Stephen Heitner, M.D.

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Special Interests:
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Cardio-Oncology, Cardiac Amyloidosis
Accepting Patients:
English, Afrikaans, Spanish

"Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well”. I have worked in many hospitals and universities around the world and with many people from different socioeconomic backgrounds. The physicians, nurses and support staff at OHSU embody this holistic approach not only by teaching this philosophically to their students and patients, but by embracing it and living it themselves. OHSU is a wonder and a delight – I love working here and surrounding myself with such energy and enthusiasm."


Dr. Heitner specializes in caring for patients with uncommon and complex cardiac conditions. He has developed an the interest and skills necessary to assist him in making the careful decisions with patients and their families that will help improve and prolong lives. He realizes that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition that affects not only the patient, but also potentially their parents, children, siblings, and extended family. As such, each patient is approached from a fresh perspective and a thoughtful treatment plan is devised.


Dr. Heitner cares for many patients with cardiac amyloidosis in conjunction with a medical oncologist. Together they have helped patients through the difficult time of chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation with excellent results.


Dr. Heitner is also an expert in cardiac imaging, and has implemented the latest developments in cardiac ultrasound technology in to the echocardiography laboratory at OHSU. Through the use of contrast echocardiography, 3D echocardiography, and even newer promising technologies, Dr. Heitner is helping improve the detection of disease, as well as guide non-surgical repair of structural cardiac problems (e.g. transcutaneous valve replacements, septal defect repairs)


Dr. Heitner is married to a medical Oncologist, also practicing at OHSU. They have 2 daughters and they enjoy spending time outdoors with their family.


  • Degree:
    M.D., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Residency:
    Internal Medicine – Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia
  • Fellowship:
    Cardiology – Cooper University Hospital, Camden, N.J.
  • Certification:
    American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2007); American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease (2011); American Board of Nuclear Cardiology (2010), American Board of Echocardiography (2010)

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