Gentian Luri, MD, PhD

Gentian Lluri, MD, PhD is from city of Durres, Albania.  He completed high school education in his hometown and was awarded the top national price in National Olympiads in Mathematics and Physics. Dr. Lluri immigrated in USA in mid ‘90-s where he initially worked different jobs. In 1999 he commenced undergrad studies at Western Illinois University and graduated with highest honor of Summa Cum Laude in Pre-Med/Biology.  Then, in 2002 Dr. Lluri was accepted and enrolled in the MD/PhD program at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  He earned both MD and PhD degrees in 2008 and during this time Dr. Lluri published multiple research articles in the field of developmental biology. He completed residency

training in Internal Medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago and in 2011 he was awarded “Best Resident

of the Year”. Thereafter, in 2014 Dr. Lluri graduated from fellowship training in cardiology at UCLA program where he continued to publish in the field of general cardiology and cardiac development in particular.  Currently Dr. Lluri specializes and works in the section of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at UCLA where he is involved in the care of adult patients with complex congenital heart diseases. Dr. Lluri has had a long-standing interest in molecular biology pathways that guide cardiac development and the disturbances of these pathways that can lead to congenital cardiac malformations, specifically vascular and valve development.  He continues to actively study these mechanisms in the basic science laboratory.  In addition, Dr. Lluri is actively involved in clinical studies, with the goal that the knowledge derived from laboratory and clinical findings will lead to potential new treatment options for a variety of heart diseases.  Dr. Lluri remains actively involved in the healthcare issues of the Albanian community nationwide and has interest in the advancement of the young Albanian generation in the field of medicine in USA.  He is married to Dr. Ria Vergara-Lluri, a fully trained pathologist and has a newly born son. He is the 3rd President of Albanian American Medical Society and remains committed in following the tradition of previous Presidents as leaders of the Albanian Medical Cause.

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