Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease

Our Center Team

Adult Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Team

Cardiomyopathy Team

Euan AshleyEuan Ashley, MRCP, DPhil

Associate Professor of Medicine and Genetics and, by courtesy, Pathology
Director, Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease
Co-Director, Stanford Clinical Genomics  Service
Co-Director, Training Program in Myocardial Biology

Euan Angus Ashley is Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University, California and Director of the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease.

Born and raised in Scotland, Euan Angus Ashley graduated with 1st class Honors in Physiology and Medicine from the University of Glasgow. He completed medical residency and a PhD in molecular cardiology at the University of Oxford before moving to Stanford University where he trained in cardiology and advanced heart failure joining the faculty in 2006. His group is focused on the application of genomics to medicine. In 2010, he led the team that carried out the first clinical interpretation of a human genome. The paper published in the Lancet was the focus of over 300 news stories, became one of the most cited articles in clinical medicine that year, and is currently featured in the Genome Exhibition at the Smithsonian in DC. The team extended the approach in 2011 to a family of four and now routinely apply genome sequencing to the diagnosis of patients at Stanford hospital where Dr Ashley directs the Clinical Genome Service and the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease. Dr Ashley is a recipient of the National Innovation Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award. He is a Principal Investigator of the Myocardial Applied Genomics Network (MAGnet), a member of the leadership group of the AHA Council on Functional Genomics, and a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Translating Genomic-Based Research for Health. He is a peer reviewer for the NIH and the AHA as well as journals including Nature, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet and the Journal of Clinical Investigation,. He is co-founder of, and advisor to, Personalis, Inc, a Menlo Park based genetic diagnostics company.

Father to three young Americans, in his ‘spare’ time, he tries to understand American football, plays the saxophone in a jazz quartet, and conducts research on the health benefits of single malt Scotch whisky.


Heidi SalisburyHeidi Salisbury, RN, MSN, CNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease

Heidi received her BS in Kinesiology and minor in Spanish from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA in 1999. In 2002, Heidi completed her Masters and the Clinical Nurse Specialist program in Nursing at San Francisco State University.  Heidi began her career at Stanford Hospital & Clinics as a staff nurse for the Cardiac Surveillance Unit and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in 2002.  Heidi joined the team in the Cardiology Clinic in September 2005 and continues to work closely with the Cardiac Care Units and Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Teams. 

Heidi is dedicated to increasing awareness of inherited cardiovascular disease in the community. In addition, she has a special interest in developing educational tools and support networks for families living with heart conditions.

Carmen Johnson-FurlanCarmen Johnson-Furlan, RN, CCRN

Registered Nurse
Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease

Carmen has been practicing as a Registered Nurse for 12 years. She was born in Southern California, but has spent most of her life in the Northwest where she began her love and relationship with Cardiovascular Nursing in Eugene, Oregon. She has spent 12 years working in the Progressive Cardiac Care Unit, Cardiac Intensive Care, Cardiac Home Health, Stress Lab and Trauma Intensive Care Units. She discovered her love of teaching when she was given the opportunity to develop a pre-operative/post-operative Cardiovascular patient education program and patient education manual. She joined the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases where she enjoys utilizing all the experiences and education she has gained to help the patients and families who live with inherited cardiovascular diseases.

Carmen’s favorite part of her job is working with other team members to best come up with a plan that addresses what the patient’s need in their physical,emotional and family lives.

Carmen’s favorite health tip is to move your body! She believes that if you fall in love with physical activity that you will never stop doing it.
Carmen is very physically active. She moved to Northern California where she to enjoys climbing, running, hiking  and backpacking as often as she can.

Cindy LamendolaCindy Lamendola, NP

Nurse Practitioner
Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease

Cindy Lamendola is a nurse practitioner and research Coordinator at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine.  She also is a nurse practitioner and just joined the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease.  She received her masters of nursing and nurse practitioner at the University of California and San Francisco.

Cindy has been involved in cardiovascular nursing most of her career.  She was an associate director/director of a large community cardiac rehabilitation program with a focus on risk factor education, lipid management and research.  She also ran a lipid clinic in a cardiovascular medical practice and had an 8 year clinical practice managing patients with type 2 diabetes.   Currently along with clinical practice she is involved in clinical research on insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and its relationship to cardiovascular disease.

Cindy is a founding member, past president and current board member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is also a member of the American Heart Association and the council on cardiovascular nursing. 
Cindy has spoken nationally on lipid management, cardiovascular risk factors and insulin resistance and management of patients with Type 2 diabetes and has published articles on these subjects.

Cindy’s passion is to help people be able to achieve their optimal life quality, be active, eat healthy and be able to enjoy their lives.  She loves educating patients, offering patient centered care and empowering them in their care. Cindy loves hiking and traveling as well as enjoying photography trips with her husband.  She loves to cook trying to modify recipes to keep them healthy.  She loves theater and enjoys celebrations and


Channelopathy Team

Marco PerezMarco Perez, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine

Marco Perez spent his formative years in medical training on the East Coast, where he graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed internal medicine training at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He then came to California to begin his career as a cardiologist.  He completed fellowship training in cardiology at Stanford and then began an NIH-sponsored research fellowship studying the genetics of atrial fibrillation.  He decided to focus on the study of genetics and cardiac arrhythmias and completed subspecialty training in cardiac electrophysiology at Stanford.  He will join the faculty in January where he will continue his studies of genetics and inherited cardiac arrhythmias.  He has a particular interest in studying the genetic differences between ethnic groups to identify novel genes responsible for cardiac disease.

Familial Hypercholesterolemia Team

Josh KnowlesJosh Knowles, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Foundation

Dr. Knowles earned his MD and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he worked in the lab of Drs. Oliver Smithies and Nobuyo Maeda. He completed his internship, residency and Cardiology fellowship training at Stanford.

His clinical interests include management of familial cardiomyopathy, medical therapy for coronary artery disease and associated risk factors, as well as insulin resistance. He is actively involved in several research projects with the goal of understanding the genetic basis of these conditions, and developing ways to translate these findings to clinical practice. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association (AHA).


Mary Ann ChampagneMary Ann Champagne, RN, MS

Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Coordinator
Preventive Cardiology Clinic

Ms. Champagne is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and the Nurse Coordinator for the Preventive Cardiology Clinic. Mary Ann serves as the primary contact for all the Preventive Cardiology Clinic patients and also is a patient care provider.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Seattle University and her Master of Science and Clinical Nurse Specialist degree from the University of California, San Francisco.

She has spent the majority of her professional career at Stanford in the area of risk reduction and prevention of cardiovascular disease; initially employed in the coronary care unit and then moving to primary and secondary prevention research and clinical practice. She has also been a medical supervisor in a local cardiac rehabilitation program for many years.

Specialties: Lifestyle and medication interventions for abnormal cholesterol, high blood pressure and abnormal blood sugar.


Marfan Syndrome and Aortic Disorders Center Team

David LiangDavid Liang, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Marfan Center

Dr. Liang is a Cardiologist and the director of the Stanford University Center for Marfan Syndrome and Aortic Disorders.  The Stanford Marfan Center is the largest of its kind in the Western United States and one of the largest in the country. Dr. Liang received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and doctorate degrees in Medicine and Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He also completed his post-doctoral training at Stanford University Medical Center. In his current position, he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Marfan syndrome and aortic disorders. He has both clinical and research experience working with patients with these disorders and their families. He is also actively involved in the development of advanced cardiac imaging technology.


Josh SpinJoshua Spin, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine
Marfan Center

Dr. Spin began his research career in structural biology, and has also trained in molecular biology under Thomas Quertermous and Philip Tsao. He is especially interested in vascular smooth muscle cells, and the role of smooth muscle differentiation and phenotypic switching in development and vascular disease. For several years he has been actively studying the biological mechanisms involved in aortic aneurysm development. He has been funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute."


Char LuChar Yang-Lu, RN, CCRN, MN

Nirse Coordinator, Cardiovascular Medicine
Marfan Center

A Taiwan native, fluent in Mandarin and two Chinese dialects – Hakka & Taiwanese, Char graduated with a Diploma of Nursing in 1976 from the Taiwan Provincial Junior College of Nursing.  After two years of teaching introductory nursing in Taiwan, she came to America.  In 1979, she received her BS in Education and RN License and began her professional career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a med-surgical staff nurse at Presbyterian Hospital. In 1981, she moved to Texas and worked as a Coronary Care Unit staff nurse at St. Luke Hospital in Houston.  In 1989, Char and her family re-located to San Jose, California and started her tenure at Stanford, initially employed as a staff nurse in the B2 Intermediate Cardiac Monitoring Unit before transferring to the D1 Cardiac Surveillance Unit and Coronary Care Unit.  In 1994, Char received her Master of Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix.  She then transitioned to Assistant Patient Care Manager and then interim Patient Care Manager for the D1 Cardiac Surveillance Unit and Coronary Care Unit.  In May 2011, Char joined the Marfan Clinic as the Nurse Coordinator for Marfan syndrome and Aortic Disorders.  She is dedicated to holistic nursing and patient centered care.


Sunny PelloneSunny Pellone

Patient Coordinator
Marfan Center

Sunny has been the Coordinator for Stanford's Center for Marfan Syndrome & Aortic Disorders since 2001. Sunny has been the professional interface and support for Marfan organizations worldwide. She is involved in special projects around research and data analysis for Marfan syndrome and related aortic disorders at Stanford as well as other research sites that also specialize in these disorders. Sunny troubleshoots incoming calls, resolves problems and serves as a resource on Marfan syndrome and aortic disorders for SHC, LPCH as well as physicians, clinicians and patients both nationally and internationally.  Sunny is the Patient Coordinator and coordinates complex patient visits with domestic and international patients. She gathers cases that are presented to clinical teams for treatment and surgeries.

Genetic Counseling

Colleen CaleshuColleen Caleshu, ScM, CGC

Lead Genetic Counselor, Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated)
Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease (Adult Cardiology)

Colleen Caleshu is the Lead Genetic Counselor in the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease and a Clinical Assistant Professor in Medical Genetics at Stanford University.  She received her masters in genetic counseling from Johns Hopkins University and the National Human Genome Research Institute. Colleen currently serves as vice-chair of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Education committee. She is a past chair of the NSGC Cardiovascular Special Interest Group and current chair of the Education Working Group within the SIG. She has also served on an American Heart Association working committees on policy recommendations for genetics in cardiology and on secondary genetic findings. She is a member of the ClinGen Cardiovascular Domain Working Group. At Stanford she lectures in the medical school and genetic counseling program, sits on the psychosocial curriculum committee of the genetic counseling program, co-directs the cardiovascular genetics course, and supervises genetic counseling trainees in both clinical rotations and research projects. Her research interests include interpretation and use of genetic and genomic tests in cardiology, integration of genetic counseling into cardiology, and psychosocial care of families with hereditary cardiovascular conditions. He clinical focus is on inherited cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias. On weekends you’ll find her cooking, trail running, or enjoying chocolate and red wine. 


Mitchel Pariani, MSc, CGC

Genetic Counselor, Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated)
Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease (Adult Cardiology)

Mitchel Pariani is a genetic counselor at the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease specializing in familial hypercholesterolemia, Marfan syndrome and aortic disorders.  He serves on the National Society of Genetic Counselors familial hypercholesterolemia working group and is active with the Marfan Foundation.

He is a native of the East Bay and earned his BS from UC Davis in Genetics and his MS from CSU, Northridge in Genetic Counseling. He was a genetic counselor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles before returning home to the Bay Area in 2014. At Stanford he co-teaches the cardiovascular genetics course in the genetic counselling program and his research interests include cascade screening for familial hypercholesterolemia and genetic variation of aortopathies. Outside of Stanford Mitchel enjoying rooting on the SF Giants, working on his classic car and exploring the world – near and far.


Clinical Research Team

Aleks PavlovicAleksandra Pavlovic, BS

Genetic Coordinator
Stanford Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center 

Aleks graduated from UC Irvine in 2004, she moved back to the Bay Area in order to get more experience conducting research. Currently she is managing the Stanford Heart Failure Tissue Bank and Database. Also she is working on a variety of heart failure genetics studies including “Dramatic Response to Pharmaceutical Therapy Study” and “Variation in Gene Expression in Patients Taking Ace Inhibitors”. She acts as a genetics liaison in our Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic-offering genetic testing and information to patients with this condition. She has a strong interest in the genetics of peripartum cardiomyopathy and is working on a study involving this population.


Terra CoakleyTerra Coakley, BS, MAT

Program Manager
Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease

Terra graduated from San Francisco State University in 1998 with a BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology and in 2000 with a BA in Developmental Psychology. She also holds her MS-CLAD teaching credential and a MAT (Master's in Teaching) from Notre Dame de Namur University. Terra came to Stanford in 2008 having been in research at University of California, San Francisco for many years.

Terra was promoted to Program Manager for the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease in 2010.She also is the Training Program Administrator for the Training in Myocardial Biology at Stanford (TIMBS) Program.


Pediatric Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Team

Cardiomyopathy Team

David RosenthalDavid Rosenthal, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics - Cardiology
Director, Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Therapies Program - Stanford Children's Hospital

David Rosenthal received his B.A from Stanford University, then returned to the East Coast for medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.  He completed his training with a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Yale University and joined the Stanford faculty in 1995.

He founded and directs the Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Therapies Program at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University.  The Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Therapies Program is dedicated to the treatment of cardiomyopathy and heart failure in children, and is one of the largest such programs in the United States.  Dr. Rosenthal’s research interests include the development of new therapies for children with heart failure, and the investigation of right ventricular failure.  This interest includes a close collaboration with specialists in heart failure and cardiomyopathy at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.


Beth KaufmanBeth Kaufman, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics - Cardiology
Director, Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Program- Stanford Children's Hospital

Dr. Kaufman's medical career began with her medical degree from  Cornell University Medical College and pediatric residency training at Johns Hopkins University.  She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology with subspecialty training  in Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplantation from Columbia University. Dr. Kaufman subsequently  established her sub-specialty career at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as  an attending in Pediatric Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure, and Transplant  for 8 years  prior to her leap  to the west coast in 2013, when she joined the Stanford faculty  as  the Director of the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Program. Dr. Kaufman is a former chair of the Pediatric Council of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.  She participates actively in clinical care of children with cardiomyopathy,  heart failure and transplantation and in related clinical research.



Seth HollanderSeth Hollander, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Cardiology
Associate Section Chief, Pediatric Transplantation- Stanford Children's Hospital

Dr. Hollander is the Associate Section Chief of Pediatric Transplantation and performs both clinical care and clinical research in pediatric heart transplantation.  He joined the PACT program in 2012.




Aileen LinAileen Lin, RN, FNP-BC

Nurse Coordinator
Pediatric Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner, LPCH

Originally from Chicago, Aileen graduated with a BSN in 2003 from the University of Pennsylvania.  After 5 years in New York working at the bedside in pediatric oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she completed her MSN in 2009 from Columbia University with a concentration in family health.  Then after a brief jaunt in the Middle East volunteering at the Children’s Cancer Hospital Cairo, she re-located to the Bay area where she joined the Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Therapies (PACT) team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital as a heart failure nurse practitioner in 2010.  Aileen’s interests include outpatient ventricular assist devices in the pediatric population, preparing adolescent patients for transition, and decreasing disparities in health care.  She also enjoys all things outdoors.


Esther LiuEsther Liu, RN, FNP-BC

Nurse Coordinator
Pediatric Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner, LPCH

Esther received her B.S.N. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.  After graduation, she moved a few hours north and began working in New York City as a pediatric oncology nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  While working, she attended Columbia University and received her M.S.N., concentration - Family Health.  She then transitioned to a new role as pediatric neuro-oncology nurse practitioner at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.  Having lived most of her life on the east coast (except a few years in Asia and six months studying abroad in Israel during college), the perfect bay area weather beckoned and she moved to California.  Esther joined the Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Therapies team as heart failure nurse practitioner in 2006. 


Channelopathy Team

Anne DubinAnne Dubin, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Cardiology
Director, Pediatric Electrophyiology/Arrhythmia Service at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital

Anne Dubin is the director of the pediatric arrhythmia service at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University.  She received her medical training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, followed by clinical training in pediatrics at Babies Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, followed by fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Yale University. Her research interests include arrhythmia management in pediatric heart failure, and resynchronization therapy as it pertains to the pediatric patient and the patient with congenital heart disease.


Kara MotonagaKara Motonaga, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Cardiology
Pediatric Electrophyiology/Arrhythmia Service at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital

Dr. Motonaga received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then completed her internship and residency training in pediatrics at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.  She then completed her clinical training with fellowships in pediatric cardiology followed by pediatric electrophysiology at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University.  She joined the electrophysiology/arrhythmia team as a faculty member in 2011.  Dr. Motonaga’s research interests are in electrical and mechanical dyssynchrony in congenital heart disease patients but she enjoys caring for all pediatric and adult congenital heart disease patients with inherited and acquired arrhythmias. 


Genetic Counseling


Kyla Dunn Kyla Dunn, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor
Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease (Pediatric Cardiology)

Kyla received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Yale in 1993. After a brief stint in the biotech industry, she spent over a decade as a science journalist working in both television and print. She was delighted to explore the intersection of science, politics, and the broader culture for outlets such as PBS Frontline, NOVA ScienceNOW, The Atlantic Monthly, DISCOVER magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. A Bay Area native, Kyla came home to California to earn her Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Stanford in 2011, then joined the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease as the Pediatric Heart Center’s first genetic counselor. She has a particular interest in the impact on children of learning their own genetic test results at different stages of development






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