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Expert in Heart Failure Named Co-Director of Heart Institute
Dr. Javed Butler will also serve as Chief of the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine
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Javed Butler 

STONY BROOK, N.Y., October 24, 2014 – Javed Butler MD, MPH, a physician and researcher who specializes in management and treatment of patients with heart failure, has joined Stony Brook Medicine as Co-Director of the Heart Institute and Chief of the Division of Cardiology, announced Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine.

Dr. Butler, appointed by Dr. Kaushansky and Vincent W. Yang, MD, PhD, the Simons Chair and Professor of Medicine, comes to Stony Brook from Emory University in Atlanta. He assumes a co-leadership role of the Heart Institute, which is a state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, and patient care facility providing comprehensive services in all aspects of treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, including cardiothoracic surgery, interventional cardiology, cardiovascular imaging, valve disease, heart failure, electrophysiology and other areas. Its Heart Failure Center, led by Dr. Hal Skopicki, has for the fourth consecutive year, received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Quality Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for patients with heart failure, according to evidence-based guidelines.

He will also lead the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine at a time of significant faculty growth, with an emergence of new modalities in patient care and renovations of its research laboratories to support the division’s scientific endeavors.

“Dr. Butler’s extensive research and academic background will be a significant asset for the Heart Institute and Division of Cardiology,” said Dr. Kaushansky. “In particular, his comprehensive work and expertise in the area of heart failure will greatly contribute to Stony Brook Medicine’s innovative approaches to the treatment of heart and vascular disease.”

“Dr. Butler was selected from an outstanding group of candidates during an extensive national search for this critical leadership role,” said Dr. Yang. “With his appointment, we are thrilled at the prospects of what the Stony Brook Medicine’s Heart Institute and the Division of Cardiology will accomplish in the coming years.”

At Emory, Dr. Butler served as Professor of Medicine, Director of Heart Failure Research, and Director of the Cardiology Faculty mentoring program. He took on major responsibilities within a number of national cardiology professional and research societies, including Deputy Chief Science Officer to the American Heart Association. He also currently participates in six National Institute of Health grants, including serving as Principal Investigator of a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Clinical Trials Network grant.

Dr. Butler’s research has focused on disease progression, outcomes, and prognosis determination in patients with heart failure, with special emphasis on patients undergoing cardiac transplantation and left ventricular assist device placement. Over his career, he has garnered over 50 sponsored clinical trials of new interventions in patients with heart failure.

Other areas of Dr. Butler’s research have included interventions to predict and reduce the onset of heart failure in the elderly; investigation of novel markers of heart failure outcomes and their incremental value in risk prediction beyond traditional risk factors; and understanding how best to conduct heart failure clinical trials with a focus on early drug development. In pursuit of his research interests, Dr. Butler has contributed to more than 220 peer-reviewed publications, as well as dozens of book chapters, editorials, letters, and case reports

Dr. Butler’s awards and honors include being elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association, and of the American College of Cardiology. He is the recipient of the Simon Dack Award by the American College of Cardiology and the Time, Feeling, and Focus award by the American Heart Association. He also has been cited in America’s Best Doctors numerous times.

Dr. Butler received his MBBS degree from the prestigious Aga Khan University in his native Karachi, Pakistan, and completed his residency training at the Yale University, cardiology fellowship and advanced heart failure and transplant fellowship at the Vanderbilt University, and cardiac imaging fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to joining Emory University, Dr. Butler served as the Medical Director of the Cardiac and Combined Heart-Lung Transplant programs at Vanderbilt University. He has completed his Master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration from Emory University.

He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, where he serves on the heart failure clinical guidelines committee. Dr. Butler also serves on several NIH study sections, as well as chairing the NIH Heart Failure Network Ancillary Studies Committee; and he is a member of the Executive Council of the Heart Failure Society of America. He was recently also elected as a member for the ABIM Cardiology Board.