Craig M. Pratt, MD, FACC (Subspecialty Education Coordinator) is Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and Vice Chairman of Research and Education and Program Director for Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program for the Department of Cardiology, Methodist Hospital, Houston. He also serves as Medical Director of the Coronary Intensive Care Unit and the Electrocardiography and Stress Testing Laboratories and is Director of Research at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Pratt's clinical cardiology practice is dedicated to advancing cardiac patient care and clinical research. Dr. Pratt's specific research interests are in the clinical investigation of cardiac arrhythmias. He has been the principle investigator of numerous clinical and device trials including several NIH supported trials and has authored more than 300 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and abstracts. Dr. Pratt received his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine and completed his Internal Medicine residency and Cardiovascular fellowship training at the University of California, Davis.
John Buergler, MD, FACC, FSCAI is an interventional cardiologist at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center at Houston Methodist Hospital. He is a leader in the field of alcohol septal ablation, a treatment for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Buergler also has special interests in the management of cardiac disorders coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Buergler received his medical degree from the University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Washington University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine.
Jerry Estep, MD, FACC is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Division of Cardiology and transplant cardiologist at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center at Houston Methodist Hospital. He has contributed to several published articles on heart failure and is undertaking original research in the field of advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, completed his residency at UT Southwestern in Dallas, and cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received numerous awards, including "Most Outstanding Clinical Cardiology Fellow" from Baylor and "Most Outstanding Resident Instructor" from UT Southwestern. As part of the heart failure program, he is actively involved in several multicenter clinical trials to study novel treatments for patients with decompensated heart failure.
Miguel Quinones, MD, MACC is currently Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas. Dr. Quiñones has been one of the pioneers in the field of cardiac ultrasound over the past 32 years. He has received national and international recognition for his contributions in the field of echocardiography, both as a teacher and as an investigator in developing noninvasive, echocardiographic methods to measure left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction, cardiac output and regurgitant volumes in mitral and aortic insufficiency. He lectures world-wide as a guest speaker and has authored or co-authored over 200 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, over 12 book chapters and 225 published abstracts. In 2012, Dr. Quinones was recognized as a Master the American College of Cardiology, am received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Echocardiography.
Guillermo Torre-Amione, MD, Ph.D., FACC is a Medical Director of Cardiac Transplantation at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, dividing his time between an active clinical practice and research on heart failure. His research focuses on the applied clinical investigation in the areas of heart failure and cardiac transplantation. His lab conducts a variety of clinical research protocols, including multinational studies and investigator-initiated protocols. Dr. Torre received his medical degree from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico and his doctorial degree in Immunology at the University of Chicago.
William Zoghbi, MD, MACC, FAHA, FASE holds the William L. Winters Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart Center and is Director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Institute at Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Zoghbi is a leader in the field of echocardiography and Doppler ultrasound. He has developed new techniques to evaluate valvular disorders and cardiac function. Studies in Dr. Zoghbi's laboratory improved the non-invasive evaluation of diastolic function with Doppler and the detection of ischemic heart disease with stress and contrast echocardiography. He received his B.S. in biology and chemistry from the American University of Beirut. He completed medical school in the United States, trained in internal medicine and cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Zoghbi recently served as President of the American College of Cardiology (2012-2013).