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Luigi Adamo, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Director, Cardiac Immunology
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Languages: English, Italian


Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Cardiac Immunology, Cardiomyopathy, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Heart Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Ventricular Assist Device more

Research Interests

Cardiac Immunology; Heart Failure with recovered Ejection Fraction


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-502-2857 | Fax: 410-367-2225

Johns Hopkins Cardiology - GBMC

Appointment Phone: 443-997-0270
6569 North Charles Street
Suite 600
Towson, MD 21204 map
Phone: 443-849-8989 | Fax: 443-849-8988


Dr. Adamo is a physician-scientist and the director for Cardiac Immunology in the Johns Hopkins University Division of Cardiology. Born and raised in the south of Italy, after completing medical school, Dr. Adamo moved to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. in Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard Medical School. He then went to Washington University School of Medicine where he completed post-graduate training in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and advanced heart failure/cardiac transplant. He finally returned to basic science to complete post-doctoral training in cardiac immunology. 

Dr. Adamo is involved in both basic research and clinical research. His basic research focuses on the relationship between the immune system and the heart, in health and disease. His clinical research has focused on heart failure with normalized ejection fraction and patient selection for mechanical circulatory support.

A father of 4, Dr. Adamo has a passion for entrepreneurship and has been involved with the launch of 3 start-up companies. He holds a weekly clinic and attends on the inpatient heart failure service within the Hopkins system. more


  • Director, Cardiac Immunology
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Medicine and Surgery, Universita' degli Studi di Palermo Facolta' di Medicina Chirurgia (2004)


  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Internal Medicine (2013)


  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology (2016)
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Cardiovascular Disease (2019)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology (2018)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Cardiovascular Disease (2017)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2014)

Research & Publications


The Adamo Cardiac Immunology Lab seeks a deeper understanding of the relationship between the immune system and cardiac function, with the goal of developing novel therapeutic options for patients with heart disease.

Learn more about the Adamo Cardiac Immunology Lab

Activities & Honors


  • Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, 2019 Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award, American Heart Association, 2019
  • Washington University Center for Cardiovascular Research 70th anniversary – Cardiovascular Research Day, Prize for Best Translational Research, 2017
  • Burton E. Sobel Award for Excellence in Basic and Translational Cardiovascular Research, Washington University, 2016
  • Harvard University Commencement Marshall, 2010
  • Silver Medal of Distinction Awarded to Alumni with Outstanding Scientific Achievements, University of Palermo, 2010
  • Thomas J Gill III and Simon Simonian Prize for Research Excellence, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston), Department of Pathology: 1st Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Basic Research, 2009
  • Research Excellence Award, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston) Biomedical Research Institute, 2008
  • Leader of a team of 4 students from the University of Palermo selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) in a Europe-wide competition to perform research in microgravity- 20 teams selected Europe-wide, 2001


  • American Association of Immunologists
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • Heart Failure Society of America
  • European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure Association (HFA)

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