Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Washington, DC (United States of America)
Dr. Christopher O’Connor is the Executive Director and CEO of the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute, a 5-hospital system that serves over2 million people in the N. Virginia / Washington, DC area. He is a Professor of Medicine at Duke University, and was previously the chief of the Division of Cardiology and director of the Duke Heart Center. Under his leadership, Duke Heart Center was ranked the #4 Heart Center in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Dr. O’Connor is an internationally recognized cardiologist and authority on heart failure. His clinical investigations have dramatically expanded the understanding of numerous aspects of cardiac function and dysfunction, including the influence of depression and stress on heart failure patients. His research has led to profound insights into both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies to treat heart failure and has had a direct impact on the lives of thousands of patients.