Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 6, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 6, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 29
Edward Kasper Named Clinical Director of Cardiology


Johns Hopkins alum also will be co-director of Heart and Vascular Institute

By David March
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Physician and science investigator Edward Kasper, an expert in chronic heart failure and the heart transplantation that often results from the disease, has been named clinical director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Division of Cardiology and co-director of the school's Heart and Vascular Institute.

Kasper, a Johns Hopkins alumnus, has spent nearly his entire academic medical career at the institution, where he also completed his medical internship; residency, including one year supervising 20 other house officers as one of four acting chiefs of service; and cardiology fellowship.

Since 1987, Kasper has taught medical students, clinical residents and research fellows and treated thousands of patients at Johns Hopkins. He succeeds Richard Lange, who led clinical operations in the division since 2003 and will remain active as adjunct faculty. He also succeeds Lange as the E. Cowles Andrus Professor of Cardiology.

In addition to managing day-to-day clinical cardiology operations, Kasper will continue his research into the biological origins of heart failure and the underlying reasons why the body rejects some transplanted hearts and not others.

"Dr. Kasper has already established a successful track record, expanding and upgrading our cardiology practice at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to the world-class level of excellence that people have come to expect from Johns Hopkins," said Gordon Tomaselli, the newly appointed director of Cardiology. "Now he can put this expertise to good use, advancing cardiology service standards across all other hospitals and clinics within Hopkins' health system," said Tomaselli, who is the Michel Mirowski, M.D., Professor of Cardiology at the School of Medicine and also a co-director of its Heart and Vascular Institute.

Kasper has authored more than 70 articles, two books and many book chapters on various aspects of heart failure and transplantation. Most recently, he has researched potential blood tests for predicting the earliest signs of heart failure and an organ recipient's risk of rejecting a heart transplant.

For the last five years, Kasper served as director of the Cardiology Division at Bayview, the second-largest hospital in the Johns Hopkins Health System. There, he led a growing team of more than 20 cardiologists and 100 clinical and research staff in establishing medical services that complement and replicate those available at Johns Hopkins' main medical campus. Under Kasper's leadership, the number of faculty and staff nearly tripled, and patient numbers more than doubled.

As clinical head of the Division of Cardiology, Kasper will oversee a group of 713 people, including 102 faculty and 87 fellows, who treat more than 4,000 inpatients and nearly 30,000 more outpatients a year.

The division Kasper inherits with Tomaselli has earned national and international acclaim and has been consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top four in cardiology among American academic medical centers.

Kasper studied the natural sciences as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins before earning his medical degree in 1984 from the University of Connecticut and completing his medical training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He joined the faculty in 1987 as an instructor in medicine and completed his specialization in cardiology in 1991. Kasper then moved to Vanderbilt University to oversee its transplant program but quickly returned to Johns Hopkins in 1993 to head up the same service.

He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and served on its board of governors from 2002 to 2006. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Heart Association and has served since 2006 on its clinical cardiology committee. He is also a long-standing member of numerous societies dedicated to improving the lives of heart transplant recipients and those awaiting a donated organ, including the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the United Network for Organ Sharing, the Heart Failure Society of America and the Working Group of Transplant Cardiologists.


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