Meet Our Faculty


Core Faculty

Robert Yeh

Robert W. Yeh, MD, MSc, MBA is the Director of the Richard and Susan Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His area of investigation focuses on evaluating cardiovascular devices and therapies in both clinical trials and observational studies, with an emphasis on understanding methods to improve the value of novel technologies as they are used in clinical practice. He serves as the Medical Director of Trial Design for the Baim Institute for Clinical Research. His clinical area of expertise is in interventional cardiology, with an emphasis in coronary chronic total occlusion intervention.

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Peter Zimetbaum

Peter Zimetbaum, MD, is Associate Chief and Director of Clinical Cardiology at BIDMC and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on new drug therapies for arrhythmias, health services research and cardiovascular outcomes. 

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Daniel Kramer

Daniel Kramer, MD, MPH, is the Director of Pacemaker and ICD Service at BIDMC and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kramer’s research focuses on understanding and improving outcomes for patients with cardiac devices as well as policy analyses relevant to medical device regulation.

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secemskyEric A. Secemsky, MD, MSc, is the Director of Vascular Intervention in the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Secemsky's research focuses on the comparative effectiveness of coronary and vascular therapies, with an emphasis on the use of novel statistical methods. He also examines outcomes related to cardiovascular disorders and the use of risk prediction models to guide treatment. Dr. Secemsky's clinical expertise is in vascular medicine and intervention.

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Changyu Shen

Changyu Shen, PhD, is a biostatistician whose research focuses on statistical methodology development in observational and randomized studies to infer treatment effect including efficacy and safety outcomes, with major applications in cardiovascular diseases. His primary research interests include (i) development of new methods to study heterogeneity in treatment effect, where prediction models are developed to infer treatment effect for sub-populations; (ii) control of false positives in clinical trials from empirical Bayes perspective.

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Jordan Strom, MD, MSc, is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a non-invasive cardiologist specializing in echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Strom was the inaugural fellow and is now a faculty investigator at the Smith Center, where his research involves evaluation of the impact of public policies and care structures on cardiovascular health outcomes, the role of imaging in health outcomes, and the development of novel tools for pre-procedural risk stratification, especially for valvular heart disease.

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Hector Tamez Aguilar, MD, MPH, is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an interventional cardiologist specializing in complex coronary interventions. His current research interests focus on outcomes after complex percutaneous coronary interventions (chronic total occlusions and in-stent restenosis) as well as bleeding and thrombotic outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention. Dr. Tamez has previously researched the role of vitamin D as it pertains to cardiovascular diseases, as well as the interactions between the heart and the kidney (cardio-renal syndrome)

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Faculty

  

Will Grandin

Will Grandin, MD, MPH, is a cardiologist in the Cardiovascular Institute's Advanced Heart Failure Program. His clinical and research interests include both advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. He is the Spina Scholar in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research in the Smith Center.

 

 

Kalon Ho

Kalon Ho, MD, MSc, is Director of Quality Assurance for BIDMC’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He leads BIDMC’s efforts to monitor the outcomes of cardiovascular care and to improve the quality of that care. He is active in the leadership of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. His research interests include methodological issues in the design, management and analyses of clinical trials, cost-effectiveness of cardiac interventions, and assessment of outcomes of cardiovascular procedures, including the use of large-scale, multicenter databases.

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Duane Pinto

Duane Pinto, MD , is Associate Chief of the Interventional Cardiology Section at BIDMC and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pinto’s research interests focus on cost effectiveness evaluation of anticoagulation strategies for acute coronary syndromes as well as the development of approaches for improving outcomes after myocardial infarction.

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Jeffrey Popma

Jeffrey Popma, MD, is an interventional cardiologist recognized nationally for his expertise in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). He is Director of the Angiographic Core Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology Clinical Services at BIDMC and is Co-Director of the Structural Heart Disease Fellowship. A Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Co-Chair of the American College of Cardiology Interventional Council, Dr. Popma has directed numerous multicenter device studies. Over the past 15 years, these trials have included a broad array of new technologies, including aortic valve prostheses, bare metal stents, drug eluting stents, distal protection devices, total occlusion devices and carotid and peripheral revascularization procedures.

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Matthew Reynolds

Matthew Reynolds, MD, MSc, is an electrophysiologist and Director of Economics and Quality of Life Research at the Baim Institute for Clinical Research. His work focuses on cost-effectiveness and outcomes research, including the impact of new cardiovascular technologies on health care costs and quality of life.

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Fellows

 

Eunhee ChoiEunhee Choi, PhD, is a post-doctoral fellow who obtained her PhD from Yonsei University Graduate School in Biostatistics and Computing. As a biostatistician, Dr. Choi focuses on time-to-event data anlysis, longitudinal data studies, big data analysis and causal inference methodology. Her areas of research interest include cohort studies and clinical studies.

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Portrait of Dr. ChungMabel Chung, MD, is an Instructor in Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and intensivist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently a T32 trainee and research fellow at the Smith Center investigating perioperative outcomes in heart failure patients undergoing noncardiac surgery. Her clinical area of expertise is in cardiothoracic anesthesia and critical care with a focus on mechanical circulatory support, including ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

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Portrait of Dr. FarediKamil Faridi, MD, is a clinical fellow in cardiovascular medicine at BIDMC and the incoming Smith Center Research Fellow (2018-2020). He received his BS and MD from Duke University and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He will be completing a Masters Degree in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health during his research fellowship and is interested in outcomes research related to healthcare quality for patients with coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease. 

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Yang HuYang Hu, PhD, is a post-doctoral fellow who obtained his PhD in Computer science from Harbin Institute of Technology. Dr. Hu specializes in computer science and bioinformatics for understanding regulatory mechanisms of gene expression, including transcriptional, post-transcriptional and epigenetic regulation. He is now working on studies of treatment effect heterogeneity to infer its existence, measure its significance and correct for bias. 

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Portrait of Dr. WadheraRishi Wadhera, MD, MPP, MPhil, is a clinical fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a current research fellow at the Smith Center. He received his MD from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He received a MPhil in Public Health from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Jerome Grossman Health Policy Fellow. His research interests include the impact of national health policy initiatives on healthcare spending, care quality, and outcomes; the impact of these initiatives on racial disparities in care; and the effect of insurance expansions on care delivery and outcomes.

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Staff

Joanne HealyJoanne Healy, MBS
Administrative Manager
Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology
375 Longwood Ave., 4th floor, Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-632-7680
E-mail: jlhealy@bidmc.harvard.edu

 

 

Linda ValsdottirLinda Valsdottir, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator 
Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology
375 Longwood Ave., 4th floor, Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-632-7652
Email: lvalsdot@bidmc.harvard.edu

 

Sophie Zhao, MA

Data Analyst
Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology
375 Longwood Ave., 4th floor, Boston, MA 02215
Email: szhao3@bidmc.harvard.edu

 

Vanessa Massillon, BA

Administrative Assistant
Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology
375 Longwood Ave., 4th floor, Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-632-7701
Email: vmassill@bidmc.harvard.edu