Meet Our Faculty


Core Faculty

Robert W. Yeh, MDRobert W. Yeh, MD, MSc, MBA is the Director of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Katz Silver Family Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Field of Outcomes Research in Cardiology 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, MDPeter 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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Dhruv Kazi, MDDhruv Kazi, MD, MSc, MS serves as the Associate Director of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology and the Associate Director of the Cardiac Critical Care Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is a general cardiologist and health economist who uses real-world data and mathematical modeling to examine the clinical and economic effects of diagnostic tests, new therapies and public health measures on the cardiovascular health of the population. He is interested in understanding how such interventions affect different sections of society, particularly the most vulnerable populations in the U.S. and overseas.

 

Daniel Kramer, MDDaniel 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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Eric A. Secemsky, MDEric 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, PhDChangyu Shen, PhD is the Statistical Director of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His 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; and (ii) control of false positives in clinical trials from empirical Bayes perspective.

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Jordan Strom, MDJordan 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, MDHector 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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Rishi Wadhera, MDRishi Wadhera, MD, MPP, MPhil is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a general cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical 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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Faculty

Suzanne J. Baron, MDSuzanne J. Baron, MD, MSc is an interventional cardiologist specializing in structural heart interventions and is the Director of Interventional Cardiology Research at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Her research focuses on evaluating the effects of cardiovascular devices on patient-reported outcomes and health care costs as well as using modelling based approaches to identify optimal patient populations for treatment with novel technologies.

 

Will Grandin, MDWill 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, MDKalon 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, MDDuane 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, MDJeffrey 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, MDMatthew Reynolds, MD, MSc is an electrophysiologist at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center 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.

 

Patricia Tung, MDPatricia Tung, MD, MPH, is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a cardiac electrophysiologist. Her current research interests involve the relationship between sleep apnea and cardiac arrhythmias and the prevention of and improvement of management strategies for atrial fibrillation. Her prior research has focused on the prevalence of obstructive and central sleep apnea in patients with atrial fibrillation as well as the identification of risk factors for sudden cardiac death using large, population cohorts.

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Fellows

Neel Butala, MDNeel Butala, MD, MBA is a cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently funded by the John S. LaDue Memorial Fellowship at Harvard Medical School to study generalizability of cardiovascular clinical trials. His other research interests include the use of real-world data to augment clinical trial outcome ascertainment and application of novel methods to study structural heart disease interventional outcomes.

 

Eunhee Choi, PhDEunhee 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 analysis, 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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Mabel Chung, MDMabel Chung, MD is an Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia 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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Eméfah C. Loccoh, BSEméfah C. Loccoh, BS is a medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is currently a Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Fellow at the Smith Center where she is investigating health disparities and inequities in cardiovascular disease health outcomes. She aspires to use the skills and experiences garnered from this experience as the foundation for her career as a physician-scientist.

 

Nino Mihatov, MDNino Mihatov, MD is a cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently a T32 trainee and a research fellow at the Smith Center investigating anti-platelet practice patterns for patients with diabetes. His research interests more broadly span the real-world generalizability of clinical trials in interventional and structural cardiology.

 

Aishwarya Raja, BScAishwarya Raja, BSc is a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is currently completing a Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Fellowship at the Smith Center to study the comparative effectiveness of cardiovascular procedures and devices in clinical trials and multicenter observational studies. Her other research interests include the development of novel tools for pre-procedural risk stratification and the application of novel methods to the study of real-world data.


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

 

Jiaman XuJiaman Xu, MPH
Biostatistician
Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology
375 Longwood Ave., 4th floor, Boston, MA 02215
Email: jxu7@bidmc.harvard.edu

 

Vanessa MassillonVanessa 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