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Dr. Ankur Kalra is a board-certified interventional cardiologist at Houston Methodist Hospital (Houston, TX), a primary academic affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York, NY), with a focus on complex coronary and structural heart interventions. Educated at the Indira Gandhi Medical College (Shimla, India), he completed his medical and cardiology training at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (New Delhi, India), Cooper University Hospital (Camden, NJ), and Hennepin County Medical Center and Minneapolis Heart Institute (Minneapolis, MN). He served as a clinical and research fellow in interventional cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA), and a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA) in 2015-16. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine (2012), Cardiovascular Disease (2015) and Interventional Cardiology (2016) from the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Diplomate in Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography (2014) from the National Board of Echocardiography. His research interests include cardiovascular care quality improvement in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Kalra is co-founder of the Critical Care Working Group and director of the Barry J. Maron Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center, both in New Delhi, India. Dr. Kalra has presented over 40 abstracts at national and international meetings, and published over 60 manuscripts in various peer-reviewed journals. His long-term career goals are to establish cardiovascular disease performance measurement databases in India, and works in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology (Washington, DC) for the PINNACLE (Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence) India Quality Improvement Program (PIQIP).
Mitra Akhtari is a 6th year Ph.D. candidate in economics at Harvard University. She received her B.A. in applied mathematics and economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her teaching and research fields are labor economics and public finance. She is an affiliate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the largest international science center within Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She is also affiliated with the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard’s largest social science research center. Mitra is one of the founding members of the Immigrant Doctors Project, as well one of the researchers. The Project comprises ten economists and doctoral candidates in economics at Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Chicago. The Immigrant Doctors Project was founded to analyze the impact of the President’s Immigration Executive Order on the provision of health care in the United States.
Dr. Saeed is an academic nephrologist and a palliative care specialist whose research focus is the role of palliative care in improving patients' and caregivers’ quality of life and end-of-life experiences. Dr. Saeed also studies the nuances of physician-patient communication, health care utilization and health-related decision making in clinical contexts of chronic kidney disease and cancer.
Dr. Majeed is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and works as a Child, Adolescent and Addiction Psychiatrist at Natchaug Hospital, CT. His academic and research interests include education and training of International Medical Graduates. He has been especially active in applying cognitive therapy in clinical practice.
William A. Zoghbi, MD MACC is Chairman, Department of Cardiology, Elkins Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Health, and Professor of Medicine at The Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston. After graduating from the American University of Beirut with distinction, he continued onto medical school there, but during his first year the civil war broke out. When the conflict worsened and the Lebanese borders closed, he was forced to transfer in mid-stream, and found a home at Meharry Medical College in Tennessee. After graduating Dr. Zoghbi went to Baylor College of Medicine to train in Medicine and Cardiology, and he joined the faculty there in 1985. His tenure at Baylor was from 1985 to 2005, where he was the John S. Dunn Professor of Medicine and served as Director of the Echocardiography laboratory at Houston Methodist. In 2005, Dr. Zoghbi established a Cardiovascular Imaging Institute at Houston Methodist, a unique entity where all cardiovascular imaging modalities are co-located and integrated for enhanced patient care, education and research.
Dr. Zoghbi is a renowned leader in cardiology, cardiac imaging, and global health. He has developed new techniques to evaluate heart function and valve disorders without resorting to invasive procedures. Dr. Zoghbi has been actively involved with the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Society of Echocardiography and American Heart Association for more than 30 years. He served as president of the American Society of Echocardiography in 2008, and President of the American College of Cardiology in 2012 and on its Board of Trustees from 2001-2015. He is involved internationally in cardiovascular health advocacy and health promotion. Dr Zoghbi was instrumental in the vision and implementation of the international mission of the ACC since 2008 and has represented the ACC and the global cardiovascular community at the United Nations and World Health Organization, advocating for the reduction of premature mortality from non-communicable diseases. He has served on the Board of the World Heart Federation in 2014-5 and co-chaired the Global Task Force for Cardiovascular disease for the World Heart Federation.