Associated Mentors

Larry Chinitz, MD
Medicine (Cardiology) – Associated Mentor

Dr Chinitz' group has participated in numerous clinical trials critical to the development of the implantable defibrillator and catheter-based therapies for cardiac dysrhythmias. His most recent research and publications are centered on the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation and the development of electroanatomic mapping systems and tools required for catheter ablation of atrial arrhythmias. Dr Chinitz serves on the editorial board of several journals and is a senior editor of the Journal of Atrial Fibrillation. He is presently on the steering committee of an international Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion trial and the PI of a multicenter effort to develop contact sensing technology for catheter based therapies. He is a Founding Member of the Heart Rhythm Society and on the medical leadership committee of the AHA's New York Affiliate.

Frederick Feit, MD
Medicine (Cardiology) – Associated Mentor

Dr. Feit is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of percutaneous coronary artery intervention, adjuvant antiplatelet and antithrombin therapy, acute myocardial infarction and diabetes mellitus. He has authored or co-authored many articles on these subjects and has been widely recognized as one of the early leaders in the field of thrombolytic therapy for acute MI, and more recently for his work highlighting the importance of reducing hemorrhagic complications of catheter-based therapies. He is currently Head of The Steering Committee of the ACUITY trial, and a member of the Steering Committees of the Champion trial and NIH sponsored BARI-2D trial.

Boyce Griffith, PhD
Medicine (Cardiology) – Associated Mentor

Dr. Griffith is interested in computer modeling and simulation of cardiovascular physiology. His research focuses on modeling cardiac fluid dynamics - with an emphasis on understanding fluid-structure interaction in heart valves - and cardiac electrophysiology - with an emphasis on tissue-scale simulation of normal and abnormal electrical impulse propagation using the bidomain equations. In collaboration with Dr. Priori, Dr. Griffith uses mathematical models of individual myocytes to study the effects of mutant ion channels on the whole-cell electrophysiology. He is also collaborating with the Peskin group on the development of coupled models of cardiac electrophysiology and mechanics.

Martha J. Radford, MD
Medicine (Cardiology) – Associated Mentor

Dr. Radford is a nationally recognized expert in cardiovascular outcomes research and investigation focused on improving quality of care. She has a long association in the conduct of quality improvement and quality related research with the Connecticut Peer Review Organization, the Health Care Financing Administration (later the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) through its innovative Cooperative Cardiovascular Project. Since moving to NYU in 2005 she has become an active collaborator in the Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center and the Population Health Research Center. She and Dr Hochman recently co-mentored a fellow with whom they co-authored an AHJ paper on procedure utilization and outcomes in New York State related to "score-cards."

Harmony Reynolds, MD
Medicine (Cardiology) – Associated Mentor

Dr. Reynolds’ primary research interests are sex differences in presentation, pathophysiology and outcomes of heart disease, and cardiovascular ultrasound. She received a prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award in 2006 to direct a study which uses advanced imaging techniques including intra-vascular ultrasound and MRI to help determine why women with acute coronary syndrome often are found to have no significant coronary artery disease (CAD) on angiography. She serves on the ancillary study committee of the NIH-sponsored VIRGO (Variation in Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Patients) registry, for which she is also a site investigator. Through the NYU Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center, she is Co-Investigator for the multi-center, international Occluded Artery Trial, which is in the long-term follow up phase. She has helped to direct two multi-center, randomized clinical trials of a pharmacologic agent in patients with cardiogenic shock.

Steven Sedlis, MD
Medicine (Cardiology) – Associated Mentor

Dr. Sedlis directs the cardiac referral program at the New York Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which serves as the regional VA referral center for interventional cardiology and heart surgery. His research focuses on clinical and metabolic factors that predispose to high risk and poor outcomes in patients with advanced coronary artery disease and may impact on choice of revascularization (PCI versus CABG). He is an investigator in both VA and NIH sponsored randomized clinical trials in coronary artery disease (AWESOME, COURAGE, FREEDOM) and collaborates with colleagues in thrombosis research, endocrinology and cardiac surgery at the New York VA in studies evaluating the effect of established and novel risk factors on outcomes after coronary revascularization. He has mentored numerous fellows in clinical research.

Mark D. Schwartz, MD
Medicine (General Internal Medicine) – Internal Advisory Committee

Dr. Schwartz’s current health services research is focused on quality of care and medical errors for patients with diabetes and hypertension. He has a long track record of success leading research training programs. He directs and teaches highly regarded courses in Clinical Research Methods, Health Services Research, and Clinical Epidemiology. Since 1995 he has led NYU’s HRSA-funded General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program, which has trained >20 fellows with a focus on Medical Education research. Dr. Schwartz also developed and leads NYU SoM’s Masters of Science in Medical Education Program. One of few such programs nationally, its curriculum includes teaching theory, curriculum design, academic leadership, and research methods. Dr. Schwartz is also Co-Director of NYU’s NIH (K30) Clinical Research Training Program, and directs its Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation. The K30 program, with 15 trainees from nine disciplines, is now in its third year. Finally, Dr. Schwartz is Program Director of the CDC (T01) Fellowship in Medicine and Public Health Research, which graduated its first class of six trainees in May 2007 and is training its second cohort of internists, pediatricians, and emergency physicians. Dr. Schwartz has mentored several of these trainees. With leadership roles in each of these three research training programs, Dr. Schwartz has great depth and experience in post-graduate training programs that combine mentored research with rigorous training in Research Methods, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and related disciplines. He received the 2008 Distinguished Research Educator award by The Association of Clinical Research Training in recognition of his leadership in research training.

James Slater, MD
Medicine (Cardiology) – Associated Mentor

Dr. Slater’s research interests are directed toward the practice of percutaneous coronary artery intervention and angiography. As a PI in the NHLBI Dynamic Angioplasty Registry he has helped author numerous publications exploring the performance and outcome of percutaneous coronary angioplasty. In addition to research in coronary artery disease he has helped expand the use of non-surgical techniques to repair congential heart defects of the intra-atrial septum (Patent Foramen Ovale and Atrial Septal Defect). He is a PI in the Closure 1 trial studying the best treatment of patients with stroke and patent foramen ovale. He has explored balloon treatment of mitral valve stenosis for many years and was recently selected to lead NYU’s contribution to the EVEREST trial of non-surgical repair of mitral regurgitation. Other research interests include novel treatments of myocardial infarction (APEX AMI Trial) and, in collaboration with Dr. Hochman, optimal treatment strategies of cardiogenic shock.

Richard A. Stein, MD
Medicine (Cardiology) – Associated Mentor

Dr. Stein is a nationally prominent expert on exercise cardiac physiology and was the founder and director of the Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at the 92nd Street YM-YWHA in Manhattan. His research and scientific publications have focused on the cardiovascular physiology of exercise, exercise training and preventive cardiology. He is the immediate past-President of the Board of Directors of the Heritage Affiliate of the American Heart Association. Dr. Stein is a recipient of the Academic Preventive Cardiology Academic Award of the National Institute of Health and he has served on the Committee on Exercise and Cardiac Rehabilitation and the Committee on Postgraduate Medical Education of the National American Heart Association.