Cardiovascular Genetics

Robert J. Boston Photographs Cardiology left to right Nate Stitziel MD, Sharon Cresci MD and Phil Cuculich Shot with sequencing machines.

The Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic employs the latest technologies in cardiovascular care to offer comprehensive genetic evaluations, diagnoses, and personalized management plans for individuals with inherited cardiovascular disease and their family members.

The clinic also offers genetic education and counseling to help patients and families understand the implications of the diagnosis. If appropriate, we offer and help arrange for genetic testing. The complex results of genetic testing are evaluated by our cardiovascular geneticists to help patients and families formulate a comprehensive care plan which, in certain cases, is able to identify at-risk family members.

While the clinic focuses on genetic evaluation and not ongoing clinical care, if requested by a patient or health care provider, we can coordinate referrals to the appropriate expert clinicians within our division to deliver ongoing world-class care.

The physicians in the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic are also leaders in cutting-edge genetic research studies, helping to understand the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease and applying genetic insights to meaningfully impact patient care and therapeutic drug development. The faculty has published breakthrough studies in leading medical and scientific journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Nature, and Science.


Nathan Stitziel, MD, PhD

Clinical expertise

  • Inherited arrhythmia syndromes including
    • Long QT syndrome
    • Brugada syndrome
    • Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT)
    • Familial sudden death
  • Inherited cardiomyopathies including
    • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
    • Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
    • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC)
  • Premature coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction
  • Inherited cholesterol disorders


Patient information

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Referring Physicians: 314-362-1291
Patients: 314-362-1291 or 888-210-8375


Washington University and Barnes Jewish Heart & Vascular Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
Washington University Medical Center
4921 Parkview Place, Suite 8A
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-362-1291