Schneider_DavidHeadshot0415150x200David J. Schneider, MD, FACC, FAHA - Director

In August, 2013, David Schneider, MD, was named to succeed Burton E. Sobel, MD, as Director of CVRI-VT.  Dr. Schneider is a Professor of Medicine at The University of Vermont and Director of Cardiovascular Services for The University of Vermont Health Network.

Following medical school at the University of Cincinnati and residency at the University of Colorado, where he served as Chief Medical Resident, Dr. Schneider completed his fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis under Dr. Sobel.

Dr. Schneider has won awards as both a student and a physician/scientist (including UVM’s 2013 Department of Medicine Research Mentor Award for mentorship of a fellow or resident) and has been named teacher of the year four times. He has an active research program focused on causal connections between diabetes and heart disease, and the role of platelets in the development and progression of atherosclerosis.  Dr. Schneider holds several patents including the use of a novel biomarker, FcɣRIIa, as a precision tool to guide care of patients with atherosclerotic vascular disease

He is active in national and international professional societies, is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Cardiology, and has published more than 150 manuscripts, authored numerous chapters, and edited a book titled Diabetes and Heart Disease.

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Board of Directors

Governing oversight of CVRI-VT is provided by a Board of Directors, comprised of the Director, five members broadly representative of he diverse areas of ongoing cardiovascular research in the College and University, and a representative appointed by the Dean's Office.  All members may vote on all proposals and approval is by a simple majority. In addition to the Director, the current Board of Directors includes: 

Ira Bernstein, MD

John Van Sicklen Maeck Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and a former Senior Associate Dean for Research in the College of Medicine

2016-2017 UVM University Scholar

Areas of Expertise:  Fetal growth, fetal growth abnormalities, pre-eclampsia, maternal physiology

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Marilyn J. Cipolla, PhD

Marilyn J. Cipolla, PhD, FAHA

Chair, Electrical & Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences
Joint appointments in Pharmacology and in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

2015-2016 UVM University Scholar

2020 Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award

Areas of Expertise:  Acute ischemic stroke, vascular mechanisms of stroke injury, cerebrovascular adaptation to pregnancy and pre-eclampsia, seizure-induced brain injury in pre-eclampsia

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Mary Cushman


Chris Holmes

Mary Cushman, MD, MSc, FAHA

Professor and Vice Chair for Emerging Researchers, Department of Medicine

Co-Director, Vermont Center on Cardiovascular and Brain Health Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Director, Thrombosis and Hemostasis Program, University of Vermont Medical Center

2019-2020 UVM University Scholar

Editor-in-Chief of Research and Practice in Thrombosis & Haemostasis 

Areas of Expertise:  Treatment of venous thrombosis and related disorders; research on etiology of cardiovascular diseases and stroke through studies of biomarkers in epidemiologic studies

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Chris Holmes, MD, PhD, FACP

Professor, Department of Medicine
Deputy Division Chief, Hematology/Oncology
Assistant Director, Thrombosis and Hemostasis Program, University of Vermont Medical Center

Areas of Expertise:  Role of platelets in tumor angiogenesis and metastasis and the inhibition of cancer progression using platelet antagonist therapy; thrombosis and hemostasis.

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Mark Nelson

Mark T. Nelson, PhD, FAHA

Chair, Department of Pharmacology and University Distinguished Professor
Joint appointments in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and Surgery

2019 member, National Academy of Sciences

1996-1997 UVM University Scholar

Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, UK; Professor, Institute of Cardiovascular Science, University of Manchester, UK 

Areas of Expertise:  Cardiovascular pharmacology, calcium signaling

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Dave Warshaw, Ph.D
David M. Warshaw, PhD, FAHA

Professor and Chair
Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

1999-2000 UVM University Scholar 

2021 University Distinguished Professor

Areas of Expertise:  Cardiac muscle contractile protein function in normal and disease states

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Former Board of Directors


Harold L. Dauerman, MD

Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Network Director, Interventional Cardiology
UVM Health Network

Executive Editor, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Editor in Chief, Coronary Artery Disease (2013-2018), Editorial Board member Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions 

Areas of Expertise:  Coronary and structural heart interventions (aortic and mitral valve therapies), ischemic heart disease, intracoronary imaging, regional networks for acute myocardial infarction

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