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Douglas Zipes

Douglas P. Zipes MD

Distinguished Professor, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Emeritus Director of the Division of Cardiology and Krannert Institute of Cardiology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Douglas P. Zipes graduated Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School, both cum laude, and trained at Duke University Medical Center. He joined Indiana University in 1970, became Professor of Medicine in 1976, Distinguished Professor in 1994, and Director of Cardiology and the Krannert Institute of Cardiology from 1995 to 2004.

He is past president of: Indianapolis Citizen’s Academy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Indianapolis Opera; Cardiac Electrophysiology Society; Association of University Cardiologists; NASPE/Heart Rhythm Society; American College of Cardiology; and past chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

He is founding editor of: the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, Cardiology in Review, Contemporary Treatments in Cardiology, Heart Rhythm, and PracticeUpdate/Cardiology, of which he is presently editor. He is past editor of Progress in Cardiology, and present editor of Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine. He has published almost 900 articles and 16 textbooks with multiple editions.

Awards include: Distinguished Achievement Award, Herrick Award, and Cor Vitae Award from the American Heart Association; Distinguished Scientist Award from both the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology; “Sagamore of the Wabash,” highest honor for an Indiana citizen from the governor; tribute about him read into the U.S. Congressional Record by the Hon. Baron P. Hill, House of Representatives; Distinguished Alumnus Award, Duke University Medical Alumni Association; Presidential Citation, American College of Cardiology; President’s Medal, Indiana University; President’s Award, Heart Rhythm Society; Gold Medal, European Society of Cardiology; Pioneer in Pacing and Electrophysiology, Heart Rhythm Society; Distinguished Career Achievement Award, Dartmouth (Geisel) Medical School; Career Achievement Award, Maestro Distinguido, CADECI; Gold Medal German Cardiac Society.

He is a fellow of: Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology; Master of the American College of Physicians and American College of Cardiology; he is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians; and Honorary Member of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Argentine Society of Cardiology, Hungarian Society of Cardiology and Israel Heart Society.

Endowed are: Douglas P. Zipes Research Prize, Dartmouth Medical School; Medtronic Zipes Chair in Cardiology, Indiana University School of Medicine; Joan and Douglas Zipes Visiting Professorship, Indiana University School of Medicine; Douglas P. Zipes, MD Lectureship, Heart Rhythm Society; the Douglas P. Zipes, MD Distinguished Young Scientist Award, American College of Cardiology; and the Joan and Douglas Zipes Publication of the Year Award of the Heart Rhythm Society.

He writes a regular health column for the Saturday Evening Post; has published a short story, Stolen Hearts; a travel story, Into Africa; four novels: The Black Widows, Ripples in Opperman’s Pond, Not Just a Game, and Bear’s Promise; and a memoir, Damn the Naysayers.


Distinguished Professor, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Emeritus Director of the Division of Cardiology and Krannert Institute of Cardiology, Indiana University School of Medicine


Dartmouth College, BA
Harvard Medical School, MD

Postgraduate Training:
Duke University Medical Center
Masonic Medical Research Laboratory

Clinical Interests:
Translational research