Sanjiv Kaul, M.D.

  • Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Ernest C. Swigert Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine


Kaul’s major clinical and research interest is coronary artery disease.  He is a pioneer in cardiovascular imaging, having spearheaded many of the developments in contrast echocardiography and making major contributions to the field of nuclear cardiology. He studies coronary physiology and pathophysiology both in animal models and in humans.  He has published over 250 papers in the most prestigious cardiovascular journals. He was funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health from 1986 until 2014 and received numerous grants from the American Heart Association.

For his body of work Kaul received the prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award of the American Federation for Clinical Research in 1995 which is given to 2 individuals a year under the age of 45 for seminal and original investigation in any field of medicine. He was also the recipient of the Established Investigator Award of the American Heart Association. Kaul has an excellent record as a teacher and mentor.  In 2001, he was awarded the first Richard Popp gifted teacher award from the American Society of Echocardiography and in 2003 he was awarded the Women in Cardiology mentoring award from the American Heart Association.  In 2012 Kaul received the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American College of Cardiology. Kaul is only one of 4 cardiologists in the Northwest voted by his peers as Top Doctors in America. In 2015 Kaul received the James B. Herrick Award from the American Heart Association for research that had made major clinical impact..

Kaul is a member of the most prestigious by invitation alone medical societies in the US: American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Association of University Cardiologists, and the American Clinical and Climatologic Association. He is also a member of the Association of Professors of Cardiology, The American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association.  Kaul has served as a permanent member of two review committees of the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association Research Committee, and the National Board of Echocardiography. Kaul is on the editorial boards of the top cardiovascular journals in the US and abroad and was Associate Editor of the American Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. He was the co-chair of the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session in 2000 and Chair of the American Society of Echocardiography Annual Scientific Session in 2005. He served as the President of the American Society of Echocardiography from 2010 to 2011 and as the Governor of the Oregon chapter of the American College of Cardiology from 2013 to 2016.


  • Residency:

    • Internal medicine - University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.
  • Fellowship:

    • Cardiology - Wadsworth VA Medical Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.
    • Cardiology - Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Internal Medicine, internal medicine

Memberships and associations

  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Association of American Physicians
  • American Clinical and Climatological Association
  • Association of University Cardiologists
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • American Society of Echocardiography


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Selected publications

  • Kaul S, Newell JB, Chesler DA, Pohost GM, Okada RD, Guiney TE, Boucher CA: Value of computer ana­lysis of exercise thallium images in the noninvasive detection of coronary artery disease.  JAMA 255:508?511, 1986.
  • Sabia PJ, Powers ER, Ragosta M, Sarembock IJ, Burwell LR, Kaul S:  An association between collateral blood flow and myocardial viability in patients with recent myocardial infarction. N Engl J Med 327:1825-1831, 1992.  
  • Wei K, Jayaweera AR Firoozan S, Linka A, Skyba DM, Kaul S: Quantification of myocardial blood flow with ultrasound-induced destruction of microbubbles administered as a constant venous infusion.  Circulation 97:473-483, 1998.
  • Firoozan S, Wei K, Linka A, Skyba D, Goodman NC, Kaul S: A canine model of chronic ischemic cardio­­myo­pathy: characterization of regional flow-function relations.  Am J Physiol 276:H446-H455, 1999.  
  • Jayaweera AR, Wei K, Coggins M, Bin JP, Goodman C, Kaul S: Role of capillaries in determining coronary blood flow reserve: New insights using myocardial contrast echocardiography.  Am J Physiol 277:H2363-H2372, 1999.
  • Wei K, Le E, Min JP, Coggins M, Goodman NC, Kaul S: Mechanism of Reversible 99mTc-sestamibi Perfusion Defects During Pharmacologically-Induced Coronary Vasodilatation.  Am J Physiol 280;H1896-H1904, 2001.  
  • Kaul S, Senior R, Dittrich H, Raval U, Khattar R, Lahiri A:  Detection of coronary artery disease using myocardial contrast echocardiography: comparison with 99mTc-sestamibi single photon emission computed tomography.  Circulation 96:785-792, 1997.
  • Leong-Poi H, Coggins M, Sklenar J, Jayaweera AR, Wang X, Kaul S: Role of Collateral Blood Flow in the Apparent Disparity Between the Extent of Abnormal Wall Thickening and Perfusion Defect Size During Acute Myocardial Infarction and Demand Ischemia.  J Am Coll Cardiol 45:565-572, 2005.  
  • Wei K, Tong KL, Belcik T, Rafter P, Ragosta M, Kaul S: Detection of Non-critical Coronary Stenosis at Rest                 With Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography.  Circulation 112:1154-1160, 2005.
  • Bin, JP, Doctor A, Lindner JR, Leong-Poi H, Fisher NG, Le ED, Hendersen EH, Christiansen J, Kaul S: Effects of Nitroglycerin on Erythrocyte Rheology and Oxygen Unloading: Novel Role of S-Nitrosohemoglobin in Relieving Myocardial Ischemia.  Circulation 113:2502-2508, 2006.


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