Arnold W. Strauss, MD
Professor of Pediatrics in Cardiology; Associate Director for External Relations and Strategic Projects, Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Dr. Strauss is a distinguished pediatric cardiologist, scientist, educator and leader. Prior to his arrival at Cincinnati, he was the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, a position he held from 2000 to 2007. Under his leadership, the university built and opened a new hospital for children, expanded its pediatric faculty, and increased grant funding for pediatric research. Earlier, from 1981 to 2000, Dr. Strauss was Director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Washington University/St. Louis Children's Hospital.
A respected scientist, Dr. Strauss's research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of disorders of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation and genetic causes of congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies. He is the recipient of two of the most prestigious awards in research: the American Heart Association's Basic Science Research Award for groundbreaking work that led to finding genetic defects that can cause heart failure and sudden death in infants and children and the E. Mead Johnson Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research. Dr. Strauss has been a supporter of BSF since its formation, both as a physician and as a researcher. His wife, Patricia, also has become a strong advocate for us. Dr. Strauss has received two grants from BSF for early work toward creating a mammalian model of BTHS, and he has attended several of our conferences. His vast experience, wide-ranging expertise and wise insights will add greatly to our international SMAB.