Councils - Mechanical Circulatory Support


ISHLT Academy: Core Competencies in MCS
ISHLT Academy: Masters Course in MCS

Monday & Tuesday, April 7-8, 2014
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, CA, USA
ISHLT Academy Website
MCS Core Competency Curriculum Second Edition 2014 (PDF)

MCS Council Report to the Board (Gaslamp A-C)
Friday, April 11, 2014
6:30 PM (Dr. Goldstein to present)
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA, USA

MCS Council Meeting (Grand Hall A)
Saturday, April 12, 2014
12:05 PM - 12:55 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA, USA

MCS Council Report to the Board (La Jolla AB)
Sunday, April 13, 2014
7:00 AM (Dr. Jorde to present)
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA, USA


Each month, 2 assigned MCS Council members select 1-2 best articles from peer reviewed journals and provide a concise summary and opinion.

February 2014:
   • Summary by Hirsch S. Mehta
   • Summary by Nandan K. Mondal

January 2014:
   • Summary by Umraan Ahmad
   • Summary by Patricia Campbell

December 2013:
   • Summary by Jay Bhama
   • Summary by John Entwistle

November 2013:
   • Summary by José Gonzalez-Costello

October 2013:
   • Summary by Diyar Saeed

September 2013:
   • Summary by Alexander Bernhardt
   • Summary by Shri Deshpande

August 2013:
   • Summary by Jay Pal
   • Summary by Melana Yuzefpolskaya


2013 MCS Council Report to Board (PDF)


Prior MCS Sessions (PDF)
MCS sessions topics, titles, speakers, and moderators from the 2011 and 2012 ISHLT Annual meetings.


Thank you to all of the members who reviewed and submitted comments on the posted guidelines. These guidelines have now been published and are available at


Issues focusing on MCS:


July 2013
May 2013: MCS Council Year in Review
March 2013
October 2011 (PDF)


Order your copy of Monograph Volume 1: Mechanical Circulatory Support - click HERE for details.

Daniel J. Goldstein, MD (2015)
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York, USA

Dr. Daniel J. Goldstein is a Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Vice Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York where he also serves as the Director of the Mechanical Assistance Program. He is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1991) and completed his general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York in 2000. While clinically active in all aspects of adult cardiothoracic surgery including coronary, valvular and aneurysmal heart disease, his clinical and research interests focus on the surgical management of end stage heart disease including stem cell therapies and pharmacological adjuncts for induction of left ventricular recovery in patients supported with left ventricular assist devices. Dr. Goldstein is an active member of the INTERMACS adverse event committee and has partaken as principal site investigator in multiple industry-based and NIH-supported clinical ventricular assist device trials.

Ulrich P. Jorde, MD
Columbia University
New York, NY, USA

Dr. Jorde graduated from the Freie Universitaet Hamburg Medical School, Germany in 1991 and subsequently completed clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both New York. He then joined the heart failure and transplant faculty of the Center for Advanced Care at Columbia University in 1999. From 2003 - 2007, he directed the heart failure program at New York University. He returned to Columbia University in 2007 as medical director of one of the nation’s largest mechanical circulatory support programs. He is currently Associate Professor of Medicine with continuous research funding from the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association and has published over 80 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He has mentored several junior faculty members at Columbia University, one of whom was recently awarded the most prestigious NIH mentored career award (K23).

Jeffrey J. Teuteberg, MD (2014)
University of Pittsburgh/Presbyterian
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Jeffrey Teuteberg, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program, and a member of the Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant section of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he specializes in the care of patients with advanced cardiomyopathies, cardiac transplantation, ventricular assist devices and pulmonary hypertension. He has particular interests in advanced heart failure and the transition to cardiac transplantation and ventricular assist devices. Dr. Teuteberg graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, in 1992 and remained at the University of Chicago for his Internal Medicine Residency and general Cardiovascular Fellowship, during which he spent a year as the Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Teuteberg received his Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant training at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston.

Emma J. Birks, MBBS, PhD, BSc, FRCP
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Emma Birks, MBBS, PhD, FRCP, is the Medical Director of the Jewish Hospital Heart Failure, Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support program and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine with the University of Louisville. Dr. Birks received her medical training, including her residency and fellowship, at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine / University of London.

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.

Josef Stehlik, MD, PhD
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Stehlik received his medical degree from Charles University in Prague and Masters in Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and in Cardiovascular Diseases at Allegheny General Hospital, MCP*Hahnemann University and advanced training in Heart Failure and Transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Stehlik has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2004 and serves as Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program at the University of Utah Hospital and the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has been active in clinical work, education and research in the areas of advanced heart failure, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.

Martin Strueber, MD
University Heart Center Leipzig
Leipzig, GERMANY
49-341865 1319 / 1421

Bio coming soon...

Marian Zembala, MD, PhD
Silesian University Center Heart Disease
Tarnowskie Góry, POLAND

Bio coming soon...

Andreas Zuckermann, MD,
Medical University of Vienna

Bio coming soon...
Mario C. Deng, MD (2013)
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California, USA

Mario Deng, MD, is Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the UCLA Department of Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Deng is an internationally recognized leader in heart transplant, mechanical circulatory support and the management of advanced heart failure. His research interests focus on the survival and quality-of-life benefit offered by heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and other treatment options. Dr. Deng has been a pioneer in translating advances in basic science research into treatments for advanced heart failure, particularly addressing the interactions between the cardiovascular and immune systems.
Salpy V. Pamboukian, MD, MSPH (2015)
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Dr. Pamboukian completed her MD degree at the University of Toronto, Canada, where she also completed an internal medicine residency. She received a cardiology fellowship at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, followed by a cardiac transplantation and heart failure fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian — St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Presently, she is Medical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Program and co-section head of the Section of Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Pulmonary Vascular Disease at the University of Alabama at Bimingham.
Sean P. Pinney, MD (2015)
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, New York, USA

Bio coming soon...
Vivek Rao, MD, PhD (2015)
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Dr. Vivek Rao is the Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital where he is the Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant program. Dr. Rao completed his medical and surgical training at the University of Toronto prior to completing a fellowship in cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to performing a wide variety of cardiac surgical procedures, Dr. Rao is a recognized expert in heart failure surgery. He currently holds the Munk Chair in Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics at the Peter Munk Cardiac Center, Toronto General Hospital. In 2006, he was named as one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” by Caldwell Partners International.
David S. Feldman, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA (2014)
Minneapolis Heart Institute
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

David S. Feldman, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA, is a researcher and clinical cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His interests include heart and lung transplantation. Dr. Feldman is also Director of Heart Failure, VAD and Cardiac Transplantation at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Dr. Feldman received his medical training at the Medical College of Georgia in Atlanta. He completed his residency and a Medicine and Cardiology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and a Molecular and Cell Biology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Francis D. Pagani, MD, PhD (2015)
University of Michigan Hospital
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Francis D. Pagani, MD, PhD, is the Surgical Director of the Adult Heart Transplant Program and Director of the Center for Circulatory Support at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Center for Circulatory Support (VAD Program), under Dr. Pagani's direction, is one of the most recognized and well-respected programs in the nation. His clinical interests include adult cardiac surgery with emphases on Heart Transplantation, Tricuspid Valve Disease, Aortic Valve Disease, Mitral Valve Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy/ Myectomies, Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems. Dr. Pagani received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. After completing his internship, surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital, he completed a cardiovascular surgery research fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA. He then went on to complete another surgical residency at Georgetown University Hospital and a thoracic surgical residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Martin Strueber, MD (2015)
University Heart Center Leipzig
Leipzig, GERMANY
49-341865 1319 / 1421

Bio coming soon...
Evgenij V. Potapov, MD
German Heart Institute

Bio coming soon...
Dawn M. Christensen, MS, CRNP (2016)
Innovative Program Solutions
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, USA

Dawn Christensen, MS, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC is a nurse practitioner and owner of Innovative Program Solutions, LLC.  She received her nursing degrees from Temple University, Philadelphia in 1992 and Pennsylvania State University in 1997.  She began her career in the ICU at Penn State Hershey Medical Center caring for Adult and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery patients.  She became the first Circulatory Support Coordinator at that institution in 1997 and in the eleven years at that position coordinated and conducted numerous training courses for outside institutions, participated in multiple clinical trials, and managed all aspects of the MCS program.  Since starting her own consulting company, she has had the opportunity to consult for multiple manufacturers as well as help institutions start new programs and prepare for regulatory review.  For the past three years she  has also served as the operations manager for MyLVAD. As one of the founding members of the ICCAC, and past president, she continues to promote the role of the VAD coordinator and remains active internationally within the group.
J. Michael DiMaio, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas, USA

J. Michael DiMaio, MD, is the Director of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Research and holds the Laurence and Susan Hirsch/Centex Distinguished Chair in Heart Disease at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and is the Surgical Director of the UT Southwestern Lung and Heart/Lung Transplant Programs.  Dr. DiMaio received his medical degree from the University of Miami in 1987 and completed his internal medicine, general surgery and thoracic surgery residencies at Duke University Medical Center.  While at Duke, Dr. DiMaio completed a surgical research fellowship focused on gene therapy, immunology, and transplantation.  He joined the faculty at UTSW in 1998.   Dr. DiMaio currently oversees clinical research projects focused on cardiac and thoracic research and has an active laboratory studying the effects of protein and pharmacologic agents involved with myocardial and neurological recovery.  His clinical interests include transplantation, cardiac surgery, ventricular aneurysm repair, aortic stenting, minimally invasive and robotic cardiac and thoracic surgery, and the usage of Holmium-YAG laser therapy for tracheal and thoracic obstructive processes.
Palak Shah, MD, MS
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Falls Church, Virginia, USA

Palak Shah, MD, MS is a researcher and transplant Cardiologist at Inova Fairfax Hospital.  Dr. Shah’s clinical interests include advanced cardiomyopathies, mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation.  He received his undergraduate training from Carnegie Mellon University and medical degree from St. George’s University in 2005.  He subsequently completed residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University.  In 2009, he spent a year as Chief Medical Resident at Georgetown University. During his Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at George Washington University he received a Masters in Clinical and Translational Research and was also elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society.  Dr. Shah received his Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant training at the University of Michigan in 2012.  His research interests are focused in mechanical circulatory support; more specifically use of genomic tools to better predict and manage the complications of VAD therapy.
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