Leadership Development Program


The ASNC Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a two-year mentorship program developed to prepare future leaders of both the society and the field of nuclear cardiology.

ASNC LDP participants will be paired with an ASNC mentor and leader who will provide guidance through the program and in their early career. Participants join in a series of live webinars focused on the areas of advocacy, guideline development, and education in support of ASNC's mission. LDP participants also receive training in how to cultivate important leadership skills such as effective presentation tactics, strategic planning, consensus building, and media training. Finally, LDP participants will be appointed to a position of leadership on an ASNC educational program, committee or other major ASNC activity to hone their skills.

Selection to the Leadership Development Program (LDP) is by a competitive application and open to all U.S. and international ASNC members who meet the requirements.

Questions about the LDP may be addressed to ASNC staff, Dawn Edgerton, dedgerton@asnc.org. 

Welcome 2022 LDP Participants

Ahmed 'Sami' Abuzaid, MD
Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute
Anchorage, Alaska

Twitter: @AabuzaidDr
LinkedIn: Ahmed Sami Abuzaid

Talal Alnabelsi, MD
University of Kentucky College of Medicine    
Lexington, Kentucky

LinkedIn: Talal Alnabelsi 

Dominik C. Benz, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts  

Twitter: @domcbenz
LinkedIn: Dominik C. Benz

Erika Hutt Centeno, MD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio

Twitter: @erikahuttce

Bruno B. Lima, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Twitter: @BrunoLimaMDPhD 

Mrinali Shetty, MD
University of Chicago NorthShore
Chicago, Illinois

Twitter: @MrinShettyMD


2021 LDP Participants

Shady Abohashem, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Kevin Emery Boczar, MD, PhD
University of Ottawa Heart Institute  
Ottawa, Canada

Madison Kocher, MD
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina 

Ricardo Nieves, MD
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Vasvi Singh, MD
Midwest Heart and Vascular Specialists
Overlook Park, Kansas

John Stendahl, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut

Brittany Weber, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital 
Dedham, Massachusetts

2020 LDP Participants:

Sarah Cuddy, MB, BCh, BAO
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Sanjay Divakaran, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital 
Boston, Massachusetts

Cesia Gallegos Kattan, MD
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut

Shaden Khalaf, MD
Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, Texas

Robert Miller, MD
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Michael Osborne, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Krishna K. Patel, MD, MSc
Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri 

2019 LDP Participants:

Christine Wiefels, MD, MSC
Univseridad Federal Fluminense
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Samia Massalha, MD
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON Canada

Matthieu Pelletier-Galarneau, MD
Montreal Heart Institute
Montreal, Canada

Javier Valencia-Gomez, MD
John Stroger Hospital of Cook County
Chicago, IL

John Bois, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Omar Abou-Ezzedine, MDCD, Ms
Mayo Clinic
Rochester MN


"Being a participant in the program has allowed me to become involved with the society on a new level and afforded me the opportunity to join multiple committees, which will provide me with the experience to one day become a leader and carry on the mission of ASNC and support the role of nuclear cardiology in the medical field."
- Matthew H., MD

"... LDP is what each participant makes of it, but learning to be an advocate for policies that enhance patient care, helping to shape our clinical standards and working alongside the field’s pioneers … that’s what we’re aiming to offer today’s young members so they’ll become tomorrow’s leaders."

- 2017 ASNC President and former LDP participant Raymond Russell, III, MD, PhD, MASNC