Councils - Junior Faculty and Trainee


April 15-18, 2015

2015 Program Committee Members representing Junior Faculty and Trainees:

Manreet Kanwar, MD, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Martin Schweiger, MD, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Mitesh V. Thakrar, MD, Calgary, AB, CANADA
Marian Urban, MD, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC

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2014 Report to the Board (PDF)



Issues focusing on Junior Faculty and Trainees:

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.

Interested mentees and mentors complete a brief survey so that the Junior Faculty Committee can find a match based on mutual interests. For more information or to find out how to participate, please contact the JFC at (This program is only available to current ISHLT members.)

Council Leadership Operating Board:


Manreet Kanwar, MD
Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Manreet Kanwar, MD, FACC, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine in 2007, followed by a fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at St John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. In 2010, she joined the Advanced Heart Failure, Pulmonary Hypertension and Cardiac Transplant fellowship program at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, where she continued on as faculty since July 2011. Her clinical interests include care of patients with end stage heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, pulmonary hypertension and cardiac transplantation. Her research interests include pulmonary hypertension secondary to left heart disease as well as improving patient outcomes in mechanical support devices.


Eugene C. DePasquale, MD
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.


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

Dr. Shah is an Assistant Professor  in the Division of Cardiology at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital System (formerly Medical College of Virginia) in Richmond, VA. 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 failure, heart transplantation, pulmonary hypertension and mechanical circulatory support.  He is the Medical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at VCU.


Jennifer Ann  Cowger, MD, MS
St Vincent Heart Center
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Jennifer Cowger, MD, MS, is a clinical lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine. Her expertise is in advanced heart failure, cardiac transplant, and mechanical support of the heart. Dr. Cowger received her medical degree from the Ohio State University, graduating class valedictorian in 2001. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina in 2004. She received her Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship training at the University of Michigan with subspecialty training in Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant which was completed in 2007. After concluding her medical education, Dr. Cowger obtained a Masters in Clinical Research and Statistics at the University's School of Public Health. Dr. Cowger's research interests are in mechanical circulatory support of the heart using left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). Her specific research area of focus is on imporving patient outcomes with long term LVAD support. She is also interested in investigating novel means of reducing oxidative stress in the setting of heart failure.


Education Committee Representative

Jonathan N. Johnson, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Jonathan Johnson, MD is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he is the medical director of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program.  Dr. Johnson received his medical degree from Wayne State University in 2005.  He completed training in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in 2008, and subsequently went on to complete subspecialty training in Pediatric Cardiology at Mayo in 2011.  Dr. Johnson’s research interests focus on improving clinical outcomes of pediatric heart failure and transplant patients, the use of mTOR inhibitors in the pediatric population, and on novel methods to non-invasively detect allograft rejection.  He also serves as co-director of CME programs for the Department of Pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic, and has a particular interest in symposium and meeting development.

I2C2 Committee Representative

Reema Hasan, MD
University of Michigan Cardiovascular
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Bio coming soon...

Registries and Databases Committee Representative

Evan P Kransdorf, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Evan Kransdorf is a senior fellow in Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic Arizona and an Instructor in Medicine at the Mayo Clinic Medical School.  Evan received a combined MD/PhD degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and then completed residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center.  He then completed a fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.   His clinical and research interests include Chagas and genetic cardiomyopathies, donor-recipient matching in heart transplantation, and cardiac allograft vasculopathy.

Standards and Guidelines Committee Representative

Steven Kindel, MD
Children's Hospital and Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Bio coming soon...


Board of Directors Liaison

Allan R. Glanville, MBBS, MD, FRACP
St. Vincent's Hospital

Professor Glanville trained in Sydney, Brompton Hospital, London and Stanford University, California. Currently working as a specialist in Lung Transplantation at St. Vincent's Hospital Sydney, he is actively invo
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