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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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Vera H Rigolin

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Echocardiography, Valve disease, Women's cardiovascular health

Donald M Lloyd-Jones

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

Dr. Lloyd-Jones attended Swarthmore College for his BA (Major in History), Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons for his MD, and Harvard School of Public Health for his Master of Science (Epidemiology). He was a resident, chief resident and cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, and junior faculty at Harvard Medical School. In 2004, he moved to Northwestern and in 2009, he became Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine. In 2012, he also became Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research and Director of the NUCATS Institute.

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...

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...

Faraz S Ahmad

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics)

Dr. Ahmad is an assistant professor of medicine-cardiology and a faculty member in the Center for Health Information Partnerships in Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a practicing advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and cares for patients across the spectrum of heart failure, including evaluation for and management of ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation. Dr. Ahmad’s research interests are in the development of the methods, tools, and technologies to collect, store, analyze, and apply diverse electronic health data—including patient-rep...

Bradley P Knight

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Medical Education

Dr. Knight is the Chester C. and Deborah M. Cooley Distinguished Professor of Cardiology at Northwestern University, and has been the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital since November 1, 2009. He earned his BSPH at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and his MD at the Ohio State University. After completing his training in Medicine, Cardiology, and Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Michigan, he joined the Michigan faculty in 1997. He later served as the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at ...

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.

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...

David J Mehlman

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Echocardiography, General cardiology, Prosthetic heart valve disease

Rod S Passman

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Preventive Medicine

Cardiac electrophysiology

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We welcome your questions and comments. Contact us.

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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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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