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Bassam Atallah, Pharm.D., MS, BCPS 
Dr Atallah is the Heart and Vascular Institute pharmacotherapy specialist at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic he was on faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Atallah received his PharmD from Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy in Virginia and completed an ASHP accredited post graduate residency at Winchester Medical Center in Virginia. Dr. Atallah is board certified in pharmacotherapy with added qualifications in Cardiology. He also holds an advanced antithrombotic management certificate from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and serves on the Cardiology Practice and Research Network (PRN) Research and Scholarship committee, Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) fellow and Middle East Ambassador, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He also serves on the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) subject matter experts (SME) pharmacology committee. He has several publications and presentations at national and international conferences.

In his current role at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr Atallah established the first per protocol physician-pharmacotherapy specialist heart failure collaborative practice agreement clinic in the Middle-East Gulf region.
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Craig Beavers, Pharm.D., AACC, FAHA, BCCP, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, CACP
Craig Beavers, Pharm.D., graduated in 2009 from the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and a PGY2 cardiology pharmacy residency at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Beavers is the cardiovascular clinical pharmacy coordinator at UK Healthcare and assistant adjunct professor with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He has worked as adjunct faculty for Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, and served as the director of cardiovascular services for the Hospital Corporation of America. He served as the postgraduate year two cardiology pharmacy residency program at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. Beavers currently serves as the chair of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Team Council and was past chair of the American College of Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist Workgroup. He also served as members of the ACC Surviving Acute Myocardial Infarction Steering Committee. He is the first pharmacist to be a Cardiovascular Professional for the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions and serves on its quality committee. He has served as the chair ACCP Cardiology PRN Chair and chair of the ACCP Cardiology PRN Student and Resident Committee. He has published numerous papers, abstracts, and textbook chapters with a focus on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. He is a board certified cardiology pharmacist, board certified in pharmacotherapy with added qualifications in cardiology and is a certified anticoagulation care provider. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association and an associate of the American College of Cardiology.
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Janise Phillips, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, BCIDP
Dr. Janise Phillips has worked as a Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi since 2014. Her primary practice area is in the cardiovascular surgery ICU.

She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010 from Florida A&M University in the United States. She subsequently completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and a PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

Janise obtained a pharmacy teaching certificate with Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 2013. She also completed the Academician Preparation Program with South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2014. She served as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor with both colleges of pharmacy, where she lectured, facilitated labs, and precepted students on rotations.

Janise is also Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy, Critical Care, and Infectious Diseases. Her goal is to improve outcomes in critically ill patients by optimizing medication regimens, preventing medication errors, and conducting research. She was presented with the 2018 Saftey Champion Award and 2018 Best Preceptor Award for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Janise has published research related to the use of hemostatic agents and anticoagulation in trauma patients. Janise has collaborated with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program on several initiatives including extended-infusion beta-lactams, antimicrobial dosing in CRRT, and an ICU procalcitonin algorithm. Her interests include infectious diseases, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, and trauma.
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Ziad Sadik, Pharm.D., BCPS
Ziad Sadik is a Senior Pharmacotherapy Specialist in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011 from the Lebanese American University in Lebanon. He then completed a PHY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Following the completion of his residency, he continued to work at Henry Ford as a clinical pharmacist until October 2014. Ziad is board certified in pharmacotherapy as well as in cardiology pharmacotherapy, and certified in Epic – Willow Inpatient. He is currently an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the Gulf Medical University and the United Arab Emirates University. His interests include anticoagulation management, cardiovascular risk reduction, formulary management as well as optimization of medication records in computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems.

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Akshay Desai, MD, MPH
Dr. Akshay Suvas Desai is a cardiovascular medicine specialist and the director of the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). In addition, he is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

Dr. Desai received his medical degree from HMS. He completed an internal medicine residency, as well as fellowships in cardiovascular medicine, vascular medicine and advanced heart disease at BWH. He is board certified in and cardiovascular disease, as well as advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.

His clinical interests include advanced heart failure, cardiomyopathies (myocarditis, amyloidosis, sarcoidosis), congenital heart disease and cardiac transplantation. The author of over 80 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Desai’s research focuses on improving care and outcomes for heart failure patients, as well as strategies to reduce heart failure readmissions. His research has received support from the American College of Cardiology and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
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Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FACC 
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Blair Erb Jr., MD, FACC
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Carolyn Yung Ho, MD
Dr. Carolyn Yung Ho is the medical director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). A cardiovascular medicine specialist, she is also an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

She received her medical degree from HMS. She then completed an internal medicine residency and a cardiology fellowship at BWH. Dr. Ho is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Ho’s clinical interests include cardiomyopathy, echocardiography, and cardiovascular genetics. The author of over 30 peer-reviewed publications, her research focuses on characterizing early phenotypes of sarcomere mutations in inherited cardiomyopathies and developing clinical trials to diminish the progression of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Her research has received support from the American College of Cardiology and National Institutes of Health.
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David Holmes, MD, FACC
David Holmes is Professor of Medicine and Consultant Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, USA. His interests include acute coronary syndromes, interventional cardiology, restenosis, and vascular biology. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator in many significant clinical trials. He has also served in the US Navy at the National Naval Medical Center, MD, USA. In 2011, he was elected President of the American College of Cardiology.

Holmes grew up in Chicago and found himself drawn to medicine after his father began to experience heart problems. Talking to, and observing his father’s cardiologist fired an interest and inspired Holmes to enrol at the Medical School of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. As a senior medical student, he secured a 2-month externship at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he was assigned to the electrocardiographic laboratory—a core laboratory—dealing with many hundreds of electrocardiograms every day.
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Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC, FESC 
Dipti Itchhaporia, M.D., F.A.C.C. is the medical director of disease management for the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heartand Vascular Institute, a position she has held since 2001. As medical director of disease management, Dr. Itchhaporia leads the congestive heart failure management program and the anticoagulation clinic at the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart and Vascular Institute, which is Orange County’s highest volume, highest-rated cardiovascular program and one of the preeminent cardiovascular centers on the West Coast. She joined the medical staff at Hoag Hospital and also established her private practice specializing in diagnostic and interventional cardiology in 1996.

Dr. Itchhaporia received her medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and continued to complete her residency in internal medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. Subsequently, she joined the General Medicine Faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as assistant clinical professor and then went on to do a cardiology fellowship at Georgetown University and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Stanford University. She is board certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology.
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Joseph Edward Marine, MD, FACC
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Michael Mack, MD, FACC
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Richard Kovacs, MD, FACC 
A graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati, School of Medicine, Dr. Kovacs completed an internship and residency at the Indiana University Medical Center. His fellowship training also was at Indiana University, where he served as chief fellow and chief medical resident.

He joined the full time faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1986 as Assistant Professor, subsequently serving as the medical director and CEO of Methodist Research Institute. He also served as senior clinical research physician at the Lilly Research Laboratories of Eli Lilly and Company. He returned full time to IU School of Medicine faculty in 2003.

Dr. Kovacs is a clinical cardiologist, and serves as the service line leader of Cardiology for Indiana University Health Physicians. In this role, he is responsible for the coordination of patient care activities across all the hospitals served by the IU faculty cardiologists.
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Salim Virani, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA
Salim S. Virani, MD, Ph.D., is a tenured Professor in Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research Sections at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is also an investigator in the Health Policy, Quality, and Informatics Program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA HSR&D Center of Innovation in Houston, TX. His clinical practice includes being a Preventive Cardiologist at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, with a special emphasis on management of complex dyslipidemias. He also serves as the Director for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Virani earned his medical degree from the Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan, graduating with the Best Medical Graduate Award. Dr. Virani completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami, there receiving an award as the Best Resident. He then completed a Cardiology fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute, where he served as the Chief Cardiology Fellow and received Tauber Award for the Outstanding Fellow.

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Wael Jaber, MD, FACC
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Bassam Atallah, Pharm.D., MS, BCPS 
Dr Atallah is the Heart and Vascular Institute pharmacotherapy specialist at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic he was on faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Atallah received his PharmD from Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy in Virginia and completed an ASHP accredited post graduate residency at Winchester Medical Center in Virginia. Dr. Atallah is board certified in pharmacotherapy with added qualifications in Cardiology. He also holds an advanced antithrombotic management certificate from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and serves on the Cardiology Practice and Research Network (PRN) Research and Scholarship committee, Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) fellow and Middle East Ambassador, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He also serves on the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) subject matter experts (SME) pharmacology committee. He has several publications and presentations at national and international conferences.

In his current role at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr Atallah established the first per protocol physician-pharmacotherapy specialist heart failure collaborative practice agreement clinic in the Middle-East Gulf region.
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Craig Beavers, Pharm.D., AACC, FAHA, BCCP, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, CACP
Craig Beavers, Pharm.D., graduated in 2009 from the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and a PGY2 cardiology pharmacy residency at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Beavers is the cardiovascular clinical pharmacy coordinator at UK Healthcare and assistant adjunct professor with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He has worked as adjunct faculty for Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, and served as the director of cardiovascular services for the Hospital Corporation of America. He served as the postgraduate year two cardiology pharmacy residency program at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. Beavers currently serves as the chair of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Team Council and was past chair of the American College of Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist Workgroup. He also served as members of the ACC Surviving Acute Myocardial Infarction Steering Committee. He is the first pharmacist to be a Cardiovascular Professional for the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions and serves on its quality committee. He has served as the chair ACCP Cardiology PRN Chair and chair of the ACCP Cardiology PRN Student and Resident Committee. He has published numerous papers, abstracts, and textbook chapters with a focus on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. He is a board certified cardiology pharmacist, board certified in pharmacotherapy with added qualifications in cardiology and is a certified anticoagulation care provider. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association and an associate of the American College of Cardiology.
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Janise Phillips, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, BCIDP
Dr. Janise Phillips has worked as a Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi since 2014. Her primary practice area is in the cardiovascular surgery ICU.

She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010 from Florida A&M University in the United States. She subsequently completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and a PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

Janise obtained a pharmacy teaching certificate with Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 2013. She also completed the Academician Preparation Program with South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2014. She served as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor with both colleges of pharmacy, where she lectured, facilitated labs, and precepted students on rotations.

Janise is also Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy, Critical Care, and Infectious Diseases. Her goal is to improve outcomes in critically ill patients by optimizing medication regimens, preventing medication errors, and conducting research. She was presented with the 2018 Saftey Champion Award and 2018 Best Preceptor Award for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Janise has published research related to the use of hemostatic agents and anticoagulation in trauma patients. Janise has collaborated with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program on several initiatives including extended-infusion beta-lactams, antimicrobial dosing in CRRT, and an ICU procalcitonin algorithm. Her interests include infectious diseases, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, and trauma.
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Ziad Sadik, Pharm.D., BCPS
Ziad Sadik is a Senior Pharmacotherapy Specialist in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011 from the Lebanese American University in Lebanon. He then completed a PHY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Following the completion of his residency, he continued to work at Henry Ford as a clinical pharmacist until October 2014. Ziad is board certified in pharmacotherapy as well as in cardiology pharmacotherapy, and certified in Epic – Willow Inpatient. He is currently an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the Gulf Medical University and the United Arab Emirates University. His interests include anticoagulation management, cardiovascular risk reduction, formulary management as well as optimization of medication records in computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems.

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