The Cardiovascular Division is extremely proud of the more than 300 cardiology fellows, graduate students (PhD and MD/PhD) and post-doctoral research fellows that have received their cardiovascular training at Washington University School of Medicine.

Former faculty and trainees of the Cardiovascular Division have gone on to become the president of Ecuador, chancellors and deans of medical schools, chairs of medicine, chiefs of cardiology, and leaders in the pharmaceutical industry.

The Alumni Section of the Cardiovascular Division website is dedicated to our former faculty and trainees. This section of the website will feature a “Message from the Chief,” which will be updated bi-annually, and will contain a brief summary of current events within the Cardiovascular Division. The Alumni Section will also post the most recent bi-annual update of the Cardiovascular Division alumni newsletter, which is also available as a downloadable pdf file.

Our goal is to remain connected with our former faculty and trainees, who have contributed to the rich clinical, teaching and research environment that  exists in the Cardiovascular Division today.

Message from the Chief


Douglas Mann, MD

As we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Cardiovascular Division, I am reminded of Sir Isaac Newton’s oft quoted words: “If I have seen further…it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” When I reflect on the contributions of the Cardiovascular Division, I realize that many of the things that we take for granted in clinical cardiology today, including biomarkers for diagnosing cardiac injury and heart failure, the use of thrombolytic agents for treating acute myocardial infarction and pulmonary embolism, and catheter ablations for atrial fibrillation can be traced back to the pioneering research that was performed here by our faculty. We continue to honor these accomplishments by building on this legacy every day. We now have three active research centers: The Center for Cardiovascular Research, The Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center, and the Consortium for Translational Research in Advanced Imaging and Nanomedicine, which facilitate interdisciplinary, collaborative basic and clinical cardiovascular research. Clinical programs have also expanded to include seven Centers of Excellence that promote multi-disciplinary models of care.

One of my primary goals since I became chief has been to increase the number of physician scientists so that we can accelerate our research and translate these findings into clinical practice. As you read in our cover story, I’m proud that over the past several years, we have established several new programs in cardiovascular genetics, cardio-neuromuscular disorders, and women’s heart disease, to name a few. This summer, we’re adding four more outstanding physician-scientists to our faculty. Thomas Maddox, MD, MSC, will launch our new Health Systems Innovation Lab as its inaugural director. Karen Joynt, MD, MPH, will focus her efforts on health policy research in addition to clinical cardiology. John Gorcsan III, MD, will assume the role of Director of Clinical Research and bring his pioneering work in 2-D ultrasound to Wash U. Lastly, Dan Lenihan, MD, will join us to build a world-class cardio-oncology program in collaboration with the Siteman Cancer Center.

I hope that you will join us in St. Louis in November for our annual Cardiovascular Research Day to celebrate our 70th anniversary, which truly is a celebration of your personal contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine. If you cannot attend, mail us a card or send an email reflecting upon your time here so that we can share your thoughts at the celebration.

We truly are interested in your career moves and significant research publications. Email your information to Laura King at

Alumni newsletter

Read the latest alumni newsletter (pdf) »

Read past newsletters »