Juan Carlos Plana, MD, is a staff physician in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute and is Co-Director of the Cardio-oncology center. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and echocardiography.
A native of Colombia, South America, Dr. Plana is a graduate of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana School of Medicine, SantafÃ© de BogotÃ¡, Colombia. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he subsequently served one year as a Chief Medical Resident and a clinical instructor. He was honored by his peers with the Henry McIntosh award for the most outstanding resident in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Plana continued his specialty training with a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine, including a year in cardiac Imaging, also at Baylor College of Medicine. During his fellowship he achieved a Level III Certification in Echocardiography and Level II Certification in Nuclear Cardiology and received the award for "Best Clinical Research." After completing his fellowship, Dr. Plana joined the staff of Methodist DeBakey Heart Center at The Methodist Hospital in Houston as a staff cardiologist.
Dr. Plana joined Cleveland Clinic in 2010 from the Department of Cardiology at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas where in 2006 he was named Medical Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory and Director of Cardiac Imaging. He also was an assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Medicine. He continues to hold a faculty appointment position as adjunct associate professor.
Dr. Plana has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on a number of clinical trials related to chemotherapy and cardiovascular disease, drug safety and heart failure. He has authored or co-authored more than two dozen original research articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and other articles and serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Cardiology, Echocardiography, Journal of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Imaging, and Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.
Dr. Plana continues to have research and clinical interest in imaging of cardiac tumors and chemotherapy and its cardiovascular effects. He is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on these topics at leading cardiac medicine conferences. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography and represents the United States on the Interamerican Society of Cardiology, Echocardiography Committee. He also serves on the International Relationships Workforce and as the Co-chair and the society's liaison to Spanish-speaking countries. Dr.Plana was awarded the Teacher of the year award for the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in 2011.