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.

Kambiz Ghafourian

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr. Ghafourian is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a staff cardiologist in the Center for Heart Failure of Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. He earned his medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Ghafourian completed his training in Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University. He also completed a fellowship in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation at Cedars Sinai Medical Center before joining the faculty at Northwestern Univ...

Susan S Kim

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr. Susan Kim is an associate professor of medicine. She is the Director of the Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Clinic. She is also the Director of Cardiac Electrocardiography. Dr. Kim sees patients with heart rhythm disorders including atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, and bradycardia. Therapies for these rhythm disorders include watchful waiting, medication, catheter ablation, and cardiac implantable electronic devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Dr. Kim previously worked as a junior high school mathematics teacher...

Douglas E Vaughan

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.

Rod S Passman

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Preventive Medicine

Cardiac electrophysiology

R Kannan Mutharasan

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

My research focuses on delivering optimal health care to patients with heart failure.

Kathleen L Grady

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.

Jyothy J Puthumana

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

-Strain imaging in coronary heart disease -Stress echo in valvular heart disease -Patient Prosthesis mismatch. -Advanced heart failure supportive therapies

Sadiya S Khan

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

Dr. Khan is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and holds active medical licensure in the state of Illinois. She received her medical degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in 2009 as part of the Honors Program in Medical Education. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL in 2012 and then served as Chief Medical Resident from 2012-2013. She also obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Investigation from the Northwestern University Graduate ...

Dan J Fintel

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Anti-thrombotic therapy, Atrial fibrillation, Cardiac stress testing, Cardiovascular critical care, Coronary heart disease, Ischemic heart disease, Nuclear cardiology

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Christine De Luca

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

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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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