About

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
CARDIOVILLAGE PROJECT TEAM

CardioVillage Course Co-Directors: 
Lawrence W. Gimple, MD and Ralph Buckley, MD

Lawrence W. Gimple, MD is Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is Chief, Cardiovascular Division, and Co-Director, Heart and Vascular Center of the University of Virginia Health System. Dr. Gimple graduated in 1983 from Harvard Medical School. He completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gimple has a clinical practice in Interventional Cardiology, basic research interests in atherosclerosis and restenosis after angioplasty, clinical research interests in acute coronary syndromes and outcomes after coronary interventions, and educational interests in the use of emerging technologies for teaching about cardiovascular disease and health.

Ralph S. Buckley, MD is Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division. He has an interest in noninvasive cardiology, including care of patients with CAD, vascular heart disease, and arrhythmias. Dr. Buckley now practices with Cardiology Associates of Mobile, Alabama as a noninvasive cardiologist. He completed his medical training and residency at the University of Virginia where he became chief resident and, subsequently, a fellow in the cardiovascular division. Dr. Buckley helped develop the database that delivers the lessons in CardioVillage to the Internet. He began programming computers in the 1970s. When he and Dr. Gimple became interested in multimedia education, they used the Internet to bring interactive medical education to the web, creating CardioVillage, a web-based interactive initiative written by physicians for health care providers.

Drs. Buckley and Gimple were co-authors of Cases in Cardiology, an educational CD-ROM dedicated to teaching primary care physicians about cardiovascular medicine. Cases in Cardiology won the prestigious People's Choice Award from Macromedia, an international competition for Outstanding Educational Software for adults.

CME Faculty Coordinator: Jann Balmer, RN, PhD

Jann Balmer is Director for Continuing Medical Education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Balmer is a nationally recognized authority on continuing medical education via print, Internet, and CD-ROM formats, and has numerous publications in the field. Dr. Balmer has participated in national medical research and collaborative projects, and has held leadership positions within the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, including Chair, Accreditation Review Committee. She has been a featured speaker at every ACCME Annual Meeting since 1994 and she delivers in-person presentations for ACCME Accreditation Workshops on an on-going basis. Under Dr. Balmer's leadership, the University of Virginia Office of Continuing Medical Education each year offers to physicians more than 160 activities accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Balmer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, Master of Science in child health nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Balmer's vision for an engaging, educational site for healthcare professionals to easily earn CE credit was instrumental in creating CardioVillage and for the site's longevity and growth. 

CardioVillage Project Owner: Debra McMahon, PhD

Debra McMahon is the President and CEO of Scitent, Inc., formerly CardioConcepts, Inc. Scitent, based in Charlottesville, VA, helps organizations bring their educational content to the internet in a compelling, efficient, and cost-effective manner. Deb received her degree in Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her postdoctoral training in Thrombosis and Hemostasis at UNC Chapel Hill. She worked for several years in medical writing, editing, and instructional design before joining Scitent; she has been with the company since its inception.

Diagnostic Catheterization and Interventional Curricula Faculty
Course Director: Michael Ragosta, MD, FSCAI
Peer Review Editor: Barry F. Uretsky, MD, FSCAI

Michael Ragosta, MD is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Division at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Director, Interventional Cardiology UVa Health System. He graduated from Brown University in 1985. He completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and his fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the University of Virginia. His clinical interests include general cardiology, interventional cardiology, including angioplasty, stents, atherectomy and coronary brachytherapy, diagnostic catheterization, and peripheral interventions. Dr. Ragosta's research interests include viability, restenosis, preconditioning, ischemic heart disease, and infarction.

Barry F. Uretsky, MD is Director, Division of Cardiology and John Sealy Distinguished Centennial Chair, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. He received his MD degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1972 where he was a member of the Babcock Surgical Society and Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital and was a fellow in cardiology at the Boston City Hospital and Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Uretsky's clinical interests include evaluating interventional devices and developing alternative algorithms for interventional strategies, congestive heart failure and its management, and intracoronary imaging and hemodynamics. He is recognized for his work on blood flow regulation in interventional cardiology and is the author of more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals.