Planning Committee

M. Elizabeth Hale Hammond, MD

Dr. Hammond is Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is also the Chairman of the Department of Pathology at LDS Hospital and Urban Central Region, Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has an active pathology practice in renal and cardiac pathology. She and her colleagues reported the first prospective series of patients with humorally mediated acute vascular rejection of the cardiac allograft. She is the author of 125 original publications and 14 book chapters.

Specialties:  Cardiac Pathology, Renal Pathology

 

Anna B. Catino, MD

Dr. Catino is an Assistant Professor of Cardiology and the Director of the Echocardiography Lab at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Catino has a wide clinical practice but has particular interests in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, management of chronic cardiovascular illness, women with heart disease including during pregnancy, and cardiovascular health in cancer (Cardio-Oncology). Furthermore, as a well-recognized physician educator, Dr. Catino has earned several teaching awards and plays a major role in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows.


Specialties:  Cardiology, Echocardiography, Valvular Heart Disease

Dipayan Chaudhuri, MD, PhD

Dr. Chaudhuri earned his medical and graduate degrees at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and subsequently a clinical fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Concurrently with his clinical fellowship... Read More

Specialties: Cardiology, General Cardiology

Stavros G. Drakos, MD, PhD, FACC

Dr. Stavros George Drakos is a Professor of Cardiology at the Univ. of Utah Healthcare & Medical School and the Salt Lake VA Medical Center. He is the Medical Director Cardiac Mechanical Support Program, Co-Chief Heart Failure & Transplant and Director of Cardiovascular Research for the Division of Cardiology. Dr. Drakos is one of 27 cardio... Read More

Specialties: Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

James C. Fang, MD

Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

James Chen-tson Fang, M.D., is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line at University of Utah Health Care.Dr. Fang, who specializes in treatment of patients with heart failure, most recently held the Spitz Master Clinician Chair at Case Western Reserve Universi... Read More

Specialties: Cardiac Mechanical Support, General Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Abdallah G. Kfoury, MD

Dr. Kfoury is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.  He is Director of the Heart Failure Prevention and Treatment Program at Intermountain Healthcare and Director of the U.T.A.H. Cardiac Transplant Program.  His clinical focus is Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplantation, Mecha... Read More

Specialties: Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH is a Christi T Smith Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Stehlik has received his medical degree from Charles University in Prague and Masters in Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and in Cardiovascular Diseases at Alleg... Read More

Specialties: Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Stephen McKellar, MD, MSc

Dr. McKellar is a native of Salt Lake City and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah and his Doctor of Medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgical and Cardiothoracic Surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in a combined, integrated training program. ... Read More

Research Interests: Adult Cardiac Surgery, Genetic Basis fo Cardiovascular Disease, Heart and Lung Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices, Surgical Treatment of Heart Failure, Valvular and Aortic Disease

Specialties: Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Maze Surgery, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Minimally Invasive Lung & Esophageal Surgery, Valvular Heart Disease

Craig H. Selzman, MD

Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Craig Selzman is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah who specializes in the care of patients requiring heart surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his General and Cardiothoracic Surgery training... Read More

Specialties: Adult Cardiac Surgery, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Aortic Dissection, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Heart Failure, Heart Stem Cell Therapy, Heart Transplant, Heart Valve Surgery, Lung Transplant, Marfan Syndrome and other Aortic Disorders, Maze Surgery, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Surgical Ventricular Restoration, Valvular Heart Disease

Omar Wever-Pinzon, MD

Dr. Wever-Pinzon is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. He received his medical degree from the University of Panama. Dr. Wever-Pinzon completed his Internal Medicine Residency, followed by a fellowship in Advanced Cardiac Imaging at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center-University Hospital of Columbia University Coll... Read More

Specialties: Cardiac Imaging, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Cardiology

U-CARS Program Coordination

Heather Clark

Heather Clark

Title:  Director of Operations, Cardiothoracic Surgery

U-CARS Planning Director

Email:  UCARS@hsc.utah.edu

Phone:  801-581-5311

Brandie Thomas

Brandie Thomas

Title:  Administrative Assistant, U2M2

U-CARS Travel and Faculty Logistics Coordinator

Email:  UCARS@hsc.utah.edu

Phone:  801-585-0727

Trista Long

Trista Long

Title:  Executive Assistant, Cardiovascular Medicine

U-CARS Website & VP Coordinator

Email:  UCARS@hsc.utah.edu

Phone:  801-585-2340

Shawnda Gillespie

Shawnda Gillespie

Title:  Fellowship Program Coordinator, Cardiothoracic Surgery

U-CARS Logistics & Facilities Coordinator

Email:  UCARS@hsc.utah.edu

Phone:  801-581-4222

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