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Makkar, MD, Appointed Vice President of Cardiovascular Innovation and Intervention


Raj Makkar, MD

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Raj Makkar, MD, as vice president of Cardiovascular Innovation and Intervention. Makkar has built one of the world's top cardiac intervention programs, and his important new leadership role will help the medical center foster innovation in clinical research and clinical practice as we enhance our national stature in emerging device and interventional technologies for cardiovascular disease.

Makkar's international prominence in developing minimally invasive treatments for heart disease will propel discovery, research, development and implementation of innovative treatments for Cedars-Sinai patients. His leadership and expertise also will allow us to further develop innovative programs in cardiovascular disease and to positively represent the medical center with partner organizations, including medical device makers, biotechnology firms and pharmaceutical companies.

A professor of Medicine, Makkar remains the Stephen R. Corday Chair in Interventional Cardiology and will continue as the associate director of the Smidt Heart Institute for Interventional Technologies, as well as director of Interventional Cardiology in the Department of Cardiology.

After joining Cedars-Sinai in 1993 as a cardiology fellow, Makkar rapidly gained a reputation for exceptional research and clinical care. Makkar has achieved worldwide prominence as the cardiac interventionalist who has completed more minimally invasive aortic valve replacements than any other physician. He has received multiple awards, served as a guest lecturer at medical centers around the world and authored hundreds of research papers published in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Journal of the American Medical Association and other leading journals.

Please join us in congratulating Makkar on his new role.

-Shlomo Melmed, MB, ChB
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Medical Faculty

-Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD
Director, Smidt Heart Institute