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Congress Faculty 2023

Faculty List for CardioSarasota, Florida 23/23/23

23nd Annual National Sarasota, Florida Congress for

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Optimal Treatment Update

Hosted by 23 of the Most Renowned National and International Professors of Cardiology in February 2023

Faculty List:


Program Director

President, International Society for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (ISCVDP)

Lifetime Achievement Award for Practice of Medicine and Cardiology Sarasota, Florida [47 Years]

Clinical Professor of Medicine Universities of Florida and South Florida

Golden Doctor  Diploma 2014 University of Vienna, Austria

Past Member Board Of Trustees Of The American Society Of Preventive Cardiology [ASPC]

Past Member Board of Trustees of  the Association of Black Cardiologists[ABC]

Medical Director  Cardiovascular Health Assessment Center

President Cardiovascular Center of Sarasota

Medical Director and Founder SMH Cardiovascular Prevention Center 2007 -2010

Sarasota, Florida

Matthew Budoff, MD, FACC

Professor of Medicine, UCLA

Endowed Chair of preventive Cardiology

Program Director, Division of Cardiology

Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute

Los Angeles, California

Jay N. Cohn, MD, FACC, FAHA

Program Co-Director

Vice President, ISCVDP

Professor of Medicine (Emeritus), Cardiology University of Minnesota

Director, Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

University of Minnesota Medical School

President American Society of Hypertension, 1990-1992

President International Society of Hypertension, 1996-1998

President Heart Failure Society of America, 1995-1998

President International Society of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy, 2008-2010

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Anthony DeMaria, MD, FACC

Program Co-Director

Vice President, ISCVDP

Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, U.C. San Diego, CA

President American College of Cardiology1989-1990

Editor in Chief of American Journal of Cardiology 2002-2014

San Diego, California

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASH, FNLA

Board Member International Society for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (ISCVDP)

Past Chairman Board of Directors Association of Black Cardiologist (ABC)

Professor of Medicine Tulane University

New Orleans, Louisiana 

Robert Gillespie, MD, FACC, FASE, FASNC

Director of Nuclear Imaging, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group

Past Chairman of the Board, Association of Black Cardiologists, ABC

San Diego, California

Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA

President American Society for Preventive Cardiology

Director of Prevention and Associate Director of the Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center

Los Angeles, California 

Thomas Kelly, MD, FACS

Secretary/Treasurer, ISCVDP

Cardiovascular Surgeon

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota, Florida

Fred M. Kusumoto, MD, FHRS

Immediate Past President, Heart Rhythm Society

Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Jacksonville, Florida

Elizabeth O. Ofili, MD, FACC

Board Member International Society for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention  (ISCVDP)

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology),  Morehouse School of Medicine

President Elect ABC Board of Trustees

Past President, Association of Black Cardiologists

Atlanta, Georgia

Anekwe Onwuanyi, MD

Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology

Morehouse School of Medicine

Medical Director, Heart Failure Program, Grady Health System, Atlanta , GA  

President, Association of Black Cardiologist

Manesh Patel, MD

Professor of Medicine

Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University

Chair of the OCEANIC-AF Executive Committee

Richard Sean Stack, M.D. Distinguished Professor

Durham, North Carolina

Carl  J. Pepine, MD, MACC, FAHA, FESC

Professor of Medicine, University of Florida

Chairman Vascular Biology Working Group

Past President American College of Cardiology

Gainesville, Florida

David Perloff, MD, FACC, FACP

Perloff Cardiovascular Care Fort Lauderdale, Florida

President - Florida Chapter American College of Cardiology

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Marc A. Pohl, MD

Consultant Staff, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Cleveland Clinic

Past Head, Section of Clinical Hypertension and Nephrology

Past Director Center for Blood Pressure Disorders

Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, Ohio

Jeffrey Sell, MD, FACS

Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System

Sarasota, Florida

Sidney C. Smith, Jr,. MD, FAHA, FESC, FACP, MACC

Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology UNC School of Medicine

Past President World Heart Federation

Past President American Heart Association

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Bola Sogade MD,  FAAFP,  FACOG

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, 

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Family Medicine in the Physician Assistant Program, 

Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Medical Director ObGyne Birth Center for Natural Deliveries 

Robotic Surgeon

Forsyth GA 

Felix Sogade, MD, FACC, FHRS

Georgia Arrhythmia Consultant Research Institute

Past Chairman of the Board, Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC)

Macon, Georgia

Laurence Sperling, MD, FACC, FAHA

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Past President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology

Director of Emory Heart Disease Prevention Center

Emory University School of Medicine

Professor of Global Health Hubert Department of Global Health Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

Executive Director, Million Hearts

Atlanta, Georgia

C Michael Valentine, MD MACC FAHA FSCAI

Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

University of Virginia

Past President, American College of Cardiology

Lynchburg, Virginia

Nanette K. Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP, FAHA

Program Co-Director

Vice President, ISCVDP

Professor of Medicine (Emeritus), Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine

President Society of Geriatric Cardiology1994-1995

Editor-in-Chief American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology for over 15 years

AHA Chair, Task Force, Heart Education for Women1990-1999

Past Chief of Cardiology Grady Memorial Hospital

Consultant, Emory Heart & Vascular Center

Founding Consultant, Emory Women’s Heart Center

Atlanta, Georgia


International Faculty:

Magdy Abdelhamid, MD

Professor and chief of Cardiology  Kasr El aini Medical School

Past President of Egyptian Society of Cardiology

Cairo, Egypt

Sarah Moharem Elgamal, MD

Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Imaging Cardiologist

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Zlatko Fras, MD, FESC, FACC

Board Member International Society for   Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (ISCVDP)

Professor of Medicine Chairman,

Cardiology Department University of Ljubljana Medical School

President Slovenian Society of Cardiology

Past Chair European Congress for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe

Gamila Nasr, MD

Board Member, ISCVDP

Professor and Head of Cardiology Department Suez Canal University

General Secretary of Egyptian Society of Cardiology

President of the Working Group of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation

Ismailia, Egypt


Board Member, ISCVDP

Professor of Medicine, Chief of Cardiology and Dean, Lisbon School of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal

President World Heart Federation (WHF)

Past President European Soc. of Cardiology (ESC)

Lisbon, Portugal