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Franco, Veronica MD

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473 W 12th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: (614) 293-4967

Email: franco.25@osu.edu


Current OSU Appointments

Associate Professor-Clinical, Cardiovascular Medicine

Physician, FGP-Cardiovascular Medicine


Clinical Interest

Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Failure, Pulmonary Hypertension

Academic Advising

Michael Milks, 4th year medical student September 2010 through April 2011. Presentation at the Honor Students Quality Improvemet Project, Research Project: Early outpatient follow up after dscharge for congestive heart failute, and AIM: evaluating readmission rates (within one month of discharge) of patients before and after the implementation of the CHF "transition" clinic program.

Academic Advising

2013 , The Ohio State University.


2005 - present Specialist in Clinical Hypertension: American Society of Hypertension
2006 - present Nuclear Cardiology: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
2007 - present Cardiovascular Medicine: American Board of Internal Medicine
2010 - present Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology: American Board of Internal Medicine
2002 - 2012 Internal Medicine: American Board of Internal Medicine

Chapters in Books

Franco V, Oparil S. "Women's Health - Hormone replacement treatment.." In The Year in Hypertension 2004. Edited by Gavras, H. -. Oxford: Clinical Publishing Ltd, January 2004.

Franco V, Calhoun D, Oparil S. "Pathophysiology of Hypertension." In Hypertension: A Companion Text to Braunwald's Heart Disease. Edited by Elliott, WJ, Black, HR. -. Philadelphia, PA, US|USA: W.B. Suanders Co., January 2006.

Franco V.. "Pulmonary Hypertension." In Cardiology - Specialty Board Review. Edited by Baliga, R. -. New York: McGraw Hill, January 2009.

Franco, V. "Pulmonary Hypertension in Women." In Color atlas and synopsis of women's cardiovascular health. First edition. ed. Edited by Gulati, M. -. New York: McGraw-Hill, January 2014.

McGlothin, D, Franco, V. "Perioperative Management of Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension (risk assessment).." In International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) monograph series volume 9: Pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure.. Edited by Benza RL, Corris PA, Park MH, Uber P, Kirklin JK. -. Philadelphia: Elsevier, April 2015.


Clinical Services

08/01/2007 Pulmonary Hypertension RHC - cath lab (Ross Heart Hospital)
08/01/2007 Congestive Heart Failure Inpatient Service (Ross Heart Hospital)
08/01/2007 Cardiac Biopsies and heart failure RHC - cath lab (Ross Heart Hospital)
08/01/2007 Heart Transplant Clinic (Ross Heart Hospital)
08/01/2007 Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic (Ross Heart Hospital)
07/01/2009 Heart Failure Clinic (Ross Heart Hospital)
07/01/2010 Congestive Heart Failure Consult Service (Ross Heart Hospital)
07/01/2012 Mechanical Cardiac Support Clinic (LVAD clinic) (Ross Heart Hospital)
07/01/2012 Multidisciplinary Rounds - Advanced Heart Faillure + Cardiothoracic Surgery (Ross Heart Hospital)
07/01/2012 Pre-Heart Transplant Clinic (Ross Heart Hospital)
07/01/2014 - 06/01/2015 Cardiology Consult (OSU East)

Clinical Trials


Treadmill stress cardiac magnetic resonance to evaluate RV function and hemodynamic response to exercise in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension



1998 B.A., Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

2007 B.Land.Arch., University of Alabama Birmingham


Editorial Activities

2007 - present Hypertension
2008 - present Circulation
2009 - present Abstract Reviewer: ISHLT annual meeting (section of pulmonary hypertension)
2009 - present American Journal of Cardiology
2010 Section Editor: Pulmonary Diseases. In: Baliga R (ed). Cardiology Review. 2011 McGraw Hill.
2011 - present Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
2012 - present Circulation: Heart Failure
2012 - present Pulmonary Medicine
2012 - present European Heart Journal


2007 - 2008 Minority Mentoring Program. American Heart Association.
2013 - present Honorable Mention: International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation Leach-Abramson-Imhoff Links Travel Award. International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Journal Articles

Franco V, Oparil S. "Hormone replacement therapy and hypertension." Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. Vol. 11, (January 2002.): 229-235.

Franco,V; Chen,Y,F; Oparil,S; Feng,J,A; Wang,D,J; Hage,F; Perry,G. "Atrial natriuretic peptide dose-dependently inhibits pressure overload-induced cardiac remodeling." HYPERTENSION. Vol. 44, no. 5. (November 2004.): 746-750.

Franco V, Oparil S, Carretero O. "Hypertensive therapy: Part I." Circulation. Vol. 109, (January 2004.): 2953-2958.

Franco V, Oparil S, Carretero O. "Hypertensive therapy: Part II." Circulation. Vol. 109, (January 2004.): 3081-3088.

Xing,D,Q; Feng,J,A; Franco,V; Wang,D,J; Oparil,S; Chen,Y,F. "Myofibroblast transformation and collagen deposition in hearts of atrial natriuretic peptide-null mice are enhanced in response to pressure overload stress compared to wild-type controls." CIRCULATION. Vol. 110, no. 17. (October 2004.): 96-96.

Tallaj J, Franco V, Rayburn, BK, Pinderski L, Benza, RL, Pamboukian S, Foley B, Bourge RC. "Response of doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy to the current management strategy of heart failure." Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Vol. 24, (January 2005.): 2196-2201.

Franco V, Chen YF, Feng JA, Li P, Wang D, Hasan E, Oparil S, Perry GJ. "Eplerenone prevents adverse cardiac remodelling induced by pressure overload in atrial natriuretic peptide-null mice." Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology. Vol. 33, (January 2006.): 773-779.

Franco,Veronica; Oparil,Suzanne. "Is there a new treatment for hypertensive disease in the horizon? Role of soluble guanylate cyclase." HYPERTENSION. Vol. 48, no. 5. (November 2006.): 822-823.

Franco V, Oparil S. "Salt sensitivity, a determinant of blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and survival." Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Vol. 3 Suppl, (January 2006.): 247S-255S.

Os I, Franco V, Kjeldsen SE, Manhem K, Devereux RB, Gerdts E, Hille DA, Lyle PA, Okin PM, Dahlof B, Oparil S. "Effects of losartan in women with hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy: results from the Losartan Intervention for Endpoint Reduction in Hypertension Study." Hypertension. Vol. 51, no. 4. (January 2008.): 1-6.

Tallaj JA, Franco V, Rayburn BK, Pamboukian SV, Benza RL, Kriklin JK, McGiffin DC, Smallfield M, Bourge RC. "Safety and Efficacy of Ibutilide in Heart Transplant Recipients." Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Vol. 28, no. 5. (January 2009.): 505-507.

Maurer MM, Burkoff D, Maybaum S, Franco V, Vittorio TJ, Williams P, White L, Kamalakkannan G, Myers J, Mancini DM. "A Multicenter Study of Noninvasive Cardiac Output by Bioreactance during Symptom-Limted Exercise." J Card Fail. Vol. 75, (January 2009.): 689-699.

Crestanello JA, Daniels C, Franco V, Raman Sv. "Pre- and postoperative evaluation of partial anomalous pulmonary venous return by 3-dimensional cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging and cardiovascular computer tomography." Tex Heart Inst J. Vol. 37, (January 2010.): 113-115.

Franco V. "Cardiopulmonary exercise test in chronic heart failure: beyond peak oxygen consumption.." Current Heart Failure Reports. Vol. 8, no. 1. (March 2011.): 45-.

Houmsse M; Franco V; Abraham WT. "Epidemiology of sudden cardiac death in patients with heart failure.." Heart Failure Clinics. Vol. 7, no. 2. (April 2011.): 147-.

Franco V. "Right Ventricular Remodeling in Pulmonary Hypertension." Heart Failure Clinics. Vol. 8, no. 3. (July 2012.): 403-412.

Preston,Ioana,R; Feldman,Jeremy; White,James; Franco,Veronica; Ishizawar,David; Burger,Charles; Waxman,Aaron,B; Hill,Nicholas,S. "Safety and efficacy of transition from inhaled treprostinil to parenteral treprostinil in selected patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.." Pulmonary circulation. Vol. 4, no. 3. (September 2014.): 456-461.

Frantz,Robert,P; Durst,Louise; Burger,Charles,D; Oudiz,Ronald,J; Bourge,Robert,C; Franco,Veronica; Waxman,Aaron,B; McDevitt,Susanne; Walker,Susan. "Conversion From Sildenafil to Tadalafil: Results From the Sildenafil to Tadalafil in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (SITAR) Study." JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS. Vol. 19, no. 6. (November 2014.): 550-557.

Franco V. "Modest salt intake reduction for 4 weeks or longer decreases blood pressure." BMJ Evid Based Nurs. Vol. 17, no. 3. (July 2014.): 92-.


Reference Works

January 2003 Tallaj J, Franco V, Rayburn B, Pinderski L, Benza R, Foley B, Bourge R."Response of Doxorubicin-Induced cardiomyopathy to the management of heart failure." Denver. : S86
January 2004 Franco V, Chen YF, Feng JA, Wang D, Oparil S, Perry GJ."Adverse cardiac remodeling and fibrosis induced by pressure overload is prevented by eplerenone in Atrial Natriuretic Peptide null mice." . : S278
January 2004 Xing D, Feng JA, Franco V, Wang D, Oparil S, Chen YF.."Myofibriblast transformation and collagen deposition in hearts of atrial natriuretic peptide null mice are enhanced in responce to pressure overload stress compared to wild type controls" Columbus.
January 2005 Franco V, Chen YF, Feng JA, Wang D, Oparil S, Perry GJ."Eplerenone prevents adverse remodeling induced by pressure overload in Atrial Natriuetic Peptide null mice" .
January 2007 Franco V, Brown TM, Tallaj JA, Sanderson B, Bittner V."Heart Failure Patients Improve their Exercise Capacity after Cardiac Rehabilitation Irrespective of having a Preserved or Depressed Ejection Fraction" . : II
January 2007 Franco V, Tallaj JA, Rayburn BK, Pamboukian SV, Benxa RL, Kirklin JK, McGiffin DC, Smallfield M, Bourge RC."Ibutilide is safe efficatious in heart transplant recipients" Addison.
April 2011 Franco V, Raman S.."Treadmill Stress Cardiac Magnetic Resonance to Evaluate RV Function and Hemodynamic Response to Exercise in a Patient with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension." .

Professional Activities

2007 - present Selection Committee - Heart Transplant and VAD Team. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
2007 - present Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Inpatient Consult. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
2012 - present Virtual Rounds - Heart Transplant Team. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
2013 - present Liver Transplant Team - Cardiology Liaison. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
2006 Haunted 100. American Heart Association. Birmingham, AL.
2008 NIH Roadmap Initiative, Clinical and Translational Research Program.
2010 Clinical Advisory Board. Bayer.
2011 Regional Advisory Board (PH management). Gilead.
2012 Regional Advisory Board. Gilead.
2012 Regional Advisory Board. Actelion.
2013 Regional Advisory Board. Gilead.
2013 XDx Advisory Board. XDx.
2013 - 2014 Faculty Leadership Institute. The Ohio State University.
2014 Advisory Board. United Therapeutics Corporation.
2014 Clinical Advisory Board. Actelion.

Unpublished Works

Tukaye D, Franco V.. Pulmonary hypertension secondary to left-sided heart disease.. January 0.

Franco, V. Pulmonary Hypertension: an update.. January 0.