feigofsky completed medical school at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and stayed on in Gainesville for internship, residency and fellowship training. Her clinical interests include syncope, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome POTS, as well as heart failure and cardio-oncology.

As of July 2019, Dr. Feigofsky reported the following external relationships:

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

  • American College of Cardiology, Women in Cardiology Leadership Council Member, without compensation.
  • Heart Rhythm Society, Communications Committee Member, without compensation.

John M. Herre, MD

John HerreDr. Herre served on the faculty of the Medical College of Virginia from 1983 to 1985 and served on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco, from 1985 to 1988 before moving to Norfolk, Virginia, where he started the Cardiac Electrophysiology program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. In 2006, Dr. Herre co-founded the Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute and continues to serve as its Scientific Director. Dr. Herre has served on the Thoracic Organ and Membership and Professional Services Committees of the United Network of Organ Sharing. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of LifeNet Health, a not-for-profit Organ Procurement Organization and leader in bio-implant technologies and cellular therapies. Dr Herre is a Professor of Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and served as Chief, Division of Cardiology, from 2000 to 2010. He is Chair of the Institutional Review Board at EVMS and is an author of more than 100 publications in the areas of cardiac electrophysiology and heart failure. Dr Herre is a member of Sentara Cardiology Specialists and continues to care for patients with advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation.

Dr. Herre's interest in advanced heart failure began with the founding of the Heart Transplant program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in 1989. He served as Program Director for the Heart Transplant Program from 2003 until 2017. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology and served on the Test Writing Committee for Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology form 2011 until 2017. He is currently a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Disease Board.

Dr. John M. Herre received his undergraduate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1973 and his Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University in 1977. He completed training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine in 1983.

As of October 2019, Dr. Herre reported the following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses, staff and salary support, paid to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, from the following companies:

  • Biocontrol, for a clinical trial of the effect of vagal stimulation in heart failure.
  • Boston Scientific, for a clinical trial of a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in the management of heart failure.
  • Analytics 4 Life, for a new clinical trial.
  • Duke Research Institute, for two new clinical trials.

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

  • Medtronic, for a clinical trial of resynchronization after myocardial infarction.

Post-marketing clinical research funding for clinical trial expenses, staff and salary support, with funding provided to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, from the following companies:

  • Boston Scientific, for a post-marketing study of the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

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

  • LifeNet Health, Board of Directors, Chairman, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses, per diem for attendance at board meetings, and honoraria.

Yuli Kim, MD

Yuli Y. Kim, MDDr. Kim serves as the medical director of the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center, a joint program between the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine as well as the fellowship director for the ACHD fellowship program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and board certified in Adult Congenital Heart Disease.

Dr. Kim completed her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University and medical degree from the University of Virginia. She was an Osler resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Internal Medicine and went on to the Cleveland Clinic for Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship training. She completed a two-year fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Boston Children's Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

As of September 2019, Dr. Kim reported no external relationships:

Rowlens M. Melduni, MD

Dr. Melduni is an Associate Professor of Medicine and faculty in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota. Dr Melduni is the Director of the cardioversion unit at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. He is the founder and president and CEO of Clinicians of the World and serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Cardiovascular Board. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography.

Dr. Melduni's research interests include the pathogenetic mechanism of atrial fibrillation, epidemiology and prognosis of atrial fibrillation and discovery of biomarkers of atrial fibrillation. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, which have helped to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of atrial fibrillation, which has perplexed clinicians for quite some time. His work has recently received a major funding award from the National Institute of Health to examine the role of autoimmune mechanisms in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. He was named a Rising Star Investigator by the American Society of Echocardiography in 2018.

Dr. Melduni received his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Boston University Medical Center and obtained his cardiology training at Albert Einstein University Hospital and went on to complete subspecialty fellowship in echocardiography at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. He received his master's degree in public health from the Harvard University School of Public Health in 2012.

As of August 2019, Dr. Melduni reported no external relationships:

Ronnie Ramadan, MD

Dr. Ramadan is an interventional and structural cardiologist at the Boston VA Healthcare system and the Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston, MA. He is the director of the Structural Heart Disease Program at the Boston VA and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Ramadan serves as the chair of the continuing medical education oversight committee at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine cardiovascular board.

Dr. Ramadan received his medical degree from the American university of Beirut, and he completed his internal medicine residency and cardiovascular fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He completed his Interventional cardiology training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.

As of August 2019, Dr. Ramadan reported no external relationships:

Andrea M. Russo, MD

Dr. Russo, board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, is Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Director of Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services, Director of Cardiovascular Research and Director of the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J. She previously joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and then the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (UMDNJ)/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J. in 2009. Dr. Russo serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Disease Board and previously served on the ABIM Cardiovascular Test Writing Committee and the ABMS Continuing Board Certification Vision for the Future Commission.

She is currently the President-Elect of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), member of the HRS Executive Committee, and member of the HRS Board of Trustees. She is also a current member of the American Heart Association (AHA) Atrial Fibrillation Systems of Care Advisory Committee and member of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Cardiovascular Disease in Women Committee. She previously served on or chaired multiple HRS, ACC, or AHA committees, subcommittees or work groups. In addition, she has served as co-chair or member on several guideline, consensus document or Appropriate Use Criteria writing groups. Her areas of research interest include implantable cardioverter defibrillators, totally subcutaneous devices, atrial fibrillation, sex differences in arrhythmias and performance improvement activities.

Dr. Russo earned a B.S. degree in Microbiology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and medical degree at the SUNY Health Sciences Center in Syracuse, NY. She completed an internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology fellowships at the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey in Camden, NJ.

As of August 2019, Dr. Russo reported the following external relationships:

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

  • UpToDate, receiving compensation as an editor for chapters related to implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy.

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

  • American Board of Medical Specialties, Vision Initiative Member, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • American College of Cardiology, Committee Member, without compensation.
  • Heart Rhythm Society, President, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Garima Sharma, MD

Garima SharmaDr. Sharma is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She board certified in Cardiovascular Disease Echocardiograph, Nuclear Cardiology, and Cardiac CT.

She serves on the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Women in Cardiology Leadership Council and on the Cardiovascular Disease in Women-Cardio-Obstetrics Workgroup. In addition, she has also served on the Fellows in Training and Early Career Leadership Councils. She was selected to the prestigious by ACC Leadership Academy 2018. Her clinical and research interests are in cardiovascular disease in pregnancy specifically adverse pregnancy outcomes and CV cardiovascular risks, medical education, and gender equity. She has written several articles on, gender equity in cardiology, mentoring and career development for FITs Fellows in Training and Early Career professionals in the Journal of American College of Cardiology for which she is the section editor.

Dr. Sharma has led several national initiatives for professional development of fellows in training and is the incoming Governor- Eelect for the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, her official term starting in March 2021. She is also on the ACC/American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Revascularization of Coronary Artery disease and on the AHA Scientific Consensus Statement on the Management of Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy.

Dr. Sharma completed medical school in Mumbai, India and received her internal medicine and cardiology fellowship training at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. At Temple University, she was awarded the outstanding Resident and Fellow Educator award during her residency and fellowship.

As of March 2020, Dr. Sharma reported no external relationships.

Leslie Beth Sossoman

Leslie SossomanLeslie Beth (L.B.) Sossoman has been a cardiac nurse for more than 30 years. She has practiced in cardiology, structural heart disease, cardiothoracic/vascular surgery, and heart failure as an acute care nurse practitioner. She is currently the Faculty Specialist for the AG-ACNP Program, a collaboration between Atrium Health and UNC-Charlotte to prepare nurse practitioners for the complex needs of hospitalized patients. She maintains a clinical practice in heart failure at Atrium Health's Heart Failure/Transplant Services.

She is also certified as a Cardiac Vascular Nurse from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a Certified Professional in HealthCare Quality from the National Association of Healthcare Quality.

She is the current President of the Metrolina Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and the Metrolina Regional Liaison of the NP Council for North Carolina Nurses Association.

She completed her Master of Science in Nursing from University of South Carolina in 1999. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at UNC-Charlotte.

As of November 2019, Ms. Sossoman reported the following external relationships.

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

  • Metrolina Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, President, without compensation.
  • North Carolina Nurse Association, Regional Liaison Person for the Metrolina Region of North Carolina, without compensation.