See all

Sumanth D. Prabhu, MD

Lewin Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases, Chief, Division of Cardiology


Additional Titles

  • Tobias and Hortense Lewin Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Pathology and Immunology
  • Cardiologist-in-Chief, Barnes Jewish Hospital

Related Links


  • B.S., Science: Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (1983)
  • Medical Degree: Jefferson Medical College- Now known as Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Philadelphia, PA (1985)
  • Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine: Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (1988)
  • Research Fellowship, Physician Investigator: Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (1989)
  • Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease: Department of Medicine/Cardiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX (1992)

Board Certifications

  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • ABIM - Cardiovascular Disease
  • ABIM - Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology


Alpha Omega Alpha, 1984

Summa Cum Laude, Jefferson Medical College, 1985

Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award, UTHSCSA 1993

Best Doctors in America, 1996-present

Established Investigator, American Heart Association, 1998

University Scholar, University of Louisville, 2000

Member, NIH CCHF Study Section, 2007

American Society for Clinical Investigation, 2009

University of Louisville President’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, 2010

Distinguished University Scholar, University of Louisville, 2011

Distinguished Physician Award, American Association of Cardiologist of Indian Origin, 2011

Mary Gertrude Waters Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, UAB 2012

Castle Connolly Top Doctor, Cardiovascular Disease, 2014-present

Max Cooper Award for Research Excellence, UAB Department of Medicine, 2015

Member, NIH MPOR Study Section, 2015

Association of University Cardiologists, 2017

American Clinical and Climatological Association, 2017

Innovation in Research Award, UAB Department of Medicine, 2018

Scientific Committee, Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation, 2018-2024

Southern Society for Clinical Investigation Mentor of the Year – Junior Faculty Division,  2020

Associate Editor, Circulation Research, 2020

Vice-Chair, BCVS Specialty Conference Program Committee, 2020

President, Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, 2021-2022

Robert M. Berne Distinguished Lectureship, American Physiological Society, 2022


Clinical Interests

Cardiomyopathy and heart failure, cardio-oncology, and general cardiology

Research Interests

Dr. Prabhu’s primary research interest has been in mechanisms underlying inflammation and immune cell activation in HF (i.e., cardio-immunology), and in the translation of new therapeutic approaches to alleviate inflammation and promote cardiac repair.


View publications on