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  • As a fellowship-trained geriatrician, palliative medicine physician and clinician-investigator, I have unique experience and expertise relevant to this application. My research involves measurement of complex outcomes, such as symptom distress, quality of life, depression and grief in a frail population, including family caregivers. I have significant experience in the conduct of community-engaged interdisciplinary extramurally-funded research. My NIH research support has included funding from NCCAM (1 R01 AT001006-01A2) for a national multi-site randomized clinical trial of massage therapy for pain in persons with advanced cancer and from the NCI (1R21CA115311-01) for a feasibility study of the use of health information technology to improve symptom management in home hospice. I was the principal investigator on an “Academic Career Leadership Award” (1 K07 AG030337-01A2) from the National Institutes on Aging to build a program in palliative care research at the University of Colorado and am Principal Investigator on a newly funded T32 from the NIA, Multidisciplinary Research Training in Palliative Care (1T32AG044296). I am co-principal investigator (with Dr. Abernethy) on 2 awards from the NINR (UC4 NR12584-01, “Creation and demonstration of a palliative care research cooperative group”) and “Refinement and Expansion of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC)“ (1U24NR014637-01) that has developed, and conducted the first randomized clinical trial in, the first US national palliative care clinical trials group, the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) group. Dr. Fairclough and I collaborated on the development of the study design, conduct, analyses, and interpretation of this multisite randomized clinical trial. I am also co-principal investigator with Dr. Abernethy on an AHRQ R18 (“Implementing Best Practice in Palliative Care”). I am the creator and Director of the Population-based Palliative Care Research Network (PoPCRN), which was modeled on the practice-based research network model, engaging community-based hospices in identifying research questions, designing, conducting, interpreting and applying research to clinical practice. I thus have many years’ experience in effective engagement of communities in research. I was a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Transforming Care at the End of Life. I am Past President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), and continue to provide essential access and perspective from the hospice and palliative medicine professional community.
    • Pediatric Cardiology
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, with joint appointments in Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Division of Cardiology, University of Texas Southwestern/Children's Medical Center Dallas
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, with joint appointments in Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Division of Cardiology,...
    • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Radiology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    Dr. Tandon graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in 2003. During his medical training at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed a research fellowship at the NINDS/NIH through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute/NIH Research Scholars (Cloister) Program. He graduated with Distinction in Research from UMMS in 2008. He completed his pediatric residency and his categorical pediatric cardiology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. During fellowship, he earned a Masters in Clinical and Translational Research from the University of Cincinnati. He then completed an advanced imaging fellowship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University in 2015. He is currently Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology, Division of Cardiology, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Dr. Tandon’s current clinical and research interests include:

    -3D printing, 3D modeling, 3D visualization, virtual reality, and augmented reality for improved visualization of and pre-interventional planning for congenital heart disease

    -Wearables, biosensors, implantables, and other monitoring devices for use in pediatric cardiology/congenital heart disease

    -Big data and predictive analytics in pediatric cardiology/congenital heart disease

    -Emerging and disruptive technologies in pediatric cardiology/congenital heart disease

    -Cardiac MRI for noninvasive tissue characterization

    -Development and validation of new, advanced cardiac MRI techniques for use in pediatric cardiology/congenital heart disease

    -Imaging of animal models of congenital heart disease

    -Vessel wall health in congenital and acquired heart disease through novel cardiac MRI imaging techniques

    • Director of Administration at American Association for Thoracic Surgery
    Mr. Eaton received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut followed by an MPA from Bridgewater State University. Currently serving as its Director of Administration, he joined the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) in January of 2008 and works across a variety of areas within the Association including its Award, Membership, Education, Guideline and Government Relation Committees as well as the annual AATS Leadership Academy. Additionally, he has spent time overseeing select stand-alone meetings of the AATS covering topics such as grant submissions, patient safety, and clinical trial design. In recent years a particular area of focus has been working closely with the Association’s Executive Director and leadership Council to create new partnerships at the National Institute of Health and with affiliate organizations sharing a similar mission and/or educational goals with the Association.
    • Executive Director at The American Physiological Society
    Martin Frank received his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1973 working under Dr. William W. Sleator. He served as a research associate in the Cellular Physiology Laboratory, Michigan Cancer Foundation, Detroit, and in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University, East Lansing. In 1975, he joined the Department of Physiology, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, as an assistant professor. From 1978-1985, he served as the Executive Secretary, Physiology Study Section, Division of Research Grants, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. While at NIH he set up his own personal professional development program, working with various directors in the NIH institutes. From 1983-1985, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. As part of the program, he served as a policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, DHHS. In 1985, Frank accepted a position as the Executive Director of the American Physiological Society, Bethesda, MD. The American Physiological Society is a not-for-profit association devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences through its meetings and publications. The Society was founded in 1887 with 28 members and now has over 10,500 members. Frank manages a staff of 78 with an annual budget of $19 million. In 2004, Frank accepted a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring on behalf of the Society for its extensive programs to increase the diversity of the discipline. Frank was also the recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award from his academic department at the University of Illinois, Urbana. In 2004, he helped found the Washington DC Principles Coalition for Free Access to Science, a Coalition that represents approximately 70 not-for-profit society and university press publishers. The Coalition believes free access to the scientific literature should be determined by the publishers’ business and publication model, not government mandates.
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCONN School of Medicine, St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center Hartford, Connecticut
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCONN School of Medicine, St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center Hartford,...
    Dr. Atique Azam Mirza is a consultant Cardiologist at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford Connecticut. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is also Board Certified in Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Mirza is the founding president of the Allama Iqbal Medical College Alumni Association of North America, the founding President of the Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent of North America, and a founding board member of the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center, Inc. (FVAMC). He is also a member and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and the Chairperson for the Capitol Funds Committee at the FVAMC. He has been involved with the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Coalition since its inception and has been amongst the founding members of the Connecticut State Commission for Asian Pacific Americans. Dr. Mirza testified in front of the Connecticut General Assembly for the Asian Pacific American Commission. Besides being a Board Member of the Asian Pacific American Coalition, he also currently serves as the President of the Association of Pakistani Cardiologists of North America (APCNA) and is a Board Member of the US PAK Foundation, a national organization for youth leadership training and mentorship. Dr. Mirza is a life time member of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) and has been involved with the organization since 1997, serving on multiple key positions over the past several years. He is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Committee for Youth Mentorship. Dr. Mirza was born and raised in Pakistan. He graduated from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan with highest honors. He moved to the United States in 1990. After completing his medical residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke Medical Center, Grant & Westlake Hospital in Chicago Illinois, Dr. Mirza moved to Virginia, where he established multiple primary care practices for the County Hospital and worked there for more than five years, serving in health professional shortage area. He served in several leadership positions including Hospital Board Member, Director of Intensive Care Unit and Chairperson of the Medical Staff Executive Committee at Lee County Community Hospital in Virginia. Dr. Mirza was also the Chief Medical Examiner of Lee County, Virginia. He rose to the rank of Chief of Medical Staff of the Hospital before moving to Boston in pursuit of further medical sub-specialty training in field of Cardiovascular Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital Boston. He followed this with Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship training at the University of Connecticut before joining Central Connecticut Cardiologists, LLC. in Hartford, Connecticut as a consultant cardiologist. Currently, he is a partner at Central Connecticut Cardiologists, LLC. He is actively involved in teaching fellows at the cardiovascular medicine fellowship program affiliated with University of Connecticut School of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor, and holds active staff privileges at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center (SFH) Hartford Connecticut. He is a member of the Hoffman Heart Institution of Cardiovascular Medicine at SFH. Dr. Mirza is also a member of the Connecticut Chapter of American College of Cardiology and has held a membership at the Hartford County Medical Society for the past several years. He was the Health Leadership Fellow of the Connecticut Health Foundation for the year 2013. Dr. Mirza is a community activist and a worker, who has been involved in increasing the awareness and recognition of human rights, social, and health issues faced by the Asian Americans at the local and national level. Currently, as a Health Care Advisor and a Board Member of the Asian Pacific American Affairs Coalition (APAAC), he is involved in educating the community about health care issues and fighting the health care disparities faced by our community. Dr. Atique Mirza is also a Commissioner for the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission for the state of Connecticut. Using his extensive medical expertise and experience, he occupies the APAAC Commission Health Chair. After having resided in several states, Dr. Mirza has made Connecticut his home since 2003 and lives here with his wife and three beautiful children.
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