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Baylor College of Medicine Names Interim Chief of Cardiology

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Christie M. Ballantyne, Photo Courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine

Christie M. Ballantyne, MD, has been named interim chief of cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Dr. Ballantyne will continue to serve as chief of the section of atherosclerosis and vascular medicine and professor of medicine at BCM. He also serves as director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center and co-director of the Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis Clinic at The Methodist Hospital.

The general area of research interest in his laboratory is the role of inflammation and cell adhesion molecules in vascular disease, and his clinical research is focused on the prevention of atherosclerotic vascular disease. Dr. Ballantyne is director of The Maria and Alando J. Ballantyne, MD, Atherosclerosis Clinical Research Laboratory, which serves as the core laboratory for a large-scale study designed to investigate the causes and natural history of atherosclerosis-the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study. He is investigating the use of novel biomarkers to identify individuals at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, the metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Using genomics and proteomics, the investigation is focused on identifying novel molecules that are increased with atherosclerosis and the metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Ballantyne is an alumnus of BCM, where he graduated with his MD in 1982. He completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and fellowship in clinical cardiology at BCM. He then completed an American Heart Association/Bugher Foundation Fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Institute for Molecular Genetics at BCM. He has received numerous study grants, including an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award and has several National Institutes of Health grants to study leukocyte-endothelial adhesion molecules and novel markers for atherosclerosis.

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