Dr. Benza is an internationally renowned clinician and research scientist in heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and pulmonary hypertension, and has been a key contributor to many clinical trials in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Currently, Dr. Benza is an Advisory Board Member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Vascular Interventions/Innovations and Therapeutic Advances Program. He also serves as Professor of Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and at Drexel University College of Medicine, and is James Magovern Chair for Cardiovascular Research at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Benza was named Physician of the Year by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association in 2013, and has served on multiple boards, committees and councils related to his work on pulmonary vascular diseases. He is a funded investigator for the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association, and has published more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to several book chapters. Dr. Benza earned an MD from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. He performed his internship and residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.