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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the ultimate governing authority of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation. Its mission is to govern the Foundation, protect the organization's image and assets, and be the moral voice of the Sarnoff community.

The Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the foundation require that a majority of seats on its Board of Directors shall be persons nominated by the foundation's designated medical institutions ("Publicly Supported Organizations," defined in the Internal Revenue Code). Dr. Sarnoff's successor nominates candidates for the remaining positions on the Board. Elected members who were nominated by the PSOs shall always constitute a majority of the Board. Director vacancies are filled on an annual basis; the Directors serve staggered terms. The present Board consists of fifteen voting members. The Executive Director serves as a non-voting member. 

The Board of Directors of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is required to be controlled by Directors who are nominated to the Board by Publicly Supported organizations (PSOs), as that term is defined in the Internal Revenue Code. PSOs must be actively engaged in developing, encouraging and maintaining a cardiovascular science program in the United States. The ten nominating PSOs of the Foundation are: Columbia University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Northwestern University, University at Buffalo, University of Iowa, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, University of Washington and Vanderbilt University. These ten PSOs are thus entitled to nominate candidates for election to the Board of Directors. The Permanent Successor to Dr. Stanley J. Sarnoff nominates the remaining candidates for election to the Board of Directors. The current Permanent Successor to Dr. Stanley J. Sarnoff is Dr. Jon Lomansey.

 

 

 

Daniel Garry, MD, PhD

Chair


Dr. Garry is the St. Jude Medical Endowed Chair in Cardiology, Director, Lillehei Heart Institute and Chief, Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He received his MD and PhD from the University of Minnesota and pursued postdoctoral training at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is a former Chair of the Scientific Committee.

Term Ends: 2020.

 

 

E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD
Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Abel is the Director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) Diabetes Research Center and the John B. Stokes III, Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He is also professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and has a joint appointment as professor in Biochemistry. Dr. Abel received his medical degree from the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica and was a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Abel is a past chair of the Scientific Committee.

Term Ends: 2019.

 Rima Arnaout, MD


Dr. Arnaout is Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.  She received her MD from Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Arnaout is a former Sarnoff Fellow and Scholar and is the current Chair of the Alumni Committee.
Term Ends: 2018.

 

 

 
H. Scott Baldwin, MD

Dr. Baldwin is Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Katrina Overall McDonald Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He also serves as the Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and the Vice Chair of Pediatric Lab Services at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Baldwin received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He is a former Chair of the Board of Directors and Scientific Committee.
Term Ends: 2019.


 
 

 Ricardo Guerra, MD 

Treasurer

Dr. Rich Guerra is Cardiologist at North Texas Heart Center and currently serves as the Chief of Cardiology for the Medical Center of McKinney.  He received his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Guerra is a former Sarnoff Fellow and Scholar. 

Term Ends: 2020.

 

 

Joseph Hill, MD, PhD


Dr. Hill is Professor Internal Medicine and Molecular Biology, Chief of Cardiology at the UT Southwestern Medical Center and Director of the Harry S. Moss Heart Center. He was graduated from Duke University with MD and PhD degrees in 1987. Dr. Hill is the Chair of the Development Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and former member of the Scientific Committee. 

Term Ends: 2020.

 

 

Richard Kitsis, MD

Dr. Kitsis is the Dr. Gerald and Myra Dorros Chair in Cardiovascular Disease and Director, Wilf Family Cardiovascular Research Institute at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  Dr. Kitsis received his MD from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Kitsis is the current Chair of the Scientific Committee.

Term Ends:  2018.

 

 

Ronglih Liao, PhD

 

Dr. Liao a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She also directs the Cardiovascular Physiology and FACS Cores at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Liao received her PhD from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She is a former member of the Scientific committee. 

Term Ends:  2020.

 

 

Jon Lomasney, MD

Permanent Successor

Dr. Lomasney is Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry and Director of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators at Northwestern University Medical School. He received his medical degree from Dartmouth and completed his residency at Johns Hopkins. He was a Sarnoff Fellow and Sarnoff Scholar at Duke University Medical Center. He served on the Scientific Committee from 1993-96.
Term Ends: N/A. Permanent successor to Dr. Stanley J. Sarnoff.

 

 

Daniel Rader, MD


Dr. Rader is the Edward S. Cooper, M.D./Norman Roosevelt and Elizabeth Meriwether McLure Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine and Lipid Clinic with the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Rader is a former Chair of the Scientific Committee and a former Sarnoff Sponsor. 

Term ends: 2018.

 

 

Javid Moslehi, MD

 

Dr. Moslehi is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director, Cardio-Oncology Program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Moslehi is a former Sarnoff fellow.

Term ends:  2020.

 

 

 

Philip Tsao, PhD
Secretary


Dr. Tsao is Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Tsao received his PhD in cardiovascular physiology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford before joining the faculty. He is a former Chair of the Scientific Committee and Board of Directors, Sarnoff Fellowship Sponsor and Preceptor.
Term Ends: 2018.
 

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