Dr. John R. Teerlink,
FACC, FAHA, FESC, FRCP(UK)
is Director of the Heart Failure Program and Clinical Echocardiography Laboratory at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was Marc Boriack’s physician, a huge support to the Boriack Family and an integral member of the Challenge Failure team.
Dr. Teerlink graduated from Swarthmore College with Highest Honors in Comparative Religious Studies and Cellular Biology. After receiving his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, where he performed a year of research in the laboratory of Drs. Janice and Marc Pfeffer, he completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He continued his basic science training through a post-doctoral research fellowship at Hoffman-LaRoche in Basel, Switzerland with Drs. Martine and Jean-Paul Clozel. Dr. Teerlink completed his cardiovascular medicine fellowship and a Howard Hughes post-doctoral research fellowship at UCSF, subsequently joining the faculty, where he currently is a Professor of Medicine.
He is actively involved in the design and execution of many acute and chronic heart failure clinical trials, serving on endpoint, data safety monitoring, and steering committees for numerous international studies investigating a variety of new therapies, including tezosentan (RITZ program, VERITAS), levosimendan (REVIVE), nesiritide (ASCEND-HF), serelaxin (Pre-RELAX-AHF, RELAX-AHF), rolofylline (PROTECT), omecamtiv mecarbil (CY1111, CY1121, ATOMIC-AHF, COSMIC-HF), warfarin/aspirin (WARCEF), and LCZ696 (PARADIGM-HF). He serves as a consultant on clinical development programs in multiple areas of cardiology, as well as in cardiovascular safety.