Houry Puzantian, PhD, MSc, MTR

  • Assistant Professor

Dr Puzantian received a PhD in Nursing and a Masters in Translational Research from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a BSc in Nursing and MSc in Pharmacology & Therapeutics from the American University of Beirut. Dr Puzantian’s research area is cardiovascular disease, with an interest in the kidney disease population.  Her work involves both databased and clinical research. She is studying new kidney function estimation equations and cardiovascular outcomes, with a long-term goal of cardiovascular prevention in adults with complex care needs. Dr Puzantian also has an interest in vascular reactivity under different metabolic conditions. Her methodological training involves pharmacologic clamping of pancreatic hormones and measurement of aortic pulse wave velocity in humans. Dr Puzantian believes that mechanistic approaches utilized in research on healthy humans, and in those exhibiting disease states, provide ground for translational work, with the potential to inform clinical care decisions, and promote new preventive and therapeutic venues.

She is currently developing an interdisciplinary endeavor to investigate the role of vascular aging phenomena in the progression of arterial stiffness and proteinuria.

Current Area of Teaching

Dr Puzantian is currently an instructor in Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing, and a guest lecturer in Pathophysiology for Graduate Entry Program students.

Selected Honors & Awards

2011-13 Clinical & Translational Science Award training grant- Masters in Translational Research (MTR) program. First nurse recipient of the grant at the Institute of Translational Medicine & Therapeutics (ITMAT), Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

2011 Keynote speaker, Council of Nephrology Nurses & Technicians, National Kidney Foundation, Spring Clinical Meetings

2010 The 2010 Teaching Assistant Award, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

2009 Inducted member to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

2007 Outstanding Service Award for contributing to the development and management of the Clinical Research Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut Medical Center

Dr Puzantian has also received the Penrose Award of scholarship, character, leadership, and full contribution to university/professional life, as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate-American University of Beirut

Selected Publications

Puzantian, H., Mosenkis, A., and Townsend, R. 2013. Vascular compliance during insulin infusion and oral glucose challenge. Artery Research;7(1): 36-41.

Puzantian, H. and Townsend, R. 2013. Understanding kidney function assessment: the basics and advances. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners;25(7): 334-341. (Selected as CE Article)

Masterson Creber R., Topaz M., Lennie T.A., Lee C.S., Puzantian H, and Riegel B. 2013. Identifying predictors of high sodium excretion in patients with heart failure: a mixed effect analysis of longitudinal data. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. [ePub ahead of print Dec 23]. PMID: 24366985.

Davidson, P., Meleis, AI., McGrath, SJ., Digiacomo, M., Dharmendra, T., Puzantian, H, Song, M. and Riegel, B. 2012. Improving Women's Cardiovascular Health: A position statement from the International Council on Women's Health Issues. Healthcare for Women International; 33(10): 943-55.

Youhanna, S., Platt, D.E., Rebeiz, A., Lauridsen, M., Deeb, M.E., Nasrallah, A., Alam, S., Puzantian, H., Kabbani, S., Ghoul, M., Zreik, T.G., El Bayeh, H., Abchee, A., and Zalloua, P.; FGNETCARD consortium. 2010. Parental consanguinity and family history of coronary artery disease strongly predict early stenosis. Atherosclerosis, 212(2): 559-63. PMID: 20691447

Abchee, A., El-Sibai, M., Youhanna, S., Yeretzian, J.S., Estephan, H., Makhoul, N.J., Puzantian, H., Sawaya, J., Nasrallah, A., Rebeiz, A.G., Zreik, T.G., Azar, S.T., and Zalloua, P.A. 2010. The I allele of the Angiotensin Converting Enzyme I/D polymorphism confers protection against coronary artery disease. Coronary Artery Disease, 21(3):151-6. PMID: 20299978

Noureddine, S., Arevian, M, Adra, M., and Puzantian, H. 2008. Response to signs and symptoms of acute coronary syndrome: Differences between Lebanese men and women. American Journal of Critical Care, 17(1):26-35. PMID: 18158386

Abchee, A., Puzantian, H., Azar, S., Shbaklo, H., Nasrallah, A., Sawaya, F., Alam, S., and Zalloua, P. 2006. Predictors of coronary artery disease in the Lebanese population. Thrombosis Research; 117(6): 631-7. PMID: 15985286

Current Research

Dr Puzantian is currently funded by the UIC Campus Research Board to study non-traditional factors and cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease.