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

It was wonderful to see many of you in New
Orleans in November at both the AHA Scientific
Sessions and in our satellite symposium
focused on sudden cardiac death (SCA). SCA
is still the leading cause of death among adults
over the age of 40 and we had many stimulating
discussions at the symposium about the
latest advances to evaluate and treat SCA.
As you read in this newsletter, we are busy
preparing for a site visit for accreditation as
an Adult Congenital Heart Disease Comprehensive Care Center. Because
of the depth and breadth of our program, we are optimistic that we will
be one of the first such centers to be accredited in the country. Our
5th Annual Cardiovascular Research Day, which featured Dr. Christine
Sediman as the 4th annual Sobel lecturer, was again a huge success, with
undergraduate and postdoctor students and fellows having opportunities
to showcase their research efforts.
We are proud to announce that two of our Washington University
colleagues were instrumental in writing the new national guidelines for
the AHA and ACC focused on sports/activity levels for competitive athletes
who have specific heart conditions. We also have several academic
appointments to announce proudly, including
the promotion of Dr. Andrew Kates, MD, director
of our fellowship training program, to Professor
of Medicine, and Dr. Kory Lavine’s promotion
to Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Center
for Cardiovascular Research. They already have
contributed much to our division and to the field
of cardiology, both in terms of education and
research. Finally, we sadly say good-bye to Dr. Sam
Wickline, who is leaving us after three decades at
Wash U to embark on a new challenge as head of
the Health Heart Institute in Tampa. We know he
will keep in touch with many of us — and share a
fishing story or two!

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

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