Advisory Board

Anthony N. DeMaria, MD Chair
Recognized for his clinical, academic, and leadership experience in the field, Dr. DeMaria is Director of the Cardiovascular Center at the University of California, San Diego. Editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American College of Cardiology since 2002 and past-President of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Echocardiography. Dr. DeMaria served as a member of the Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Chair Diagnostic Radiology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. He holds memberships in numerous professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Federation for Clinical Research and the Association of University Cardiologists. Dr. DeMaria co-authored over 490 articles for various medical journals.


Ori Ben-Yehuda, MD, Co-Chair
Professor of Medicine, Cardiologist and Director of the Coronary Care Unit at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. Dr. Ben-Yehuda is currently the Deputy Editor of The Journal of the American College of Cardiology and is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology. Previously Dr. Ben-Yehuda served as Medical Director at Merck and Co., Inc, merging extensive clinical experience with an industry perspective. Dr. Ben Yehuda has co-authored many scientific publications in top tier medical journals.


George Beller, MD
A Professor of Cardiology and Professor of Internal Medicine, Director, Enhanced External Counterpulsation Program (EECP), Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Virginia Health System, Dr. Beller´s research has predominantly been in the field of Nuclear Cardiology. He is the author of ´Clinical Nuclear Cardiology´ and co-edited ´Nuclear Cardiology – State of the Art and Future Directions´, third edition. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Beller has played a leadership role on the national and international level in various cardiovascular societies and organizations. He was chairman of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association (AHA) and Chair of the Board of Trustees. He was Chairman of the ACC Board of Governors, and then President of the ACC (2000-2001). He is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award and the James B. Herrick Award from the AHA.


Gregory Barsness, MD
An Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN, Dr. Barsness is an expert in the field of Cardiology. His expertise and research fields include interventional cardiology, acute coronary syndromes, and cardiovascular complications of diabetes mellitus and novel chest pain therapies. Dr Barsness was listed in Best Doctors in America (Best Doctors, Inc) twice – in 2006 and in 2008.


Noel Bairey Merz, MD
Cardiologist, Medical Director of the Women’s Heart Center as well as Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. She holds the Women’s Guild Chair in Women’s Health and is a Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Bairey Merz is a past-member of the Board of Trustees of the ACC, where she is a fellow, and a past-chair of the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Committee. In Addition, she currently holds the Chair of the Women in Cardiology Committee of the AHA. Dr. Bairey Merz´s primary area of research interest involves the development and prevention of heart disease in women, including the role of nutrition, exercise and stress. Dr. Bairey Merz has an extensive scientific publication record.


Richard G. Bach, MD
Cardiologist, Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Bach specializes in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Critical Care. Dr. Bach is a Member of the Board of Directors, American Heart Association, Greater St. Louis Division. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Bach is also an Editorial Consultant in several leading journals including Nature Clinical Medicine and Lancet.


Harold L. Dauerman, MD
Cardiologist, Director of the Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratories at Fletcher Allen Health Care, University of Vermont College of Medicine. As an expert in cardiac catheterization and percutaneous cardiovascular revascularization techniques, Dr. Dauerman has a broad background in clinical medicine, research, teaching and hospital administration. In addition to his work as a principal investigator on many trials testing the efficacy of diverse invasive cardiology techniques, he has lectured and published widely on invasive cardiology treatments including coronary stenting, acute myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock.