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    Franke Sellke   Frank Sellke, MD, is the Karl Karlson and Gloria Karlson Professor and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. A noted clinical cardiothoracic surgeon, researcher, and author, Sellke previously served as the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Sellke graduated from Wabash College and Indiana University School of Medicine.  His research interests include the regulation of microcirculation in health and disease, ischemic injury and inflammation during cardiac surgery, collateral vascular formation and the use of growth factors and cell therapy to increase blood flow to ischemic tissue. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Surgeons.  
    Arun Singh   Arun Singh, MD, is a clinical professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and a surgeon in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Division of Surgical Research at Rhode Island Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Darbhanga Medical School, Bihar University, Bihar, India, and did his postgraduate training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City; Hospital for Sick Children, London, England; and Rhode Island Hospital. During his long career, he has performed more than 12,000 open heart surgeries. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Surgeons, and a member of The Society of Thoracic surgeons and The American Association for Thoracic Surgery  
     
    Afshin Ehsan   Afshin Ehsan, MD, is a surgeon and director of the cardiothoracic intensive care unit at the Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. He earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California, and completed his residency and post-doctoral training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He previously served as surgical director of the heart failure and transplant program and director of the cardiothoracic surgery intensive care unit at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. His research interests include the role of steroid hormone receptors in vein graft failure; glucose control in cardiac surgery patients; gene therapy for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and genetic engineering of bio-prosthetic grafts. He is a member of the Association for Academic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Society of Heart Valve Disease.  
     Sodha, Neel MD Neel R. Sodha, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Cardiovascular Institute. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency and a postdoctoral research fellowship, and served as chief resident in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.In addition, Sodha completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency and served as chief resident in cardiac surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Heart Association.