Research Staff

Eileen M. Handberg, PhD, ARNP, BC, FAHA, FACC
Research Professor of Medicine
Director, Clinical Trials Program
Program Director, Florida CARES

Dr. Handberg is Co-Investigator of the NIH Women’s Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation Study and NIH Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network. Her research interests include exercise, heart failure, ischemic heart disease, and women’s health. She is the Director of the Clinical Trials Program, which supports the research mission for the faculty, fellows, and staff by providing administrative (fiscal and regulatory) and coordinator support. She directs Florida CARES, a practitioner competency program. She is active in the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. She is Chair of the Continuing Nurse Education committee, a Trustee for the ACC, and serves on several other committees. She is the Program Liaison for the Vascular Biology Working Group ( Dr. Handberg provides adult cardiovascular care in the Division Outpatient Clinic. She is also interested in Exercise and Lifestyle Interventions, Ischemic Heart Disease in Women, and Heart Failure. Publications


Associate Director of Cardiology Clinical Trials
As Associate Director of the Cardiology Clinical Trials program, Dr. Leach manages the clinical research coordinators. She has been with our Division since 1993. Her clinical interests include heart failure, stem cell research, ischemic heart disease, and women’s health. Dr. Leach earned her degrees at the University of Florida. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Association of Clinical Research Professionals (President of NF Chapter1999-2001), Heart Failure Society of America, and the American College of Cardiology. Publications