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Charles Steenbergen, MD PhD

Professor of Pathology
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  • Professor of Pathology

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  • Comprehensive Transplant Center


Cardiovascular Pathology, Pathology, Transplant Pathology

Research Interests

Cardiovascular Diseases, particularly Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury


Dr. Charles Steenbergen is a professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He specializes in cardiovascular and transplant pathology, with particular focus on the mechanisms of ischemic heart disease.

Dr. Steenbergen received an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in anatomic pathology and a fellowship in pathology at Duke University.

He is certified in anatomic pathology by the American Board of Pathology.


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    • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia PA) (1979)
    • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Philadelphia PA) (1979)


    • Duke University School of Medicine / Anatomic Pathology (Durham NC) (1984)


    • Duke University School of Medicine / Pathology (Durham NC) (1980)


    • American Board of Pathology / Anatomic Pathology (1985)
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    Research Summary

    Dr. Steenbergen’s research focuses on mechanisms of ischemic heart disease, and in particular, endogenous mechanisms that can be activated to protect the heart during a subsequent episode of ischemia and reperfusion.

    He is interested in identifying signal transduction pathways that are involved in cardioprotection, and understanding how these signaling pathways confer their protective effect.

    His lab studies the mechanisms of injury involving ionic dysequilibrium, and has used magnetic resonance spectroscopic techniques to monitor ion concentrations in intact hearts during ischemia and reperfusion. Since infarct size is a major determinant of clinical outcome in patients with ischemic heart disease, the lab hopes that better understanding of these protective mechanisms will lead to the development of better therapies for patients with coronary artery disease and patients undergoing heart surgery.

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    Hospital Main Entrance - Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
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    Baltimore, MD 21224
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