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David Rutlen, M.D.

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  • Section Head, General Cardiology
  • Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, School of Medicine


  • Cardiology

Special focus

  • General Cardiology
  • Nutrition (Cardiology)

Locations and contact

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About me

Dr. Rutlen cares for patients with known heart problems and people with chest pain, shortness of breath, fluttering heart or fainting spells that might be due to a heart problem. He relies strongly on a patient’s history and physical examination to learn which imaging scans are needed. Dr. Rutlen also believes that knowing about a patient’s social history and the environment in which they live is important for providing good care.

Having run every Boston Marathon since 2014, Dr. Rutlen believes in the importance of fitness for longer life and general well-being.

Education and training

    • M.D., 1973, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency

    • Medical House Officer and Assistant Resident Physician, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, Mass., 1973–1975
  • Fellowship

    • Cardiovascular Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass., 1975–1978
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Internal Medicine, 1976
    • Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Disease, 1977

Memberships and associations:

  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • Fellow, American Heart Association
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
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Ratings and reviews

Overall: 4.6 out of 5 (538 Ratings, 231 Reviews)

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