2018 Summit Speakers

Joshua Beckman, M.D.
Director, Vascular Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt Universtiy Medical Center

Akshay Desai, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director, Brigham Cardiovascular Consultants; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Thomas Forbes, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Forbes is Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Toronto, a position he has held since 2014.

He obtained his medical degree in 1990 from the University of Toronto and completed his general surgery and vascular surgery training at the University of Western Ontario. He is the coProgram Director of the Advanced Aortic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Toronto, a collaborative fellowship between vascular and cardiac surgery in open and endovascular therapies for thoracoabdominal aortic pathologies. Previously he was Chair/Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Western Ontario (2005-2014) and the inaugural Graduate Program Chair of the Masters of Science in Surgery program.

He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, editorials and book chapters and given over 100 invited lectures or guest professorships. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and the Canadian Journal of Surgery and a member of several editorial boards, as well as being the Chair of the Document Oversight Committee of the Society for Vascular Surgery. He is Section Editor of Rutherford’s Textbook of Vascular Surgery and the Chair of the Vascular Care Working Group of CorHealth Ontario. He is also Past-President of the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery, a former Program Director and past vice-Chair of the Vascular Surgery Specialty Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Paul Forfia, M.D.
Professor of Medicine; Director-Pulmonary Hypertension, Right Heart Failure, and P.T.E. Program, Temple University Hospital

Jeff Healey, M.D., F.R.C.P(C), F.H.R.S.
Jeff Healey is the director of arrhythmia services at Hamilton Health Sciences, Professor of medicine at McMaster University and the Population Health Research Institute Chair in Cardiology Research.

He is also the principal investigator and chair of the Canadian Stroke Prevention Intervention Network (CSPIN), which is conducting a series of clinical trials related to atrial fibrillation and stroke prevention and will also support the development of new Canadian researchers in this field.

He is the past co-chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines Committee and past chair of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario’s Heart Rhythm Working group.

Dr. Healey was the lead author of the ASSERT trial, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012 and demonstrated the increased stroke risk associated with sub-clinical atrial fibrillation detected by pacemakers. Thomson-Reuters recognized ASSERT as the 38th most-cited scientific publication in 2012.

He was also the lead author of the SIMPLE trial, published in the Lancet in 2015, which demonstrated that implantable defibrillators could be safely inserted without performing intra-operative defibrillation testing, and the RELY AF cohort study, a 15,000-patient worldwide registry, published in the Lancet in 2016, examining the causes, treatment and outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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Michael Mack, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Medical Director, Cardiovascular Surgery, Baylor Health Care System; Chairman of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano Research Center

Samia Mora, M.D., M.H.S.
Samia Mora is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. She is a cardiovascular medicine specialist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she is the Director of the Center for Lipid Metabolomics, Division of Preventive Medicine.

She also has joint appointments in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Women’s Health. Dr. Mora received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School.

She completed an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a cardiovascular disease fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she also obtained a Masters in Health Science (Epidemiology) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is board certified in cardiovascular disease and echocardiography, and is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and American Society of Echocardiography. She also serves on the Editorial Board of JAMA Internal Medicine.

Dr. Mora’s clinical interests include cardiovascular prevention, lipids, modifiable risk factors, and women’s health. The author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Mora’s research focuses on risk factors and prevention of cardiovascular disease. She is actively involved with several randomized clinical trials and observational studies, having served on the Endpoints Committee of the Women’s Health Study, the Clinical Coordinating Committee of the JUPITER trial, and currently serves as the Medical/Safety Officer and Director of Core Biomarker Studies in the VITAminD and OmegA-3 Trial (VITAL), and the Harvard Investigator on the Gulf Population Risks and Epidemiology of Vascular Events and Treatment (Gulf PREVENT) study.

Dr. Mora recently developed the free Aspirin-Guide mobile app (available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and on the web on www.aspiringuide.com) in collaboration with JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH, and Jeffrey E. Ames, MS.

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Pamela Morris, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., F.A.S.P.C., F.N.L.A.
Director, Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program; Co-Director, Women's Heart Care, Medical University of South Carolina

Paul Sorajja, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., F.S.C.A.I.
Director, Center for Valve and Structural Heart Disease, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Albert Starr, M.D.
OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute's chairman; Lasker Award Winner

William Stevenson, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute

James Thomas, M.D., F.A.S.E., F.A.C.C.C., F.E.S.C.
Professor of Medicine; Director of Center for Heart Valve Disease; Director of Academic Affairs, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Northwestern Medicine

Edward Yeh, M.D.
Chair of the Department of Medicine; Frances T. McAndrew Chair; Professor of Medicine; Director, Center for Precision Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Missouri Health