Division of

Cardiology

Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program

Cardiology Fellow Research Grants

Funds of up to $10k per year are available on a competitive basis to fund the projects of cardiology fellows during their period of research training.

Currently Funded Projects

FELLOW PROJECT
Wei Sun, MD, PhD Identification, Validation and Functional Study of Long Noncoding RNA RBMS3-AS3 in Idiopathic PH
Malamo Countouris, MD Placental Malperfusion and Association with Later Life Global Longitudinal Strain and Diastolic Dysfunction
Roy Sriwattanakomen, MD Effect of frailty on ICD placement and outcomes among patients receiving CRT
Dingxin Qin, MD, MSc Clinical Management of Class III Obesity and AF
Zachary Rhinehart, MD Optimized electronic health record review for ascertainment and characterization of AF
Mourad Senussi, MBBCh Validation of carotid and femoral artery Doppler flow-derived cardiac output measurements
Alicia Topoll, MD Outcomes of patients with PAH and palliative care intervention
George Cater, MD Quantitative Assessment of the Extracellular Matrix in a Rat model of PH-HFpEF

2016 Awardees

FELLOW MENTOR(S) PROJECT
Stephen D’Auria, MD John Pacella, MD, MS Sonothrombolysis of Arterial Thrombus utilizing Microbubbles Containing Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA)
Sebhat Erqou, MD, PhD Steven Reis, MD Change in endothelial function and risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes
Michael Genuardi, MD Sanjay Patel, MD, MS
Jared Magnani, MD
Stephen Chan, MD, PhD
Cardiovascular outcomes and mortality in patients with obstructive sleep apnea and pulmonary hypertension
Jeff Lee, MD Stephen Chan, MD, PhD
Samir Saba, MD
Molecular mechanisms of Pulmonary Vein Endothelial Cells harvested from balloon catheters in the setting of Pulmonary Hypertension
Ahmad Masri, MBBS Prem Soman, MD, PhD Establishing a patient-care algorithm for screening of cardiac amyloidosis using Pyrophosphate (PYP) scintigraphy
Polakit Teekakirikul, MD Cecilia Lo, PhD Identifying Genetic Etiology of Familial Atrial Septal Defect in a Five Generation Pedigree

2015 Awardees

FELLOW MENTOR(S) PROJECT
Robert Baumgartner, MD Catalin Toma, MD The Microbiological Investigation of Coronary atheRosclerosis in Oral secretions, Blood, Ex vivo thrombus, and Stool (MICROBES) study group
Meshe Chonde, MD Jonathan Elmer, MD Attenuation of myocardial dysfunction after cardiac arrest
Andrea Elliott, MD Aref Rahman, MD
Harsha Rao, MD
Evaluation of exogenous testosterone therapy on the coagulation profile
Eli Friedman, MD Jon Rittenberger, MD
Ron Roth, MD
Aaron Mares, MD

Blood testing of Pittsburgh Marathon runners to determine biomarker levels in both those with CAD risk factors and healthy runners

Amber Johnson, MD, MBA Samir Saba, MD
Larissa Myaskovsky, PhD
Understanding and addressing disparities in Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) use at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Manling Zhang, MD, MS Iain Scott, PhD Myocardial GCN5L1 and how it protects the heart against pressure overload

2014 Awardees

FELLOW MENTOR(S) PROJECT
Sandeep Patel, MD Catalin Toma, MD

To determine whether bacterium play a role in ST-elevation myocardial infarction

Brian Henry, MD Roy Smith, MD
David Schwartzman, MD

To test hypothesis  that  activated clotting time and Dilute Russell Viper Venom Time are capable of accurately quantifying the degree of NOA induced anticoagulation at normal therapeutic levels as well supratherapeutic  levels

Chirag Chauhan, MD Shivdev Rao, MD
Conrad Smith, MD
Catalin Toma, MD
Suresh Mulukutla MD
The objective is to focus on interventional cardiology applications of Google GLASS
Gavin Hickey, MD Prem Soman, MD

To evaluate the optimal use of stress MPI in acute chest pain patients with non-ischemic presenting ECG and serial negative biomarkers

Jonathan Holtz, MD John Kellum, MD

To augment and refine the current UPMC LVAD database to assess longitudinal association between the RAS pathway  and renal function

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