TCTMD is the most comprehensive on-line resource in interventional cardiology and provides indepth coverage across the spectrum of cardiovascular disease research and practice. Since its launch at TCT 2000, TCTMD has provided clinicians and industry professionals myriad ways to keep up-to-date in the ever-evolving field, including news and education from conferences hosted around the world as well as information about the latest devices and drugs used in the daily practice of cardiovascular medicine.
TCTMD is produced and administered by employees of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF); editorial content is determined and overseen by the Editorial Director and kept strictly separate from CRF's other activities.
CRF's mission is to strive to improve the quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease. The organization's goal is to advance the development and use of safe and effective minimally invasive cardiovascular treatments. For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.crf.org.
Subscription to TCTMD is free through completion of a registration form found at www.tctmd.com/register. The majority of funding for TCTMD is derived from unrestricted sponsorships and grants from medical device and pharmaceutical companies.
Gary S. Mintz, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, is a renowned expert in the area of cardiovascular imaging and has extensive experience in both interventional cardiology and cardiac ultrasound. He joined the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in 1991 as Director of the Coronary Ultrasound Program, which has studied over 30,000 patients using intravascular ultrasound and has made fundamental observations about the pathology, pathogenesis, and mechanisms of coronary atherosclerosis, catheter-based interventions, and restenosis.
Stephanie Gutch is Senior Director of TCTMD/Digital. Stephanie joined CRF in 2008 as Content Coordinator for TCTMD. Prior to joining TCTMD, she was the web editor for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, a seven-hospital system based in Memphis, TN. Stephanie studied Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Shelley Wood is Managing Editor of TCTMD and the Editorial Director at CRF. She did her undergraduate degree at McGill University and the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and her graduate degree in journalism at the University of British Columbia, specializing in medical reporting. Before joining CRF in 2015, Shelley was Managing Editor at theheart.org and Senior Director, Global News for Medscape. Her work has won the National Institute for Heath Care Management's excellence in print journalism prize, the Online News Award for best specialty site journalism, two prizes from the Canadian Online Publishing Awards and Gold from the Association of Healthcare Publication Editors Awards.
Caitlin E. Cox is News Editor of TCTMD and Manager of Academic Content for CRF. After earning a BS in Biology at the University of Georgia, she did 2 years of bench research on HDL cholesterol at Tufts University. She earned her MA in Journalism from New York University’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program in 2005. Since then, she has written for a variety of publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, Natural History Magazine, and MAMM, and worked in communications at NYU Langone Medical Center. Just prior to arriving at CRF in 2008, she spent over a year as a freelance medical journalist in New Delhi, India.
Yael L. Maxwell is a Senior Medical Journalist for TCTMD as well as the Section Editor of Fellows Forum. She served as the inaugural media fellow for the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College from 2015 to 2016. Prior to working for CRF, Yael spent 2 years managing all research-related communications at the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She has also worked for the Editorial department of the PBS-affiliated science documentary series NOVA and the public affairs office of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and she has contributed to Genewatch, the monthly publication of the Council for Responsible Genetics. Her work has been published in mental_floss, Refinery29, and ScienceNOW. Yael studied Environmental Science and Journalism at Boston University.
L.A. McKeown is a Senior Medical Journalist for TCTMD, the Section Editor of Cath Lab Forum, and Senior Medical Editor/Writer for CRF. Laura has over 20 years of experience as a clinical and consumer medical writer for many publications, websites, and organizations, including Medical Tribune, WebMD, MSNBC, Reuters Health, the American Lung Association, the North American Menopause Society, and New York Medical College. In addition, she has extensive experience in medical education, including serving as managing editor of a series of patient education videos under former US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD. She earned a BS in Journalism and Mass Media from Rutgers University.
Todd Neale is the Senior Associate News Editor for TCTMD and a Senior Medical Journalist. He got his start in journalism at Audubon Magazine and made a stop in publishing before heading to MedPage Today, where he worked with a focus on cardiology for more than 6 years before joining CRF. He received a BS in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MA in Journalism from the Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University.
Michael O’Riordan is the Associate Managing Editor for TCTMD and a Senior Journalist. He completed his undergraduate degrees at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and his graduate degree in journalism at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, specializing in medical reporting. Prior to joining TCTMD in 2015, he was a senior journalist with theheart.org and Medscape Cardiology, both from WebMD. He was a member of theheart.org team that won the Online News Association Journalism Award (Specialty Site) in 2010 and the Gold Medal for Best Website from the Association of Healthcare Publication Editors in 2013.
Marcus Banks is the 2019 recipient of the Jason Kahn Fellowship in Medical Journalism. He is currently a master’s student in New York University’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP). Prior to becoming a journalist Marcus was a health librarian for more than a decade, working both as a reference librarian and library director. He was the Managing Editor for Scienceline, SHERP’s news website, and is now a Physics and Technology section editor. Marcus studied English at Northwestern University, and also earned a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University.
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Cassandra Stewart is Manager of Business Development for Digital. Cassandra joined CRF in 2013 as the Senior Coordinator of Exhibits and Sponsorships where she advanced to the Manager of Business Development and Industry Relations. She was responsible for overseeing and managing all exhibits and sponsorship business for CRF sponsored events such as CTO, Echo, Fellows, TVT, and TCT. Prior to joining CRF, Cassandra managed exhibits and sponsorships for several conferences across a broad range of industries including Broadcast Media, Printing, and Defense & Space in the Washington, DC area. She studied Elementary and Middle School Education with a focus in Math and Science with a minor in History at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.
Yulieth Plata is Manager, Content & Operations of TCTMD. Yulieth has worked for digital and news departments for the last seven years writing and editing news stories, launching new websites and implementing CMS platforms. Prior to CRF, she worked for Univision where she managed news, sports, entertainment, health, and lifestyle web content. She also oversaw live content for the 2014 World Cup across all platforms. Yulieth holds a degree in Communications and Journalism from the University Pontificia Bolivariana in Colombia.
Abigail Zolotarsky is Digital Marketing Associate at TCTMD. She completed her undergraduate degree in English at New York University's College of Arts and Sciences with additional focus in both computer science and child-adolescent psychology. Her studies have taken her abroad to China, where she studied mobile app design at New York University Shanghai. Prior to joining TCTMD, she managed digital marketing and user experience design initiatives for a number of lifestyle and tech start-ups based in New York City.
Samiha Huque is Content Management Associate at TCTMD. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. John’s University in New York City where she studied Marketing and Computer Science. She began her career doing digital marketing and SEO for various companies and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining CRF, she managed digital assets and content for Club Monaco.
Jason R. Kahn, the former News Editor of TCTMD, worked at CRF for 11 years until his death in 2014 at age 45. In his tenure, Kahn transformed the cardiology news coverage of TCTMD from a single-person operation into a vibrant editorial team. He received an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Michigan and an MA in Journalism from NYU’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program. The Jason Kahn Fellowship in Medical Journalism, established in Jason’s memory, is given each year to an aspiring medical journalist who works with, and is mentored by, the TCTMD staff. Recipients include Nicole Lou (2015), Michael H. Wilson (2016), Ashley Lyles (2017), Lucy Hicks (2018), and Marcus Banks (2019).