Speakers

Jarett Berry, Kim Birtcher, Darren McGuire, Mark Stolar, Tracy Wang

Jarett Berry, MD, MS, FAHA

Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical Sciences
Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
Division of Cardiology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Dr. Berry is a Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care and an Associate Professor of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX. He completed his Medical Degree and Internal Medicine residency at UT Southwestern, and his Clinical Cardiology and research training at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Berry’s clinical interests include both preventive cardiology and general cardiology where he serves as the Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and an attending physician in the coronary care unit at Parkland Hospital. He has a nationally recognized research program as a cardiovascular epidemiologist with a particular focus on cardiovascular risk estimation across the lifespan. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed original papers. He serves as an associate editor for Circulation. He also serves as one of the senior investigators in the Dallas Heart Study and one of the principal investigators of UT Southwestern’s Strategically Focused Research Network funded by the American Heart Association. Dr. Berry’s research has been funded by both the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association and his work has been recognized by numerous national awards. He is actively involved in leadership roles for the American Heart Association’s Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.

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Kim Birtcher, MS, PharmD, AACC, FNLA, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, CDE, CLS

Clinical Professor
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Houston, Texas

Kim K. Birtcher is a Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. She is also a clinical pharmacist in Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s Cardiology Clinic in Houston, Texas, where she is responsible for the Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic. Her teaching and research interests are in cardiovascular risk reduction and quality improvement initiatives.
Dr. Birtcher received her BS in Pharmacy and MS in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. Dr. Birtcher is a Board Certified pharmacotherapy specialist with additional qualifications in cardiology, a certified diabetes educator, and a clinical lipid specialist. She is an Associate of the American College of Cardiology and a fellow of the National Lipid Association.
Dr. Birtcher is an active member in the American College of Cardiology, serving on several task forces and committees. She is a member of the Task Force On Clinical Practice Guidelines and the past Co-Chair, LDL Address the Risk Initiative.

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Darren McGuire, MD, MHSc

Professor of Medicine
Dallas Heart Ball Chair for Research on Heart Disease in Women
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Director, Parkland Hospital and Health System Cardiology Clinics
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Dr. McGuire is Professor of Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in the Division of Cardiology, where he holds the Dallas Heart Ball Chair for Research on Heart Disease in Women and is a Distinguished Teaching Professor. Dr. McGuire is the Lead Physician of the Parkland Hospital and Health System Cardiology clinics. He earned his MD degree from Johns Hopkins and completed his residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center and his Cardiology Fellowship at Duke University.

Dr. McGuire’s expertise is in large scale clinical trial design and execution, and drug registration/regulation, with a focus in the area of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He presently has leadership roles for numerous international cardiovascular clinical outcomes trials, including T2DM, obesity, and lipid trials.

Dr. McGuire has been awarded UT Southwestern Outstanding Teacher awards from the internal medicine housestaff (2006), medical school class (2008), and cardiology fellowship (2012), as well as the University of Texas System Board of Regents Outstanding Teacher Award (2013).

Dr. McGuire is a previous member of the FDA Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee and remains an FDA ad hoc consultant. He is Deputy Editor of Circulation and Senior Editor of Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research. He has previously has been associate editor of the American Heart Journal, associate editor of Obesity, and Co-Editor of the textbook: Diabetes in Cardiovascular Disease: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease. Dr. McGuire has authored/co-authored over 240 peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews, editorials and book chapters.

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Mark Stolar, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Northwestern University School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Dr. Stolar is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, General Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics at Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. Dr. Stolar received his Medical Degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He completed his Fellowship at the Northwestern McGaw/Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and his residency in Internal Medicine at Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Stolar is Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, as well as Internal Medicine.

Dr. Stolar’s academic interests include diabetes, lipid disorders, and thyroid disease. A highly regarded speaker, he is actively involved in physician education in the area of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and has both written and presented in the United States and internationally in those areas. He is currently president of the Endocrine Fellows Foundation and is actively involved in enhancing career opportunities for trainees in Endocrinology.

Dr. Stolar has disclosed that he is a member of the speakers’ bureaus for AstraZeneca, Sanofi, and Takeda.

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Tracy Wang, MD, MHS, MSc

Associate Professor of Medicine in Cardiology
Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education
Director, Duke Center for Educational Excellence
Duke University
Durham, NC

Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Duke University in Durham, NC. An undergraduate of Yale University, she also holds an MSc Degree in Molecular Biochemistry/Biophysics from Yale University, a Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Master of Health Science Degree in Clinical Research from Duke University. After completing Internal Medicine residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, she came to Duke University for Cardiology fellowship training.

Since joining the faculty at Duke in 2008, Dr. Wang has conducted research related to quality of care and outcomes among patients with cardiovascular disease. She has been a leader in the development of several cardiovascular clinical trials and registries at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) that have focused on comparative effectiveness and safety, health disparities, care quality assessment and quality improvement. Dr. Wang has published over 100 original manuscripts on these topics.

Dr. Wang has lectured widely on registry data, novel antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapies, and evidence-based therapy implementation among high-risk patients. Additionally, she has led performance improvement education initiatives in the areas of acute coronary syndrome and atrial fibrillation management. She has leadership roles within the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, and serves on many other national committees and journal editorial boards.

Dr. Wang is the Director of the Duke Center for Educational Excellence and the Associate Director of the DCRI Fellowship Program. Dr. Wang remains a practicing noninvasive Cardiologist with both inpatient and outpatient responsibilities.

Dr. Wang has disclosed that she is a consultant for AstraZeneca and Lilly and receives grant/research support from AstraZeneca, Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Gilead.

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