Education and Experience
- Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven CT)/ (1980)
- George Washington University School of Medicine (Washington DC)/ Internal Medicine (1983)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore MD)/ Cardiology (1986)
- Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine (1989)
- Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1983)
Medicine - Cardiology
- Heart and Vascular Institute
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Service
Dr. Kasss current research interests include his leadership of the Center for Molecular Cardiobiology, where he coordinates basic and translational research at Johns Hopkins University with the aim of paving the road to newer and more effective treatments for cardiovascular disease. Under the directorship of Dr. Kass, the Center is working to expand its understanding of the causes of heart failure, arrhythmia, and artery disease, and how physicians can treat, cure, and prevent them in the future. More specifically, Dr. Kass and his colleagues have discovered that the drug, Viagra, can potently influence how the heart responds to abnormal stress. This work, from Dr. Kasss lab, has led to a major clinical trial now underway by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and to new studies for treating disorders such as muscular dystrophy. Additionally, the lab was awarded a new grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, to study mechanisms for heart disease in patients suffering from Duchennes disease. As an international leader in the use of pacing devices in heart failure patients, his laboratory is also pioneering research that may ultimately lead to a completely new way to use pacemakers.
Another important new study that was conducted in Dr. Kasss lab, identified how the vessels in the lung uniquely impact the right heart, and are different in a fundamental way from the arteries in the rest of the body that influence the left heart. This has important implications for the treatment of heart failure, and patients with a form of hypertension that affects the arteries in the lung.
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Geriatric Cardiology
- Heart Disease
- Heart Failure