Ileana PIÑA, New York, USA<br>Professor of Medicine & Professor of Epidemiology/ Biostatistics. Case Western Reserve University. Graduated Quality Scholar. Louis Stokes Administration of Veteran’s Affairs. Dr. Piña, a cardiologist and heart failure/transplant expert received her MD at the University of Miami in 1976. She continued her education and received her Masters of Public Health in 2009 after completing a 3 year Fellowship in Quality at the Cleveland VA. She has served as Director of the Exercise Laboratory at the University of Miami, of Heart Failure and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Hahnemann University, of Cardiomyopathy at Temple University and Heart Failure/
Transplantation at University Hospitals Health System at Case Medical Center. Dr. Piña is the Principal Investigator of as well as has participated in many studies focused on improving heart failure and rehabilitation. She serves as an advisor/consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the Division of Epidemiology which allows her to assist in evaluation and review cardiovascular medical devices, epidemiologic research studies while working with the FDA staff.
Dr. Piña is internationally recognized for her research in rehabilitation and recovery of heart failure patients. She has over 70 publications and is a world-renown speaker on this subject. She has been a recurrent presenter/speaker in the World Congress of Cardiology in Spain, Argentina, Berlin, and Beijing. She is also a National Spokesperson for Go Red for Women and the Heart Truth of Ohio in which she is dedicated to finding out why and coming up with solutions for women who suffer from Heart Disease, which will enable them to live healthier, longer, lives. In 1995, Dr. Piña established and initiated The National Heart Failure Training Program (N-Heft™) at Case Western Reserve University with Hector Ventura of Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana which is a program that seeks to educate physicians and other healthcare professionals in best practices for treating heart failure. Dr. Piña is a recipient of many Outstanding Service Awards and Best Doctors recognition Awards 2010. She sits on numerous committees and chairs countless scientific sessions and meetings and is currently a member for the AHA (American Heart Association) Writing Group Women’s Cardiovascular Diseases Prevention Guidelines. She also representes the AHA at the Electronic Health Inititaive (eHI) and AHRQ Task Force on Workplace.