William T. Abraham, MD, FACP, FACC

Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Deputy Director, Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology
Chair of Excellence in Cardiovascular Medicine

Profile on OSU:Pro

Recent News:
Wireless Monitor Reduces Heart Failure Hospitalizations

New Device May Help Heart Patients With Sleep Apnea

Study: New Approach for OSA in Heart Failure Patients

First U.S. Patients Receive New Heart Therapy Device

What do you like best about practicing medicine at OSU Medical Center?

What I love most about working at Ohio State are the people and the sense of community and family we share. In my experience, from med school through faculty appointments at four academic medical centers, the esprit de corps and quality of people I work with here are unsurpassed.

What excites you most about the future of medicine?

Based on the advances we’ve made with the implantation of hemodynamic monitors that allow us to adjust medication based on individual physiology, I am humbled, grateful and excited when I think of what the future may hold in terms of providing completely personalized medicine for every individual.

How do you think P4 Medicine (medicine that is more predictive, preventive,
personalized and participatory) will change your specialty over the next 10 years?

The impact of P4 Medicine on the care of heart patients will be profound. For example, we recently published data in Circulation about a physician-directed/patient-self-management paradigm for heart failure that allows patients to titrate their own medication therapy based on hemodynamic pressures and pre-set guidelines. Examples like this will continue to proliferate.

Name one of your medical career mentors and tell us what you learned from him/her.

Robert Schrier, MD, former chair of Medicine at the University of Colorado where he continues on the faculty today, was my first and most significant mentor. He not only taught me how to take care of patients and how to conduct research, but also the value of academic leadership and the importance of appreciating the legacy of leadership as seen in the success of those I have recruited and, in turn, mentored.

What advice do you have for young physicians early in their careers?

I counsel young physicians to identify their own mentor and then reach up to that individual, making the most of opportunities to participate in clinical programs, get involved in translational research and — when doors are opened — have the courage to walk through them.

Who in history would you most like to meet and why?

Throughout history, we occasionally see great leaders emerge who had the foresight, fortitude and opportunity to effect truly transformational change. Abraham Lincoln is the epitome of such a leader whose decisions changed the face of this nation and, in many ways, all of mankind, for the better.

What are your hobbies or volunteer activities?

I’ve been the guy who spends most of his free time working, but I do try to make time to travel with my wife. We enjoy meeting people and experiencing new cultures. My parents were both teachers, and my father taught history. As a result, I have an interest in seeing antiquities first-hand, which allows me to practice my hobby, photography.

Rising star: If I must select only one, it would be Subha Raman, MD, associate professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, of Radiology, and of Biomedical Informatics, for her leadership in advanced cardiac imaging, her extramural grant funding and her rising national reputation. I also consider Alex J. Auseon, Konstantinos Boudoulas, Vincent Brinkman, Stephen C. Cook, Jennifer Dickerson, Veronica Franco, Richard J. Gumina, Ayesha Hasan, Mahmoud Houmsse, Rami Kahwash, Zhenguo Liu, Ernest L. Mazzaferri Jr., and Laxmi S. Mehta to be rising stars in our Division.

CV summary

Medical Degree: Harvard Medical School

Internship: Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver

Residency:  Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Chief Medical Resident, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Fellowships: Cardiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Transplant Cardiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Research Cardiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

National Committees or Board Positions:

•  American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Diplomate

•  National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomate

Clinical Interests: Heart failure; cardiac transplantation; cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Research Interests: Cardiac resynchronization therapy in chronic heart failure; neurohormonal mechanisms; clinical drug and device trials.


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