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Jeffrey S. Borer, MD

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Jeffrey S. Borer, MD is Downstate's Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and chair elect. After more than 30 years gaining an international reputation as a Fulbright Scholar in England, an investigator for the National Institutes of Health, a researcher and clinical practitioner at Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Jeffrey S. Borer has returned to his Brooklyn roots: "it was time," he says, "for me to give back to the community that gave so much to me."

Dr. Borer is nationally and internationally acclaimed for his work in establishing the benefits of Nitroglycerin during heart attacks (demonstrated at a time when such use was considered malpractice), and the development of real-time radionuclide cineangiography and its application during exercise, allowing doctors for the first time to see heart abnormalities directly as they occur during exercise. His most recent investigations center on the cellular and molecular bases of heart failure in regurgitant valvular diseases, and a novel therapy to prevent cardiac fibrosis.

Dr. Borer brings with him to Downstate the Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Disease and the Institute for Cardiovascular Translational Research. Central Brooklyn's large African-American and immigrant populations will now benefit from the presence of these prestigious programs.

Dr. Borer has served as an officer or board member of multiple state and national professional societies, most recently the Heart Valve Society of America (current President). Recently, he was named Chairman of the FDA’s Circulatory Systems Devices Advisory Committee. Dr. Borer has authored almost 400 journal articles and book chapters, as well as 4 books. His research has been supported by the NIH/NHLBI, AHA and multiple private foundations. He has been a member of the NASA Advisory Council, serves on the Editorial Boards of 10 major peer-reviewed journals, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Cardiology, one of the world’s oldest peer-reviewed cardiovascular journals.

His awards include, among others, the Hans-Peter Krayenbeuhl Memorial Award of the International Academy of Cardiology (2002) and the Public Service Medal of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in (1999).

While all these many accomplishments and distinctions are sources of great pride, Dr. Borer insists that his most important defining feature is his marriage to his wife of 30 years, Brondi, and their happiness at the growth and maturity of their two children.