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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.

“Our Division tirelessly pursues a trajectory of excellence. On an annual basis, we rank among the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation. We believe that our scholarship, clinical expertise and education are unparalleled. Scholarship, leadership and excellence with humanity mirror our DNA.”

–Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc

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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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Marla A Mendelson

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Pediatrics

Adult Congenital Heart disease Heart disease and Pregnancy with ongoing research in Preconception evaluation Women's cardiovascular health during her lifetime

Ming Zhao

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.

Lisa D Wilsbacher

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.

Keith H Benzuly

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Acute myocardial infarction, Angioplasty, Coronary disease, Interventional cardiology, Rotablator, Stents

Philip Greenland

Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) and Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr. Greenland is the Harry W. Dingman Professor of Cardiology and Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a Senior Editor for JAMA. He held previous positions as Department Chair of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, and Director of Northwestern’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). He has been actively engaged as a cardiovascular epidemiologist in the MESA Study, the CARDIA Study, the Women’s Health Initiative, the Chicago Heart Association Detection Project i...

Asish K Ghosh

Research Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Major Research Interests: Molecular Basis of Organ Fibrosis: Development of Epigenetic Fibrosis Therapy. Hyperactivity of differentiated fibroblasts causes an excessive synthesis and deposition of extracellular matrix proteins in the tissues that leads to organ fibrosis, a major cause of disease-related morbidity and mortality worldwide. Fibrosis is a common end-stage pathological symptom of a wide spectrum of injury or stress related multi-organ diseases such as hypertension-induced accelerated cardiac and renal aging, myocardial infarction, liver cirrhosis, systemic sclerosis and idiopathic ...

Tsutomu Kume

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Ophthalmology and Pharmacology

Dr. Kume’s research interests focus on cardiovascular development, cardiovascular stem/progenitor cells, and angiogenesis. Current studies include the role of Foxc transcription factors in cardiovascular development and disease.

Stuart Rich

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr. Rich has a career interest in understanding the causes and treatments of pulmonary hypertension. He was principle investigator for the NIH Registry on Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, the first of its kind, and has been the leader of the largest clinical center in the USA for evaluating and treating patients with pulmonary hypertension since 1980. Dr. Rich has conducted pioneering research on the molecular mechanisms, epidemiology, clinical presentation, natural history and treatments of the disease. This knowledge has lead to the discovery of more effective treatments for pulmonary hyperte...

Vera H Rigolin

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Echocardiography, Valve disease, Women's cardiovascular health

Jonathan D Rich

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr. Rich is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He serves as the Medical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, as well as the Program Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr Rich earned his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York where he graduated with Honors (Alpha Omega Alpha). He completed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts where he was awa...

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Christine De Luca

Division Administrator

Cardiology

c-deluca( at )northwestern.edu
312-926-7343

Joan Draves

Administrative Manager

Cardiology

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

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

Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs 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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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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