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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.

Daniel R Schimmel, Jr

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr. Daniel Schimmel is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University and Hospital practicing interventional cardiology in the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Schimmel attended medical school at Rush University and completed residency and fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. As Chief Medical Resident and Chief Fellow, he was dedicated to research and education. He also holds Master’s degrees in Exercise Science and in Clinical Investigation.

Akhil Narang

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Akhil Narang, MD is a cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Narang specializes in the use of advanced cardiovascular imaging (echocardiography, cardiac MRI, and cardiac CT) to aid in the diagnosis and management of patients. He is particularly interested in treating patients with structural and valvular heart disease. Dr. Narang is part of the structural heart imaging team that works closely with interventional cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Narang is an active member of the American Col...

Patricia Vassallo

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

I am interested in clinical research that focuses on echocardiography and valvular heart disease, as well as prevention of coronary artery disease. I am currently collaborating on a study to evaluate the effects of a comprehensive lifestyle behavioral program in women with metabolic syndrome.

Rod S Passman

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Preventive Medicine

Cardiac electrophysiology

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 ...

James E Rosenthal

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

electrocardiography, QT interval, heart rate, cardiology clinical trials

Neil J Stone

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Preventive Medicine

Lipid metabolism, cardiovascular nutrition; premature coronary heart disease

Vera H Rigolin

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Echocardiography, Valve disease, Women's cardiovascular health

Keith H Benzuly

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

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

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We welcome your questions and comments. Contact us.

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

Heather Rice

Financial Coordinator

Cardiology

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

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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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