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Public Relations:Jennifer Nachbur
Specialty:congestive heart failure; cardiomyopathy
Biography:Dr. LeWinter was Director of the Cardiology Unit at the University of Vermont College of Medicine for more than 15 years and is currently the Director of the Heart Failure Program. In addition to his academic and clinical duties, he has served also on many hospital administrative and service committees as well as the Board of Directors of Fletcher Allen Health Care, the University of Vermont's teaching hospital. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Coronary Artery Disease and serves on the Editorial Board of several cardiology journals. Dr. LeWinter has won prestigious awards for research and clinical investigation, served in senior positions with the New England Cardiovascular Society, won a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, and has been named repeatedly one of the �Best Doctors in the Northeast.� He has led many multi-year research studies, including two designed to elucidate mechanisms of diabetic cardiomyopathy and authored numerous book chapters as well as invited and original articles. Dr. LeWinter�s extensive experience and expertise make him a widely sought lecturer and visiting professor. Dr. LeWinter has a longstanding interest in myocardial function. Current areas of interest include mechanoenergetics of the myocardium in acquired heart failure and genetic models of cardiomyopathy. A primary goal of his research is to use whole heart mechanoenergetic, skinned strip and in vitro motility and force analyses to provide a comprehensive understanding of abnormalities of the myofilament in disease. A second area of interest is diastolic left ventricular function and in particular the role of the giant cytoskeleton protein titin as a determinant of left ventricular stiffness and restoring forces. A third area of interest is the effect of diabetes on myocardial function, calcium handling, and myofilament function. His studies in these areas utilize samples of human myocardium obtained in the operating room.