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Medicine for the Public: 2010 Lecture Series


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Dr. Keith Horvath
Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital; Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Program, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH; Adjunct Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Keith HorvathKeith Horvath is Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery at Suburban Hospital as well as Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Research for the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and an affiliate with Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He assumed this position after being an Associate Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University, Chicago Illinois. Trained in general and cardiothoracic surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Horvath is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Horvath has represented the STS to CMS, FDA, RUC, PEAC and Congress. As Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgeon he is committed to the successful design and outcome of the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital. He leads a staff of 43 dedicated cardiothoracic surgery representatives who are experts in various methodologies of patient care.

As Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Program at the NIH, Dr. Horvath’s organization is a three part surgical program to scientifically investigate cellular/molecular biology, biomechanics, and xenotransplantation results within vivo models. His NIH team includes 3 staff scientists, 2 fellows, and 1 biomechanical engineer.

Finally, Dr. Horvath has performed over 2,000 cardiac surgeries. He has authored and coauthored over 200 publications.

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Dr. Dina N. Paltoo
Chair of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Data Access Committee and Program Director for the Advanced Technologies and Surgery Branch, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, NHLBI, NIH

Presentation Title: Epigenetic Influences on Cardiovascular Health and Disease

Dr. Dina N. PaltooDina Paltoo joined the NHLBI in July 2003, where she is Scientific Program Director in the Advanced Technologies and Surgery Branch in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences. She manages research programs in genetics, pharmacogenetics, personalized medicine, and translational research. Dr. Paltoo is also the Chair of the NHLBI Data Access Committee. She received her Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the Howard University College of Medicine, and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the UMDNJ in cellular biophysics and biochemistry. After completing her training, she worked as a Research Associate and was on faculty at Howard University and Morgan State University. Dr. Paltoo was subsequently awarded a position in the prestigious Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute, and received training in molecular epidemiology and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Paltoo has received many awards for her research, scientific and extramural activities and has published several manuscripts and abstracts. In 2006, she was accepted into the Executive Leadership Program, and had the unique opportunity to work in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services as a Scientific Advisor on the Personalized Healthcare Initiative. She is a member of the American Heart Association, the American Public Health Association, and the American Society of Human Genetics.

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