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Karl Kern

Karl B Kern MD

Professor of Medicine and the Gordon A. Ewy, MD Distinguished Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sarver Heart Center, University of Arizona

Karl B. Kern, MD, is a Co-director and the Gordon A. Ewy, MD Distinguished Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, and Professor of Medicine at the UA College of Medicine 

Dr. Kern has been active in the American Heart Association throughout his career, currently serving as vice chair of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee. He served as president of the Old Pueblo Division, Arizona Affiliate in 1992, and president of the AHA - Arizona Affiliate in 1993.  He was chairman of the American Heart Association National Subcommittee for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) from 1997-2000.  He also served as Chair of the Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Peri-operative, and Resuscitation Council of the American Heart Association from 2011-2013.

Dr. Kern's research interests are in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and coronary blood flow. He is the coordinator of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Research Group. 

He was inducted as an honorary member of the European Resuscitation Council in 2014 and named a “CPR Giant” by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and the American Heart Association in 2015.  He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Drexel University College of Medicine's Alumni Association in 2014, and the Arizona Business' Lifetime Achievement in Health Care Award in 2016.  Dr. Kern has been named as one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 1996.