Management Team

Gary S. Mintz, MD, is Chief Medical Officer of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, Editor- in-Chief of, 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. Gary may be contacted at

Donald L. Abrams, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, Office of Legal Affairs, has overseen legal, regulatory, and compliance matters at CRF since 2000, providing insight and guidance throughout the organization. Don is knowledgeable in areas of the law that include clinical and preclinical research, healthcare, life sciences, labor and employment, and immigration. He also oversees interactions with outside counsel responsible for real estate matters (including tax-exempt bond financing), intellectual property, not-for-profit corporate governance, and international law. Prior to joining CRF, Don managed legal affairs at Columbia Cornell Care, a management services organization responsible for physician contracting and credentialing. Before that, he was a litigator and a regulatory affairs attorney at Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, where he served for several years as the in-house attorney with primary responsibility for combatting healthcare insurance fraud. Don has litigated several cases to verdict, including in New York State Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, arbitrated millions of dollars in healthcare insurance disputes, and negotiated positive outcomes in numerous other matters. Don may be contacted at

Eileen Morales, Chief Financial Officer, came to CRF in January 2001. She had previously been in the accounting office of a law firm in New York. Eileen may be contacted at

Ori Ben-Yehuda, MD, Executive Director of the CRF Clinical Trials Center (CTC), oversees all CTC activities. Dr. Ben-Yehuda is a distinguished clinical cardiologist and co-author of numerous scientific publications in top tier medical journals. Most recently, Dr. Ben-Yehuda was 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. Dr. Ben-Yehuda also served as the Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Ori can be reached at

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 and a Co-Director of TCT.

Dr. Granada is one of the world’s foremost investigators in the field of translational research involving advanced experimental methodologies, endovascular imaging and emerging cardiovascular therapies. He has helped to develop and successfully validate several endovascular imaging and cardiovascular device technologies currently in clinical use worldwide. In addition, he is an active participant in the development of multiple innovation programs around the world.

Dr. Granada completed his cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology fellowships at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He joined CRF in 2007 from the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, Texas. Juan may be contacted at

Joshua D. Hartman, MBA, Executive Director, CRF Center for Education (CED), joined CRF in May 2007. Prior to becoming Executive Director of the CED, he was Director, Educational Services & Strategic Relations and Managing Editor of TCTMD. Previously, Josh served as the Director of Online Marketing and Education at PPD, Inc. and Clinsights, Inc., and before that, a Senior Consultant in the Integrated Health Group at Deloitte Consulting. He helped found and develop the TCTMD web site in April 2000. Josh may be contacted at

Daniel Burkhoff, MD, PhD, is Director of Heart Failure, Hemodynamics and MCS Research at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University. A world-renowned expert in heart failure and hemodynamics, Dr. Burkhoff collaborates on heart failure research initiatives across all divisions of CRF. Dr. Burkhoff is author of Harvi, an interactive simulation-based application for teaching and researching many aspects of ventricular mechanics and hemodynamics. Dr. Burkhoff works with the CRF Center for Education to develop novel curricula using Harvi in educational programs for practicing physicians, fellows, and medical students around the world.

Dr. Burkhoff’s interests include cardiovascular modeling and research in basic and clinical aspects of ventricular mechanics, cardiovascular monitoring, heart failure, device and pharmacologic treatments for heart failure, including left ventricular assist devices. He was instrumental in the creation of the CRF Skirball Center for Innovation, and served as Director when it opened in 2005. Before returning to CRF, he was Vice President of Medical Science for HeartWare International. Previously, he served as Medical Director of CircuLite. He received his medical and doctor of philosophy degrees from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his cardiology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dan may be contacted at

Philippe Généreux, MD, is Director of the Angiographic Core Laboratory at the CRF Clinical Trials Center. The Angiographic Core Laboratory is part of CRFiCOR, one of the world’s leading imaging core laboratories. Dr. Généreux has served and is currently serving as the primary or co-investigator on more than 20 clinical trials and has been published more than 300 times in peer-reviewed cardiology journals. His areas of expertise include coronary risk stratification/Syntax score, coronary physiology and imaging, percutaneous aortic valve replacement, transradial intervention, drug-eluting stent innovation, and medical simulation. He is also Co-Director of the Structural Heart Program at Morristown Medical Center and a practicing interventional cardiologist at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal in Canada. He received his medical degree from the Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada. Philippe may be contacted at

Greg L. Kaluza, MD, PhD, Director of Research of the CRF Skirball Center for Innovation. Prior to joining CRF, Dr. Kaluza served as Scientific Director of the Center for Research in Cardiovascular Interventions and as Co-Director of the Core Angiographic Laboratory at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, Texas. Greg may be contacted at

Ioanna Kosmidou, MD, PhD, is Director of Safety at the CRF Clinical Trials Center. A board certified cardiologist and electrophysiologist, Dr. Kosmidou joined CRF in 2015 as Associate Director, Clinical Development. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Tufts University/St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and her cardiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, followed by a subspecialty fellowship in electrophysiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Kosmidou received her medical degree from the University of Patras and PhD from Athens University, both in Greece. Ioanna can be reached at

Hugh J. Linnehan, JD, is Director of Operations at the CRF Skirball Center for Innovation. Hugh has held leadership positions in the nonprofit and business sectors, and most recently served as Executive Director of RHD International, a nonprofit organization focusing on the prevention and control of rheumatic heart disease. Hugh may be contacted at

Tricia Rawh, Director, Industry Relations, lead the sales and business development operations for the Center of Education division, including exhibits, sponsorships, satellite programs, and educational grant acquisitions. Tricia joined CRF in June 2008 as a Project Manager in the Creative and Marketing Services department before transitioning over to a program project management role in the Educational Services & Strategic Relations department. Prior to joining CRF, she was an Account Manager at Thomas Publishing Company LLC. Tricia may be contacted at

Emilia K. Valtcheva, GPHR, Director, Human Resources, is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing strategic human resource initiatives which align with CRF’s vision, mission, and goals. She provides daily oversight of all recruitment and employment processes, compensation matters, training, employment legislation compliance, HRIS management, and employee relations activities for the organization. Prior to CRF, she served as an International Human Resources Representative for the Wildlife Conservation Society and an Employment Coordinator at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Emilia is a graduate of McGill University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Behavioral Science and holds a master’s degree in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from New York University. Emilia may be contacted at

Jason Ware, Director, Meeting Planning, joined the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in June 2015. He oversees meeting planning for the CRF Center for Education, including managing a staff of meeting planners as well as working with vendors and internal resources to execute logistics for several meetings throughout the year, including the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium. Prior to joining CRF, he was the Director of Meetings and Exhibits for the American Heart Association. Jason may be contacted at

Colleen Whelan, Director, CME and Program Development, joined CRF in May 2000 in Academic Coordination. Prior to that, she was a Research Assistant in the Cath Lab at Cornell Medical College. Colleen can be contacted at

Shelley Wood, Managing Editor of TCTMD and the Editorial Director at CRF

Stephanie Gutch, Director of TCTMD/Digital joined CRF in February of 2008 as Content Coordinator of Prior to joining TCTMD, she was the web editor for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Stephanie can be contacted at