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Steven Nissen    

Cardiologist, Researcher and Patient Advocate; Chairman at Cleveland Clinic

Steven Nissen, MD, is the chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine located on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. He was appointed in 2006. Prior to this, he served nine years as vice-chairman of the Department of Cardiology and five years as Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Cardiovascular Coordinating Center (C5), an organization that directs multicenter clinical trials.

Dr. Nissen’s research during the last two decades has focused on the application of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging for the assessment of progression and regression of coronary atherosclerosis. He has served as International Principal Investigator for several large IVUS multi-center atherosclerosis trials.

His contributions to scientific literature include more than 350 journal articles and 60 book chapters including many manuscripts in NEJM and JAMA. In recent years, he has also written on the subject of drug safety and was the author of manuscripts highlighting concerns about the COX-2 inhibitors (Vioxx™), muraglitazar and rosiglitazone (Avandia™).

Dr. Nissen is a frequent lecturer before national and international meetings. He has served as visiting professor, or provided Grand Rounds, at nearly 100 institutions.

As a physician/scientist, Dr. Nissen consults for many pharmaceutical companies on the development of new therapies for cardiovascular disease, but maintains his longstanding personal policy of requiring companies to donate all related honoraria directly to charity.

Dr. Nissen is also known for his role in public policy discussions, particularly in the area of drug safety. He has testified in both the Senate and the House of Representatives on this issue as well as the need to reform the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In 2007, Dr. Steven Nissen was named by TIME Magazine as "one of the 100 most influential people in the world".

Dr. Nissen earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor. He completed Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento, and Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Dr. Nissen's early career years were spent at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine achieving a rank of Associate Professor.


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