Dr. Costa is President, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and formerly the Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Center and Director of the Research and Innovation Center, Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He is also a Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He received his MD from Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil and his PhD in Interventional Cardiology from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Dr. Costa completed Fellowships in Basic Science, Vascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Interventional Cardiology at Felício Rocho Hospital, Brazil and Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He was a Staff Cardiologist and Director of Interventional Cardiology Research at Institute Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia, São Paulo, Brazil and, later, was named Director of Research, Associate Professor of Medicine with Tenure, and Director, Cardiovascular Imaging Core Laboratories at the University of Florida.
Dr. Costa’s areas of expertise are in vascular and cell biology, cardiovascular imaging and interventional cardiovascular medicine (coronary, peripheral artery disease, and acquired or congenital adult structural heart disease). He has been a leading investigator in several clinical trials on gene and stem cell therapy to promote angiogenesis for patients with heart disease and critical limb ischemia. Dr. Costa was one of the pioneers who, together with Dr. Eduardo Sousa in Brazil, first treated patients with drug-eluting stents in the world. He has since designed and coordinated several clinical trials, including one of the largest multicenter device trials in the U.S. Dr Costa has been the recipient of numerous awards including Research of the Year, from the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and was a Trustee of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention. He has published extensively, including authorship of academic books Unraveling of Restenosis. Understanding the mechanism and finding a solution: Implications of IVUS-3D and brachytherapy
. Optima B.V. Rotterdam; 2000; Cardiac Catheterization and Percutaneous Interventions.
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