Heather Gornik, MD
- Medical Director
- Medical Director
- The Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory
- Section of Vascular Medicine
- The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute
Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is an uncommon disorder characterized by abnormal cellular growth in the walls of medium and large arteries. FMD is more often found in women between ages 40 and 60, but may also occur in children and the elderly in some cases. Often the disease is hard to diagnose since many FMD patients do not exhibit any symptoms or findings on a physical examination. Treatment for FMD varies and can be tailored to treat different severities and while there isn't a cure, it can be treated effectively. Don’t miss this opportunity to chat with an expert in diagnosis and treatment of FMD, Dr. Gornik, a vascular medicine specialist and leader of The Fibromuscular Dysplasia Clinic at Cleveland Clinic.
About Dr. Gornik
Heather Gornik, MD, is a staff physician in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sections of Clinical Cardiology and Vascular Medicine and Medical Director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory. Dr. Gornik is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease and has been certified in vascular disease by the American Board of Vascular Medicine, is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound. Dr. Gornik's clinical specialty interests include general cardiology, atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disorders, deep vein thrombosis, fibromuscular dysplasia, and vascular ultrasound. A graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, she completed her residency as well as fellowship in cardiology and vascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Gornik leads The Fibromuscular Dysplasia Clinic, which is a weekly clinic designed to diagnose and treat patients with FMD. At the Clinic Vascular Medicine experts consult with colleagues in interventional cardiology, vascular surgery, nephrology, genetics and neurology as needed. This team works together with patients to best develop a treatment plan tailored to their needs and severity of disease.
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