Hector O. Ventura, MD, was the Section Head, Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also a Professor, Cardiology, The University of Queensland School of Medicine, Ochsner Clinical School, Brisbane, Australia as well as a Professor of Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. After graduating from the National University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in Argentina, Dr. Ventura completed an internship and residency at the Central Military Hospital in Buenos Aires, followed by research fellowships in arterial hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, an internship, and an internal medicine residency at the Ochsner Medical Institutions in New Orleans. He completed his training in heart failure/heart transplantation at the Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, and served as Co-Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Program at Ochsner Medical Institutions until 1997.
From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Ventura served as Clinical Professor of Medicine, Director of Cardiovascular Research, and Co-Director of Advanced Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation at the Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans. He is a Master of the American College of Cardiology, and a Fellow of the American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society. Dr. Ventura is the past Governor of the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. Since the year 2005, Dr. Ventura was the Section Head of Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation at Ochsner Clinic Foundation and served two terms as Program Director of the Cardiology Training Program. Moreover, he is the President of The Ochsner Alumni Association.
A prolific lecturer, Dr. Ventura’s research includes studies in the field of Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation He has co-authored more than 550 articles, abstracts, and book chapters and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Revista Colombiana de Cardiologia, Congestive Heart Failure, American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Cardiac Failure, Congestive Heart Failure, and Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Ventura was Editor-in-Chief of Cardiosource en Español and currently serves as an Associate Editor of Journal of the American College of Cardiology Heart Failure, Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, and he is the Editor-in-Chief of Current Problems in Cardiology.
Dr. Ventura is also a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Heart Association, American Society of Transplant Physicians, International Society of Heart Transplantation and American Osler Society. He is a member of the Fellow in Training Committee of the American Heart Association. He was the chair of the Awards Committee of the American College of Cardiology, and he is the co-chair of the International Committee of the American College of Cardiology. Among his awards and honors, he is listed in Best Doctors in America since 1995, received the Southern Medical Association Research Award in 1990 and the International Impact Award of the American Heart Association.