HEARTCARE CHANNEL ADVISORY BOARD
LESLIE RITTER, PHD, RN, FAAN, FAHA
COLLEGE OF NURSING AND DEPARTMENT OF NEUROLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MEDICAL CENTER
Professor, College of Nursing and Dept. of Neurology at William Feinberg Endowed Chair for Stroke Research at the University of Arizona, Faculty Stroke Coordinator, University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, AZ.
Dr. Ritter, recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, is part of a multidisciplinary research team investigating ways to decrease inflammatory damage after stroke. In addition to hear research efforts, Dr. Ritter serves as the faculty coordinator of the Primary Stroke Center at the University of Arizona Medical Center.
Dr. Ritter founded and continues to facilitate stroke survivor and caregiver support groups in Tucson and Green Valley, Ariz. She also is an active participant in state legislative initiatives that aim to ensure the highest standard of stroke care for the citizens of Arizona.
SUSAN MAGORNO, BSN, RN, CCRN
CLINICAL NURSE EDUCATOR, NURSING QUALITY, RESEARCH & EDUCATION
UC IRVINE HEALTH
Susan Magorno began her nursing career in 1996 after receiving her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. After five years in an intensive care unit (ICU) and 10 years working as a traveling nurse around the country, she came to UC Irvine Medical Center.
Margorno became a full-time staff nurse in the Burn ICU before transferring to the cardiac catheterization lab. She is a recent addition to the nursing education department and is looking forward to playing a key role in the improvement of patient outcomes and satisfaction by providing resources and guidance to the nurses that serve our patients.
GERALD FLETCHER, MD
Dr. Fletcher is the recent Chair for the Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association. He received the National Distinguished Achievement Award from American Heart Association and Award of Clinical Excellence from American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Most recently, Dr. Fletcher and his colleagues have been involved in gene research to determine how known gene types that correlate with coronary artery disease respond to an acute exercise stress with a treadmill test. The genes are evaluated with a simple venous blood sample. Soon, they will begin a trial to evaluate the effects of regular exercise in preventing/delaying certain types of dementia.
A graduate of Emory University, Dr. Fletcher is a stalwart advocate for patient engagement in their care – focusing on importance of healthy lifestyle for prevention and reduction of readmissions.
KATHY MENARD-ROTHE, MS
FROEDTERT & THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN
Ms Menard-Rothe has specialized in cardiovascular rehabilitation and population health management. Menard-Rothe brings 31 years of experience in both primary and secondary prevention and currently fills the role of Wellness Manager at Froedtert &The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Chelsea S Kidwell, MD
Professor of Neurology and Medical Imaging, Vice Chair of Research, Dept. of Neurology
University of Arizona
Chelsea S. Kidwell, MD, is a neurologist who specializes in prevention and treatment of stroke. She has special interests in ethnic and racial disparities among stroke patients. She has maintained funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1999. Prior to joining the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson in 2013 as professor of Neurology and Medical Imaging and vice chair of research in the Department of Neurology, Dr. Kidwell was a faculty member since 2005 at Georgetown University, where she continues to serve as an adjunct professor. She also was on the faculty at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1996-2008. Dr. Kidwell is active in the American Academy of Neurology, American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, National Stroke Association, American Society of Neuroimaging and American Neurological Association.