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photo Daniel E Forman, MD

Chair, Section of Geriatric Cardiology

Email: formand@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-692-2360

Contact
Office: 3471 Fifth Avenue, Sutie 500
Kaufmann Medical Bldg
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-692-2360
Fax: 412-692-2370
E-mail: formand@pitt.edu
Administrative Assistant:
Elizabeth Thomas
Address: 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Bldg
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Email: eat8@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-864-2507
Fax: 412-692-2370
Education and Training
Education
MD, George washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, 1986
Training
Fellowship- Geriatric Medicine, Harvard University, 1992
Fellowship- Cardiovascular Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University, 1994
Research Interest
A Professor of Medicine, Dr. Forman is dually trained in Geriatrics and Cardiology. He holds appointments in both Divisions at UPMC as well as in both the Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and the Cardiology Division at the Pittsburgh VA. With NIH funding, he is studying the benefit of nitrate capsules for fatigue and function in older adults with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction. In two other NIH projects he is studying the impact of exercise on skeletal muscle gene transcription (Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans [MoTrPAC]), and the impact of exercise training on cognition (Investigating Gains in Neurocognition in an Intervention Trial of Exercise [IGNITE]). At the VA, he is comparing the impact of different training regimens (strength, aerobic, and inspiratory muscle training) on skeletal muscle morphology, gene expression, and functional capacity. He is also studying the utility of prehabilitation in frail elderly prior to abdominal and cardiothoracic surgery. Finally, he is funded by PCORI to devise novel strategies to improve cardiac rehabilitation, especially methods to improve enrollment, adherence, and value for complex, older cardiovascular patients.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Forman has an interest in maintaining/restoring physical function in older cardiovascular patients with related expertise in risk stratification, innovative care, and cardiac rehabilitation.
Educational Interest
Dr. Forman has an interest in developing the field of geriatric cardiology, in which precepts of geriatrics (e.g., multimorbidty, frailty, polypharmacy) are integrated with mainstream cardiology as a key step towards improved care of the older cardiovascular patient.
Publications
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Selected Publications:
Forman, D.E., Rich, M.W., Alexander, K.P., Zieman, S., Maurer, M.S., Najjar, S.S., Cleveland, J.C., Drumholz, H.M., Wenger, N.K. White Paper: Current care for older adults: Time for a new paradigm. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2011; 57: 1801-1810.
Forman, D.E., Daniels, K., Cahalin, L.P., Zavin, A., Allsup, K., Cao, P., Santhanam, M., Joseph, J., Arena, R., Lazzari, A., Schulze, C., Lecker, S. Analysis of Skeletal Muscle Gene Expression Patterns and the Impact of Functional Capacity in Patients with Systolic Heart Failure. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2014; 20: 422-430.
Forman, D.E., Fleg, J.L., Kitzman, D., Brawner, C.A., Swantk, A., McKelvie, R., Clare, R., Ellis, S.J., Dunlap, M.E., Bittner, V. 6 Minute Walk Test Provides Prognostic Utility Comparable to Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Ambulatory Outpatients with Systolic Heart Failure. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2012; 60: 2653-61.
Bell, S. P., Orr, N. M., Dodson, J. A., Rich, M. W., Wenger, N. K., Blum, K., Harold, J. G., Tinetti, M. E., Maurer, M. S., Forman, D. E. What to Expect From the Evolving Field of Geriatric Cardiology. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2015; 66 (11): 1286-99.
Forman, D. E., Clare, R., Kitzman, D.W., Ellis, S.J., Fleg, J.L., Chiara, T., Fletcher, G., Kraus, W.E. Relationship of age and exercise performance in patients with heart failure: The HF-ACTION Study. American Heart Journal. 2009; 158(4): S6-S15.
Afilalo, J., Alexander, K.P., Mack, M., Maurer, M,, Green, P., Allen, L., Popma, J.J., Ferruci, L., Forman, D.E. Frailty assessment in the cardiovascular care of older adults. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2014; 63: 747-62.
Lecker, S.H., Zavin, A., Cao, P., Arena, R., Allsup, K., Daniels, K.M., Joseph, J., Schulze, P.C., Forman, D.E. Expression of the Irisin Precursor FNDC5 in Skeletal Muscle Correlates with Aerobic Exercise Performance in Patients with Heart Failure. Circulation: Heart Failure. 2012; 5: 812-8.
Daniels, K., Zavin, A., Allsup, K., Joseph, J., Arena, R., Lazzari, A., Schulze, P.C., Lecker, S., Forman, D.E. Serum Adiponectin in Non-Cachectic Heart Failure Patients. International Journal of Cardiology. 2013; 168: 4363-4.
Fleg, J.L.*, Forman, D.E.*, Berra, K., Bittner, V., Blumenthal, J.A., Chen, M.A., Cheng, S., Kitzman, D.W., Maurer, M.S., Rich, M.W., Shen, W.K., Williams, M.A., Zieman, S.J. (* co-lead authors). Secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in older adults: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2013; 128: 2422-46.
Forman, D.E., Sanderson, B., Josephson, R., Raikhelkar, J., Bittner, V. Heart Failure as a Newly Approved Diagnosis for Cardiac Rehabilitation: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2015; 65: 2652-9.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Nitrite Benefits to Mediate Fatigability in Older HFpEF Patients
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R56 AG051637
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2017
Title: Study of the Utility of Oral Nitrate Therapy to Improve Skeletal Muscle Bioenergetics and Physical Capacity in Older Heart Failure Patients
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Aging Institute of UPMC
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2016
Title: Utility of Oral Nitrate Therapy to Improve Skeletal Muscle Bioenergetics and Physical Capacity in Old HF Patients
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging
Grant Number: XNV 72-217
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2016
Title: Risk Stratification in Older Persons with Acute Myocardial Infarction
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Yale University/National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL115295
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: The Impact of Heart Failure on the Relationship Between Weight Change and Relative Proportion of Lean Mass, and to Related Functional Ramifications in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center - University of Pittsburgh
Grant Number: XNV 72-216
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2015
Title: Exercise Therapy to Reduce Heart Failure Symptoms: Sorting Mechanisms of Benefit
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: VA RR&D SPiRE
Grant Number: F0834-R
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Home vs. Center-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: University of California - San Francisco/Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2017
Title: Low InTensity Exercise Intervention for Peripheral Artery Disease: The LITE Trial
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Northwestern University
Grant Number: R01 HL122846
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2017
Title: Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Clinical Centers
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Arthristis, Muscoskel, & Skin Disease
Grant Number: U01 AR071130
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021
Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Home Center-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grant Number: IH-13046787
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2017
Title: Integration of Geriatrics Principles into the Care of Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: U13 AG047008
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: Effects of Physical Exercise on Cardiovascular and Endocrine Health, and Brain Structure and Function
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: VA RR&D
Grant Number: B9254-C
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: Risk Stratification in Older Persons with Acute Myocardial Infarction (SILVER-AMI)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL115295
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: Cardiac Rehabilitation in VHA Study 1: Utilization of On-Site Services
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: HSR&D
Grant Number: RRP 12-235
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2015
Title: Oxygen versus PAP for Treatment of Sleep Apnea in Chronic Heart Failure
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: VA CSR&D
Grant Number: ICX00578
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2017
Title: Get Going: Accelerometer-Based Intervention to Promote Physical Activity in Frail Older Adults
Role: Mentor
Funding Agency: American College of Cardiology
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2017
Notable Achievements
Session Leader, American College of Cardiology Scientific Session, 2014
Innaugural Chair, International Workgroup, Geriatric Cardiology Section, American College of Cardiology, Washington, D.C., 2014
Advisory Board Member, Cardio Respiratory Fitness Registry, Council on Clinical Cardiology, 2013
Section Editor, “Cardiovascular Disease In the Elderly” Current Geriatrics Reports, 2014-16
Editorial Board member, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2014, 2014- present
Guest Editor, Geriatric Cardiology, Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 2015-16
Harvey Lectureship, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), “Physical Activity for the Elderly”, 2015
Chair-elect, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Older Populations Committee, American Heart Association, Present
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Outstanding Contribution to Science (Medical), 2016
Associate Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, 2015-present