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Join the HFSA Mentor Program!

Application Deadlines: Rolling

HFSA understands the many challenges that early career heart failure professionals face every day. To help with those challenges, our Early Career Committee is continuing the One-on-One Mentoring Program that debuted in 2015. This program will match up early career professionals who are committed to a career in heart failure with well-established mentors from different institutions.

The goal of the program is to help early career professionals (physicians, nurses, and pharmacists) succeed as Heart Failure specialists. This multidisciplinary program is open to all early career heart failure professionals (currently in a dedicated heart failure training program or within 7 years of the first faculty appointment) who are current members of HFSA. The program is open to pharmacists, nurses, and physicians. Seniors mentors from the HFSA will be paired with mentees based on their stated goals in the application and the expertise of the mentor.

Here’s what recent participants are saying:

Javed Butler (Mentor):
With the ever increasing electronic connectivity, the concept of mentorship has evolved in recent years. It is now possible to match like minded and similarly interested mentors and mentees across institutions and not be limited to your geographic region. In this respect, the HFSA’s initiative to provide a wide range of mentees with the opportunity to work with mentors with particular interests or skill sets is an excellent opportunity not only for the mentees but also the mentors and the field of heart failure itself.

Stuart Russell (Mentor):
From my perspective, the HFSA mentor program is rewarding because the fellows think about you as a coach. In contrast to your own institution where they ask for advice but also are worried about what you think about them, outside fellows ask questions knowing there are zero consequences. It helps me understand what fellows are going through.

Stuart Prenner (Mentee):
I have really enjoyed participating in the HFSA mentoring program this past year. I think first and foremost the survey I took really facilitated a good match between Dr. Russell and myself based on similar interests and career pathways, which really enriched our mentoring relationship. As a result our discussions were enjoyable, productive, and helped to focus me over the coming year. I really think the benefit of having a sounding board to bounce ideas off of outside one’s own institution and hear about how heart failure cardiology is practiced around the country is one of the unique aspects of this program. I hope it continues in the future.

Srinath Adusumalli (Mentee):
“As a early career member, one of the most valuable opportunities you should take advantage of is the HFSA mentoring program. It is critically important to build an effective mentoring team both within your institution and outside of it – the HFSA program facilitates the formation of effective mentoring relationships with renowned heart failure cardiologists around the country. For me, the relationship that I have developed with my HFSA mentor Dr. Javed Butler has been extremely rewarding from the early career development and scholarship perspectives.”

Eligibility
  • Be an HFSA Member
  • Career professionals committed to a career in heart failure
  • Any Physician, Nurse, Pharmacist, Physician Assistant, or Allied Health Professional in the first 7 years of their career
  • Commit to a 12-month mentorship
Why Become a Mentee?
  • Grow Professionally
  • Acquire new skills
  • Gain new insights
  • Set and attain goals
  • Expand networking
  • Develop clinical and research expertise
  • Learn from the leaders in the field
  • Personal satisfaction
Program Overview
 The HFSA Mentoring Program is based on a one-to-one pairing of a senior association member (mentor) and an early career member (mentee). Early career is defined as first seven years in heart failure practice. The number of pairings, at any time, will depend on the availability, suitability and compatibility of mentors and mentees. The timeframe for HFSA mentorship will be 12 months, commencing at the time you are provided with a mentor. During this time, the mentee and mentor will work to fashion their own unique mentoring partnership and use this foundation to create a successful relationship. Association staff will assist, as appropriate, by providing background information about mentoring to both mentors and mentees. While each mentor/mentee relationship will be unique, these relationships will share common characteristics: personal, face-to-face time; periodic telephone and email exchanges; reciprocal site visits, where possible, and getting together at the HFSA Annual Meeting and other association meetings and events. The HFSA staff responsible for administrative and program oversight of the Mentoring Program will periodically communicate with both the mentor and mentee to learn how the mentoring relationship is progressing and to offer suggestions or ideas which may make the relationship more successful or work better.

HFSA members interested in becoming a mentee will be required to submit an application explaining why they want to participate and why they should be selected to participate in the program. If selected, a mentee must commit to participate in the mentoring relationship for the full 12 months.

Applications are accepted at any time during the year but will be reviewed for placement quarterly. Every effort will be made to pair appropriate mentors and mentees; however, there may be circumstances in which there is not a suitable mentor available for a mentee. Mentors will be selected by invitation solely at the discretion of HFSA. All decisions regarding specific pairings of mentor and mentee and the number of such pairings will be made by the Early Career Committee.

Meet the Mentors

Mentors 

Name Clinical Interests Research Interests Additional Interests
Nancy Albert, RN, PhD, FHFSA

Cleveland Clinic
Associate Chief Nursing Officer – Research & Innovation
  • Patient Centered Clinical Research Involving Patient Reported/Objective Clinical Outcomes
  • Improving Quality of Life
  • Self-Care Adherence
  • Symptom Assessment and Management
  • Develop a Research Presence
  • Publications
  • Presentations at Other Conferences
Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FHFSA, FACC, FAHA

Baylor College Of Medicine
The Mary And Gordon Cain Chair
W.A. “Tex” And Deborah Moncrief, Jr., Chair
Professor Of Medicine, Vice-Chair Of Medicine
Associate Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Director, Winters Center For Heart Failure Research
& Debakey VA Medical Center
Medical Care Line Executive (Medicine Chief),
Cardiology Section Chief
  •   Heart Failure
  • Cardiology
  •  Clinical Trials In HF
  • Outcomes Research
  • Develop A Research Presence
  • Navigate Early Career Obstacles
  • Improve Clinical Skills In HF, Transplant and Mechanical Support
Javed Butler, MD, MPH, FHFSA

Stony Brook University
Chief of Cardiology
  •  Clinical HF
  •  HF Clinical Trials
  •  Develop A Research Presence
  • Navigate Early Career Obstacles
  • Publications
  • Presentations at Conferences
    Involvement in Professional Societies
 Maria Costanzo, MD, FAHA, FACC, FESC

Edward Hospital Center for Advanced Heart Failure
Medical Director, Advocate Medical Group-Midwest Heart Specialists, Heart Failure and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Programs, Medical Director
Robert Didomenico, PharmD

University Of Illinois at Chicago Clinical Professor
  •  Medical Management of Acute HF
  • Optimizing Transitions of Care for Patients Hospitalized With HF
  • Optimizing Medical Management of Chronic HF
  •  Optimizing IV Diuresis in Patients Hospitalized For HF
  • Use of IV Vasoactive Therapies in Patients Hospitalized For HF
  • Optimizing Transitions of Care for Patients Hospitalized For HF
  • Optimizing Medical Management Of CHF
  • Reducing Unplanned Hospital Re-admissions
  •  Navigate Early Career Obstacles
  • Improve Teaching Skills
  • Involvement in Professional Societies
Greg Ewald, MD

Medical Director of The MCS And Heart Transplant Programs
  •  Management of Patients with HF Including Medical Management W/Emphasis on Advanced HF
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  •  Clinical Trials of New Pharmacotherapies
  • Device Therapies Including Remote Monitoring and Mechanical Support
  • Transplantation with Emphasis on Donor Evaluation and Selection
  •  Establish A Mechanical Support Program
  • Build A Transplant Program
  • Improve Clinical Skills In HF, Transplant and Mechanical Support
James Fang, MD, FHFSA, FACC, FAHA

Chief, Cardiovascular Division, Professor of Medicine John and June B. Hartman Presidential Endowed Chair, Executive Director, Cardiovascular Service Line, University of Utah Health Sciences Center
  •  Heart Failure
  • Hfpef
  • Cardiorenal
  •  Hfpef
  • Cardiorenal
  •  Navigate Early Career Obstacles
  • Improve Clinical Skills In HF, Transplant and Mechanical Support
  • Improving Teaching Skills
Arthur Feldman, MD, PhD, FHFSA

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Medicine
  •  Heart Failure
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics of HF
  • Develop a research presence
  • Navigate early career obstacles
  • Improve teaching skills
  • Publications
  • Involvement in professional societies
Mona Fiuzat, PharmD, FHFSA

Duke University
Associate Professor of Medicine
  •  Outpatient HF
  • HF Therapy
  • Pharmacogenics
  • Clinical Trials
  •  Develop a Research Presence
  • Publications
  • Presentations at Other Conferences
  • Involvement in Professional Societies
Barry Greenberg, MD, FHFSA

UCSD Medical Center
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, Director, Advanced Heart Failure Treatment Program
  • Advanced HF And Transplant
  • New Agents
  • Cardiac Remodeling
  • Cardiac Fibrosis
    Mechanisms Of HF
Vicki Groo, PharmD

University Of Illinois at Chicago Clinical Pharmacist Cardiology, Clinical Associate Professor, Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine
  •  Optimizing of Guideline Directed Medical Therapy
  • Anticoagulation
  • Advanced HF Shared Care Models
  •  HF In Under Represented Populations
  • Medication Safety
  • CV Team Practice
  •  Improve Clinical Skills in HF, Transplant, and Mechanical Support
  • Improve Teaching Skills
  • Involvement in Professional Societies
John Jefferies, MD, PMH, FACC, FAHA, FHFSA

The Christ Hospital
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; University Of Cincinnati Cardiology
  •  All Forms of Heritable Cardiomyopathies
  • CV Genetics
  • MCS
  • Heart Failure
  •  Novel Genetic Triggers of Cardiomyopathy
  • Novel Therapies for Advanced 3. Heart Failure
  • Qol in HF
  •  Navigate Early Career Obstacles
  • Publications
  • Presentations at Conferences
Corrine Jurgens, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FHFSA, FAHA

Stony Brook Univ. School of Nursing
Associate Professor, Director of Cardiovascular Research, Director of The Doctorage Of Nursing Practice Program
  •  Bibehaviorial Factors Affecting HF Symptom Recognition and Response
  • HF Symptom Psychometrics
  •  Develop A Research Presence
  • Navigate Early Career Obstacles
  • Improve Teaching Skills
  • Publications
  • Presentations at Conferences
  • Involvement in Professional Societies
 Walter Koch, PhD

Temple Univ. School of Medicine
Chairman of Pharmacology and Director of The Center for Translational Medicine
  •  Heart Failure Mechanisms
  • Novel Therapies
Marvin Konstam, MD, FHFSA

Tufts Medical Center – Cardiovascular Center Chief Physician Executive
  •  Clinical HF
  • Leadership and Process Improvement
  •  CV Clinical Trials
Sherry LaForest, PharmD, BCPS

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology and Organ Transplantation
  •  Transitional HF Care
  • Optimization of GDMT
  • Cardiac transplantation
  • Multidisciplinary HF teams
  • Transitional Care Initiatives
  •  Navigate Early Career Obstacles
  • Improve Clinical Skills in HF, Transplant and Mechanical Support
  • Integration of Clinical Pharmacists and Other Allied Health Professionals into HF Teams
 Joann Lindenfeld, MD, FHFSA

Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute
Professor of Medicine, Director of Heart Failure and Transplantation Section
  •  Heart Failure
  • LVAD And Transplantation
  •  Diuretic Resistance
  • RV Dysfunction In LVAD
  • Immunosuppression and Transplantation
  •  Build A Transplant Program
  • Publications
  • Presentations at Conferences
Douglas Mann, MD, FHFSA

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Lewin Chair and Chief, Cardiovascular Division. Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology and Physiology, Cardiologist-In-Chief
  • HF With Recovered EF
  • Cardio-Neuromuscular Disorders (Duchenne’s)
  • Inflammation
  • Basic Mechanisms of Remodeling and Reverse Remodeling
  • Translational Medicine
  • Clinical Trials
  • Develop Research Presence
  • Navigate Early Career Obstacles
  • Career Development
Paul Mather, MD, FHFSA, FACC, FACP

Perelman School of Medicine, Univ. Of Pennsylvania
Professor of Clinical Medicine Heart Failure – Transplant Program
  • Heart Failure
  • Transplantation
  • MCS
  • RV Function
  • Outcomes Analysis
  • Build a Transplant Program
  • Improve Teaching Skills
  • Involvement in Professional Societies
J. Herbert Patterson, PharmD, FCCP, FHFSA

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Professor of Pharmacy and Research Professor of Medicine; Executive Vice Chair
Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics
  •  Chronic HF
  • Chronic HF Pharmacotherapy
  • Precision Drug Dosing
  • Develop a Research Presence
  • Navigate Early Career Obstacles
  • Involvement in Professional Societies
Sara Paul, DNP, FNP, FHFSA

Catawba Valley Cardiology
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Jo Ellen Rodgers, PharmD, FHFSA

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Director, Clinical Fellowship Programs, Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Heart Failure
  • Cardio-oncology
  • HF (Investigator Initiated Studies Including Industry Sponsored Trials)
  • Outcomes Research
  • Develop A Research Presence
  • Improve Clinical Skills In HF, Transplant and Mechanical Support
  • Improve Teaching Skills
Mitchell Saltzberg, MD, FHFSA, FACC, FAHA

Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of Advanced HF
  • Advanced HF
  • MCS
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Health Economics
  • Care Transitions
  • Innovative Health Care
  • Models
  • Remote Hemodynamic
  • Monitoring
  • Establish A Mechanical Support Program
  • Build A Transplant Program
  • Improve Clinical Skills In HF, Transplant and Mechanical Support
Marc Silver, MD, FHFSA, FACP, FACC, FCCP, FAHA

Advocate Christ Medical Center
Chief, Division of Medical Services, Chair of The Dept. Of Medicine, Director Of HF Institute
  • Alternate Pathways for Delivering Care
  • Leadership Career Paths
Randall Starling, MD, MPH, FHFSA

Cleveland Clinic
Section Head Heart Failure, Vice Chair Cardiovascular Medicine
  • HF Transplant
  • LVAD
  • HF Transplant
  • LVAD
  • Establish A Mechanical Support Program
  • Build A Transplant Program
  • Navigate Early Career Obstacles
  • Improve Clinical Skills In HF, Transplant and Mechanical Support
  • Presentations at Conferences
    Involvement in Professional Societies
John Teerlink, MD, FHFSA, FACC, FAHA, FESC, FRCP (UK)

SFVAMC San Francisco VA Medical Center Cardiology
Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Director, Heart Failure Program, SFVAMC Director, Clinical Echocardiography
  •  Treatment of Hospitalized HF
  • Treatment of HF Patients Pre-LVAD/Transplant
  • Echocardiography
  •  New Drug/Device Development for Acute and Chronic HF
  • Clinical Trials
  • Regulatory Issues
  •  Develop Research Presence
  • Navigate Early Career Obstacles
  • Improve Clinical Skills In HF
Patricia A. Uber, PharmD

VCU Health System
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Advanced HF and Transplant

 

  •  HF therapy
  • Ventricular Assist Device
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • HF Medical Therapy
  • Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Improve Clinical Skills in HF, Transplant and Mechanical Support
  • Research
  • Publications
  • Involvement in Professional Societies
Victoria Vaughan Dickson, PhD, CRNP, MSN, FHFSA

NYU College of Nursing
Associate Professor, Director of the Pless Center for Nursing Research
  •  HF Self-care in Vulnerable Populations
  • Interventions and Mixed Methods Research Techniques
  • Develop a Research Presence (Nurse Scientists)
  • Navigate Early Career Obstacles (Nursing Research)
  • Publications
  • Presentations at Conferences
  • Involvement in Professional Societies
How to Apply

Applications are accepted at any time. Placement of mentors with mentees will be done quarterly.

If you have any questions, please email us at Talita Mrkich at tmrkich@hfsa.org.

 

 

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