Director, Inova Cardiovascular Genomics Center
Palak Shah, MD, MS, is a board-certified internist, cardiologist and heart failure / transplant specialist. His interest in Cardiovascular Genomics developed while pursuing a Masters in Clinical and Translational Research. His training has encompassed multiple institutions in and outside of the DC area: Georgetown University, George Washington University and the University of Michigan. During his fellowship he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor’s society, a prestigious award given to individuals recognized for their high academic standing, leadership, professionalism and firm sense of ethics, as well as commitment to service in the community. As Medical Director of the Inova Cardiovascular Genomics Center, he is working with a highly-talented multidisciplinary team to bring cutting edge genomics to the bedside of patients with Cardiovascular Disease. Our team encompasses cardiovascular specialists with a developed interest in cardiovascular genetics, certified and licensed genetic counselors from the Inova Translational Medicine Institute, nurse coordinators, research manager and the Inova Laboratory for Genomic Medicine that performs many of our genetic tests at Inova.
Outside of work, Dr. Shah has a vibrant young family with three young kids and enjoys camping, snowboarding and tennis.
Dr. Mitchell Cohen is the current Co-Director of the Pediatric Heart Program and Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiology at Inova Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cohen is a pediatric electrophysiologist. He joins Inova Children’s Hospital from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where he served as co-Director of Phoenix Children’s Heart Center.
Dr. Cohen’s clinical and research interests address long-term outcomes of children with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices, genotype specific therapies for patients with channelopathies, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, and late arrhythmic outcomes in adults with congenital heart disease. Dr. Cohen’s advocacy interests extend to sudden cardiac death prevention and awareness for all high-school students.
Dr. Cohen has lectured at over 250 national and international scientific meetings and more than 80 published papers and book chapters. He has been a visiting professor at Primary Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cohen has served on the Scientific Clinical Documents Committee for the Heart Rhythm Society and been the lead or co-author on more than five nationally published guidelines by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
Rebecca Miller, MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor
Rebecca Miller is a licensed and certified genetic counselor at the Inova Cardiovascular Genomics Center. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from the University of Cincinnati. She was a genetic counselor at the University of California – Los Angeles before returning home to the Northern Virginia area in 2015.
At Inova, Rebecca currently works in various pediatric and adult clinics at Inova and Pediatric Specialists of Virginia. Rebecca is a founding member and first genetic counselor at the Inova Cardiovascular Genomics Center. Outside of Inova, Rebecca enjoys running, traveling with her husband and cooking with friends.
Ryan Hartman, MS
Ryan Hartman is a Genetic Counselor at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He received his Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech in 2016 and his Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2019. Ryan has been part of the genetics team since 2019. Ryan currently works in both pediatric and adult cardiology genetics and for the in-patient genetic service. He is passionate about providing genetic education and helping his patients make personal informed decisions. He is enthusiastic about furthering the genetic education of students and professionals in all areas of healthcare to bring genomics into the forefront of medicine.
Erica Price, MS
Erica Price is a genetic counselor at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2011 and her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University in 2019. She is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). Erica currently works in the pediatric outpatient clinic at Pediatric Specialists of Virginia.
Amanda Millheim, BSN, RN
Amanda Millheim received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marymount University in 2011 and began her professional career working as a Cardiac Telemetry staff nurse at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. After two years on the Cardiovascular Telemetry unit, she transitioned to the Coronary Care Unit. In April 2015, Amanda joined the Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant department and works with the Cardiovascular Genomics Center as a clinical coordinator. She is interested in inherited cardiovascular diseases and cardiomyopathies. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys running, working out and spending time with her fiancé.
Sheila Phillips, MA PMP CCRC
Research Program Manager
Sheila Phillips helped to establish and currently manages the Cardiovascular Genomics and Precision Medicine research program. She ensures the highest research standards are adhered to with respect to laboratory methods, clinical phenotyping, and facilitates individual investigator analyses by managing the sample and data flows from selecting the samples to ensuring lab tests results are combined with the most useful de-identified clinical markers for scientific analysis. Sheila’s favorite thing to do is inspire P.I.’s to initiate and conduct investigator initiated studies, and see the progression to new medical insights with statistical evidence that can be translated into medical treatment enabling patients’ to have more robust health of life.
Currently working toward a masters in biostatistics, Sheila joined Inova in 2013 as a volunteer with a desire to help advance medicine at the grassroots level – in the clinical setting. Prior to Inova, Sheila started, grew, and sold a research company assisting organizations in the development of new instruments, products, and services. She has become integral to accomplishing the medical progress Inova has envisioned.
Natalie Hauser, MD
Natalie Hauser, MD, is a board-certified medical geneticist, biochemical geneticist, and pediatrician. She became fascinated with ‘solving the mystery’ of unknown, unresolved patient medical problems while training to become a pediatrician and seeing an unexpected number of children with underlying medical problems with no known reason. Her training and specialization was cultivated at the NIH, University of Nebraska, and University of Texas.
At Inova, Natalie assists with medical problems that are unknown, unresolved, or family trend of a reoccurring problem. She relies on both the existing medical knowledge with genetic testing and on research to put all pieces of a patient’s issues together, as she seeks to unify all symptoms and medical issues into an underlying genetic defect. Natalie aims to help with as many unknown medical problems as possible and subsequently add to the scientific knowledge base of human genome, disease, and birth defects to help all of mankind.
She actively trains and supervises clinical rotations for 8-10 medical students per year at the Inova Fairfax campus.
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