Penn Cardiovascular Institute

Penn Cardiovascular Institute Affiliate Members

Penn-affiliated collaborators participating in the research and educational programs of Penn Cardiovascular Institute are eligible for affiliate membership.

Affiliate members are non-faculty basic scientists, translational researchers, clinical investigators, medical students, graduate students, house staff, post-doctoral fellows and others who are participating in cardiovascular research and educational programs of the Penn CVI.

Learn more about the benefits of and how to join Penn Cardiovascular Institute

Brian BetenskyPenn Resident

Email: brian.betensky@uphs.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention 
Myocyte Biology / Heart Failure 
Cardiac Electrophysiology / Channel Biology 

Research Description: As an intern, my interests in cardiology remain broad. What interests me most at this point in my training are arrhythmias, heart failure and cardiomyopathies. I am particularly fascinated by electrophysiology and hope to join a project either later in my intern year or as a JAR.

Of note, during medical school I was involved in both clinical and basic research including:

  1. A study on the use of cardiac MRI in examining myocardial adiposity.
  2. Molecular studies of signaling mechanisms of myocardial hypertrophy and angiogenesis.

Jeffrey Billheimer, Ph.D.Senior Research Investigator (ITMAT)

Email: billheij@mail.med.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention 

Research Description: I have worked for several years in the area of lipid metabolism especially with regard to disease processes such as atherosclerosis and obesity. Presently I am working on proteins that effect "reverse cholesterol transport" and those that affect the hepatic secretion of VLDL-TG.

Andrew Edmondson, Graduate StudentPerelman School of Medicine

Email: andrewe@mail.med.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention 

Research Description: I am an MD/PhD in Dr. Daniel Rader's Laboratory.

Robert FenningPenn Cardiovascular Fellow

Email: Robert.Fenning@uphs.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention 

Research Description: I am interested in vascular biology, including the treatment of coronary and peripheral atherosclerosis. 
Working in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Wilensky, I participated in the investigation of a novel therapy called darapladib, a lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (LpPLA2) inhibitor.  In a diabetic/hypercholesterolemic porcine model of atherosclerosis, we found that inhibition of LpPLA2 reduces complex coronary atherosclerotic plaque development.  I am currently studying the role of LpPLA2 on the development of vulnerable plaque in porcine abdominal aortas.

Desiree Fleck, RN, MSN, CRNP, CCRN, PhD

Email: fleckd@email.chop.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Cardiovascular Development / Congenital Heart Disease 

Research Description: I am interested in adults with congenital heart disease.  Specifically, in the area of transition in adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease.

Marie Guerraty, MD/PhD

Email: marie.guerraty@uphs.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit: 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention 
Research Description: Aortic valve sclerosis, endothelium.

Michael Kaufmann, MDResident, Department of Medicine

Email: michael.kaufmann@uphs.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Biotechnology / Nanomedicine / Imaging, Pulmonary 

Research Description: My current work involves using MESA cohort data to evaluate whether right ventricular structure and function measures on cardiac MRI predict the subsequent onset of dyspnea.

Sumeet A. KhetarpalUndergraduate, Major in Biochemistry, Biophysics, M.S. in Chemistry candidate

Email: sumeetak@sas.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention 

Research Description: I work with Andrew Edmondson, an MD/PhD graduate student, on the genetics of HDL levels in humans in Dr. Daniel Rader's Laboratory.

Daniel Larach, MD/MTR Student Perelman School of Medicine

Email: dlarach@mail.med.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention

Research Description: I work in Dr. Daniel Rader's laboratory on projects examining the genetics of HDL cholesterol in humans through genotyping and phenotyping of subjects with very high and very low HDL cholesterol levels.

Christopher S. Lee, RN, MSN, CCRN, PhD Student

Email: lee5@nursing.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Myocyte Biology / Heart Failure 

Research Description: Human subject research involving patients with heart failure. 
Primary interests: Neuroendocrine and hemodynamic variability in response to physiological challenges, and the use of impedence cardiography. Secondary interest: Influence of patient self-care behavior on physiological outcomes.

Scott M. Lilly, MDPenn Cardiovascular Fellow

Email: Scott.Lilly@uphs.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention 

Research Description: Dr. Lilly is interested in the mechanisms of coronary and peripheral atherosclerosis. He also has a clinical and academic interest in structural heart interventions.

Sean MaloneySEAS Graduate Student

Email: seanfm@seas.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit: 
Thrombosis / Hemostasis 
Research Description: Microfluidic-based models of thrombosis and hemostasis incorporating patterned collagen, von Willebrand Factor, and tissue factor.

Mitchell McBride, CCRPData Management, Cardiology, Heart Failure/Transplant

Email: mitchell.mcbride@uphs.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Cardiovascular Development / Congenital Heart Disease, Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention 

Research Description: Heart failure, cardiovascular and diabetes disease management. Device studies, including telemedicine/telehealth. Access database design, reports and data management. Research monitor for multi-site trials. Focus has been with primary care, internal medicine, urban and rural sites.

Jeffrey Ogbara, MDPenn Resident, Dept. of Medicine, Internal Medicine

Email: jeffrey.ogbara@uphs.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention, Biotechnology / Nanomedicine / Imaging 

Research Description: 
Acute Coronary Syndromes 
Cardiac Catheterization and associated devices (Stents, ICE, IVUS) 
Cardiac MRI and atherosclerosis

Freda Patterson, PhDProject Administrator, Epidemiology Division

Email: fredap@upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention 

Research Description: 
Dr. Patterson’s research focuses on the family unit as a mode of behavior change. In previous work she has examined smoking cessation indicies among family members of individuals with a history of cancer. Future work will examine primary prevention strategies for cardiovascular health among populations with a family history of cancer (particularly breast and colorectal).

Collin F. Payne

Email: collinp@sas.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention 

Research Description: 
I am a PhD student in Penn’s Graduate Group in Demography, and work primarily with Julio Chirinos. My research interests are in the stratification of cardiovascular risk in populations, and the creation, application, and improvement of both clinical and population-wide measures of cardiovascular risk.

Kathleen Joy Propert

Email: propert@mail.med.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention Pulmonary 

Research Description: 
Dr. Propert is Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Director of the Biostatistics Core for the Institute for Translational Research and Therapeutics (ITMAT). She collaborates with multiple investigators in CVI for both T1 Translational Research and randomized clinical trials in the areas of lipid metabolism, cardiovascular risks of NSAID use, modeling of right ventricular function, and treatments for pulmonary hypertension.

Timothy Stalker, Senior Research InvestigatorDept. of Medicine, Hematology-Oncology

Email: tstalker@mail.med.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Thrombosis / Hemostasis 

Research Description: 
Mechanisms regulating thrombus formation in vivo.

Anjali Vaidya, MD Penn Heart Failure and Transplant Fellow
Pulmonary Hypertension Fellow

Email: anjali.vaidya@uphs.upenn.edu

CVI Program Unit(s): 
Heart Failure, Pulmonary Hypertension, Transplant, Echocardiography, Palliative Care

Research Description:I am interested in pulmonary hypertension, transplant, and echocardiography research