Councils - Junior Faculty and Trainee

Scientific Council for Junior Faculty & Trainees


Council membership is open to all ISHLT members. Joining is easy. Simply login to the ISHLT Members Only Website where you can update your membership profile and join any of the 12 Scientific Councils.

Definition of Junior Faculty:
Junior Faculty for all ISHLT activities is defined as an individual whose formal professional training was completed five or less years ago.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:15-8:15 AM
Room: Uranie/Caliope
Location: Acropolis Congrès Centre, Nice, France
ISHLT 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions


Visit the International Fellowship Database page for more information.


Issues focusing on Junior Faculty and Trainees:

July 2017
October 2015
July 2015
December 2014
June 2014: JFTC Report 2013-2014
December 2013
August 2013
May 2013: JFTC Year in Review
October 2012
March 2012


The goal of the ISHLT Mentorship Program is to provide an opportunity for trainees to meet with an established specialist in their respective field in order to facilitate communication and gain guidance, and provide an opportunity for academic career enrichment.

The ISHLT Mentorship Program is now available to all ISHLT members via ISHLTConnect, our Online Community. (This program is only available to current ISHLT members.)

(Parentheses after name indicates year rotating off Board)

Keyur B. Shah, MD (2020)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA, USA

Dr. Shah is an Associate Professor  in the Division of Cardiology at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital System (formerly Medical College of Virginia) in Richmond, VA. He is the Section Chief of Heart Failure at VCU. Dr. Shah completed both his residency in internal medicine and fellowship training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Shah’s clinical interests include  heart transplantation, amyloidosis and mechanical circulatory support.

Evan P Kransdorf, MD, PhD (2022)
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Evan Kransdorf received both MD and PhD degrees from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in 2006.  His PhD is in Molecular Biology and Genetics. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center followed by a fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He completed his training in cardiovascular diseases at Mayo Clinic Arizona in 2015. He is currently a heart failure and heart transplant cardiologist with the Cedars-SInai Heart Institute and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His main research focus is on the use of data science to improve clinical outcomes in heart failure and after heart transplantation.

Martin Schweiger, MD (2024)
Children's Hospital

Bio coming soon...
Eugene C. DePasquale, MD (2018)
David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California, USA

Dr. DePasquale received his M.D. degree from State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency, Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine, and a Fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. At the same institution, he was Chief Cardiology Fellow, and completed an additional Fellowship with a focus in Inherited Cardiomyopathies with additional study at University College London. Dr. DePasquale currently serves as an Associate Director - Outpatient Heart Transplantation for the UCLA Advanced Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Programs.

Maryl Johnson, MD (2018)
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI, USA

Maryl R. Johnson, MD, received her medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine where she also completed postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. She joined the faculty at Iowa and was instrumental in the establishment of a cardiac transplant program, serving as the Medical Director of Cardiac Transplantation from 1984-1988. Her subsequent career has been entirely devoted to the care of patients with heart failure and following cardiac transplantation. She served as the Associate Medical Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program at Loyola University Medical Center from 1988-1994, Associate Medical Director of the Rush Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program from 1994-1997, and Medical Director, Heart Failure and Transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from 1998-2002. She moved to the University of Wisconsin as Medical Director of Heart Failure and Transplantation and Professor of Medicine in July 2002. Dr. Johnson's clinical interests are in the care of patients with severe congestive heart failure, including the use of mechanical circulatory support devices and cardiac transplantation. She has a particular interest in the treatment and outcome of congestive heart failure in women. Her research interests include the use of mechanical assistance in patients with severe heart failure and the coronary artery disease which develops in cardiac transplant recipients. She has also been an investigator in many of the multicenter trials evaluating new agents for the medical treatment of heart failure.

Martin Schweiger, MD (2018)
Children's Hospital

Bio coming soon...
Hirsch S. Mehta, MD (2019)
San Diego Cardiac Center
San Diego, CA, USA

Hirsch S. Mehta, MD, FACC is co-director of the Heart Failure and Rehabilitation program at San Diego Cardiac Center and Sharp Memorial Hospital.  Dr. Mehta completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Scripps Clinic, after which he pursued additional training in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation at Stanford University.  His clinical practice and research endeavors focus on end stage heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and pulmonary hypertension.

Agnieszka Ciarka, MD (2020)
Catholic University of Leuven

Bio coming soon....
Jorge Silva Enciso, MD (2018)
University of California San Diego / UCSD Medical Center
San Diego, CA, USA

Dr. Silva Enciso is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at University of California San Diego. He completed his residency and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital center, NY, followed by Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship training at Columbia University Medical Center in 2011. In 2012 he joined as Faculty the Advanced Heart Failure Program at UC San Diego where he currently functions as the Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship Assistant Director. His interests focus on mechanical circulatory support, right ventricular dysfunction and cardiac transplantation.


Simon Pecha, MD (2019)
University Hospital Hamburg
Hamburg, GERMANY

Simon Pecha, MD, is a Cardiac Surgeon at University Heart Center Hamburg, Germany and leads a Research group for Myocardial Tissue Engineering at Cardiovascular Research Center Hamburg. He obtained his MD from University of Tuebingen and received his training in Cardiovascular Surgery at University Heart Center Hamburg. His research is related to Cardiac Regeneration with a focus on Myocardial tissue engineering from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Dr. Pecha received several awards for his research including the Philip K. Caves Award in 2015 from the ISHLT and the Dr. Martini Price 2017 from the Dr. Martini Foundation.

Natasha Altman, MD (Non-voting mentee through 2018)
University of Colorado
Denver, CO, USA

Natasha L. Altman MD, FACC, received her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2006. She completed both her residency and general cardiology fellowship training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, where she was Chief Cardiology Fellow.  She then completed her Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver in the Section of Advanced Heart Failure, MCS and Transplantation. Her clinical and research interests include donor selection and management, invasive and implantable hemodynamic monitoring, and Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction.

Marco Masetti, MD, PhD (2018)
University of Bologna
Bologna, ITALY

Bio coming soon...
Ignacio A Echenique, MD (2018)
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Weston, FL, USA

Ignacio A. Echenique, MD, FACP is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI, followed by fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. He is the Chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee at the Cleveland Clinic Florida. His interests include transplant infectious diseases, emerging infectious diseases, and clinical outcomes research.

Jaime Hernandez Montfort, MD, MPH (Non-voting mentee through 2018)
Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, MA, USA

Jaime Hernandez-Montfort specializes in advanced heart disease and transplant cardiologist with special interest in transitions to a durable solution, decision making and regionalization of care after acute mechanical circulatory support across different health care systems. He attended medical school at his hometown in the Northeast of Mexico (University of Monterrey) and trained in the  USA (University of Massachusetts Medical School/Baystate, Rutgers/Newark Beth Israel) where he currently helps lead efforts as co-Director of Cardiogenic Shock and Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support at Baystate Health, a large healthcare organization in Western Massachusetts.

Feras Khaliel, MD, PhD (2018)
King Faisal Specialist Hospital

Feras Khaliel, MD, PhD, DESC, is a Consultant Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon, at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSH&RC). He obtained his French Board of CVS residency from Paris, France, along with his PhD in cardiac stem cell transplant to total artificial heart. Dr. Khaliel had 2 years of Fellowship in Heart Transplant and Assist Devices in Montreal Heart Institute, Montreal, Canada. He has also achieved a one-year fellowship in Minimal Invasive Cardiac Surgery at London Health Science Center, London, Canada. He’s the residency training program director and a staff surgeon at KFSH&RC since July 2011. His passion in heart failure management has lead into creating the Saudi Heart Failure Group (2011), which held 4 successful international meeting to date.

Colleen K McIlvennan (2019)
University of Colorado
Denver, CO, USA

Colleen McIlvennan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado. She currently splits her time between clinical duties as the Lead Nurse Practitioner in the Section of Advanced Heart and Transplantation and research activities within the Adult and Child Consortium for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science. Dr. McIlvennan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then completed her Master of Science – Adult Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees at the University of Colorado. Her research interests include patients with left ventricular assist devices and their caregivers.

Claire A Irving, MBChB, MRCPCH, MD (2018)
Children's Hospital Westmead

Claire Irving is a pediatric cardiologist with responsibility for heart failure and transplantation for both Sydney Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Westmead as well as a senior conjoint lecturer at the University of Sydney. Prior to moving to Australia in 2015 she completed pediatric and pediatric cardiology training in the United Kingdom at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne as well as a senior clinical fellowship at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh.

Ann Punnoose, MD (Non-voting mentee through 2018)
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI, USA

Ann Punnoose is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. Dr Punnoose completed her residency in pediatrics at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park, NY and her pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC. She completed her senior fellowship in Pediatric Heart Failure & Transplant at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is interested in pediatric heart failure, transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and medical journalism.

Marco A. Caccamo, MD (2019)
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV, USA

Marco Caccamo, DO, is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at West Virginia School of Medicine and medical director of the pulmonary hypertension program. He completed his residency training at the Cleveland Clinic in 2009. Dr. Caccamo then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he completed his cardiology training at the University of Minnesota in 2012. He then completed an additional year in advanced heart failure and pulmonary hypertension at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. His clinical interests include pulmonary hypertension, mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation.

Joshua J Mooney, MD (2019)
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, USA

Dr. Joshua Mooney is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University who specializes in the care of interstitial lung disease and lung transplant patients. He received his medical degree at University of Minnesota and then completed Internal Medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco followed by Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship and a Masters degree in Health Services Research at Stanford University. He performs health services and outcomes research focused on improving the lives and care of patients with advanced lung disease and is actively involved in clinical trials to improve outcomes in interstitial lung disease.

Darko Vucicevic, MD (2019)
University of California - Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dr. Vucicevic gradutated from medical school in Serbia at University of Belgrade, School of Medicine. He completed Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Arizona where he also served as a Chief Internal Medicine Resident. Dr. Vucicevic is currently in Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation Fellowship at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has been appointed as International Liaison for JFTC in September 2016.

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