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Pioneers in Cardiology Lecture Series

During the 2018 academic year, we inaugurated a biannual "Pioneers in Cardiology" lecture series. This lecture series has been generously funded through a grant and continued through the generosity of Daniel and Hedy Whitebook and family.

The program focuses on bringing preeminent thought leaders in the cardiovascular field to the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital medical campus.  The elected pioneer will deliver a grand rounds lecture and will meet with faculty and fellows during their visit in small group sessions.  In preparation for the visit, the fellows will have an evening journal club to discuss some of the guest lecturers seminal and most influential works and will prepare an series of questions and discussion points to address during his/her visit. The educational purpose of this lecture series is to learn from the giants in our field both from their clinical expertise and proven academic career success.  Past lecturers include Dr Eugene Braunwald and Dr. Melvin Sheinman.

Upcoming Pioneer in Cardiology Lecture Series

Pioneer: Dr. James Forrester
Date: Wednesday May 1st 2019

Next week we have the privilege to welcome to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine campus 
Dr. James S. Forrester.  
Dr. Forrester is a true pioneer and giant in cardiology. He grew up in Philadelphia, attending Swathmore College,  and afterwards attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical SchoolAfter internship at the University Hospital, he completed an internal medical residency at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center, and cardiology fellowship at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In the late 1960’s he was recruited to Los Angeles as Director of Cardiovascular Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC), where he led a multimillion dollar National Institute of Health research program called a Specialized Center of Research in Ischemic Heart Disease. He served for a time as the Chief of Cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is the George Burns and Gracie Allen Professor Emeritus at UCLA School of Medicine. A giant in the field of cardiology, he was the second recipient of the American College of Cardiology’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments.  During his elustrious career spanning more than 4 decades, he spearheaded major revolutionary advances in the field of cardiology including: 1) ushering in the assessment of heart function in critically ill patients with the use of a Swan-Ganz balloon tipped catheter, 2) development of the Forrester Classification,  3) defining the use of diagnostic tests for coronary disease via the  Diamond-Forrester method, and 4) in the early 1990′s his team ushered in the use of angioscopy, a thin flexible fiberoptic catheter to visualize inside the coronary arteries which noted blood clots in the arteries of patients with unstable angina and acute coronary syndromes.  He is a leader in the field, has mentored countless cardiologists, published more than 400 full-length peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts. 

Schedule of events for Wed May 1st 2019

 Time                 Events                                                                                               Location                                                                              Invitees

7:30-8:30 am    Topics in Cardiology Grand Rounds -                                                  Mailman Center, 8th Floor Auditorium             UM Trainees, Faculty, Alumni

                            “Misfits, Mavericks, and the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Times”

9:00-11:30 am   Career Insights (for faculty & fellows)                                               Mailman Center, 8th Floor Auditorium             UM / JMH Cardiology fellows

12:00 - 1pm       Lunch                                                                                                        

5:00 - 6:00pm    Community Lecture                                                                               Michael S Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, 1st floor

                          “How New Knowledge Will Dislodge CAD the Nation’s #1 Killer"

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Prior Pioneers in Cardiology Lecture Series / Events

A list of prior honorees and recorded lecture series. 

Date                        Pioneer in Cardiology                                                     Events                                                 
April 18, 2018         Dr. Eugene Braunwald                                                     Medical Grand Rounds:  “The War Against Heart Failure”       
                                                                                                                          Topics in Cardiology: "The PCSK9 and Cholesterol Story"    

Dec 5, 2018          Dr Melvin Scheinman                                                             Medical Grand Rounds: 
                                                                                                                                "Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias: Then, Now, and a Glimpse into the Future"