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Amresh Raina, MD, FACC, FASE | Cardiovascular Disease Item-Writing Task Force
Dr. Raina attended Harvard University where he received his undergraduate degree. He received his medical degree and completed his residency at Columbia University. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for his fellowship in cardiovascular disease where he specialized in advanced heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Raina is the Director of the Advanced Heart Failure Cardiology and Pulmonary Hypertension Programs at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He is also on the echocardiography staff at Allegheny General Hospital. He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. You can view his most recent publication here.
Dr. Raina has been on the Cardiovascular Disease Item-Writing Task Force for three years. When asked what his favorite part of being on the Task Force is, Dr. Raina noted, “I like the challenge of devising questions, particularly in content areas that I am less familiar with as an advanced heart failure cardiologist. This keeps my knowledge current in other areas of cardiology outside of my primary subspecialty of advanced heart failure and pulmonary hypertension.” His advice to new Item-Writers is to “stay organized with regards to making a timeline for item-writing and to stay abreast of the deadlines. Although the number of items you are responsible for is not excessive, it is easy to get behind if you are not organized and disciplined, given that most of the Item-Writers are also busy with other work—whether it be clinical, teaching or administrative.”
In his free time, Dr. Raina is an avid runner—running middle and long distances. He’s a father of two children in middle school who play ice hockey and soccer. Dr. Raina enjoys watching English Premier League soccer.