Ivor Benjamin, MD, FAHA, FACC
Director, Cardiovascular Center; Professor, Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, and Surgery; Program Director, CVC T32 Training Program
- Cardiovascular Center
Dr. Ivor Benjamin is the Director of the Cardiovascular Center, co-director of the NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Sciences and co-leader of the CVC’s Signature Program in Precision Cardiovascular Medicine. He is a Professor of Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, and Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Benjamin earned his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, and received fellowship training in clinical cardiology, molecular cardiology, and molecular biology at Michael Reese Hospital (University of Chicago), Duke University Medical Center, and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. A certified specialist and consultant in internal medicine and cardiology, his clinical interests are general cardiology, inheritable heart failure, and myocardial infarction. His research focuses on genes encoding heat shock proteins and oxido-reductive stress response pathways of direct relevance to genetic forms of heart disease, cardiotoxicological science and precision medicine.
An Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, Dr. Benjamin’s longstanding and distinguished career as a physician scientist has taken him across the country, including 10 years at the University of Utah School of Medicine where he was named the Division Chief of Cardiology and the Christi T. Smith Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine. He is the recipient of countless honors including the Award of Merit from the American Heart Association, the Daniel Savage Memorial Service Award from the Association of Black Cardiologists, and the prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Cecil Essential of Medicine 9th Edition and has authored over 130 books, book chapters and scientific papers. Dr. Benjamin is a founding member of the Journal of the American Heart Association, and he currently serves on the editorial boards of Circulation and Circulation Research.
Dr. Benjamin has been a champion by providing leadership to broaden the global reach of biomedical research in efforts to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases, stroke and other brain disorders. He is a primary investigator for other major cardiovascular research projects including a $4 million award funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment. Recently, he completed his term as president of the Association of University Cardiologists and is now serving a yearlong tenure as the American Heart Association’s 82nd president.
Collagen-Specific HSP47+ Myofibroblasts and CD163+ Macrophages Identify Profibrotic Phenotypes in Deceased Hearts With SARS-CoV-2 Infections.
(Puzyrenko A, Jacobs ER, Padilla N, Devine A, Aljadah M, Gantner BN, Pan AY, Lai S, Dai Q, Rubenstein JC, North PE, Simpson PM, Willoughby RE, O'Meara CC, Flinn MA, Lough JW, Ibrahim EH, Zheng Z, Sun Y, Felix J, Hunt BC, Ross G, Rui H, Benjamin IJ.) J Am Heart Assoc. 2023 Feb 21;12(4):e027990 PMID: 36789856 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85148479620 02/16/2023
Penicillin Reactions in Patients With Severe Rheumatic Heart Disease: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association.
(Sanyahumbi A, Ali S, Benjamin IJ, Karthikeyan G, Okello E, Sable CA, Taubert K, Wyber R, Zuhlke L, Carapetis JR, Beaton AZ, American Heart Association.) J Am Heart Assoc. 2022 Mar;11(5):e024517 PMID: 35049336 PMCID: PMC9075066 01/21/2022
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Cardiovascular Science: Anticipating Problems and Potential Solutions: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association.
(McNally EM, Elkind MSV, Benjamin IJ, Chung MK, Dillon GH, Hernandez AF, Ibeh C, Lloyd-Jones DM, McCullough LD, Wold LE, Wright DR, Wu JC.) Circulation. 2021 Dec 07;144(23):e461-e471 PMID: 34719260 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85122546616 11/02/2021
Modulation of muscle redox and protein aggregation rescues lethality caused by mutant lamins.
(Coombs GS, Rios-Monterrosa JL, Lai S, Dai Q, Goll AC, Ketterer MR, Valdes MF, Uche N, Benjamin IJ, Wallrath LL.) Redox Biol. 2021 Nov 25;48:102196 PMID: 34872044 PMCID: PMC8646998 12/07/2021
The history and geographic distribution of a KCNQ1 atrial fibrillation risk allele.
(Hateley S, Lopez-Izquierdo A, Jou CJ, Cho S, Schraiber JG, Song S, Maguire CT, Torres N, Riedel M, Bowles NE, Arrington CB, Kennedy BJ, Etheridge SP, Lai S, Pribble C, Meyers L, Lundahl D, Byrnes J, Granka JM, Kauffman CA, Lemmon G, Boyden S, Scott Watkins W, Karren MA, Knight S, Brent Muhlestein J, Carlquist JF, Anderson JL, Chahine KG, Shah KU, Ball CA, Benjamin IJ, Yandell M, Tristani-Firouzi M.) Nat Commun. 2021 Nov 08;12(1):6442 PMID: 34750360 PMCID: PMC8575962 11/10/2021
Opioid Use and Its Relationship to Cardiovascular Disease and Brain Health: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association.
(Chow SL, Sasson C, Benjamin IJ, Califf RM, Compton WM, Oliva EM, Robson C, Sanchez EJ.) Circulation. 2021 Sep 28;144(13):e218-e232 PMID: 34407637 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85116553125 08/20/2021
Pneumocytes are distinguished by highly elevated expression of the ER stress biomarker GRP78, a co-receptor for SARS-CoV-2, in COVID-19 autopsies.
(Puzyrenko A, Jacobs ER, Sun Y, Felix JC, Sheinin Y, Ge L, Lai S, Dai Q, Gantner BN, Nanchal R, North PE, Simpson PM, Rui H, Benjamin IJ.) Cell Stress Chaperones. 2021 Sep;26(5):859-868 PMID: 34382151 PMCID: PMC8357488 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85112285201 08/13/2021
2020 American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Consensus Conference on Professionalism and Ethics: A Consensus Conference Report.
(Executive Committee, Benjamin IJ, Valentine CM, Oetgen WJ, Sheehan KA, Task Force 1, Brindis RG, Roach WH Jr, Harrington RA, Levine GN, Redberg RF, Broccolo BM, Hernandez AF, Task Force 2, Douglas PS, Piña IL, Benjamin EJ, Coylewright MJ, Saucedo JF, Ferdinand KC, Hayes SN, Poppas A, Task Force 3, Furie KL, Mehta LS, Erwin JP 3rd, Mieres JH, Murphy DJ Jr, Weissman G, West CP, Task Force 4, Lawrence WE Jr, Masoudi FA, Jones CP, Matlock DD, Miller JE, Spertus JA, Todman L, Task Force 5, Biga C, Chazal RA, Creager MA, Fry ET, Mack MJ, Yancy CW, Anderson RE.) J Am Coll Cardiol. 2021 Jun 22;77(24):3079-3133 PMID: 33994057 PMCID: PMC8091280 05/18/2021
An immigrant's experience: science is a discipline without borders.
(Benjamin IJ.) J Clin Invest. 2021 May 03;131(9) PMID: 33938451 PMCID: PMC8087192 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85105277080 05/04/2021
Modulation of muscle redox and protein aggregation rescues lethality caused by mutant lamins
(Coombs GS, Rios-Monterrosa JL, Lai S, Dai Q, Goll AC, Ketterer MR, Valdes MF, Uche N, Benjamin IJ, Wallrath LL.) Redox Biology. December 2021;48 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85120438753 12/01/2021
Hypertriglyceridemia during hospitalization independently associates with mortality in patients with COVID-19.
(Dai W, Lund H, Chen Y, Zhang J, Osinski K, Jones SZ, Kreuziger LB, López JA, Benjamin IJ, Silverstein RL, Zheng Z.) J Clin Lipidol. 2021;15(5):724-731 PMID: 34470719 PMCID: PMC8353976 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85114047849 09/03/2021