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Welcoming Dr. Ourania Preventza as the New Chair of the VCSQI Research & Writing Committee

We are delighted to announce Dr. Ourania Preventza as the new Chair of the VCSQI Research & Writing Committee. With an impressive career and a commitment to advancing cardiovascular health, Dr. Preventza is exceptionally qualified to lead this distinguished group.

Dr. Preventza currently serves as the George Minor Professor of Surgery at the Department of Surgery and is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Virginia. Her expertise and leadership extend to her role as an adjunct Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where she dedicated fifteen impactful years. Additionally, she holds a position as an associate professional staff member at The Texas Heart Institute in Houston.

Her academic and professional credentials are extensive and notable. Dr. Preventza is triple-board certified: American Board of Surgery, American Board of Surgery (Surgical Critical Care), and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. This exemplifies her broad expertise and deep commitment to the field of surgery and patient care.

Dr. Preventza’s leadership skills are equally impressive. She is the immediate Past President of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists (ISEVS), covering the years 2021-2023. She has also been a key figure in several other prestigious organizations, including the Women in Thoracic Surgery, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, and the AATS annual meeting.

Her academic contributions are profound, co-chairing the 2022 ACC/AHA guidelines on aortic disease and co-authoring more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Preventza’s research interests are vast, focusing on education, health outcomes research, aortic surgery, heart valve surgery, new technologies, and particularly cardiovascular disease in women.

Beyond her clinical and academic prowess, Dr. Preventza holds a degree in Management and Business Administration focused on Health Care Leadership from Brandeis University. This background ensures she brings a balanced perspective on both medical and administrative challenges to her new role.

As chair, Dr. Preventza will guide our committee in its mission to foster innovative research and promote effective, evidence-based writing. Her vision and leadership will undoubtedly inspire and propel our efforts to new heights. We look forward to her contributions and leadership in advancing our research and educational goals.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ourania Preventza to her new role. We are excited about the future of the VCSQI Research & Writing Committee under her capable and dynamic leadership. Welcome, Dr. Preventza!

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