FREEPORT, Bahamas, Aug 9, 2012 – Okyanos Cell Therapy, which brings a new standard of care and a better quality of life to patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) using cardiac cell therapy, has announced the expansion of its medical advisory council with the addition of Leslie Miller, M.D., FACC. Dr. Miller, chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) and director/CEO of the USF Cardiovascular Clinical and Research Integrated Strategic Program, is a renowned cardiologist, specifically in the areas of heart failure and transplant. Miller previously served as the director of the cardiac programs at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. Prior to that, he was a professor and director of the cardiovascular division at the University of Minnesota. Over the course of his medical career, Miller has served as an investigator in more than 80 clinical trials, and one of his research foci has been the use of adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. As a member of the medical advisory council, Miller will provide extensive insight on heart failure and the mechanisms by which cardiac cell therapy can assist in the improvement of heart function and the repair of heart damage.
The Okyanos Medical Advisory Council serves as a leadership council to provide medical guidelines and innovation in cardiac cell therapy and to further assist Okyanos in providing the highest standard of care to patients with chronic coronary artery disease.
“A key opinion leader in heart failure and stem cell therapy, Dr. Miller brings a unique expertise to the Okyanos Medical Advisory Council,” said Howard T. Walpole Jr., M.D., MBA, FACC, FACAI, FSCAI and chief medical officer for Okyanos. “Dr. Miller’s extensive background and knowledge in addressing the issue of heart failure will complement and enhance Okyanos’s ability to provide safe and effective treatment to our patients.”
“I am pleased to participate in the Okyanos Medical Advisory Council and work alongside recognized medical leaders committed to providing a new standard of care and a better quality of life for CAD patients,” said Miller. “Further, I look forward to helping to advance the Okyanos stem cell therapy treatment to best serve chronic coronary artery disease patients who have received maximal benefits from conventional therapies.”