Faculty

CRF’s pioneering research and extensive educational initiatives are guided by visionary physicians who are passionate about advancing the field of interventional cardiology.

Martin B. Leon, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy (CIVT) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Leon was also the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and currently serves on the Executive Board of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Heart Valve Center. Dr. Leon is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) and is currently CRF’s Co-Director, Medical Research and Education.

A distinguished pioneer in interventional cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Leon has been the national principal investigator for over 50 clinical trials that have helped shape the field including STRESS, STARS, Gamma-one, SIRIUS, ENDEAVOR, and most recently, the PARTNER trial, studying the value of transcatheter valve therapy for patients with aortic stenosis. He has co-authored almost 2,000 peer reviewed scientific publications and abstracts, which have appeared in the most prestigious medical journals. As a practicing interventional cardiologist, Dr. Leon has performed over 10,000 procedures during his career.

He is the Founder and Director of Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), the world’s premier scientific symposium dedicated to interventional cardiovascular medicine, which celebrated its 28th anniversary last year. He has also been the Director or Co-Director of more than 100 international educational programs in the field. Dr. Leon has received 20 international career achievement awards and was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Athens.

Dr. Leon was previously the Director of Cardiovascular Research and Education at the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute in New York as well as Director of Clinical Research at the Washington Cardiology Center at the Washington Hospital Center and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. He also served as a Clinical Associate, Senior Investigator, and Director of the Catheterization Laboratories in the Cardiology Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He was a founder of the Washington Cardiology Center and the Cardiology Research Foundation in Washington, DC.

Dr. Leon received his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine internship and residency as well as a cardiology fellowship at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Gregg W. Stone, MD is Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center, Director of Cardiovascular Research and Education at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Co-Director of Medical Research and Education at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in New York, NY. Dr. Stone has served as the national or international principal investigator for approximately 100 national and international multicenter randomized trials (many of which have led to new device approval or indications in the US), has authored more than 2,000 manuscripts and abstracts published in the peer-reviewed literature as well as numerous book chapters, and has delivered thousands of invited lectures around the world. Dr. Stone's areas of expertise include interventional therapies of acute coronary syndromes and myocardial infarction; drug-eluting stents and bioresorbable scaffolds; left main and complex coronary artery disease intervention; antiplatelet and antithrombotic pharmacotherapies; transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement; intravascular imaging (IVUS, OCT and NIRS); vulnerable plaque diagnosis and treatment; new device angioplasty including atherectomy, distal embolic protection, thrombectomy, covered stents, chronic total occlusion devices, and brachytherapy; saphenous vein graft therapies; left atrial appendage closure; contrast nephropathy; clinical trial design; and regulatory issues.

Dr. Stone, along with Dr. Martin B. Leon, is the director of Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), the world's largest symposium devoted to interventional cardiology and vascular medicine, founded the annual National Interventional Cardiology Fellow's Course, and co-directs multiple other courses, including Optimizing Complex PCI Outcomes, The Chronic Total Occlusion Summit, The Left Main Summit, Bioresorbable Scaffolds: A Breakthrough PCI Technology, LAA Occlusion: A Technique Oriented Course, and Transcatheter Valve Therapies (TVT). Dr. Stone is also a director or co-director of numerous annual international courses including CIT (China Interventional Therapeutics in Beijing, China), TCTAP (TCT Asia Pacific in Seoul, S. Korea), JIM (Joint Interventional Course in Italy), and TCT Russia (in Moscow).

Dr. Stone's medical practice is devoted to Interventional Cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Stone previously held similar positions at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Previously he was the Director of Interventional Cardiology at the Cardiovascular Institute at El Camino Hospital and Stanford University Medical Center in California.

Dr. Stone completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, in Baltimore, MD, and his internship and residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City. He completed his general cardiology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, under Dr. Jeremy Swan, and subsequently a dedicated fellowship in advanced coronary angioplasty with Dr. Geoffrey O. Hartzler in Kansas City, MO.

Gary S. Mintz, MD, is Chief Medical Officer of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, Editor- in-Chief of TCTMD.com, and the Managing Co-Director of Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT). Dr. Mintz joined the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in 1991. He is the author of more than 900 articles or book chapters and 700 abstracts focusing on intravascular imaging, but also including various aspects of hemodynamics, intravascular physiology, cardiac radiology, coronary arteriography, interventional cardiology, clinical cardiology, and cardiac ultrasound. In 2005, Dr. Mintz published the single-authored textbook Intracoronary Ultrasound. In 2014, he received the “Master of the Masters” career achievement award in Seoul, Korea. In 2015, he received the Chien Foundation Award for Outstanding Lectureship and Lifetime Achievement in PCI at the TCTAP-Cardiovascular Summit in Seoul, Korea. He also serves as co-director of both the annual TCT-AP Cardiovascular Summit and the annual China Interventional Therapeutics in Partnership with TCT.

Dr. Mintz completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and received his medical degree from Hahnemann University in 1974, both in Philadelphia, PA. He finished his internship in 1975, residency in 1976, and cardiology fellowship in 1978, each at Hahnemann University. He joined the Hahnemann University Department of Medicine faculty (with a joint appointment in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology) in 1978 and was ultimately promoted to Professor of Medicine in 1987. His administrative appointments there included Director of the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory, Director of the Coronary Care Unit, and Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program. He received teaching awards from both the Department of Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship Training Programs.

Juan F. Granada, MD, is the Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer of the CRF Skirball Center for Innovation. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  

Dr. Granada is one of the world’s foremost investigators in the study of animal models of atherosclerosis, advanced endovascular imaging, and emerging cardiovascular therapies. He has helped develop and successfully validate several endovascular imaging and device technologies. 

Dr. Granada received his medical degree from the Institute of Health Sciences in Medellin, Colombia and finished his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin where he also served as chief medical resident. He completed his cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology fellowships at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.   

Ori Ben-Yehuda, MD, is Executive Director of the CRF Clinical Trials Center (CTC). As Executive Director, Dr. Ben-Yehuda is responsible for all CTC activities including trial design, data management, biostatistical analyses, event adjudication, and safety reporting. In addition, he oversees the CTC’s imaging core laboratories.

Dr. Ben-Yehuda was previously Vice President, Cardiovascular Clinical Research at Gilead Sciences. Prior to that, he was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Director of the Coronary Care Unit at UCSD Medical Center. He also served as the Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology from 2002 through 2010.

Dr. Ben-Yehuda received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He completed residencies in internal medicine at the Soroka Medical Center in Beer-Sheba, Israel and New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital in New York. He also finished a cardiovascular medicine fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.