PCI pioneer Cindy Grines joins Northwell Health

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Cardiologist Cindy Grines, MD, who helped pioneer the use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for heart attacks, has been named the chair of cardiology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, according to a press release.

She will work as a cardiologist at Northwell Health, while also developing cardiology research and improved education programs at the school of medicine.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Grines, one of the most esteemed interventional cardiologists in the country, as the chair of cardiology at the medical school," said Lawrence Smith, MD, Northwell Health's physician-in-chief and dean of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, in a press release. "With exceptional clinical, teaching and research skills, Dr. Grines will develop a premiere cardiac research program as well as developing clinical trials that will give patients earlier access to the latest in diagnostics and therapeutics."

Before joining Northwell, Grines was vice president of academic and clinical affairs a Detroit Medical Center’s Heart Hospital. Prior to that, she was vice chief of cardiovascular medicine at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

She has been involved in a number of multicenter clinical trials that has contributed to improvements in care of heart attack patients and has published more than 400 papers on the subject. She earned her medical degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and completed a fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.