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Ileana Piña, MD


"If I can take a sick patient and turn them around and get them to feel better and they come back and say ‘I’m feeling so much better now, I can do this, I can do that, I can be with my family, I can go out and do so many things,’ then I feel like I am making an impact as a heart failure and transplant cardiologist."


  • Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL; (Master’s Degree in Public Health) Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
  • Internship: (Surgery) University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics, Miami, FL
  • Residency: (Internal Medicine) University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Fellowship: (Cardiology) University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL; (Quality) Cleveland Louis Stokes Veterans’ Administration Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Medical Specialties:

  • Heart Failure
  • Biomarkers in Acute and Chronic Heart Failure
  • Hypertension
  • Exercise Physiology of Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplant
  • Mechanical Assistance for Heart Failure


  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • American College of Cardiology (ACC)
  • Association of University Cardiologists (AUC)
  • Council on Quality of Care & Outcomes Research (QCOR)

DMC Hospital Affiliation:

  • DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital
  • DMC Heart Hospital
  • Detroit Receiving Hospital
  • DMC Huron Valley General Surgery
  • DMC Harper University Hospital

Philosophy of Care:

Dr. Ileana Piña believes that successful healthcare is the result of careful listening and should be delivered in a personal, compassionate way. She strives to help her patients pay attention to their health, understanding their risk factors, while also understanding the importance of medication adherence, staying active, taking care of themselves, and passing it on to their family members.


Born in Havana, Cuba, Dr. Piña moved to Miami in 1959. At the age of nine, her father died of a heart attack when he was only 42. This tragic event influenced her pursuing the field of cardiology, especially as an investigator in clinical trials. Dr. Piña is internationally recognized for her research in rehabilitation and quality improvement of heart failure patients and is the author/co-author of more than 200 print publications and a world-renowned speaker on this subject. She is a member of the GWTG Scientific Committee and Heart Failure workgroup, a national Spokesperson for Go Red for Women and was on the writing committee of the American Heart Association Guidelines for the Prevention of Heart Disease. Dr. Piña also serves as a medical reviewer in the Food and Drug Administrations’ (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health and their section of Epidemiology.

Dr. Piña was the first Hispanic and female to win the Chairman’s Award for volunteerism from the American Heart Association for her dedication to educating the community about heart health across diverse populations. In 2017, Dr. Piña received the Wenger Award for Excellence in Women’s heart Research, which honors those who make extraordinary contributions to the advancement of women’s heart health in underserved communities. When Dr. Piña is not seeing patients, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, exercising, going to wine-tasting events and decorating. She is fluent in Spanish.


  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
  • Cardiomyopathy

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