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Sheldon H. Gottlieb, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Medicine


Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Medicine, Diabetes and Heart Research, Heart Disease, Heart Failure more

Research Interests

Heart failure, particularly salt restriction in heart failure; Diabetes and heart disease (BARI 2D trial) more


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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4940 Eastern Avenue
301 Mason F. Lord Drive Suite 2400
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Johns Hopkins Cardiology - GBMC

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6569 North Charles Street
Suite 600
Towson, MD 21204 map


Dr. Sheldon Gottlieb is a cardiologist in Baltimore who focuses on the compassionate care of patients with cardiovascular diseases, particularly those living with diabetes and heart failure. 

Dr. Gottlieb received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins and earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency at McGill University School of Medicine and performed a fellowship in cardiology at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Gottlieb joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1977.

He directed the clinical programs of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Division of Cardiology from 1978 to 1998. During his tenure as associate director and clinical chief, he was responsible for the divisional budget and development of clinical and research facilities, including all operational and personnel issues. He also developed the administrative justifications for establishing coronary angiography at Bayview, leading to many important research and clinical initiatives. 

Dr. Gottlieb’s research interests include heart failure (particularly salt restriction in heart failure) and diabetes and heart disease. His published research includes a seminal paper on spirituality and depression in heart failure, one of the most highly cited papers in its field.

He serves as an editorial consultant for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and as a member of the Baltimore Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association. A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, his work has been recognized by the Society of National Association Publishers with a Bronze Excel Award. more


  • Associate Professor of Medicine

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  • M.D.; Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (Wisconsin) (1971)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Gottlieb’s primary research focus is on clinical trials in heart failure. This has included serving as the local PI for multicenter studies, including the original Digitalis-Captopril study, the Vesnarinone trials and the TACT2 study. This also includes local clinical trials, including a SCOR-9 grant-funded trial and the Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) Team study.

He recruited the sponsor for the CHF Team, helped to organize and develop the CHF Team study research group and IRB protocol, obtained consent from and followed 50 percent of the 200 patients enrolled in the study and was the senior author of the study publication in 2002 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. This is one of the most highly cited papers in this field. This research led to the development of the Telewatch telemedicine system, which received a U.S. patent in 2006. He also developed and led the Diabetes-CHF program at Johns Hopkins Healthcare, which has been the primary venue testing the clinical utility of the Telewatch system. (The Diabetes-CHF program is now part of the Care Management program at Johns Hopkins Healthcare LLC).

Selected Publications

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Adler AJ, Taylor F, Martin N, Gottlieb S, Taylor RS, Ebrahim S. “Reduced dietary salt for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.” Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Dec 18;(12):CD009217. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009217.pub3. Review

Albu JB, Lu J, Mooradian AD, Krone RJ, Nesto RW, Porter MH, Rana JS, Rogers WJ, Sobel BE, Gottlieb SH; BARI 2D Study Group. “Relationships of obesity and fat distribution with atherothrombotic risk factors: baseline results from the Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation 2 Diabetes (BARI 2D) trial.” Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 May;18(5):1046-54. doi: 10.1038/oby.2009.339. Epub 2009 Oct 29

Bekelman DB, Rumsfeld JS, Havranek EP, Yamashita TE, Hutt E, Gottlieb SH, Dy SM, Kutner JS. “Symptom burden, depression, and spiritual well-being: a comparison of heart failure and advanced cancer patients.” J Gen Intern Med. 2009;24:592-598

Bekelman D, Havranek EP, Becker DM, Kutner JS, Peterson PN, Wittstein IS, Gottlieb SH, Yamashita TE, Fairclough DL, Dy SM. “Symptoms, depression, and quality of life in patients with heart failure.” J Card Fail. 2007 Oct;13(8):643-8

Gottlieb SH. “Dr. Wohl's Violin: a family doctor's last act of kindness.” Ann Intern Med. 2007 May 15;146(10):755-6


Method and System for Outpatient Monitoring
Patent # US 7,056,289 B2 | 

Method and apparatus for analyzing patient medical records
Patent # US 8,326,653 | 

Activities & Honors


  • Top Doc List, Baltimore Magazine's list of Top 15 Cardiologists in Baltimore, 1999 - 2000
  • Bronze Excel Award, Society of National Association Publishers, 2002 - 2003
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1971 - 1972


  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Physicians, P.A. Board of Directors, 1985 - 1987
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC, 1987
  • American Heart Association, Maryland Affiliate Board of Directors, 1990 - 1994
  • American Heart Association, 1990
  • American Diabetes Association Baltimore Leadership Council, President, 2005 - 2008
  • American Diabetes Association Baltimore Leadership Council, 2003
  • American College of Cardiology, Fellow
  • American Diabetes Association

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Consultant, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2018
  • Johns Hopkins HomeCare Home Health Services Professional Advisory Committee, 2017
  • Member, Baltimore Leadership Council, American Diabetes Association, 2003
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC, 1998
  • President, Baltimore Leadership Council, American Diabetes Association, 2005 - 2008
  • Co-Chair, Non-Pharmacologic Intervention Core Group, BARI 2D Program, 2004 - 2007
  • Editorial Board, Cochrane Heart Group, 2000 - 2013
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