Dr. Zile is currently the Charles Ezra Daniel Professor of Medicine and Distinguished University Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. He serves as the Director of Cardiology at the Ralph H. Johnson Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Charleston. He is also the Director of the SmartState SC Center of Economic Excellence: Molecular Proteomics in Cardiovascular Disease, Prevention and Treatment. He is an Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University. He is the 2019 William S. Middleton Awardee for Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Research and the 2020 South Carolina Governor’s Awardee for Excellence in Scientific Research. Dr. Zile’s research career has focused on basic, translational and clinical research examining the mechanisms underlying the development and progression of heart failure; and determining how these mechanisms can be used to develop effective diagnostic, prognostic and treatment methods for Heart Failure, particularly heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Dr. Zile’s research has been funded over his 39 year career by the NHLBI, VA, DOD, AHA, and industry and been summarized in more than 420 peer-reviewed publications.