Dr Mandeep Mehra
Mandeep R. Mehra, an alumnus of 1983 batch, is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and serves as Medical Director of Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In this capacity he oversees the integrated academic services including Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiovascular Radiology and Cardiovascular Anesthesia at Harvard’s flagship hospital, The Brigham. His academic specialty is in advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation, a field in which he has numerous contributions with over 400 research publications. He has served as President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation in 2008-2009 and is also President-Elect of the Heart Failure Society of America, scheduled to assume office in 2016. His specific research interests in cardiac transplantation focus on post-transplant coronary arterial disease (use of intravascular ultrasound and angioscopy), new immunosuppressive therapy to improve outcomes (particularly in minority populations), and in genomic and proteomic markers (to avoid the morbidity of endomyocardial biopsies). In heart failure, his research has focused on the role of novel artificial heart pumps and bio-markers to guide diagnosis and therapy. He was the first to define the association of suppressed natriuretic peptide expression in obesity and has been instrumental in defining the “obesity paradox” in heart failure. He is currently focusing on unraveling the mystery of the right heart and in developing platforms to facilitate myocardial recovery in advanced heart failure. Additionally, Mehra is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.