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View a video about stem cell research at Texas Heart Institute.
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Principal Investigators

Director, Clinical Research for Cardiovascular Medicine; Medical Director, Stem Cell Center 
McNair Scholar
James T. Willerson, MD
Texas Heart Institute

 Guilherme V. Silva, MD
Assistant Medical Director
Guilherme V. Silva, MD  

See Publications for articles and presentations by Stem Cell Center physician/scientists. 


Assistant Director
Deirdre Smith, RN, BSN, CCRC

Manager, Clinical Trials
Jennifer Chambers, RN, BSN

Research Nurse Practitioner
Amadita Rodriguez, MS, RN, ANP 

Clinical Research
View of a stem cell procedure in the cardiac cath lab.James Chen, RN, BSN, CCRC
Nichole Piece, RN , CCRC
Kerry Blakeney, RN
Dia Tisdel-Pickens, MHA 
Erica Delano, BS, CCRP 

Coordinator Assistants
Tracye Dauphin
Sara Sampaio

Executive Assistant to Dr. Perin 
Tanya Rojas  

Research Scientists 
Maria da Graca Cabreira, PhD
Luiz Sampaio, MD

Research Assistant
Xiaohong Wang, MD

Lab Research Coordinator
Christina Bove, DVM

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Contact Information

Texas Heart Institute 
MC 2-255
6720 Bertner Ave.  
Houston, TX  77030
Email: stemcell@texasheart.org
Phone: 832-355-9405
Fax: 832-355-9440
Toll free: 1-866-924-STEM (7836)

Updated November 2013
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