Areas of Interest
Hypertension; valvular heart disease; echocardiography.
My principal clinical interests are hypertension, valvular heart disease, and echocardiography. I am recognized as a Hypertension Specialist and see patients with high blood pressure that is difficult to control in the multidisciplinary UNC Hypertension Clinic. I also enjoy seeing patients with a wide variety of other cardiovascular problems in the Cardiology Clinic. I serve as the Medical Director of the UNC Hospitals echocardiography laboratory and work closely with the structural heart disease program to provide contemporary treatments for patients with diseased heart valves.
My research has focused on lifestyle interventions for the treatment of hypertension, novel treatments for resistant hypertension, and blood pressure measurement. Our research laboratory utilizes ultrasound imaging to examine the effects of hypertension on cardiovascular structure and function, the relationships of systemic diseases and cardiovascular risk factors to vascular endothelial function, the influence of oral health on cardiovascular disease, and the cardiovascular effects of air pollution.
Education and Training
Cardiology Fellowship: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hypertension Fellowship: University of Michigan
Residency: University of Michigan
Medical School: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana