Please join us Thursday evening on February 24th at 8:00 PM ET for our Health and Wellness Women’s League Program.
Our topic in conversation will be: “What Every Woman Should Know About Cardiovascular Diseases”
Speaker: Dianna Milewicz, MD, Ph.D of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine
Vice Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, John Ritter Research Program
Director, Division of Medical Genetics
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
Dianna M. Milewicz, M.D. Ph.D., is the President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). She completed her postgraduate training in internal medicine, cardiology and medical genetics, and forged a career in translational research studies focused on identifying genetic triggers for aortic dissection and other vascular diseases. Her research has identified a large number of genes with highly penetrant rare variants predisposing to aortic dissections, and genetic testing for these genes are widely used for clinical diagnosis. She has sought to rapidly and efficiently translate her research findings into improved clinical care and launched the international Montalcino Aortic Consortium to move to gene-based management for patients at risk for acute aortic dissections worldwide. Dr. Milewicz also directs the John Ritter Research Program, which recruits and provides genetic counseling for patients afflicted with acute aortic dissections. She has received numerous honors and awards for her research, including the Antoine Marfan Award, the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award, the American Heart Association Merit Award, and the University of Texas Presidential Scholars Award for Excellence in Research, along with induction into honorary medical societies, ASCI and AAP. Dr. Milewicz also been committed to patient advocacy and physician scientist training. She has directed the joint Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) for UT Health and MD Anderson Cancer Center for over 15 years. She has served and chaired boards for numerous patient advocacy organizations, including the John Ritter Foundation, American Heart Association, Genetic Aortic Disease Association of Canada, and the Marfan Foundation.
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