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2014 Naples - Speaker Profiles

Roger Blumenthal, M.D.Roger Blumenthal, M.D.
Kenneth Jay Pollin Professor of Cardiology
Director, Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease


Dr. Blumenthal was the principal developer of the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, and he is the Director of Preventive Cardiology at Johns Hopkins. He is a member of the official national spokesperson panel for the American Heart Association (AHA), and has co-written >300 original research publications, state-of-the-art reviews, and editorials dealing with many aspects of coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis management.

An experienced writer, Dr. Blumenthal is on the editorial board of the American Heart Journal, ACCEL, Clinical Cardiology, and The Journal of Cardiovascular CT. He is the Preventive Cardiology/Coronary Heart Disease section editor of Cardiology Today. Dr. Blumenthal is also the medical editor of the annual Johns Hopkins White Paper on Prevention of Heart Attacks.

His principal clinical and research interests involve the optimal management of ischemic heart disease, noninvasive detection of coronary atherosclerosis, and the development of new strategies to optimize the management of cardiovascular disease risk factors. Dr. Blumenthal specializes in treating adults who are at higher risk for future cardiovascular events because of 1) a history of prior cardiovascular or peripheral arterial disease or 2) the presence of multiple coronary risk factors (e.g. hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, cigarette smoking, family history of cardiovascular disease, sedentary lifestyle, or overweight status).

Dr. Blumenthal is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the AHA’s Epidemiology & Prevention Council. He served for 4 years as chairman of the ACC’s Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Committee. Previously, he was a member of the ACC task force dealing with selection of patients for atherosclerosis imaging, such as cardiac CT scanning and carotid ultrasound, in order to improve application of risk reduction strategies. He was a co-author of the 2006 AHA policy statement on use of cardiac CT and CT angiography.

He served as Chairman of the Vascular Disease, Hypertension, and Prevention Section of the 2006 ACC Scientific Sessions. He is the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award from the American Heart Association, Maryland Affiliate, for his commitment of time, support, and inspiration to the organization. He was selected as one of the country’s Top Twenty Cardiologists by Men’s Health Magazine in 2007. In 2010, he received the Levine Award for Outstanding mentorship of junior faculty, residents, and fellows in the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine.

Dr. Roger Blumenthal is professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University, and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, where he was awarded the Weiss Prize for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. Dr. Blumenthal did his internal medicine and cardiology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and then joined the cardiology faculty in 1992.



Susan Bressler, M.D.Susan B. Bressler, M.D.
The Julia G. Levy, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Ophthalmology


An expert in age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Susan Bressler has received the Rosenthal Award from the Macula Society, the Olga Keith Weiss Scholar Award from Research to Prevent Blindness, a Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Senior Honor Award from The American Society of Retina Specialists and the Gertrude Pyron Award for Lifetime Achievement of Outstanding Research. She is the author of more than 180 peer-reviewed articles and 54 book chapters and has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Survey of Ophthalmology, Retina, and EyeNet Magazine.

Dr. Bressler earned her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her internship in internal medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following her ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and a retina fellowship at Wilmer, she pursued additional retinal surgery training at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary.



Dr. Lisa Chrsitopher-StineLisa Christopher-Stine, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Neurology
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Myositis Center

Dr. Lisa Christopher-Stine is assistant professor of medicine and neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Dr. Christopher-Stine is the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center, a multidisciplinary clinic formally established in 2007 on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. Over the past 10 years, she has been involved in clinical research related to idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (“myositis”) and has authored or co-authored over 35 publications. Dr. Christopher-Stine and her colleagues recently discovered that some statin-related myopathies are, in fact, autoimmune in nature. This discovery is a true example of the excellent collaboration and translational research opportunities at Johns Hopkins that has helped to solve a medical mystery and has benefitted patients directly.

In her role as the attending inpatient rheumatologist, she cares for patients with  a wide variety of autoimmune rheumatic diseases including vasculitis, systemic sclerosis, and lupus. In addition, she enjoys teaching both formally and informally at all levels of medical education from students to fellows to faculty. She takes pleasure in the interplay of her roles as clinician, scientist, and educator.

She is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude. She attended medical school at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society. She later completed her internal medicine training at MCP Hahnemann University Hospitals and was chosen as Chief Resident. She joined the Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology after completing her Rheumatology Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University in June, 2003. She was awarded a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2004.