Scientific Advisory Board

Cardiovascular Health Experts

Christie M. Ballantyne, M.D.

Dr. Ballantyne is a leading cardiovascular specialist, lipidology expert and atherosclerotic vascular disease researcher. He is currently a Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the Chief of the Sections of Cardiovascular Research and Cardiology. Additionally, Dr. Ballantyne is the Director of The Maria and Alando J. Ballantyne, M.D., Atherosclerosis Clinical Research Laboratory and the Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center as well as the Co-Director of the Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis Clinic at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Ballantyne has conducted extensive research on the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis, with an emphasis on monocyte activation and adhesion, and led numerous clinical research programs on the prevention of atherosclerotic vascular disease. Dr. Ballantyne earned his degree in medicine from Baylor College of Medicine and performed both his internal medicine residency and postgraduate training at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed a cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and an American Heart Association/Bugher Foundation Fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Institute for Molecular Genetics at Baylor. Dr. Ballantyne is published extensively, speaks nationally and internationally on lipids, atherosclerosis and inflammation, and serves as an Editorial Director for www.lipidsonline.org. In 2014, he was recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds.

John J.P. Kastelein, M.D., Ph.D., FESC

Dr. John Kastelein is Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Vascular Medicine at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) of the University of Amsterdam, where he holds the Strategic Chair of Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Kastelein is a recognized world leader in studies focused on the significance of lipoprotein metabolism in the development of atherosclerotic vascular disease. Dr. Kastelein's current research interests focus on the etiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of hypertriglyceridemia, hypercholesterolemia, and low HDL cholesterol, all conditions associated with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. He has published more than 850 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Genetics, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Circulation. His Hirsch index is 114 as of March 2018; and his total citations are approaching more than 60,000.

Dr. Kastelein founded the Lipid Research Clinic at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam in 1989, which is currently serving as a tertiary referral center for over 5000 patients each year and has become part of the Department of Vascular Medicine. Dr. Kastelein was President of the Dutch Atherosclerosis Society (DAS) and chairs the National Scientific Committee on Familial Hypercholesterolemia (EHC). He also is a member of the Royal Dutch Society for Medicine & Physics, the Council for Basic Science of the American Heart Association and the European Atherosclerosis Society, and a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. He also is a board member of the International Task Force for CHD Prevention and was recently appointed to the Executive Board of the International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS). In addition to the scientific programs aimed at the etiology of atherogenesis, Dr. Kastelein also served on a number of executive and steering committees of large cardiovascular intervention studies, including the SPIRE, ORION, GLAGOV, REALIZE, IDEAL, TNT, CAPTIVATE, ENHANCE, ILLUMINATE, JUPITER, RADIANCE and numerous others of which TNT (2005), RADIANCE 1 (2007), ENHANCE (2008), JUPITER (2008), SPIRE and ORION (2017) are published in the New England Journal of Medicine, IDEAL (2006) and GLAGOV (2017) in JAMA and RADIANCE 2 (2007) and REALIZE (2016) in Lancet.

Kevin C. Maki, Ph.D.

Dr. Kevin Maki is a leading clinical lipid specialist with extensive experience in the design and conduct of clinical trials in human nutrition, metabolism and chronic disease management. He has participated in more than 250 clinical trials and observational studies as an investigator, consultant or statistician. Dr. Maki is the Founder and Chief Scientist for the Midwest Biomedical Research Center for Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health and Adjunct Faculty in Biostatistics and Applied Epidemiology at DePaul University in Chicago. He is a certified Clinical Lipid Specialist and a Fellow of the National Lipid Association, The Obesity Society and the American College of Nutrition, as well as a Vice President of the Board of Governors of the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology.

Dr. Maki's research has been extensively published in more than 200 peer reviewed scientific papers and he has authored or co-authored several books, including Practical Lipid Management: Concepts and Controversies and Therapeutic Lipidology. He also served as a member of the Expert Panel and Writing Group that developed the National Lipid Association's Recommendations for Patient-Centered Management of Dyslipidemia: Parts 1 and 2.