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RENÉ J. ALVAREZ, JR., MD, JOINS TEMPLE AS VICE CHIEF OF CARDIOLOGY AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE HEART FAILURE/CARDIAC TRANSPLANTATION PROGRAM AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

March 27, 2012

 

Rene J. Alvarez, Jr., MDRené J. Alvarez, Jr., MD, has joined Temple University Hospital as Vice Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation Program and Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean for Minority Faculty at Temple University School of Medicine, effective April 1, 2012. Previously, Dr. Alvarez was the Director of the Heart Failure Outreach Network at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

 

Board-certified in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease, Dr. Alvarez's many research interests include sudden deaths in athletes, sleep disorders in heart failure, post arrest resuscitation and induced hypothermia, and cognitive dysfunction in survivors of cardiac arrest.

 

"I am pleased to welcome Dr. Alvarez to the Temple Cardiology Team," said José Missri, MD, Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Medicine at Temple. "His reputation as a clinician and researcher is well-known and having an already established relationship with Dr. Yoshiya Toyoda (Temple's Vice Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Director of Heart and Lung Transplantation, and Surgical Director of Mechanical Circulatory Devices) will make for a smooth transition onto the team. I look forward to his many successes in the future."

 

Dr. Alvarez earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1990. He followed that with an Internal Medicine Residency at Temple University School of Medicine and a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine/Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

 

He has received various awards for his teaching, research and clinical efforts, including recognition in the Who's Who of Cardiology and Best Doctors in America rankings.

 

Dr. Alvarez has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters and is a member of several professional societies, including the American College of Physicians, the Heart Failure Society of America, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Transplant Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physician Executives.

 

He is currently President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.