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photo Daniel E. Forman, MD

Cardiology, Geriatrics

Chair, Section of Geriatric Cardiology

Email: formand@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-864-2507

Contact
Office: 3471 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Bldg
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-864-2507
Fax: 412-692-2370
E-mail: formand@pitt.edu
Administrative Assistant:
Beth Delk
Address: 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Bldg
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Email: eat8@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-864-2507
Fax: 412-692-2370
Education and Training
Education
•MD, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, 1986
Training
•Fellowship- Geriatric Medicine, Harvard University, 1992
•Fellowship- Cardiovascular Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University, 1994
Research Interest
Dr. Forman is a Geriatrician and Cardiologist, who has been a thought leader in the rapidly expanding field of Geriatric Cardiology. He has a portfolio of research exploring the dimensions of aging that impact the understanding of and management of cardiovascular disease in older adults. Dr. Forman’s research is oriented both to cellular mechanisms that underlie incidence and distinctiveness of cardiovascular disease in older adults, as well as optimization of cardiovascular therapeutics in older adults. His cellular translational work focuses particularly on mitochondrial energetics in skeletal muscle in older adults with cardiovascular disease and the utility of nitrites, metformin and other novel therapies to enhance physical function. He is also studying new approaches to cardiac rehabilitation and prehabilitation to enhance clinical outcomes of older adults with cardiovascular disease in the context of multimorbidity, sarcopenia, frailty, cognitive impairments, and other geriatric complexities.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Forman has an interest in maintaining/restoring physical function in older cardiovascular patients with related expertise in exercise training and novel adjuctive therapies. He is one of the leading experts in Geriatric Cardiology, and an expert in cardiac rehabilitation, including novel telehealth technologies.
Educational Interest
Dr. Forman has an interest in developing the field of Ggeriatric Ccardiology, in which precepts of geriatrics (e.g., multimorbidty, frailty, polypharmacy) are integrated with mainstream cardiology as a key step towards improved care of the older cardiovascular patient.
Publications
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Selected Publications:
Forman, D.E., Arena, R., Boxer, R., Dolansky, M.A., Eng, J.J., Fleg, J.L., Haykowsky, M., Jahangir, A., Kaminsky, L.A., Kitzman, D.W., Lewis, E.F., Myers, J., Reeves, G.R., Shen, W-K. Prioritizing Functional Capacity as a Principal End Point for Therapies Oriented to Older Adults With Cardiovascular Disease: A Scientific Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017; 135: e894-e918.
Forman, D.E., Maurer, M.S., Boyd, C., Brindis, R., Salive, M.E., Horne, F.M., Bell, S.P., Rich, M.W. Multimorbidity in Older Adults With Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2018; 71: 2149-61.
Schopfer, D.W., Whooley, M.A., Allsup, K., Pabst, M., Shen, H., Tarasovsky, G., Duvernoy, C.S., Forman, D.E. Effects of Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation on Time to Enrollment and Functional Status in Patients With Ischemic Heart Disease. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2020; 9(19).
Lutz, A.H., Delligatti, A., Allsup, K., Afilalo, J., Forman, D.E. Cardiac Rehabilitation Is Associated With Improved Physical Function in Frail Older Adults With Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2020; 40: 310-318.
Forman, D.E., Clare, R., Kitzman, D.W., Ellis, S.J., Fleg, J.L., Chiara, T., Fletcher, G., Kraus, W.E. Relationship of Age and Exercise Performance in Patients with Heart Failure: The HF-ACTION Study/. American Heart Journal. 2009; 158: S6-S15.
Forman, D.E., Fleg, J.L., Kitzman, D.W., Brawner, C.A., Swank, A., McKelvie, R., Clare, R., Ellis, S.J., Dunlap, M.E., Bittner, V. 6 Minute Walk Test Provides Prognostic Utility Comparable to Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Ambulatory Outpatients with Systolic Heart Failure. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2012; 60: 2653-61.
Forman, D.E., Santanasto, A.J., Boudreau, R.M., Harris, T., Kanaya, A.M., Satterfield, S., Simonsick, E.M., Butler, J., Kizer, J.R., Newman, A.M. Incident Heart Failure and Body Composition in Health ABC. Circulation. Heart Failure. 2017; 10(9).
Tucker, W.J., Haykowsky, M.J., Seo, Y., Stehling, E., Forman, D.E. Impaired Exercise Tolerance in Heart Failure: Role of Skeletal Muscle Morphology and Function. Current Heart Failure Reports. 2018; 15: 323-31.
Forman, D.E., Daniels, K., Cahalin, L.P., Zavin, A., Allsup, K., Cao, P., Santhanam, M., Joseph, J., Arena, R., Lazzari, A., Schulze, C., Lecker, S. Analysis of Skeletal Muscle Gene Expression Patterns and the Impact of Functional Capacity in Patients with Systolic Heart Failure. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2014; 20: 422-30.
Lecker, S.H., Zavin, A., Cao, P., Arena, R., Allsup, K., Daniels, K.M., Joseph, J., Schulze, P.C., Forman, D.E. Expression of the Irisin Precursor FNDC5 in Skeletal Muscle Correlates with Aerobic Exercise Performance in Patients with Heart Failure. Circulation. Heart Failure. 2012; 5: 812-8.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Nitrite Therapy to Improve Mitochondrial Energetics and Physical Activity in Older Adults
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R01 AG058883
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2022
Title: Modified Application of Cardiac Rehabilitation for Older Adults (MACRO)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R01 AG060499
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2023
Title: PRagmatic EValuation of evENTs And Benefits of Lipid-lowering in oldEr Adults (PREVENTABLE)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Duke University / National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: U19 AG065188
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2026
Title: Innovative Approach to Geriatric Osteoporosis
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R01 AG066825
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2025
Title: Study of Muscle Mobility and Aging Additional Measures
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: California Pacific Medical Center
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2020
Title: A Phase II Trial of Metformin for Pulmonary Hypertension in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R01 AG058659
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2023
Title: Study of Muscle, Mobility and Aging (SOMMA)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: California Pacific Medical Center/ National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R01 AG059416
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2020
Title: Investigating Gains in Neurocognition in an Intervention Trial of Exercise
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R01 AG053952
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2018
Title: Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Clinical Centers
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Arthristis, Muscoskel, & Skin Disease
Grant Number: U01 AR071130
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021
Title: Integration of Geriatrics Principles into the Care of Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: U13 AG047008
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: Effects of Physical Exercise on Cardiovascular and Endocrine Health, and Brain Structure and Function
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: VA RR&D
Grant Number: B9254-C
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: PITTSBURGH OLDER AMERICANS INDEPENDENCE CENTER
Role: Co-Leader
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: P30 AG024827
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2025
Title: Pittsburgh Older Americans Independence Center RC1
Role: Core Director
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: P30 AG024827
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Title: PRagmatic EValuation of evENTs And Benefits of Lipid-lowering in oldEr Adults (PREVENTABLE)
Role: Research Instructor
Funding Agency: Duke University / National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: U19 AG065188
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2026
Notable Achievements
•Leadership Award, Inaugural Chair, Geriatric Cardiology Section, Amercian College of Cardiology, 2014
•VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Outstandnig Contribution to Science (Medical), 2016
•Chair, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Older Populations Committee, American Heart Association, 2017
•Tenure, University of Pittsburgh, 2017
•American College of Cardiology (ACC) Commendation as Co-Director of the NIA-ACC-AGS program Diagnostic Testing In Older Adults With Cardiovascular Disease, 2018
•Meyers Visiting Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA, 2019
•Best Doctors of Pittsburgh (Cardiology and Geriatrics), 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020