Mann named director of Cardiovascular Division

Douglas L. Mann, M.D., has been named the Tobias and Hortense Lewin Professor and director of the Cardiovascular Division in the Department of Medicine.

The appointment will be effective in March 2009. He also will become cardiologist-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and director of the new Heart and Vascular Institute at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University.


Mann is currently the Don W. Chapman, M.D., Chair of Cardiology and chief of the Section of Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.

“I am delighted that Doug Mann will become our next chief of cardiology,” said Kenneth S. Polonsky, M.D., the Adolphus Busch Professor and head of the Department of Medicine. “He is a leading academic cardiologist with an outstanding reputation. We are impressed with Doug’s broad vision for the division and his commitment to interdisciplinary programs in heart and vascular disease. We are fortunate to have been able to recruit someone of his stature.”

Mann earned a medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1979 and completed his residency in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital in 1982. He completed fellowship training in cardiology at the University of California, San Diego, and a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

After an initial faculty appointment at the Medical University of South Carolina, Mann moved to Baylor College of Medicine in 1991 as chief of cardiology at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. He became chief of the cardiology section at Baylor College in 2005. He also is professor of medicine and of molecular physiology and biophysics and the director of the Winters Center for Heart Failure Research.

“I am honored to be chosen as chief of cardiology at Washington University and cardiologist-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital,” Mann said. “The quality of the faculty and the trainees at the School of Medicine is simply outstanding, and the health care at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is superb. I am looking forward to working with the University and hospital to continue the rich tradition of excellence in research, education and patient care that has established them as leaders in medicine.”

Mann specializes in the field of congestive heart failure and has made numerous contributions to the understanding of cardiac remodeling and cardiac dysfunction. His research focuses on the molecular and cellular basis of heart failure, especially on the role of inflammatory mediators in the progression of heart failure.

In the position of division director, Mann succeeds Daniel P. Kelly, M.D., who became scientific director of the Burnham Institute for Medical Research-Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., last year.

The newly formed Heart and Vascular Institute at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University is committed to providing breakthrough technological and research advances to improve patient care by integrating multiple services.

Mann will lead the strategic initiatives along with his colleagues in heart surgery and vascular surgery to expand services locally, regionally and nationally.