Heart Failure Summit Task Force Members and Bios

HF summit Pena bio picCHAIR
Ileana Piña, MD, MPH
Associate Chief of Academic Affairs, Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Ileana L. Piña is a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Piña also serves as advisor/consultant to the Food and Drug Administrations’ (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health and their section of Epidemiology. Dr. Piña earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami in Florida. She completed her medical degree and cardiology fellowship at the University of Miami School of Medicine, an internal medicine residency at the University of South Florida Tampa, where she was Chief Resident, and fulfilled a surgery internship at the University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics. She earned a master’s degree in public health from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Piña’s research interests include transition of care in heart failure patients, and the role of natriuretic peptide-guided management for patients hospitalized for heart failure, biomarkers of myocardial stress and fibrosis in chronic heart failure, and the clinical implications of chronic heart failure phenotypes. She is the author/co-author of more than 100 publications.


HF summit Peterson bio picCO-CHAIR
Pamela Peterson, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center

Dr. Peterson is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver, staff cardiologist at Denver Health Medical Center and the Associate Program Director for the cardiovascular fellowship training program. Dr. Peterson is a leader in quality of care and outcomes research with a focus on heart failure and device therapies. The goals of her research are to identify factors associated with high risk of adverse outcomes, and assess the effectiveness and comparative effectiveness of therapies with the goal of informing clinical decision making, policy decisions and motivating change in clinical practice to improve the quality of care. She is an active member of the Colorado Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (CCOR) Consortium. Dr. Peterson served on the writing group for the Guideline on the Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure in Adults and the 2016 ACC/AHA/HFSA Focused Update. She also serves on the Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and the Heart Failure and Quality Improvement work groups.


HF summit Albert bio picNancy Albert, PhD, CNS
Associate Chief Nursing Officer and Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cleveland Clinic

As Associate Chief Nursing Officer of the Office of Research and Innovation, Dr. Albert administers and provides services throughout the Cleveland Clinic Health System, conducts her own program of research and mentors nurses in research and evidence-based practice. Her programs of research currently focus on understanding bio-behavioral issues that impact self-care adherence and clinical outcomes of patients with heart failure and improving conformity to recommended heart failure care advocated in national guidelines. Nancy is an external consultant and educator to nurses and healthcare teams wishing to promote evidence-based nursing practices and nursing research. She is widely published with over 250 peer-reviewed publications in medical and nursing journals, over 15 book chapters and she is editor of a 2016 book titled: Building and Sustaining a Hospital-Based Nursing Research Program. Dr. Albert presents regionally, nationally and internationally on research and evidence-based practice themes and is currently the chair of the Research Through Academic-Clinical Partnerships research interest group for the Midwest Nursing Research Society and a member of the Oversight Advisory Committee for the American Heart Association’s Strategically Focused Research Network on Heart Failure.

Dr. Albert also serves as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in advanced heart failure within an ambulatory heart failure clinic on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH and is actively involved on steering committees, work groups and task forces of many healthcare related organizations that are focused on improving quality of care and clinical outcomes of patients with heart failure or cardiovascular diseases.


HF summit Allen bio picLarry Allen, MD
Medical Director, Advanced Heart Failure, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Larry Allen splits his time as Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure and co-lead of the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions. Dr. Allen’s interests include improving our ability to anticipate progression into end-stage heart failure and then helping patients make tough choices regarding invasive therapies and palliative care options. Dr. Allen is currently leading a PCORI-funded Multicenter Trial of a Shared Decision Support for Patients and their Caregivers Offered Destination Therapy (the DECIDE-LVAD trial) as well as an American Heart Association Network Award investigating tools to increase patient engagement around heart failure medication prescribing (the EPIC-HF trial). He is Deputy Editor for Circulation: Heart Failure. Meanwhile, Dr. Allen keeps himself grounded by regularly seeing patients with heart failure, LVADs, and transplants, and is consistently voted as one of Denver’s “Top Doctors” in 5280 Magazine.


HF summit PaulH bio picPaul Heidenreich, MD, MS, FACC
Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Paul Heidenreich is Professor of Medicine and Health Research and Policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also serves as Vice-Chair for quality in the Department of Medicine. He is a practicing non-invasive cardiologist and has an extensive background in outcomes and health services research in the areas of quality improvement, technology assessment including use of screening with diagnostic tests, and economic analyses. He currently serves as Chair of the American Heart Association’s Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research and Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines Program.