Robert C. Gorman PDF Print E-mail

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Robert C. Gorman, M.D. is a board-certified cardiovascular surgeon and cofounder of the Gorman Cardiovascular Research Group.  His primary interests include device development for structural heart disease, percutaneous mitral valve replacement technology, cardiovascular imaging, large animal models of heart disease and unique approaches for funding translational research.


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Joseph H. Gorman, III PDF Print E-mail

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Dr. Joseph H. Gorman, III is an engineer and surgeon. He is a cofounder of the Gorman Cardiovascular Research Group. His research interests include the design and development of catheter based therapies for structural cardiovascular disease as well as the development of novel cardiovascular imaging techniques. During the past decade Dr. Gorman has been continuously funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and has managed over $25 million in grant funding during his career.

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Matthew J. Gillespie PDF Print E-mail

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Dr. Matthew J. Gillespie is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and an Attending interventional cardiologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  His clinical and research interests center on minimally invasive, catheter-based interventions for the treatment of structural heart defects in children and adults.  He has a strong research interest in developing novel devices and percutaneous treatment strategies  for diseased heart valves.  Currently his focus is on percutaneous valve replacement for complex pulmonary  and mitral valve disorders. 


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Walter RT Witschey PDF Print E-mail

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Dr. Witschey is a NIH/NHLBI K99 fellow trainee in cardiovascular disease.

His research interests include the development of engineering, noncontrast and molecular imaging methods for heart failure, heart failure mechanics and hemodynamics.

He earned a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Physics degree from the University of Virginia.

He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Medical Physics from the University Medical Center in Freiburg, Germany, where he developed methods for advanced magnetic resonance imaging with Professor Juergen Hennig and Dr. Maxim Zaitsev.

Giovanni Ferrari PDF Print E-mail
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Dr Giovanni Ferrari graduated from University of Pavia in Italy (2004).  Following his Ph.D. he was appointed Research Scientist at New York University where he began a series of studies examining the mechanisms of aortic valve remodeling and calcification. He then joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty to develop the program of Cardiovascular Translational Research, with the vision of merging molecular and cellular biology with clinical science applied to cardiovascular diseases. Dr Ferrari is currently leading the Human Tissue Collection Program. He has been leading this UPENN program for more then 5 years. Dr Ferrari is the author of 50+ scientific publications; he has been awarded several grants from both Federal and Private scientific associations. He serves as a reviewer for some of the most prestigious scientific journal and association. He is a member of the American Heart Association and of the Society of Heart Valve Disease. He presented his research nationally and internationally and he holds two US patents for the diagnosis and treatments of valvular and vascular diseases.

Dr Ferrari's Lab supports a broad range of basic and translational science research projects in order to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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Benjamin M. Jackson PDF Print E-mail


Dr. Benjamin M. Jackson is a board-certified vascular surgeon with an engineering background.  Dr. Jackson received a research fellowship from the Department of Engineering at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1993 with a Master's of Science.

Dr. Jackson’s research interest is the biomechanics of cardiovascular pathophysiology.  His current projects utilize three-dimensional modeling and computational biomechanics to study the pathophysiology of mitral and aortic valves, the thoracic and abdominal aorta, and the internal carotid arteries.

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James J. Pilla PDF Print E-mail

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James J. Pilla, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Research in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Radiology.

Dr. Pilla's research is medical device design and therapies for heart failure. He also has an interest in the development of new imaging methods for heart disease, particularly with an emphasis on magnetic resonance imaging.

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