Dr. Lavie graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School in 1983 where he received the Cardiology and Physiology Awards at graduation and completed internal medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Institutions. He then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, where he joined the faculty in 1989. Dr.Lavie is currently Professor of Medicine and Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology; Director, Exercise Testing Laboratory; and Staff Cardiologist, Echocardiographic Laboratory at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans, Ochsner Clinical School-The University of Queensland School of Medicine and he has previously served for 10 years as Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Training program. He also serves as a Consultant in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge,Louisiana. Dr. Lavie's research interests include the fields of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention, including lipids, hypertension, obesity, and exercise, as well as noninvasive testing, encompassing echocardiography, exercise testing, and nuclear cardiology. He is the author or co-author of over 700 medical publications including two cardiology textbooks, and almost 40 book chapters. Dr. Lavie also serves as a frequent lecturer, reviewer for several medical journals, and is Associate Editor and Cardiovascular Section Editor of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings and Senior Editorial Consultant of Congestive Heart Failure and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Prevention, Postgraduate Medicine, Emergency Medicine, the Ochsner Journal, Coronary Artery Disease, The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Current Cardiology Reviews, Cardiovascular Disorders, Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, Future Cardiology, Journal Glycomics and Lipidomics, The Open Atherosclerosis & Thrombosis Journal, The Open Heart Failure Journal and Diseases. He has previously served on the editorial boards of Chest, Internal Medicine, and as the US Associate Editor of Cardiology in the Elderly and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology. For the years 2003 and 2004 he served as Chairman of Vascular, Hypertension and Prevention for the American College of Cardiology and he has been an elite reviewer for JACC for 5 of the last 6 years, also receiving the Simon Dack Award as a life-time, hall of fame, reviewer. From a personal stand-point, he is an avid sports fan and competitive runner, with personal records in the 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon and Marathon of 18:30, 38:30,1:24:30, and 3:10, respectively.