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Chair, Section of Geriatric Cardiology, UPMC
A Professor of Medicine, Dr. Forman is dually trained in Geriatrics and Cardiology. He holds appointments in both Divisions at UPMC as well as in both the Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and the Cardiology Division at the Pittsburgh VA.
With NIH funding, he is studying the benefit of nitrate capsules for fatigue and function in older adults with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction. In two other NIH projects he is studying the impact of exercise on skeletal muscle gene transcription (Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans [MoTrPAC]), and the impact of exercise training on cognition (Investigating Gains in Neurocognition in an Intervention Trial of Exercise [IGNITE]).
At the VA, he is comparing the impact of different training regimens (strength, aerobic, and inspiratory muscle training) on skeletal muscle morphology, gene expression, and functional capacity. He is also studying the utility of prehabilitation in frail elderly prior to abdominal and cardiothoracic surgery. Finally, he is funded by PCORI to devise novel strategies to improve cardiac rehabilitation, especially methods to improve enrollment, adherence, and value for complex, older cardiovascular patients.
Dr. Forman has an interest in maintaining/restoring physical function in older cardiovascular patients with related expertise in risk stratification, innovative care, and cardiac rehabilitation.
Dr. Forman has an interest in developing the field of geriatric cardiology, 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.