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Biykem Bozkurt, M.D., Ph.D
Listed as one of the best doctors in the nation in the field of cardiovascular disease, Biykem Bozkurt, M.D., Ph.D. is the chief of cardiology at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC). She is also the Mary and Gordon Cain Chair and professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), the associate director of the Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP), and the director of the Winters Center for Heart Failure Research. Bozkurt received her medical degree from University of Istanbul in Turkey in 1989, completed internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 1993, chief medical residency and cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 1996, and subspecialty fellowship training in heart failure and cardiac transplantation at University Pittsburgh Medical Center in 1997. She joined BCM as a heart failure, cardiac transplant staff cardiologist in 1997, and served as the assistant chief for Medical Services at the VA between 1997 and 2000. She received her Ph.D. in clinical heart failure research as a NIH K30 scholar in clinical translational science in heart failure, became the chief of cardiology at the MEDVAMC in 2005, co-director of the Clinical Scientist Training program at BCM in 2007, and director of The Winters Center for Heart Failure Research at BCM in 2009.The major focus of Bozkurt’s research career has been in the area of heart failure.. She was a recipient of a VA Career Development Grant Award, a VA MERIT entry level grant award. She currently receives federal grant support from the NIH as the associate-director of CSTP at BCM and also as a principal investigator in cardiovascular research. She has conducted seminal preclinical and clinical research projects studying the role of pro-inflammatory cytokines in heart failure, which led to the development of the Phase II and the multicenter randomized international clinical trials of soluble TNF receptor fusion protein as therapy in patients with advanced heart failure. She has conducted many clinical trials in heart failure and her recent work has focused on the mechanisms of improvement in LV function, reversal of remodeling, cardiac metabolism and insulin resistance with beta-blockers and salivary biomarkers of injury and remodeling in cardiovascular patients. Bozkurt has received numerous awards including the Henry D. McIntosh graduating resident award, selection to AOA medical society, the BCM Clinical Excellence in Fellowship Award, the Department of Medicine Excellence awards in education and teaching every year 1997-2005, the Fulbright & Jaworski L. L. P. Faculty Excellence Awards in 2003 , 2004 and 2007, the National VA Secretary’s Hands and Heart Award for Recognition of Highest Standards in Patient Care in 2003, BCM Outstanding Cardiology Clinical Faculty Award in 2008. Bozkurt was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Educators at BCM in 2003, was awarded the National American College of Cardiology Proctor Harvey M.D., Young Teacher Award in 2005. She is a fellow of ACC and AHA. She is a reviewer for journals Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of Cardiac Failure, American Journal of Cardiology and serves as an abstract grader for the AHA and ACC. Bozkurt served as an Executive Committee Member for the National Quality Enhancement Research Initiative-Congestive Heart Failure, Association of VA Research and Education) (1997 - 2001), National Education Committee Member for the Heart Failure Society of America (2002-2007), ad hoc scientific reviewer for the NIH K30-Clinical Research Awards. She currently serves as the National Education Oversight Committee member at the ACC. Bozkurt has participated in many national and international scientific sessions as a presenter, panel discussant, moderator including “Plenary Sessions”, “Meet the Expert Sessions”, “How to Sessions” at the ESC; AHA, ACC and HFSA Sessions. She mentors BCM students, UT SPH students, BCM residents, fellows and BCM CSTP MS and PhD and TBMM MDPhD candidate scholars. Many residents have participated in database driven clinical research studies and coauthored manuscripts and presented abstracts at national and local scientific meetings.