Early Career and Trainee Committee

The purpose of the Early Career and Trainee Committee (ECTC) is to coordinate the Society’s efforts to engage with, provide effective mentorship of and leadership opportunities for those who are in the early stages of their careers in advanced heart failure and transplantation, advanced lung failure and transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and pulmonary vascular disease.

See Also: Professional Communities, Interdisciplinary Networks, Interdisciplinary Network Steering Committees, and Leadership Advisory Forum

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Tara Veasey PharmD, BCTXP (2024)

Co-Chair / Pharmacy Professional Community Representative/Representative to PVD IDN Steering Committee

Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Lara Danziger-Isakov MD, MPH (2023)


Children's Hosp Med Ctr
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Ashley V Fritz DO (2024)

Anesthesiology and Critical Care Professional Community Representative

Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL, USA
Andrew Morley-Smith MCRP, PhD (2026)

Cardiology Professional Community Representative/Representative to AHFTX IDN Steering Committee

Harefield Hospital
Harefield, UK
Jaime A Hernandez-Montfort MD, MPH (2024)

Cardiology Professional Community Representative/Representative to MCS IDN Steering Committee

Baylor Scott & White
Austin, TX, USA
Caitlin T Demarest MD, PhD (2026)

Cardiothoracic Surgery Professional Community Representative

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN, USA
Rebecca Kumar MD (2025)

Infectious Diseases Professional Community Representative

Georgetown University Hospital Center
Washington, DC, USA
Brittany Koons PhD (2025)

Nursing and Allied Health Professional Community Representative

Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
Villanova, PA, USA
Federica Pezzuto (2026)

Pathology Professional Community Representative

University of Padova
Padova, Italy
Neha Bansal MD (2026)

Pediatrics Professional Community Representative

Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Bronx, NY, USA
Caroline M Patterson MD (2024)

Pulmonology Professional Community Representative/Representative to ALFTX IDN Steering Committee

Papworth Hospital
Cambridge, UK
Forum Kamdar MD, PhD (2025)

Research and Immunology Professional Community Representative

University of Minnesota Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Andrea Grillini MD (2024)

Standards & Guidelines Committee Representative

Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL, USA