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Cardiovascular Medicine

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine at IU School of Medicine strives for excellence in patient care, research and teaching.

Led by Interim Director Richard J. Kovacs, MD, the division’s physicians, scientists, staff, and trainees work diligently to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease while helping individuals and families maintain good cardiovascular health. The division's academic expertise offers Hoosiers the highest quality heart and vascular care and fosters relentless innovation that fuels better health for the people of Indiana and beyond.

Vision Statement

We are one, diverse academic health enterprise where people come to receive the highest quality heart and vascular care in the community while also enabling relentless innovation that fuels better health for Indiana and beyond.


The cardiovascular team of physicians and scientists working in clinical and basic research are committed to ensuring the most advanced treatments are available to patients.
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Clinical Care

Faculty cardiologists offer expertise in the full range of heart and blood vessel problems, and treatments range from lifestyle modification to implanted heart-assist devices and transplantation.
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The ACGME-accredited fellowship programs in cardiology include training in cardiovascular disease, clinical cardiac electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.
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Cardiovascular Medicine Leadership

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Richard J. Kovacs, MD

Interim Division Director for Cardiovascular Medicine

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Cardiovascular Medicine Specialties

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine includes 53 cardiologists, eight PhD investigators, 12 post-doctoral fellows and 31 support staff. The division’s ACGME-accredited training programs include 21 cardiovascular disease fellows that span four sub-specialty areas including cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, clinical cardiac electrophysiology and advanced heart care.

Areas of Expertise

  • Coronary and ischemic heart disease
  • Structural heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Aortic disorders
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Rhythm disorders
  • Cardiovascular risk prevention
  • Cardiovascular informatics and technology

Physician Education

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine offers continuing medical education at local, regional and national levels. This includes weekly conferences as well as an annual cardiology update for primary care physicians. A major highlight is the annual Joan and Douglas Zipes Visiting Professor program.