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Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular) and of Radiology (Cardiovascular Imaging)
BioDr. Salerno completed his BS in Biological Engineering at Cornell University, and his MD and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. He then completed the American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway with an Internal Medicine residency at Stanford University, and his general cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. During his time at Duke he completed a dedicated year in cardiovascular MRI at the Duke Cardiovascular MR Imaging Center. He returned to UVA in 2008 to complete a 2-year advanced cardiovascular imaging fellowship where he trained in CMR and cardiovascular CTA. He achieved COCATS Level III training in all cardiovascular imaging modalities (Echo, Nuclear, CMR, CCT), and is board certified in Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. He served as faculty at UVA in Cardiology, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering from 2010-2021 where he was the Director of Cardiac MRI and the Medical Director of Echocardiography, before returning to Stanford.
His research involves the development and evaluation of novel MRI pulse sequences and techniques to improve the clinical utility of CMR imaging. The current focus of the research is on quantitative myocardial perfusion imaging, quantitative imaging of myocardial fibrosis, rapid free-breathing and self-gated imaging, and deep learning for image reconstruction and post-processing. His laboratory includes undergraduate and graduate engineering students as well as clinical cardiovascular imaging fellows to bring new advances into clinical practice. Dr. Salerno has been in the field of MRI for 25 years and holds multiple patents related to the development and application of novel pulse sequences for MRI. He has received numerous research awards, and has published extensively in the areas of MRI, cardiovascular MRI and multi-modality cardiovascular imaging. His research has been supported by the AHA and the National Institutes of health. He is a deputy editor for JACC Cardiovascular Imaging.
Outside of work, Dr. Salerno enjoys sailing, rock climbing, skiing, running, biking, hiking, and spending time with his wife Cherie, and his two boys Christopher and Joseph.
Karim Sallam, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
BioKarim Sallam, MD, is trained in Cardiovascular Medicine and Advanced Heart Failure.
Alexander Tarlochan Singh Sandhu
Instructor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
BioAlex Sandhu, MD, MS is a cardiologist with a special interest in the care of patients with advanced heart failure. He graduated from the seven-year combined BA-MD program at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Stanford University, spending 16 weeks at Makerere Hospital in Uganda as part of the Global Health track. He subsequently obtained completed a Masters in Health Services Research at Stanford while acting as a fellow in health services research at the Palo Alto VA and Stanford's Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research. Next, he completed fellowships in cardiology and advanced heart failure and transplant at Stanford before joining the faculty.
Alex is now an active clinician and heart failure researcher who focuses on health economics, the implementation of high-value care strategies, and comparative effectiveness. He is involved in three clinical trials at this time: K-23 funded PRO-HF (patient centered quality of life assessments), DOT-HF (mobile device based implementation trial), and a CAC notification pilot trial (patient centered coronary artery calcification notification).
In his free time, he enjoys entertaining and being entertained by his ebullient sons, Kyle and Tyler.
Everton Jose Santana
Visiting Instructor/Lecturer, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
BioEverton is currently a Visiting Instructor at Stanford University, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the School of Medicine.
He has received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering (2019) and MSc degree in Computer Science (2021) by the State University of Londrina (UEL), Brazil. From 2015 to 2016, he was an exchange student at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, where he followed minors in Biomedical and Sensor System Engineering.
He has worked with several Research and Development projects, englobing Machine Learning and Instrumentation Engineering applied to many domains.
He has also worked as a Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná in the Cyber-Physical Systems theme.
His current research interest is in Data Science applied to Biomedical Signals.
Ingela Schnittger, MD
Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy main research continues to be in the field of echocardiography. Several areas of research are currently being pursued.
John S. Schroeder, MD
Professor (Clinical) of Medicine (Cardiovascular)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests1. Clinical Pharmocology of Cardiovascular Drugs
(a) Calcium Channel Blockers
(b) Agents for Heart Failure
(c) Anti-atherosclerotic Effects of Cardiovascular Drugs, e.g. Calcium Channel Blockers
2. Cardiac Transplantation/Congestive Heart Failure
3. Coronary Artery Spasm
Katharine Sears Edwards
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPotential impact of brief behavioral interventions to improve adjustment, coping, medical adherence, and cardiovascular health among cardiac patients.
Psychosocial challenges of patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD).
Assessment and training in evidence-based psychological therapies.
Rahul P Sharma, MBBS, FRACP
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsTranscatheter valve therapies, CT valve imaging, AI and device innovation
Joshua M. Spin
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Spin began his research career studying the structural biology of low density lipoprotein, and has been augmenting his skills with intensive training in molecular biology techniques, particularly those involving high-throughput genetic expression profiling. He is especially interested in vascular smooth muscle cells, and the role of smooth muscle differentiation and phenotypic switching in development and vascular disease. His latest work has focused on the biology of aortic aneurysms.