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2020 – 2021 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

  • Tariq Ahmad, MD, MPH
  • Robin Gage
  • Erik Kellison, PharmD
  • Jennifer Cowger, MD, MS
  • Karol Harshaw-Ellis, DNP
  • Dennis McNamara, MD, MS
Annual Scientific Meeting Program Committee

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

  • 2021 Chair: Larry Allen, MD, MHS, FHFSA 
  • 2021 Co-Chair: Katherine E. Di Palo, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP, FHFSA 
  • 2021 Co-Chair: Walter J. Koch, PhD 
  • 2021 Co-Chair: Marianne R. Piano, PhD, RN 
  • David Lanfear, MD, MS – Chair
  • Rob DiDomenico, PharmD - Co-Chair
  • Daniel Garry, MD, PhD - Co-Chair
  • Cheryl Westlake, PhD, RN- Co-Chair
  • Alpesh Amin, MD, MBA
  • Mosi Bennett, MD, PhD
  • Akshay Desai, MD, MPH
  • Teri Diederich, NP
  • Megan Fraser, DNP, ANP-C
  • Alanna Morris, MD, MSc
  • Ajith Nair, MD
  • Amil Shah, MD, MPH
  • Jeffrey Teuteberg, MD
  • Sandip Zalawadlya, MD
  • Amrut Ambardekar, MD
  • Timothy Fendler, MD
  • Ashley Hardin, MD
  • Line Kemeyou, MD
  • Melissa Owen, RN, PhD
  • Jo Ellen Rodgers, PharmD
  • Emily Tsai, MD
Audit Committee

Provide oversight of the annual audit of the association.

Chair: Howard Eisen, MD, FHFSA

  • Thomas Atzenhofer, CPA, CFO
  • Sara Paul, DNP, FNP
  • Jim Fang, MD
  • Joshua Hare, MD
Awards Analysis Task Force

Propose the scope, category and number of HFSA awards and named lectures. Task Force will also recommend a structure for the process of decisions on awards and lectures. 

Chair: Karen Vuckovic, PhD 

  • Raymond Benza, MD
  • Haitham Dib, MD, FHFSA
  • Craig Laing, MSN
  • Jorge Silva Enciso, MD
  • Marc Silver, MD, FHFSA
  • Lucianne West, PharmD
Communications Committee

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

Chair: Eiran Gorodeski, MD, MPH

  • Jessica Golbus, MD, MS
  • Rob Mentz, MD
  • Thomas O'Neill, MD, PhD
  • Emily Benton, NP
  • Marc Silver, MD
  • Lucianne West, PharmD
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, FHFSA

  • Chony Albert MD
  • Naveen Bellam, MD
  • Khadijah Breathett, MD
  • Quin Denfeld, PhD, RN
  • Priyesh Patel, MD
  • Stormi Gale, PharmD
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, FHFSA

  • Windy Alonso, RN, PhD
  • Dan Bensimhon, MD
  • Johanna Contreras, MD, MsC
  • Janet Crawford, DNP
  • Freny Mody, MD
  • Courtney Shakowski, PharmD
Executive Committee
  • Nancy M. Albert, RN, PhD, FHFSA (President)
  • Mona Fiuzat, PharmD, FHFSA (Secretary)
  • John Teerlink, MD, FHFSA (Treasurer)
  • Mark Drazner, MD, MSc, FHFSA (President Elect)
  • Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FHFSA (IPP)
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

  • Pradeep Mammen, MD
  • Randall C Starling, MD
  • Amanda Vest, MBBS, MPH
  • Ziijan Xu, MD, PhD
  • Bassam Atallah, PharmD
  • J. Emanuel Finet, MD
Leadership Development Task Force

Review best practices of association leadership development programs and make recommendations on a leadership program at HFSA with specific deliverables, methodologies and content for the program. The focus of the HFSA Leadership Program will be to develop future leaders at HFSA.

Chair: Arvind Bhimaraj, MD, MPH, FHFSA

  • Ersilia DeFilippis, MD
  • Michelle Fine, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
  • Mitchell Psotka, MD, PhD
  • Nosheen Reza, MD
  • Birgit Siceloff, DNP, ANP-C, MPH
  • Randall Starling, MD, MPH, 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: Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD

  • Mark Drazner, MD, MSc (President Elect)
  • JoAnn Lindenfeld, MD
  • Herb Patterson, PharmD
  • Colleen McIlvennan, DNP, ANP
  • Eldrin Lewis, MD
  • Jim Udelson, MD
Lifetime Achievement Committee

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

Chair: Corrine Jurgens, RN, PhD

  • Gary Francis, MD
  • Mark Munger, PharmD
  • Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN
  • Arthur Feldman, MD
  • Nancy Sweitzer, MD
  • Amin Yehya, MD
Membership Committee

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

Chair: Kenneth Margulies, MD

  • Ruth Masterson Creber, NP
  • Natalie Pierson, RN
  • Kavita Sharma, MD
  • Feras Bader, MD
  • Janna Beavers, PharmD
  • Jonathan Rich, MD
Nursing Committee

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

Chair: Laura Peters, FNP

  • Jonathan Auld, PhD, MAT, RN
  • Claire McGowan, NP
  • Trisha Petitte, PhD, RN
  • Kathryn Hilgartner, CRNP
  • Karen Meehan, ACNS-BC
  • Rebecca Reay, ACNP
Patient Committee

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

Chair: Kathleen Faulkenberg, PharmD

  • Bethany Austin, MD
  • Michelle Fine, PharmD
  • Rhonda Monroe
  • Kenneth Dizon, DO
  • Michael Petty, RN
  • Ryan Yousefzai, MD
Scientific Statements Committee

Provide oversight and coordination of HFSA scientific statements, including generation of topics for scientific statements.

Chair: Javed Butler, MD

  • Nosheen Reza, MD
  • Barry Trachtenberg, MD
  • Orly Verdany, PharmD
  • Eileen Hsich, MD
  • Susan Bennett Pressler, PhD, RN
  • Kevin Shah, MD
Research Committee

Provide oversight of heart failure research activities.

Chair: Chris O'Connor, MD

  • Kenneth Faulkner, RN, PhD
  • Marat Fudim, MD
  • Ben Van Tassell, PharmD
  • Katelyn Bruno, PhD
  • Thomas Cascino, MD
  • Jane Wilcox, MD
Women in Heart Failure Committee

Develop and provide oversight of programs to promote the careers and interest in women in heart failure.

Chair: Mahazarin Ginwalla, MD, MS

  • Ponrathi Athilingam, ACNP, PhD
  • Sarine Beukian, ACNP
  • Anita Deswal, MD, MPH
  • Maya Guglin, MD, PhD
  • Kerry Pickworth, PharmD
  • Michael Samara, MD