Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine

Cardiology

About Us

The Division of Cardiology educates future leaders in cardiovascular medicine, explores leading-edge research that will redefine the field and provides exceptional care for patients at risk for or with established cardiovascular disease.

“For three consecutive years, we have ranked among the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation.”

–Clyde W. Yancy, MD

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What We Do

Faculty: Meet the Team

View individual profiles of our faculty members and learn about their research and clinical specialties.

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Mark J Ricciardi, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Coronary interventions (stents, angioplasty), chronic total occlusion interventions, trans-catheter mitral valve repair, trans-catheter aortic valve replacement.

Alexandru B Chicos, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

As the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Chicos has a busy clinical practice with a broad range of clinical and research interests in the field of Heart Rhythm Disorders. His interests include prevention of sudden death; cardiac resynchronization; catheter ablation for complex arrhythmias, including ventricular tachycardia, post-maze atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation; cryoballoon ablation for atrial fibrillation; epicardial ablation of ventricular tachycardia; and screening, diagnosis and prevention of sudden death in patients with car...

Kathleen L Grady, PhD

Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery) and Medicine (Cardiology)

Areas of interest include heart failure, heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, disease management programs, health-related quality of life, psychosocial outcomes, patient adherence with therapeutic regimens, patient decision-making, caregiver burden, health literacy, nutrition, palliative care, and transition from pediatric to adult care.

Ming  Zhao, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

We are interested in the biology of phospholipids in cellular membrane networks. We use advanced molecular probes and imaging techniques to characterize membrane phospholipid dynamics in normal physiology and under pathological conditions. These research efforts lead to new discoveries in the fundamental roles of phospholipid membranes, and the development of diagnostic biomarkers for human diseases.

Hossein  Ardehali, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Pharmacology

Research interests: role of mitochondria and metabolism in cardiovascular disease; cellular iron regulation. Clinical interests: general and preventive cardiology.

Douglas E Vaughan, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

My primary clinical interest is in adult cardiovascular disease. My practice has focused on the management and treatment of patients with coronary artery disease. I am also interested in the diagnosis and management of arterial thrombosis. My research interests align with these clinical interests. My primary investigative focus is and has been on the mammalian plasminogen activator system and the role this system plays in cardiovascular disease. We apply a multidisciplinary approach in this effort, and utilize molecular and cellular approaches, as well as animal and human studies.

James D Flaherty, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Clinical Interests: Interventional Cardiology, Transradial Coronary Angiography, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Critical Care Research Interests: Structural Heart Intervention, Transradial Coronary Intervention, Transplantation

John T Wilkins, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)/Preventive Medicine

John T. Wilkins, MD, is a cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine and an assistant professor of Medicine-Cardiology and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. As part of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. Wilkins specializes in cardiovascular disease prevention, family history of heart disease, lipid abnormalities, hypertension management as well as general cardiology. In his research, he studies the epidemiology of numerous factors which may influence the evolution of cardiovascular risk factors from young adulthood to older ages.

Lisa D Wilsbacher, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Pharmacology

Dr. Wilsbacher's research focuses on cardiac development and cardiomyocyte maintenance in the setting of pathological stress. Currently, the laboratory investigates the G protein-coupled receptor sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 1 (S1Pr1) and its unexpected role in cardiomyocyte proliferation and cardiac development. Her research aims to identify the signaling mechanisms that underlie these cardiac developmental effects and to investigate whether S1Pr1 signaling contributes to cardiac remodeling in the adult heart.

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We welcome your questions and comments. Contact us.

Joan Draves

Administrative Manager

Cardiology

jdraves( at )nm.org
312-695-2458

Chi Huang

Administrator

Cardiology

chi.huang( at )northwestern.edu
312-926-8686

Heather Rice

Financial Coordinator

Cardiology

riceh( at )northwestern.edu
312-695-7716

Vanessa Salazar

Fellowship Coordinator

Cardiology

vsalaza1( at )nm.org
312-695-0070

Diversity and Inclusion

The department works toward an environment of inclusion and support through the Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council and through several dedicated events and initiatives.

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Housestaff Research Portal

Graduate Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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We invite your philanthropic partnership in helping us achieve our research and teaching missions each day.

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You can contact Kathleen Praznowski for more information on supporting the Division of Cardiology at 312-503-0762 or kathleen.praznowski@northwestern.edu

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