Meet the Speakers

Invited Faculty


Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM

Chair, Department of Preventative Medicine, Northwestern University

Chair, Eileen M. Foell Professor of Heart Research and Professor of Preventive Medicine, Medicine, and Pediatrics, Northwestern University

Immediate-past President, American Heart Association

Co-chair, Governance Committee, American Heart Association

Chairperson, Manuscript Oversight Committee and Awards Subcommittee, American Heart Association

2017 Physician of the Year, American Heart Association

George Bakris, MD

Director, Comprehensive Hypertension Center, University of Chicago

Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago

Chair, Blood Pressure Consensus Panel, American Diabetes Association

Member, Resistant Hypertension Guideline Panel, American Heart Association

Past President, American Collage of Clinical Pharmacology

Past President, American Society of Hypertension (ASH)

Recipient, Irvine Page-Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award

Bernard J. Gersh, MB, Ch. B., D. Phil

Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic of Medicine

Consultant, Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic of Medicine

Past Chief of Division of Cardiology, Georgetown University Medical Center

Editorial Board Member, US Cardiology Review

Editorial Board Member, European Cardiology Review Journal

Noel Bairey Merz, MD

Director, Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center, Cedars-Sinai

Director, Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Program, Cedars-Sinai

Director, Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center, Cedars-Sinai

Professor of Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai

Recipient, 2020 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Pioneer in Medicine

James C. Fang, MD

Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Utah Health Care

Director, Cardiovascular Service Line, University of Utah Health Care

John and June B. Hartman Presidential Endowed Chair, University of Utah Health Care

Member, ACC/AHA Heart Failure Guideline Committee

Member, Board of Directors of the Heart Failure Society of America

Member, Executive Committee of the Association of Professors of Cardiology

Javed Butler, MD, MPH, MBA

President, Baylor Scott and White Research Institute

Senior Vice President, Baylor Scott and White Health System

Former President, Patrick H. Lehan Chair of Cardiovascular Research, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Zachary L. Cox, PharmD

Professor of Pharmacy, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy

Fellow, Heart Failure Society of America

Daniel B. Kramer, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Member, Cardiac Electrophysiology Service, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Member, FDA Medical Device Fellowship Program

Kathryn J. Lindley, MD

Director, Women’s Heart Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Holder, Samuel S. Riven, MD, Directorship in Cardiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Saint Luke’s Health System Faculty


Timothy M. Bateman, MD

Co-Medical Director of Cardiovascular Radiologic Imaging, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

President, InterSocietal Accreditation Commission

Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Kevin A. Bybee, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Adnan K. Chhatriwalla, MD

Medical Director of Structural Heart Intervention and Fellowship, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Marci Ebberts, MSN, FNP, RN, CCRN-K

Clinical Education Specialist, Saint Luke’s Health System

Sanjaya K. Gupta, MD, MBA

Program Director of Electrophysiology Fellowship

Assistant Medical Director of Electrophysiology Quality, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Associate Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Chetan P. Huded, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Dany Jacob, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Jessica A. Kline, DO

Electrophysiologist, Saint Luke’s Health System

Mikhail N. Kosiborod, MD, FACC, FAHA

Vice President of Research, Saint Luke’s Health System

Director of Cardiometabolic Research, Saint Luke’s Health System

Co-Director, Saint Luke’s Michael & Marlys Haverty Cardiometabolic Center of Excellence, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Interim Co-Medical Director of Cardiovascular Research, Saint Luke’s Health System

Kyle P. Lehenbauer, MD

Cardiologist, Saint Luke’s Health System

Advanced Structural Echo Fellow, Columbia University

Sean McCarney, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Saint Luke’s Health System

Michael E. Nassif, MD

Medical Director of Hospital At Home, Saint Luke’s Health System

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMKC

James H. O’Keefe, MD

Medical Director of the Charles and Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Co-Director, Saint Luke’s Michael & Marlys Haverty Cardiometabolic Center of Excellence

Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Graham Pollock, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Saint Luke’s Health System

Andrew J. Sauer, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMKC

John T. Saxon, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, UMKC

David G. Skolnick, MD

Medical Director of Valve Center of Excellence, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, Saint Luke’s Health System

Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Kristin Sollars, MSN, RN, CCRN

Clinical Education Specialist, Saint Luke’s Health System

Brett W. Sperry, MD

Medical Director of Amyloid Heart Program, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Assistant Program Director of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Associate Professor of Medicine, UMKC

John A. Spertus, MD

Clinical Director of Outcomes Research, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Interim Co-Medical Director of Cardiovascular Research, Saint Luke’s Health System

Lauer Missouri Endowed Chair, UMKC

Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Daniel A. Steinhaus, MD

Medical Director of Electrophysiology Quality, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Randall C. Thompson, MD

Immediate Past President, Board of Directors of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Professor of Medicine, UMKC

Rafael S. Torosyan, MD

Nephrologist, KC Kidney Consultants

Stefanie Vamenta, MD

Third Year Cardiology Fellow, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Alan P. Wimmer, MD

Medical Director for Arrhythmia Services, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Associate Professor of Medicine, UMKC