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Dysautonomia Information Network (DINET)
Medical Advisory PanelNicholas G. Tullo, MD, FACC
New Jersey Center for FaintingDr. Nicholas Tullo is a graduate of SUNY – Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at The North Shore University Medical Center in Manhasset, NY. He trained in cardiology at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT, and completed his fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ.
Dr. Tullo served as director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacemaker Service at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ from 1991 to 2003. He was also Associate Professor of Medicine for the Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education. He left New Jersey with his family and spent three years with the Chattanooga Heart Institute in Tennessee. He subsequently returned to New Jersey to join Consultants In Cardiology in West Orange, NJ. He established the New Jersey Center For Fainting out of his passion for caring for patients with this frustrating disorder, and he has a large number of patients with dysautonomia who are referred to his practice.
Dr. Tullo is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and board-certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine. He has participated in many clinical trials, and enjoys teaching and writing. Dr. Tullo has created a new informational website, www.njfaint.com, for patients and physicians. He has been an active member of the Heart Rhythm Society since 1989. Dr. Tullo is currently Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Rutgers University – School of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
In February, 2014 he performed the first implant in New Jersey of the Medtronic LINQ miniaturized cardiac monitor, and in May of 2014 he was selected by the faculty, resident physicians, and medical students at St. Barnabas Medical Center to receive the prestigious HARVEY E. NUSSBAUM GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for Excellence in Teaching.
Amer Suleman, MD
The Heartbeat Clinic
Dr. Amer Suleman completed his studies at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, the Mid America Heart Institute, and the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University. Dr. Suleman also held resident and clinical instructor positions at the State University of New York and the Mayo Hospital (in Pakistan). His Fellowship in Cardiology was completed at Alton Ochsner Medical Center. He also trained at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology with Dr. Douglas Zipes.
In addition to being certified in internal medicine, clinical cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovas-cular medicine, pacemakers and defibrillators, and echocardiography, Dr. Suleman is a specialist in clinical hypertension(offered by American Society of Hypertension). Dr. Suleman is an established medical lecturer and writer, known for his focus on patient care. He is Testamur of NASPeXAM in cardiac pacemaker and defibrillator management, and has worked across the state of Texas as a consultant in cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular medicine.
Over the years, He has had several articles published in peer review journals, and has made close to 50 presentations at national and international meetings. He has also participated in numerous clinical trials and investigations. Dr. Suleman has received several awards and grants, and is a regular contributor to medical and scientific communities as both a lecturer and writer. Currently, he serves as CME Editor of Cardiology for www.eMedicine.com, the largest source of medical literature on the Internet. Today, Dr. Suleman and The Heartbeat Clinic serve patients in the Dallas-Ft. Worth areas and beyond. His main office is in McKinney, Texas.
Svetlana Blitshteyn, MD
Dysautonomia ClinicDr. Blitshteyn is the Director and Founder of Dysautonomia Clinic and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She completed her neurology training at the Mayo Clinic and received her Medical Doctor degree and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude, from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Blitshteyn's practice provides neurologic care to adolescents and adults with autonomic and other neurologic disorders. Her research concentrates on pathophysiology and precipitating factors of POTS and includes studies and publications on POTS and autoimmunity, pregnancy, vaccination, headache and vitamin deficiency. She presented her research at various national and international meetings and received numerous honors and awards for her work on the autonomic disorders.
Satish R Raj, MD, MSCI
University of Calgary | Vanderbilt University
Satish R Raj grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Medicine in Ontario in 1993. After completing residency training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Queen’s University he moved on to a fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Calgary.
In 2002, Dr. Raj moved to Nashville, Tennessee as a Research Fellow in Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University’s Autonomic Dysfunction Center and completed a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation. He spent 12 years at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) working primarily as a clinical research in the Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Center. Under the mentorship of Dr. David Robertson at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Raj developed a research program and obtained research funding for studies on postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and vasovagal syncope.
In 2014, Dr. Raj moved back to the University of Calgary to found the Calgary Autonomic Investigation and Management Center at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. The clinic is focused on providing high-level autonomic care to Canadian patients with POTS, syncope and orthostatic hypotension disorders. He has also established a clinical research program with protocols for patients with POTS, patients with syncope and patients with orthostatic hypotension.
He is currently an Associate Professor of Cardiac Sciences in the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta at the University of Calgary. His clinical focus is on heart rhythm problems (particularly those that require pacemaker and defibrillators) and autonomic disorders.
Dr. Raj serves on the Board of Directors of the American Autonomic Society (AAS) and the Association for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ACTS).
Julian M. Stewart, MD, PhD
New York Medical CollegeDr. Stewart received MD and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago studying cardiac physiology. He is a trained pediatric cardiologist and an integrative physiologist. Dr. Stewart's initial work concerned vascular physiology and was performed in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Hintze in Physiology at New York Medical College. Subsequently, physiology methods were translated into measurements in conscious humans, largely adolescents and young adults. These are primarily noninvasive adaptations of classical blood flow techniques.
Dr. Stewart's work and funding now centers around understanding the physiology of orthostatic intolerance in young people, its relation to vascular control mechanisms and their impact on the autonomic nervous system. The technological focus has been on the development and use of methods to measure regional blood flow and endothelial function in patients and in healthy volunteers. He has developed methods using a combination of segmental impedance plethysmography, strain gauge plethysmography, ultrasound and laser Doppler flowmetry along with microdialysis techniques in which he can test the responses to drugs and can measure changes in microscopic amounts of biochemicals. These are applied to treatment of OI.