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Ileana Piña

Ileana L Piña MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC

Associate Chief for Academic Affairs, Division of Cardiology; Staff Heart Failure/Transplant, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York

A graduate of the University of Miami, School of Medicine, Dr. Piña joined the faculty of Albert Einstein College of Medicine as Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology/Population Health in July 2011 as Associate Chief of Cardiology at Montefiore-Einstein Medical Center.  Previously, at Case Western Reserve University in 1999 as Professor of Medicine, and Director, Section of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation, From 2006 to 2009 she completed as Quality Fellowship at the VA in Cleveland and obtained a Masters in Public Health. 

Dr. Piña has served as principal investigator of multiple heart failure trials, past Chair of the Clinical Trials Study Section of NLHBI, and served as the Steering Committee Chair of the NHLBI funded study HF ACTION and as Consultant to the Devices Section of the FDA. Other service includes her roles on the Clinical Competency Committee and Performance Measures Committee of the AHA/ACC. Currently, Dr. Piña is on the Get With the Guidelines Scientfic Committee and Go Red for Women Committee of the AHA.  In July 2013, Dr. Piña became Vice Chair of the Council of Clinical Cardiology of the AHA, receiving the prestigious Chairman’s Award in November 2013.  Using the HF-ACTION trial as its basis, Dr. Piña, as Advocacy Ambassador for AHA Cardiology Council met with CMS along with other professional societies to request coverage of heart failure patients for cardiac rehabilitation.  CMS approved coverage in February 2014. 

Dr. Piña has an intense interest in the outcome of patients who are admitted to the hospital with HF and in reducing the high 30 day HF readmission rate. Most directly pertinent, Dr. Piña was on the Executive Committee of “Hospital to Home” (H2H), which is an initiative of the American College of Cardiology and the Institute for HealthCare Improvement (IHI) to decrease the readmission rate by 20% by the year 2012.