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402.1 Collaborative models of organ allocation in an era of populism

Howard J. Eisen, United States

Medical Director, Cardiac Transplant and MCS Programs
Heart and Vascular Institute
Penn State/Milton S. Herhsey Medical Center


Dr. Howard J. Eisen, MD was born and grew up in Queens, New York City. He received his undergraduate AB degree in Biochemistry cum laude, with distinction in all subjects and Phi Beta Kappa in 1977 from the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences in Ithaca, New York. He then went to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he received his MD degree in 1981. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Eisen did his internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1981-84. He the received his Cardiology training at the Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri from 1984-87. He the joined the faculty of the Cardiology Division at the University of Pennsylvania as Director of Nuclear Cardiology, Medical Co-Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Radiology from 1987-1993. In 1993, Dr. Eisen became the Medical Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Programs at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Professor of Medicine and Physiology. At Temple. Dr. Eisen led the largest cardiac transplant program in the United States and was a leader of the everolinus clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine and he was in leadership positions for the Neoral, MMF, Myfortic and photopheresis cardiac transplant clinical trials and the CARGO I study. In 2005, Dr. Eisen was recruited to become Chief of the Cardiology Division at the Drexel University College of Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the Joseph DiPalma MD Family Professor of Cardiology and Thomas J. Vischer professor of Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine. He led the everolimus-versus MMF clinical trial, the largest clinical trial in cardiac transplant patients. Dr. Eisen continues to be active in research in heart failure, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support and continues to care for these patients. He is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Transplantation and Transplantation, is a Deputy Editor of Clinical Transplantation, a Senior Editorial Consultant of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and a member of the Editorial Board of JACC-Heart Failure and the Journal of Cardiac Failure. Dr. Eisen was Chair of the Thoracic Committee and Co-Chair of the Grants and Awards Committees and a participant in the Program Committee of the American Society of Transplantation. Dr. Eisen was also on the Program Committee and the Education Task Force of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT). He also Co-Chair of the International and Inter-Society Coordinating Committee (I2C2) and Chair of Inter-Societal Relations for the ISHLT. He has been named to Board of Directors of the ISHLT. Dr. Eisen has also served as President of the American Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Eisen has been a grant Reviewer for the NIH, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and American Heart Association. He has been named a Top Doctor by Castle-Connolly and a Best Doctor in the US and a Top Doctor by Philadelphia Magazine and a Superdoctor by Philadelphia Life Magazine. He is also one of 27 top Cardiologists on Forbes Honor Role of Cardiologists and the only one in Pennsylvania. He was also one of two North American Cardiologists invited to speak at the 50th Anniversary Symposium commemorating the first Heart Transplant in Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Eisen is also identified as one of the top seven Heart Transplant Cardiologists in the United States by Expertscape. He was recently elected a member of the Association of University Cardiologists. He is presently Professor of Medicine (tenured) and Medical Director of the Cardiac Transplant, MCS and Advanced Heart Failure Programs and Diagnostic Cardiology at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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