Christie Mitchell Ballantyne, M.D.

Board of Directors

PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT
The general area of research interest for Dr. Ballantyne’s laboratory is the role of inflammation and cell adhesion molecules in vascular disease. Dr. Ballantyne and colleagues have adopted a molecular genetic approach toward this problem and have utilized targeted homologous recombination to develop mutant mice deficient in various cell adhesion molecules including CD11a, CD11b, CD11c, and CD11d. These mice are being studied in models of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury, vascular injury, and acute inflammation. The mechanisms by which hyperlipidemia and obesity influence inflammation are also being studied. Characterization of the mutant mice involves a wide range of techniques, including molecular biology, cell biology, and integrative physiology.

EDUCATION
Fellowship at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Institute for Molecular Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
01/1989 – Houston, TX, United States
Residency at University Of Texas Southwestern Affiliate Hospitals
01/1985 – Dallas, TX, United States

Internal Medicine
Clinical Fellowship at Baylor College Of Medicine Affiliate Hospitals
01/1987 – Houston, TX, United States

Cardiology
MD from Baylor College Of Medicine
01/1982 – Houston, TX, United States
BA from University Of Texas At Austin
01/1977 – Austin, TX, United States
Internship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Dallas, Texas, United States
CERTIFICATIONS
Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Clinical Lipidology

POSITIONS
Co-Director
Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis Clinic
The Methodist Hospital
Director
Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Methodist DeBakey Heart Center
Director
The Maria and Alando J. Ballantyne, M.D. Atherosclerosis Clinical Research Laboratory
Baylor College of Medicine
Professor
Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
Professor
Medicine-Athero & Lipo
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
J. S. Abercrombie Chair – Atherosclerosis and Lipoprotein Research
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS
Clinical and translational research in patients with hereditary lipid disorders for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and genetic epidemiology related to lipids and cardiovascular disease