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Robert J. Sommer, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, and the Director, Invasive Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Invasive Structural Interventions at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Sommer was the National Principal Investigator of the ESCAPE Migraine Trial, studying the impact of closing a PFO on the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. His current research also involves studying the relationship between PFO and stroke, as well as the development of new devices for PFO closure and heart failure management. Dr. Sommer is actively involved in several research protocols, including the RESPECT Trial (National Trial of Closure for Stroke/PFO). He is involved in the clinical and research use of transcranial doppler technology in assessing the late outcomes of PFO closure, the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and right to left shunts, and the relationship of migraine headaches and right to left shunts. He is currently performing the first in-human testing of a new device to detect right to left shunting. Later this year, it is anticipated that he will be the Principal Investigator of a new device for left atrial appendage closure to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.