David Kass

Professor of Cardiology, Johns Hopkins University, United States

David A. Kass, MD is the Abraham and Virginia Weiss Professor of Cardiology, Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. He directs the Institute of CardioScience and long-standing NIH post-doctoral Cardiovascular Training Program.  Dr. Kass earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Physics and Engineering from Harvard College and M.D. from Yale University. He received the American Heart Association’s Basic Science Award, Inaugural Melvin Marcus Award, an Outstanding Investigator Award from the NIH, Peter Harris Distinguished Scholar Award, and JHU Clinical Innovator and Mentor Award, Professor's Award for Distinction in Teaching, and David Levine Mentorship Award. He has published over 400 papers garnering over >54,000 citations with an H-index of 121. He has mentored nearly 100 fellows and students, many now academic basic and clinical leaders in Cardiology. His work is highly translational and focuses on mechanisms of heart muscle disease, heart failure, and developing new treatments. He pioneered the clinical and basic science of cardiac resynchronization, and role of cGMP-phosphodiesterases in the heart, ventricular-arterial interaction and right heart disease with pulmonary hypertension, and is currently advancing new therapeutics with implications to immunology/oncology. He co-founded Robin Medical and Cardioxyl, the latter a pharmaceutical company that developed nitroxyl donors for heart failure through to clinical trials. Bristol Meyers Squibb is currently conducting the advanced clinical trials.  When not pursuing science, David is an avid amateur clarinetist, and enjoys travel, food, wine, and living in Columbia, Maryland.

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