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Keynote Speakers

SVM is pleased to present two invited keynote speakers in 2017.

Mark Creager, MD, MSVM, will give the 2017 Founders' Lecture. The SVM Founders’ Lecture honors the founding members of the Society for Vascular Medicine and the most visionary leaders in our 28 year history. C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA, will present a keynote address on Sex-related Differences in Cardiovascular Disease.

Mark Creager, MD, MSVM
Founders' Lecture: What’s Past is Prologue. Building a Future for Vascular Medicine
Thursday, June 15, 2017
8:45 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

Mark Creager, MD, FAHA, FACC, MSVM, is a Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  Dr. Creager earned his medical degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. He completed his internship, medical residency and fellowships in Vascular Medicine and Cardiology at University Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Creager is a Founder, Past President, and Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine. He is Immediate Past President of the American Heart Association and serves on its National Board of Directors. He is also a Past President of the Vascular Disease Foundation. He is an editor of the textbook, Vascular Medicine, and the editor emeritus of the journal, Vascular Medicine.  He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation. His major research and clinical interest is in vascular medicine, specifically vascular regulatory mechanisms and the effect of treatment on patients with peripheral artery disease. He is the author of more than 350 published contributions to the medical literature, including research papers on vascular function, book chapters, and monographs on vascular disease.

Dr. Creager has been recognized with several prestigious awards and honors, including the Vascular Disease Foundation President’s Award for Leadership and the American Heart Association Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease Distinguished Achievement Award, and the American Heart Association Distinguished National Leadership Award.


C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
Keynote: Sex-Related Differences in Cardiovascular Disease -- Outlining the Key Issues from 10,000 Feet
Thursday, June 15, 2017
10:50 - 11:05 a.m.

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, holds the Women's Guild Endowed Chair in Women's Health, and is Director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, the Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Program, and the Preventive Cardiac Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. She also is Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Bairey Merz's research interests include women and cardiovascular disease, mental stress and heart disease, the role of exercise and stress management in reversing disease, the role of cholesterol and nutrition management in heart disease, and adverse pregnancy outcomes and cardiovascular disease. Currently, she is chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored WISE (Women's Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation) initiative, which is investigating potential methods for more effective diagnosis and evaluation of coronary artery disease in women.

Dr. Bairey Merz, is a member of the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Association of Physicians, the Association of University Cardiologists, and Chair of the CVD in Women ACC Committee. She is past member of the NHLBI Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees of the ACC, where she is a fellow, and is a past-chair of the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease committee, and the Women in Cardiology Committee of the AHA. She has an extensive scientific publication record consisting of over 250 scientific publications, more than 250 abstracts, and numerous book chapters. Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and the Journal of Women's Health.

Dr. Bairey Merz has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2012 Distinguished Scientist (Clinical Domain) Award from the American College of Cardiology, the 2012 Journal of Women’s Health Award for Outstanding Achievement in Women’s Health Research award, the 2009 AHA Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award, and the 2005 Women of the 21st Century award from the Women's Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Bairey Merz received her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and her medical degree from Harvard University. She completed her residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where she served as Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Bairey Merz also completed fellowships in clinical cardiology and nuclear cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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