Our Board Of Directors

meet the board

Allan Klein, M.D. is the Director of the Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases and a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging, the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. The Pericardial Center evaluates over 2,100 patients per year of which Dr. Klein sees the majority of patients. He is also the Course Director for Diastology and Contrast Echo & New Technologies Courses—currently his 20th annual course. Dr. Klein was honored to serve as President of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) from June 2016 to June 2017.

Massimo Imazio, M.D. is Current Head of Cardiology at the University Hospital “Santa Maria della Misericordia” in Udine, Italy, and former contract Professor of Physiology (Department of Public Health and Paediatrics, University di Torino) and Cardiology at the Cardiology Specialty School, University of Torino, Italy. Dr. Imazio has been the principal Investigator of eight randomized controlled trials (RCTs), including the first RCTs in pericardial diseases. An important contribution of these RCTs was delineation of the role of colchicine and biological agents such as anakinra in the treatment of pericarditis. He has served as Nucleus member of the ESC Working Group of myocardial and pericardial diseases and Coordinator of the ESC 2015 Guidelines on the management of pericardial diseases.

Allen Luis, M.D. is the Co-Director of the Pericardial Diseases Clinic and a staff cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic. He is also the Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Echocardiography and Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Programs. Dr. Luis’ areas of clinical interest include pericardial diseases (particularly recurrent pericarditis and echocardiography-guided pericardiocentesis), echocardiography, valvular heart disease, and carcinoid heart disease. Dr. Luis is a member of the Board of Councilors and Vice-Chair of the Fellows in Training section for the American College of Cardiology – Minnesota Chapter.

Allan Klein, M.D. is the Director of the Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases and a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging, the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. The Pericardial Center evaluates over 2,100 patients per year of which Dr. Klein sees the majority of patients. He is also the Course Director for Diastology and Contrast Echo & New Technologies Courses—currently his 20th annual course. Dr. Klein was honored to serve as President of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) from June 2016 to June 2017.

Massimo Imazio, M.D. is Current Head of Cardiology at the University Hospital “Santa Maria della Misericordia” in Udine, Italy, and former contract Professor of Physiology (Department of Public Health and Paediatrics, University di Torino) and Cardiology at the Cardiology Specialty School, University of Torino, Italy. Dr. Imazio has been the principal Investigator of eight randomized controlled trials (RCTs), including the first RCTs in pericardial diseases. An important contribution of these RCTs was delineation of the role of colchicine and biological agents such as anakinra in the treatment of pericarditis. He has served as Nucleus member of the ESC Working Group of myocardial and pericardial diseases and Coordinator of the ESC 2015 Guidelines on the management of pericardial diseases.

Allen Luis, M.D. is the Co-Director of the Pericardial Diseases Clinic and a staff cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic. He is also the Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Echocardiography and Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Programs. Dr. Luis’ areas of clinical interest include pericardial diseases (particularly recurrent pericarditis and echocardiography-guided pericardiocentesis), echocardiography, valvular heart disease, and carcinoid heart disease. Dr. Luis is a member of the Board of Councilors and Vice-Chair of the Fellows in Training section for the American College of Cardiology – Minnesota Chapter.

Martin LeWinter, M.D. is a graduate of Columbia University and the New York University School of Medicine. He is a cardiologist and Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Formerly he was Director of the Cardiology Unit and remains active as a part-time clinician at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. His major practice interests are in heart failure, cardiomyopathy and pericardial disease. Dr. LeWinter has had long-standing, NIH funded laboratory research programs in cardiomyopathy, myocardial function and dysfunction, and the pathophysiology of pericardial disease.

Chadi Alraies, M.D. completed his Medical Degree from Aleppo University School of Medicine in Syria. He trained in cardiology and did a Master of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and interventional and complex, high-risk and indicated PCI and advanced hemodynamic Care (CHIP) training at Wayne State University / Detroit Medical Center. Currently, he is the director of interventional cardiology research at Detroit Medical Center, where he leads multiple investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical trials. Dr. Alraies is the chair of the American Heart Association Clinical Cardiology Early Career Council.

Hope Plavin is the Director of Planning and Development at Adirondack Health Institute (AHI). Prior to joining AHI in 2018, Hope worked for United Healthcare providing state guidance on Medicaid policy, and prior to that, she worked for the New York State Department of Health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from SUNY Stony Brook, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University at Albany, and Master of Health Care Delivery Science degree from Dartmouth.

Martin LeWinter, M.D. is a graduate of Columbia University and the New York University School of Medicine. He is a cardiologist and Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Formerly he was Director of the Cardiology Unit and remains active as a part-time clinician at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. His major practice interests are in heart failure, cardiomyopathy and pericardial disease. Dr. LeWinter has had long-standing, NIH funded laboratory research programs in cardiomyopathy, myocardial function and dysfunction, and the pathophysiology of pericardial disease.

Chadi Alraies, M.D. completed his Medical Degree from Aleppo University School of Medicine in Syria. He trained in cardiology and did a Master of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and interventional and complex, high-risk and indicated PCI and advanced hemodynamic Care (CHIP) training at Wayne State University / Detroit Medical Center. Currently, he is the director of interventional cardiology research at Detroit Medical Center, where he leads multiple investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical trials. Dr. Alraies is the chair of the American Heart Association Clinical Cardiology Early Career Council.

Hope Plavin is the Director of Planning and Development at Adirondack Health Institute (AHI). Prior to joining AHI in 2018, Hope worked for United Healthcare providing state guidance on Medicaid policy, and prior to that, she worked for the New York State Department of Health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from SUNY Stony Brook, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University at Albany, and Master of Health Care Delivery Science degree from Dartmouth.

Sharon Horton is Development Director for the Capital Region American Heart Association in Albany, NY. Sharon holds degrees in both Paralegal Studies and Business Administration. Her diverse career path is built upon a foundation of business development, event management and corporate fundraising.

Rachel Freeburg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oregon. She has a background in children’s advocacy, nonprofit work, and child, adult and family mental health. She has had pericarditis for four years. Prior to developing pericarditis, Rachel enjoyed an active life building her psychotherapy practice, volunteering, alpine skiing, and competing in triathlons and half marathons. After developing pericarditis, Rachel has used her background in mental health to adjust her life in a way that supports healing and remains fulfilling.

Dona Winnowski is a Vice President, Wealth Development with KeyBank in Albany, NY. Prior to Key, she was a VP with the wealth management group of Wells Fargo in Portland, Oregon. Dona is a graduate of Santa Clara University with degrees in Political Science and Communication. Dona was diagnosed with pericarditis in 2019

Sharon Horton is Development Director for the Capital Region American Heart Association in Albany, NY. Sharon holds degrees in both Paralegal Studies and Business Administration. Her diverse career path is built upon a foundation of business development, event management and corporate fundraising.

Rachel Freeburg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oregon. She has a background in children’s advocacy, nonprofit work, and child, adult and family mental health. She has had pericarditis for four years. Prior to developing pericarditis, Rachel enjoyed an active life building her psychotherapy practice, volunteering, alpine skiing, and competing in triathlons and half marathons. After developing pericarditis, Rachel has used her background in mental health to adjust her life in a way that supports healing and remains fulfilling.

Dona Winnowski is a Vice President, Wealth Development with KeyBank in Albany, NY. Prior to Key, she was a VP with the wealth management group of Wells Fargo in Portland, Oregon. Dona is a graduate of Santa Clara University with degrees in Political Science and Communication. Dona was diagnosed with pericarditis in 2019