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Sanjiv Kaul, M.D.

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


Dr. Kaul is the previous Head of cardiovascular division at OHSU and the founding director of the Knight Cardiovascular Institute. He is the Past-president of the American Society of Echocardiography. He specializes in coronary artery disease and imaging of the heart, especially echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Kaul has spent many years caring for patients, teaching and mentoring other cardiologists and doing research. His work has been published in many medical and scientific journals, and he has served as an editor and reviewer for other heart researchers’ projects and grants. He was awarded the outstanding Investigator award of the American Federation of Clinical Research, the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American College of Cardiology and the James B. Herrick Award of the American Heart Association.

Today, Dr. Kaul spends most of his time in research. He has co-founded two companies: Vasocardea and Orcorazon. Vasocardea is developing drugs to treat diseases that affect small blood vessels in the heart. Orcorazon is developing a total artificial heart.

Education and training

  • 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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