Christian T. Ruff, MD, MPH

Board Co-Chair
Christian T. Ruff, MD, MPH is currently the Director of General Cardiology in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and an Associate Professor of Medicine…
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Aviva Schwartz, MA

NATF Staff Co-Chair
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Aviva is the Director of Content and Education at NATF and oversees the writing, editing, and production of NATF’s patient and provider resources. She is the Managing Editor of NATF’s…
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Brenda Shisslak

Patient Advisor
Brenda is currently the co-chair of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Marfan Foundation Board of Directors and co-Leader of the Ehlers-Danlos, Marfan and Related CTDs New England/MA Support Group. She…
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Alex Spyropoulos, MD

Internal Medicine Advisor
Alex C. Spyropoulos, MD received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the…
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Allen Taylor, MD

Cardiovascular Medicine Advisor
Dr. Taylor is a board-certified cardiologist and clinical researcher, specializing in cardiovascular imaging and prevention. He is currently the Chairman of Cardiology at MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute and a…
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Aaron Aday, MD, MS

Cardiovascular Medicine Advisor
Dr. Aday graduated from the Yale School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine, cardiology, and vascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a Master…
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Umberto Campia, MD, MS

Cardiovascular Medicine Advisor
Dr. Campia is a cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Previously, he was Section…
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Margaret Fang, MD, MPH

Hospital Medicine Advisor
Dr. Fang is a hospitalist and the Research Director of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Division of Hospital Medicine. She also serves as the Medical Director of the…
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Tzu-Fei Wang, MD, MPH

Hematology/Oncology Advisor
Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor of Medicine at The University of Ottawa in the Division of Hematology. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School…
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Jennifer Ballard-Hernandez, DNP

Nursing Advisor
Dr. Jennifer Ballard-Hernandez is the Cardiology Clinical Nurse Advisor to the Office of Nursing Services for VA Central Office. She is field based at the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center…
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Tara Lech, PharmD

Pharmacy Advisor
Dr. Lech is an Anticoagulation and Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and currently serves as the Thrombosis Program Manager at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA.  She completed her…
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