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Dr. Steven Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic, emphasizes the need for patients to be in active dialogue with their physicians and ask the hard questions when they become skeptical about a medication.
Nissen received his medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento, thereafter completed his Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
Joining Cleveland Clinic in 1992, Nissen served as Vice-Chairman of the Department of Cardiology.
While thorough and cautious in evaluation of new drugs, Dr. Nissen also is one of the fields greatest proponents of new treatment investigation. He has explored many experimental drug therapies seeking to halt and even reverse atherosclerosis with promising results.
In 2007, the meta-analysis by Nissen and his co-investigator Kathy Wolksi, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association online on October 20, found that the diabetes drug rosiglitazone (Avandia) produced by GlaxoSmithKline carried high cardiovascular risk