Our Advisory Board​s

Meet DASI’s Advisory Boards. This team is comprised of renowned, distinguished physicians and leaders in the structural heart field who serve as strategic advisors to DASI. Each member brings his or her own perspective and expertise to help inform our decisions and direction.

Our Advisory Board members champion DASI’s mission to use life-changing, personalized technology to improve structural heart disease patient health.

Medical Advisory Board

Vinod Thourani, MD

Cardiovascular Surgeon at Piedmont Healthcare
Atlanta, GA
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Dr. Thourani is recognized as a national cardiovascular thought leader, serving in leadership roles in several societies, which include the Heart Valve Society, the national board of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a board of trustees of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, the Surgeons Council of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Dr. Thourani has an extensive background in academic surgery, education, and research and has authored over 400 articles that have appeared in some of the most esteemed medical journals. in the world.

“Personalizing the therapy based on patient imaging data in a way that uses predictable models for coronary obstruction and leaflet thrombosis will help develop a new workflow in every hospital and become an integral tool for heart teams in the USA and potentially worldwide”

Michael Mack, MD

Cardiovascular Surgeon
Medical Director at Baylor Scott & White

Dallas / Fort Worth Area
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Dr. Mack has performed over 7,000 cardiac surgeries, including more than 3,000 involving heart valve procedures. Dr. Michael Mack is a world-renowned physician and considered a pioneer in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. He currently serves as the medical director of cardiothoracic surgery for Baylor Scott & White Health and the chairman of the BSW the Heart Hospital – Plano Research Center. Dr. Mack has served as President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has authored or co-authored over 400 publications and was awarded in 2014 the TCT Career Achievement Award.

Scott Lilly, MD, Ph.D.

Interventional Cardiologist at Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH
614-293-7677
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Dr. Lilly specializes in procedural therapies for coronary artery disease, structural heart disease, and heart failure. Many of the patients he has treated include those patients who have heart conditions that may require therapies that are not even available yet, but he believes a multi-disciplinary team of medical providers can provide patients access to effective and innovative therapies. He is considered a pioneer in the use of advanced modeling and simulations to guide transcatheter aortic valve replacements as he and the OSU Wexner Medical Center are one of the first and remain one of the few centers to utilize this pre-procedure simulations process.

“This 3-D reconstruction modeling has directly informed the way we attack some procedures.”

Venkat Polsani, MD

Cardiovascular Imager at Piedmont Healthcare
Atlanta, GA
406-605-2800
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Dr. Polsani is board certified in Cardiac CTA, nuclear cardiology, and clinical lipidology. He is also a member of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Heart Association, American Society for Echocardiography, and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. Dr. Polsani has also done extensive research in cardiovascular MRI, cardiac CTA, and 3D-echocardiography and their specific applications in valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, and infiltrative cardiomyopathies.

Molly Szerlip, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Interventional Cardiologist & Structural Heart Specialist at Baylor Scott & White
Plano, TX
469-800-6555
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Dr. Molly Szerlip received her medical degree and completed her residency at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was a Major in the US Army where she was Vice Chief of the Internal Medicine Clinic at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. She completed her fellowship in cardiology at Medical College of Georgia and her interventional cardiology fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. 
 
Dr. Szerlip joined the Baylor Scott and White Heart Hospital in Plano in 2013. She is the Medical Director of the Percutaneous Valve Program, which oversees both the large TAVR program as well as the percutaneous mitral and tricuspid programs. She is the Associate Director of The Heart Hospital Education & Research Program. She is also the Regional Director of the Structural Heart Programs. In 2015 she started the Structural Heart Fellowship and in 2019 she helped develop and became the Program Director for the Cardiology Fellowship Program. She also oversees the Interventional, EP and Heart failure sub- specialties. Dr Szerlip is part of the Cardiovascular Consultants of Plano. 
 
Prior to arriving at the Heart Hospital, she was faculty at the University of Arizona. Dr. Szerlip helped develop the structural heart program which was highlighted by the first percutaneous aortic valve program in Tucson. She was also Director of the Coronary Hybrid Revascularization program where she worked closely with the cardiothoracic surgeons in the combination of stenting the coronaries and robotic bypass. At the University of Arizona she developed her expertise in structural heart disease, which has led her to lecture nationally and internationally at major meetings and to become a rising figurehead in major studies pertaining to percutaneous valve treatments. 
 
In 2015, Dr. Szerlip was chosen by The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) to participate in the Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program. As a member of this highly select group of physicians, Dr. Szerlip participated in a two-year mentorship program designed to further develop her skills as a leader in medicine, ambassador for her specialty, and advocate for her patients. She is currently the chairmen of SCAI publication committee and is a member of the SCAI Board of trustees. 
 
Her specialty and interests in interventional cardiology include structural heart disease, complex coronary disease and cardiogenic shock. 

Pradeep Yadav, MD

Interventional Cardiologist at Piedmont Healthcare
Atlanta, GA
404-605-5151
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Dr. Yadav graduated with honors in 2005. Having more than 16 years of diverse experiences, especially in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease (cardiology), Dr. Pradeep Yadav affiliated with many hospitals, including Piedmont Hospital, Rockdale Medical Center, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, Inc, Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Inc, and cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group Piedmont Cardiology of Atlanta, LLC.

Our Scientific Advisory Board

Hoda Hatoum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technology Institute
Houghton, MI
906-487-2852
hhatoum@mtu.edu
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Dr. Hoda Hatoum is currently an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. She obtained her PhD degree from the Ohio State University (OSU). She was awarded the American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship and right after graduation, she completed her postdoctoral training at the Ohio State University and at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on tackling the complexity of: (a) structural heart biomechanics (adult and congenital); (b) patient-specific cardiovascular model development and in-vitro testing; (c) prosthetic heart valve engineering (surgical and transcatheter); (d) structure-function relationships of the heart in health and disease at the pediatric and adult stages; and (e) turbulence in blood flow in relation to blood damage. Dr. Hatoum has two patents filed on minimizing likelihood of leaflet thrombosis and on a novel implantable vascular shunt with real-time precise flow control. Dr. Hatoum received several recognitions including three invited talks at the Heart Valve Society and World Congress of Biomechanics, and she was a finalist in the American College of Cardiology Young Investigator Award competition in 2021.