We are very pleased to announce the creation of 5 new Associate Chief of Cardiology positions in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The designated associate chiefs are key faculty in the Heart and Vascular Institute – Cardiology Division with years of contribution to UPMC and the field of Cardiology at the regional and national levels. In their new roles, the associate chiefs will work closely with Dr. Saba to advance the academic mission of the division in education, research, diversity, and faculty advancement.
Please join us in congratulating our five Associate Chiefs of Cardiology on their well-deserved promotion and recognition.
Katie Berlacher, MD
Associate Chief of Cardiology for Education
In 2015, Katie became the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program Director. In her new role, Katie will continue to oversee new initiatives in training and education of our fellows and faculty in the Cardiology Division.
Stephen Chan, MD, PhD
Associate Chief of Cardiology for Basic Research
A.J. Conrad Smith, MD
Associate Chief of Cardiology for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Prem Soman, MD, PhD
Associate Chief of Cardiology for Faculty Development
In this new role, Prem will work closely with the Chief on career advancement and promotions for our faculty. This role will complement and leverage his current appointment on the Tenure and Promotions Committee of the Department of Medicine.
Flordeliza (Liza) Villanueva, MD
Associate Chief of Cardiology for Translational Research
In her new role, Liza will continue to work with the division chief on recruiting academic faculty to Cardiology and on overseeing new initiatives in translational research across the division and beyond.