Dr. Vincent Bufalino
Vincent Bufalino, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and
cardiovascular disease. A graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, and
Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois, he
served his internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as his
fellowship in cardiovascular disease, at Loyola University-Foster McGaw
Hospital in Maywood, Illinois.
Dr. Bufalino’s areas of special interest are prevention of cardiovascular
disease and stroke. As chairman of the Midwest Heart Foundation,
he oversees approximately 30 clinical research trials. He is medical
director of Edward Heart Hospital and a fellow with the American Heart
Association Council on Clinical Cardiology. He has been involved in
education locally, nationally and internationally, and has been a guest
speaker in Pakistan and Siberia.
Dr. Bufalino received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Physician of the Year award in 1997, IANU
Man of the Year Michelangelo Award in 1999, AHA Coeur d’Or (Heart of Gold) Award in 2001, AHA
American Heartsavers Long-Haul Award for Community Service in 2002, OSIA Leonardo Di Vinci Award
for Excellence in 2004, the AHA Chairman’s Award in 2005 and the AHA Gold Heart in 2009. He has also
received numerous awards for community service.
Dr. Barry Franklin
Barry Franklin, PhD, holds adjunct faculty appointments as clinical
professor of exercise science at Oakland University; professor of
physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine; clinical
professor, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan
Medical School; and professor of internal medicine and biomedical
engineering at Oakland University William Beaumont School of
Dr. Franklin received his BS, MS and PhD degrees from Kent State
University, the University of Michigan and the Pennsylvania State
University. He has been the recipient of numerous grants for research in
the field of cardiac rehabilitation.
Pursuing his interest in combining exercise physiology with cardiology, Dr. Franklin and his associates
have studied the hemodynamic and cardiorespiratory responses to numerous occupational and leisuretime
activities in people with and without heart disease. Other areas of research interest include the
primary and secondary prevention of heart disease, comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction,
obesity and metabolism, exercise testing and prescription, and lipids/lipoproteins.
Dr. Franklin has written or edited more than 500 publications. His widely-cited text for the lay public,
co-authored with Joseph C. Piscatella, is titled, Take a Load Off Your Heart. He also is a co-author of
the American Heart Association text, The No-Fad Diet, and since 1976 has delivered more than 1,000
presentations to state, national and international medical and lay audiences.
Dr. Keith M. Swetz
Keith M. Swetz, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo
Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Swetz received his medical degree from
the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey,
Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he completed his internal medicine
residency at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and a hospice and
palliative medicine fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University
in Richmond, Virginia. He rejoined the staff at Mayo Clinic in 2008 and
serves as a consultant in the Division of General Internal Medicine and
the Palliative Medicine Program. Dr. Swetz completed a master of arts
degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University, Chicago,
Dr. Swetz’s research interests include palliative care in patients with left
ventricular assist devices as destination therapy; palliative care in patients with pulmonary hypertension
and advanced cardiopulmonary disease; and medical ethics, particularly the ethical aspects of
deactivating implantable cardiac devices in terminally ill patients and improving palliative medicine
Dr. Swetz is currently program director/principal investigator on “An Intervention to Improve ICD
Deactivation Conversations,” funded by the National Institutes of Health, and has published many
peer-reviewed articles on advance care planning and palliative care.