Viorel Florea, MD, PhD, DSc

Viorel FloreaAcademic Title

Associate Professor

Education

Medical School: Nicolae Testemitanu State Medical and Pharmaceutical University of the Republic of Moldova
Residency: Internal Medicine Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Internal Medicine and Cardiology Residency, A.L.Myasnikov Institute of Clinical Cardiology of the Cardiology Research Center of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Fellowship: Fellowship in Cardiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Fellow in Cardiology, Cardiology Research Center of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Doctoral Degree: PhD, Cardiology Research Center, Moscow, Russia; DSc, Cardiology Research Center, Moscow, Russia

Other Titles and Corresponding Organizational Units

Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program, Minneapolis VA Health Care Center

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Fellow, American Heart Association
  • Member, Lillehei Heart Institute
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • Member, Heart Failure Society of America
  • Member, American Heart Association, Scientific Council on Clinical Cardiology
  • Member, American Society of Hypertension
  • Member, New-York Academy of Sciences
  • Member, European Society of Cardiology

Biography Summary

Dr. Florea received his M.D. from the Nicolae Testemitanu State Medical and Pharmaceutical University of the Republic of Moldova. He also received a Ph.D. and a D.Sc. from the Cardiology Research Center in Moscow, Russia. He completed Internal Medicine Residencies at the A.L. Myasnikov Institute of Clinical Cardiology of the Cardiology Research Center of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow and at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Florea completed a Cardiology Fellowship at the Cardiology Research Center of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In addition to working as a Staff Cardiologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis, he serves as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program and as the Interim Director of the Heart Failure Program there. Dr. Florea is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Awards and Recognition Received

  • The Anthony L. Garofalo Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Award, University of Minnesota (2008)
  • While being the Principal Investigator for the "Treatment of preserved cardiac function heart failure with an aldosterone antagonist (TOPCAT) trial", funded by NHLBI, our site, Minneapolis VA Medical Center:
    • (1) Was honored as TOPCAT high enrolling Unites States site in 2010 by New England Research Institutes at the TOPCAT Investigator and Steering Committee meeting held in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010, and
    • (2) received the Recruitment Award for achieving the Silver Status in the TOPCAT trial during the 2nd Quarter of 2011
  • Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution. Associate Abstract Competition. Minnesota Chapter. American College of Physicians. (2005)
  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Presented at the 53rd Annual Convocation of the American College of Cardiology (2004)
  • Fellow Award at the 4th Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (2002)
  • Elected as a fellow and sponsored by the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the World Heart Federation for participation in the 33rd Ten Day International Teaching Seminar on Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention (2000)
  • Awarded the title of European Cardiologist from the European Board for the Specialty of Cardiology (EBSC) (2000)
  • Finalist in the Young Investigator Award of the Joint Northern Cardiology Group and Junior Cardiac Club of England (1999)
  • Finalist in the Young Investigators Award Competition on Cardiology. The 4th National Congress of Russia (1997)