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Donald Lloyd-Jones MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA

Donald M. Lloyd-Jones MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA

Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine; Eileen M. Foell Professor of Preventive Medicine; Professor of Medicine–Cardiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translation Research; Director, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Lloyd-Jones earned his BA from Swarthmore College in 1986, his MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1991, and a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2001. He was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and served as Chief Medical Resident in 1995-1996. After his cardiology fellowship at MGH, he joined the staff as an attending cardiologist, and was an Instructor and then Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He joined the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Framingham Heart Study as a research fellow in 1997, and became a staff research associate in 1999.

He moved to Northwestern University in 2004, and was appointed the Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine in 2009. He is also Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translation Research, Director of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute and the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Preventive Medicine and Medicine.

Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ research interests lie in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, risk estimation, and prevention. A main focus of his research has been investigation of the lifetime risks for various cardiovascular diseases, and factors which modify those risks. Other areas of interest include CVD risk estimation using novel biomarkers, imaging of subclinical atherosclerosis, and the epidemiology of hypertension. His clinical and teaching interests lie in general cardiology, with a focus on prevention. He chaired the committee and authored the monograph that defined and set the American Heart Association’s Strategic Impact Goals for 2010-2020, including a bold new focus on cardiovascular health promotion. He was co-chair of the Risk Assessment Work Group and a member of the Cholesterol Treatment Guidelines Panel for the 2013 ACC/AHA Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, and is an inducted member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. In 2010, he was awarded the American Heart Association’s annual Chairman’s Award, recognizing the volunteer who has performed outstanding service to further the AHA's strategic goals. He is a recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Patterson Award for Teacher of the Year from the Department of Medicine and the Teacher of the Year from the Division of Cardiology at Northwestern. In 2013, he was awarded Northwestern’s Tripartite Legacy Award in recognition of his achievements as a mentor, leader and translational physician-scientist.

Dr. Lloyd-Jones actively mentors numerous junior investigators. Recent awards and honors received by his primary mentees include: the American Heart Association Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Young Investigator Award (1 winner, 1 finalist); Fellow and Junior Faculty Awards for Best Clinical Science at the National Cardiovascular Young Investigators’ Forum (four mentee awards); the Jameson Award for Excellence in Fellows’ Research (three mentees) at Northwestern; the Bonow Award for Excellence in Fellows’ Research in Cardiovascular Disease at Northwestern (three mentees); K23, K99, K12, F32, R21, Fogarty International, LRP, and institutional grants; and first prizes in poster competitions at numerous local and national meetings.


1. Serve(d) as Co-Chair of the ACC/AHA Risk Assessment Work Group