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Meet the 2020-21 Early Career Advisory Committee Leadership Team

August 3, 2020 by Cardiovascular Research Institute of Vermont

Meet the FY21 ECAC Leadership Team!
Meet the FY21 Early Career Advisory Committee Leadership Team

Jonathan Flyer, MD, FACC - Chair

Jonathan N Flyer, MD, FACC is a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and assistant professor at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.  Dr. Flyer completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship training at New York Presbyterian Columbia University, and pediatric internship, residency, and chief residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Flyer’s primary research interest is bicuspid aortopathy.  Currently, he is the co-Chair the Bicuspid Aortopathy Working Group for the New England Congenital Cardiology Association and serves as a grant-funded principal investigator to study the effects of medical prophylaxis on aortic growth rates in children and young adults with bicuspid aortopathy.  He is also interested in congenital heart disease clinical management and outcomes—from fetus to young adult—and improving pediatric cardiology and residency education.

Dr. Flyer hopes to continue the tradition of early career cardiovascular research excellence at UVM by fostering collaboration within our ECAC group and across the greater institution. This year, we plan to increase our event outreach beyond UVM walls and strive towards delivering an innovative mix of cardiovascular science topics, both online, and if possible, in person.  Our goal is to build upon the innovative Viridis Montis cardiovascular research completion, founded last year, and allow our members to find new voices to share cardiovascular interests and expertise.

Kramer Wahlberg, MD - Vice Chair
Kramer Wahlberg, MD was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  He studied bioengineering at Washington State University where he was a four-year oarsman on the men's crew team before going on to complete medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  Dr. Wahlberg then made the move to the University of Vermont for Internal Medicine residency, where he also served as a Chief Resident.  Currently, he in the first year of his Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship at UVM Medical Center.  Dr. Wahlberg has research interests in heart failure, medical education and quality improvement.

Dr. Wahlberg joined the CVRI ECAC in 2019 and is looking forward to continuing to work with this motivated group of early career investigators to generate enthusiasm for cardiovascular research at UVM.  In particular, he hopes to improve collaboration with medical students, residents and graduate students who have interests in cardiovascular medicine in order to develop and foster these important relationships early on during their training.

Nga Ling (Theresa) Ko, PhD - Secretary
Nga Ling (Theresa) Ko, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.  After completing her PhD in Pharmacology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she had her postdoctoral trainings in the Pasteur Institute in France and in the University of Kansas Medical Center in US prior joining UVM.

Her research focuses on the mechanisms of maternal uterine vascular adaptation in healthy vs. diseased pregnancy and the long-term goal is to develop novel strategies to prevent pregnancy complications caused by impaired uteroplacental blood flow.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have to improvise and be creative.  Dr. Ko hopes to continue the important roles of CVRI and ECAC in connecting and supporting the cardiovascular researchers at UVM innovatively.