Renowned heart transplant expert to lead USF Health Cardiovascular Sciences

Tampa, FL (August 17, 2010) — USF Health, after a national search, has named renowned cardiologist Dr. Leslie W. Miller, a leading international specialist in heart failure and transplantation, to lead a new, expanded department of cardiovascular sciences at USF Health.

This new Department of Cardiovascular Sciences will bring a new level of heart care to Florida, providing advanced patient care for all kinds of cardiac patients, from those recovering from heart attacks or suffering from heart failure to those in need of a transplant or cardiac device. Cutting-edge cardiac research will include work in stem cell therapy, new drugs and the latest models of heart-assist devices.

Dr. Miller comes to USF from Washington, DC, where he is the former academic chair of cardiology and chief of the Integrated Cardiology Programs at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Miller also held the Walters Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine at Georgetown University and directed the Heart Failure/Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Program at Washington Hospital Center.

“The recruitment of Dr Miller is another signal to our community that USF Health is ready to change the DNA of healthcare for patients throughout the region,” said Dr. Stephen Klasko, dean of the USF College of Medicine and CEO of USF Health. “We’ll take the best of our assets already here and combine them with Dr. Miller’s leadership to create new opportunities for clinical care, research and education.”

At USF, Dr. Miller will hold the Edward C. Wright Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine and be the director and CEO of the USF Cardiovascular Clinical and Research Integrated Strategic Program.

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