Leslie T Cooper MD, FACC, FAHAProfessor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine; Director, Gonda Vascular Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Dr. Cooper’s career has focused on the diagnosis and management of uncommon cardiomyopathies especially autoimmune variants of myocarditis. He coordinated multicenter investigations including the 1995-97 giant cell myocarditis registry, the giant cell myocarditis treatment trial, and led international teams on the role of endomyocardial biopsy in cardiovascular disease (AHA/ACC/ESC) and the global burden of myocarditis (WHO/Gates Foundation). Dr. Cooper chaired the NHLBI Expert Workshop on Inflammation and Immunity in Dilated Cardiomyopathy and serves on the steering and data safety monitoring committees of the NHLBI IPAC registry of peripartum cardiomyopathy. Dr. Cooper co-founded the Myocarditis Foundation, a 501c3 corporation dedicated to support for affected families, education, and research in myocarditis (www.myocardiisfoundation.org).