M. Cass Wheeler, the CEO of the American Heart Association (Dallas) has said that he will retire at the end of 2008. Wheeler began his career with the association in 1973 at the former Texas Affiliate in Austin. He has been CEO since 1997. The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.

Kyle Janek, MD, has been named VP of business development at Biophysical (Austin, Texas). Janek had served in the Texas legislature since 1994, including as a state senator from 2002 to 2008. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist. Biophysical specializes in blood-based biomarkers.

Paul Foster, MD, has been named chief medical officer of Cardium Therapeutics (San Diego). Foster previously was chief medical officer and VP of clinical development and regulatory affairs at Reata Pharmaceuticals. Cardium Therapeutics, and its subsidiaries, InnerCool Therapies and the Tissue Repair Co., are medical technology companies primarily focused on innovative therapeutic products and devices for cardiovascular, ischemic and related indications.

Karen Dockrell has been appointed VP, sales, for Health Monitoring Systems (HMS; Pittsburgh), specializing in health informatics. Previously, Dockrell was VP, national account sales, for Omnicare. HMS analyzes health-related data in real time using a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model.

Mitch Feldman has been appointed CEO of Tenet Healthcare's (Dallas) West Boca Medical Center, a 185-bed, acute-care hospital located in West Boca Raton, Florida. Feldman recently served as VP of the Palm Beach market, a part of Tenet's Florida region. Tenet Healthcare owns and operates acute-care hospitals and related ancillary health care businesses, which include ambulatory surgery centers and diagnostic imaging centers.

Andrew Whitman has been named to the newly created position of VP of government affairs in Washington for Varian Medical Systems (Palo Alto, California). Whitman previously was VP of and headed the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance, a division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Varian makes radiotherapy and radiosurgical devices and software for treating cancer.

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