News | Cardiovascular Business | March 19, 2024

ACC Clinical Trials Research Program REACH(es) New Heights

ACC announces 2024 – 2025 Selected Learners for the CTR Program and new REACH cohort

ACC announces 2024 – 2025 Selected Learners for the CTR Program and new REACH cohort

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March 19, 2024 — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has selected 50 learners for its 2024 – 2025 Clinical Trials Research (CTR) program, of whom 28 structural heart cardiologists and surgeons will participate in the CTR’s new Project REACH. This incoming cohort of learners will participate in a year-long curriculum designed to advance their skills and careers in clinical trials research and ensure that all individuals have the opportunity to contribute as part of the clinical trials research workforce. The CTR Program and corresponding REACH program are sponsored by Medtronic and will kick off with a networking reception at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session (ACC.24) taking place April 6 – 8, 2024, in Atlanta.

“Ensuring access to leadership for all talent is an essential component of providing quality cardiovascular care to all,” said Pamela Douglas, MD, MACC, founding chair of ACC's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. “Cardiovascular care is not one size fits all and by fostering representation of broader perspectives within cardiovascular clinical trial leadership roles, the ACC’s Clinical Trials Research Program will ensure the data that drives patient care more closely reflects the needs of actual cardiovascular patients.”

The Clinical Trials Research program was established in 2019 by ACC’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to increase the number of individuals underrepresented in cardiology (URC) in leadership roles for cardiovascular clinical trials by equipping them with the practical and leadership skills to be successful in clinical research. 

“Medtronic is proud to support the incoming cohort of dynamic structural heart disease specialists to the CTR REACH program,” said Jeffrey Popma, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer for the Coronary & Renal Denervation business and the Structural Heart & Aortic business at Medtronic. “Medtronic prioritizes the practice of evidence-based medicine in the medical device industry and believes that enhanced patient access and outcomes is dependent on diversity of thought, perspective and varied experiences. We look forward to seeing the great things this group of talented individuals will accomplish in the field of clinical research.”

This year, in collaboration with the Association of Black Cardiologists, the CTR program introduces Project REACH (Research, Equity, and Access for Cardiac Health), an initiative designed to address existing disparities in structural heart clinical trials work. Through CTR and CTR REACH, a cohort of cardiologists, surgeons, structural heart disease specialists and researchers, will participate in a one-year curriculum in clinical research building on health equity principles to provide deeper understanding of the challenges of all patients facing these diseases and to foster support and collaboration among peers in the structural heart sub-specialty.

“Project REACH is an innovative initiative that will address the striking disparities seen in structural heart trials and research,” said Wayne Batchelor, MD, FACC, ACC Clinical Trials Research Program Co-Chair. “Through REACH there is a real opportunity to create meaningful change in how we determine the best ways to care for some of our most vulnerable patients.”

The selected learners for the 2024 – 2025 CTR and CTR REACH Cohort** are: 

  • Hussein Abu Daya, MD, FACC
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Aderonke Adeniyi, MD, FACC
    University of Vermont
    Burlington, Vermont
  • **Vratika Agarwal, MD CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Columbia University Medical Center/ New York Presbyterian Hospital
    New York
  • Carlos Alviar, MD, FACC
    New York University Langone Medical Center
    New York
  • **Vidhu Anand, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Mayo Clinic
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Rochester, Minnesota
  • **Gloria Ayuba, DO, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Dallas
  • Syeda Atiqa Batul, MD, FACC
    Geisinger Health System
    Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Katelyn Bruno, PhD
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, Florida
  • Quan Bui, MD
    University of California, San Diego
    La Jolla, California
  • Gregory Burkman, MD, FACC
    Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center
    Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Laura Cohen, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Boston
  • Johanna Contreras, MD, FACC
    Mount Sinai Hospital
    New York
  • **Pedro Cox, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    LSU School of Medicine
    New Orleans
  • Zainab Dakhil, MB, CHB
    Ibn Al-Bitar Cardiac Centre and Al-Kindy College of Medicine
    Baghdad
  • **Ersilia DeFilippis, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Columbia University Irving Medical Center
    New York
  • **Rimsky Denis, MD CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Private Practice - Structural and Interventional Cardiology
    Miami
  • **Pedro Engel Gonzalez, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Henry Ford Health
    Detroit 
  • **Serdar Farhan, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    New York
  • **Tanush Gupta, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    University of Vermont Medical Center
    Burlington, Vermont
  • **Aakriti Gupta, MD CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Los Angeles
  • Pura Henriquez, MD, FACC
    Plaza de la Salud General Hospital
    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Rachna Kataria, MD
    Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute/Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Adnan Khalif, MD, FACC
    Allegheny Health Network, Cardiovascular Institute
    Pittsburgh
  • **Lillian Khor, MD CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Veterans Administration Health Care System
    Salt Lake City
  • **Yuli Kim, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia
  • Agnes Koczo, MD
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Pittsburgh 
  • Salil Kumar, MD, FACC
    MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston
  • **Andrew Leventhal, MD CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort 
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • **Bruno Lima, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Nashville
  • **Giorgio Medranda, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    NYU Langone Hospital - Long Island
    Mineola, New York
  • **Vivian Ng, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Columbia University Medical Center
    New York
  • **Olufunso Odunukan, MBBS, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Dignity Health - Yavapai Regional Medical Center
    Prescott, Arizona
  • **Jeffrey Ogbara, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Heart House/Cooper University Hospital
    Haddon Heights, New Jersey
  • **Diana Otero, MD CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Columbia University Medical Center
    New York
  • Kaavya Paruchuri, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Boston
  • Ashley Pender, MD
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    Philadelphia
  • **Luigi Pirelli, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Columbia University
    New York
  • **Jyothy Puthumana, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
    Chicago
  • Odayme Quesada, MD, FACC
    Heart and Vascular Institute, The Christ Hospital
    Cincinnati
  • Raymundo Quintana Quezada, MD, FACC
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Aurora, Colorado
  • **Jeremy Rier, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort |
    WellSpan
    York, Pennsylvania
  • **Patricia Rodriguez Lozano, MD CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    University of Virginia
    Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Eyal Sagiv, MD, FACC
    Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington School of Medicine
    Seattle 
  • Daniel Silverman, MD, FACC
    Medical University of South Carolina & Ralph H Johnson VAMC
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • **Francesca Sperotto, MD CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    Boston 
  • **Juan Terre, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Tulane University School of Medicine
    New Orleans
  • **Ifeoma Ugonabo, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    University of Tennessee HSC
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • **Joji Varghese, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Hendrick Medical Center
    Abilene, Texas
  • Keyur Vora, MD, FACC
    Indiana University School of Medicine
    Indianapolis
  • **Priscilla Wessly, MD, FACC CTR Structural Heart Disease Cohort
    Aurora St Lukes
    Milwaukee

ACC.24 will take place April 6-8, 2024, in Atlanta, bringing together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists from around the world to share the newest discoveries in treatment and prevention. Follow @ACCinTouch@ACCMediaCenter and #ACC24 for the latest news from the meeting.

For more information: www.acc.org

 

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