American Heart Association Names Einstein's Dr. Richard Kitsis Chair of Its Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences

January 5, 2007 - (BRONX, NY) - Dr. Richard Kitsis, professor of medicine and of cell biology and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, has been named chair of the American Heart Association Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences. As chair of the council, Dr. Kitsis will oversee the council's important activities, which focus on promoting research and education to help improve understanding of the mechanisms of basic cardiovascular regulation and to support the development of new therapies and insights into clinical cardiovascular disease.

In addition, the council strives to be inclusive and has brought together scientists from a broad range of disciplines, including anatomy, biochemistry, cellular and developmental biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, pathology, microbiology, physiology and biophysics, and clinical medicine. Special emphasis is placed on integrating molecular/cellular and physiological approaches to address problems relating to functional genomics, cell signaling, myocardial biology, circulatory physiology, pathophysiology and peripheral vascular disease. 

Dr. Kitsis first came to Einstein as a postdoctoral fellow in microbiology & immunology, in 1989. He joined the Einstein faculty in 1991, following the completion of a fellowship in cardiology at Einstein's University Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center. He was named professor in 2003, the same year he was appointed director of Einstein's Cardiovascular Research Center and designated as the Gerald and Myra Dorros Chair in Cardiovascular Disease. In 2005, he was appointed chief of cardiology at both Einstein and Montefiore. 

He received his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard College and his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. He is a resident of Larchmont, NY.