2019 – 2020 Committees

Advocacy Committee

Provide oversight of federal and state legislative and regulatory issues facing the heart failure profession with the goal of improving the care and outcomes of patients with heart failure.

Chair: Paul A. Heidenreich, MD, MS

  • Corinne Bott-Silverman, MD

  • Ruth Masterson Creber, PhD, MSc, RN
  • Carolyn Dickens, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC
  • Katherine DiPalo, PharmD
  • Jaime Kennedy, MD
  • Andrea Kietzke, MSN, MHA, APNP, ACNP-BC
  • David Kraus, MD
  • Brent Lampert, DO
  • Shaline Rao, MD
  • Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA
  • Haider Warraich, MD
Annual Scientific Meeting Program Committee

Develop and oversee all educational content for the HFSA Annual Meeting program, including sessions and faculty.

  • 2020 Chair: Javed Butler, MD, MPH, MBH
  • Co-Chair: Sandra Dunbar, RN, PhD
  • Co-Chair: Peter Liu, MD
  • Co-Chair: J. Herbert Patterson, PharmD, FHFSA
  • Jeffrey Alexis, MD
  • Larry Allen, MD, MHS, FHFSA (2021 Chair)
  • Arvind Bhimaraj, MD, MPH, FHFSA
  • Horng Chen, MBBCh
  • Julie Creaser RN, MSN
  • Anita Deswal, MD, MPH, FHFSA
  • Robert Didomenico, PharmD
  • Katherine E. Di Palo, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP (2021 Co-Chair)
  • Eiran Gorodeski, MD, MPH, FHFSA
  • Justin Grodin, MD, MPH
  • Doug Jennings, PharmD
  • Peggy Kirkwood, RN, MSN, ACNPC, CHFN, AACC
  • Liviu Klein, MD, MS
  • Walter J. Koch, PhD (2021 Co-Chair)
  • Alanna Morris, MD, MSc, FHFSA
  • Srinivas Murali, MD
  • Gurusher Panjrath, MBBS
  • Marianne R. Piano, PhD, RN, FAHA, FANN (2021 Co-Chair)
  • Bunny Pozehl, RN, PhD
  • Julie Rosenthal, MD
  • Flora Sam, MD, FHFSA, FACC, FAHA
  • Doug Sawyer, MD, PhD
  • Kristen Sethares, PhD, RN, CNE, FAHA
  • Palak Shah, MD, MS, FHFSA
  • Marc Simon, MD
  • Amanda Vest, MBBS, MPH, FHFSA
Audit Committee

Provide oversight of the annual audit of the association.

Chair: Mark Drazner, MD, MSc, FHFSA

  • Thomas Atzenhofer, CPA, CFO
  • Howard Eisen, MD FHFSA
  • Sara Paul, DNP, FNP, FHFSA
  • Sean Pinney, MD
Certification Task Force

Oversee the development of a certification program for heart failure.

Chair: Mandeep Mehra, MD, FHFSA

  • Alpesh Amin, MD, MBA
  • Bassam Atallah, PharmD
  • Steven Deitelzweig, MD, MMM, FACP, FSVMB, RVT
  • Philip Levy, MD, MPH, FACEP
  • Mark Munger, PharmD, FHFSA
  • Sandra Oliver-McNeil, DNP, MSN, ACNP-BC, CHFN, AACC
  • Yekaterina (Kate) Opsha, Pharm D., BCPS-AQ
  • Sara Paul, DNP, FNP, FHFSA
  • Laura Peters, FNP-C
  • Ileana Pina, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC
  • Vinay Shah, MD
  • Randy Starling, MD, MPH, FHFSA
  • Jim Udelson, MD
Communications Committee

Provide oversight to HFSA communications initiatives, including digital communications and social media.

Chair: Eileen Hsich, MD

  • Tariq Ahmad, MD, MPH
  • Barry Bleske, PharmD
  • Leeway Chen, MD, MPH, FHFSA
  • Megan Fraser, DNP, NP-C
  • Eiran Gorodeski, MD, MPH
  • Parag Kale, MD, FACC
  • Samer Khouri, MD, FACC, FASE
Development Committee

To seek financial support for, and industry participation in, HFSA programs.

Chair: Gregory Ewald, MD

  • John Jefferies MD, MPH, FHFSA
  • Jacob Joseph, MBBS, MD
  • Michael Kiernan, MD
  • Alan B. Miller, MD, FHFSA
  • Asim Mohammed, MD
  • Myung Park, MD
Early Career Committee

To promote interest and careers of trainees and early career individuals through education, networking opportunities, and communication.


Chair: Mitchell Psotka, MD, PhD

  • Chony Albert MD
  • Tamas Alexy, MD, PhD, FACC
  • Naveen Bellam, MD, MPH
  • Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS
  • Leo Buckley, PharmD, BCPS
  • Quin Denfeld, PhD, RN
  • Kathleen Faulkenberg, PharmD
  • Mahazarin Ginwalla, MD, MS
  • Ali Javaheri, MD, PhD
  • Forum Kamdar, MD, PhD
  • Brooke Moyer, NP
  • Priyesh Patel, MD
Education Committee

Develop, monitor and evaluate HFSA educational programs and review CME programs submitted by organizations seeking endorsement from the HFSA.

Chair: Paul Mather, MD

  • Allen Anderson, MD
  • Susan Bionat, DNP, ACNP-CNS-CCRN
  • Theresa (Teri) Diederich, APRN-NP
  • Justin Grodin, MD, MPH
  • Jaime Hernandez, MD, MPH
  • Kevin Kissling, PharmD
  • Jean Nappi, PharmD
  • Robin Traufler, MN, APRN-BC, ACNP
  • Megan Valente, PharmD, BCACP
Executive Committee
  • Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FHFSA (President)
  • Corrine Y. Jurgens, RN, PhD, FHFSA (Treasurer)
  • John Teerlink, MD, FHFSA (Secretary)
  • Nancy M. Albert, RN, PhD, FHFSA (President Elect)
  • Randall C Starling, MD, MPH, FHFSA (IPP)
  • Mark Drazner, MD, MSc, FHFSA
  • Mona Fiuzat, PharmD, FHFSA
  • Staff Liaison: John Barnes, CEO
     
International Relations Committee

Lead in the implementation of international initiatives, goals and objectives for the association and assist in the coordination of international activities across the association.

Chair: Mandeep Mehra, MD, FHFSA

  • Javed Butler, MD, MPH, FHFSA
  • Pradeep Mammen, MD
  • Ken Margulies, MD, FHFSA
  • Ileana Pina, MD, MPH
  • Amanda Vest, MBBS, MPH
  • Ziijan Xu, MD, PhD
Journal of Cardiac Failure Review Task Force

Review all current platforms of delivery of scientific content to HFSA members including the Journal of Cardiac Failure.  Incorporate current best practices and innovative options for the future for HFSA to provide scientific content to our members and present recommendations for HFSA Board of Directors review and approval.  Recommendations should include fiscally advantageous opportunities for HFSA to maximize our impact and global audience and provide value for members  and the HFSA.

Chair: Barry Greenberg, MD, FHFSA

  • John Burnett, MD
  • Jennifer Cowger, MD, MS
  • Marvin Konstam, MD, FHFSA
  • Christopher Lee, RN, PhD, FHFSA
  • Nosheen Reza, MD
  • Jonathan Rich, MD, FHFSA
  • Scott Solomon, MD
  • Orly Vardeny, PharmD, FHFSA
Leadership Recruitment Committee

Recruit and nominate high quality leaders for positions on the Board of Directors, officers of the association and association committees.  Leaders may also serve the association through involvement in special projects, participation on panels, and other volunteer opportunities.

Chair: Randall Starling, MD, FHFSA

  • Nancy Albert, PhD, RN, CHFN, FHFSA
  • JoAnn Lindenfeld, MD, FHFSA
  • Kenneth Margulies, MD, FHFSA
  • Christopher O'Connor, MD, FHFSA
  • Herb Patterson, PharmD, FHFSA
  • James E. Udelson, MD
Lifetime Achievement Committee

To oversee the nomination process for the Lifetime Achievement Award in Heart Failure.

Chair: Doug Mann, MD, FHFSA

  • Gary Francis, MD, PACC, FAHA, FACP
  • Daniel Garry, MD, PhD
  • Barry Greenberg, MD, FHFSA
  • JoAnn Lindenfeld, MD, FHFSA
  • Mark Munger, PharmD
  • Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN
Match Program Task Force

Develop a NRMP Match Program for the association.

Chair: Kenneth Margulies, MD

  • Michelle Kittleson, MD – Cedars-Sinai PD
  • Kelsey Flint, MD
  • E. Wilson Grandin, MD – BIDMC
  • Jane Wilcox, MD, MSc
Membership Committee

Identify and develop goals and activities for the recruitment and retention of HFSA members, including a focus on member value.

Chair: Mitchell T. Saltzberg, MD, FHFSA

  • Robert Cole, MD
  • Zachary Cox, PharmD
  • Robert Mentz, MD
  • Gina Mentzer, MD
  • Anekwe Onwuanyi, MD, FHFSA
  • Robert Page
  • Barbara Pisani, DO
  • Jack Price, MD
  • Natalie Pierson, RN, FHFSA
Nursing Committee

To increase the participation of nurses and nurse practitioners in HFSA activities to help fulfill the mission.

  • Co-Chair: Michaelle Callihan, DNP, FNP-BC, CHFN
  • Co-Chair: Jill Howie-Esquivel, RN, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN
  • Windy Alonso, PhD, RN
  • Julie Bidwell, RN, PhD
  • Pamela Brennan, RN
  • Maghee Disch, MSN, RN, CNL, CHFN
  • Connie Lewis, MSN, ACNP-BC, NP-C, CCRN, FHFSA
Patient Committee

Provide oversight of patient programs at HFSA, including patient education.

Chair: Larry Allen, MD, MHS, FHFSA

  • Susan Ammon, MSN, NP-C, FHFSA
  • Bethany Austin, MD
  • Nasrien Ibrahim, MD
  • Rhonda Monroe
  • Jo Ellen Rogers, PharmD, BCPS, FNAP, FCCP, FHFSA, FAHA, CPP
  • Minnow Walsh, MD
Publications and Scientific Statements Committee

Provide oversight of the Journal of Cardiac Failure and coordination of HFSA scientific statements, including generation of topics for scientific statements.

Chair: Marvin Konstam, MD, FHFSA

  • Keith Aaronson, MD
  • Sandra Chaparro, MD
  • Horng Chen, MD
  • Akshay Desai, MD, MPH
  • Anita Deswal, MD, MPH, FHFSA
  • Jerry Estep, MD
  • Savitri Fedson, MD
  • Viorel Florea, MD, PhD, DSc
  • Mahazarin Ginwalla, MD, MS
  • Eman A. Hamad, MD
  • Evan Klein, MD
  • Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCI
  • Carolyn Lekavich, PhD, ANP-C
  • Gregory Lewis
  • Jasmine Luzum, PharmD, PhD, BCPS
  • Alanna Morris, MD, MSc
  • Sean P. Pinney, MD
  • Jonathan Rich, MD, FHFSA
  • Kavita Sharma, MD
  • Hal Skopicki, MD, PhD
  • Orly Vardeny, PharmD
Research Committee

Provide oversight of heart failure research activities.

Chair: Andreas Kalogeropoulos, MD, MPH, PhD

  • Amrut Ambardekar, MD, FHFSA
  • Paolo Colombo, MD
  • Abhinav Diwan, MD
  • Scott Hummel, MD, MS
  • Amil Shah, MD, MPH
  • David Whellan, MD, MHS
Role in Research Funding Review Task Force

To conduct a comprehensive review of the recent HFSA history in the area of research funding and propose an action plan for the association including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Methodologies utilized for making decisions on grants
  • Methodologies utilized for identifying resources and funding for the programs
  • Improving coordination of programs and potential consolidation of programs
  • The structure of the programs and whether there are alternative legal structures that would benefit HFSA’s role in research funding
  • HFSA’s potential role in identifying the gaps in heart failure research and addressing those gaps through a research funding program
  • Metrics for determining the future success of HFSA research programs

Chair: Michael Felker, MD, FHFSA

  • Arvind Bhimaraj, MD, MPH, FHFSA
  • Gary Francis, MD, FHFSA
  • Judith Hupcey, EdD
  • Andreas Kalogeropoulos, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Chris O'Connor, MD, FHFSA
  • Wai Hong Wilson Tang, MD, FHFSA