Joseph  C. Wu

Joseph C. Wu


Bio:   Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD is Director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute ( and the Simon H. Stertzer, MD, Professor of Medicine and Radiology. Dr. Wu received his medical degree from Yale. He completed his medicine internship, residency and cardiology fellowship training at UCLA followed by a PhD (Molecular & Medical Pharmacology) in the UCLA STAR program. His clinical activities involve adult congenital heart disease and cardiovascular imaging.

His lab works on biological mechanisms of patient-specific and disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The main goals are to (i) understand cardiovascular disease mechanisms, (ii) accelerate drug discovery, (iii) develop “clinical trial in a dish” concept, and (iv) implement precision medicine for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular patients. His lab uses a combination of genomics, stem cells, cellular & molecular biology, physiological testing, and molecular imaging technologies to better understand molecular and pathological processes. Dr. Wu has published >350 manuscripts with H-index of 91 on Google scholar. Among his trainees, 25 of them are principal investigators in the US or abroad (

Dr. Wu has received several awards, including the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation (BWF) Career Award in Medical Sciences, BWF Innovation in Regulatory Science Award, American Heart Association (AHA) Innovative Research Award, AHA Established Investigator Award, AHA Merit Award, AHA Distinguished Scientist Award, National Institute of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award, NIH Roadmap Transformative Award, and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) given out by President Obama. He is on the editorial board of Journal Clinical Investigation, Circulation Research, Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging, Human Gene Therapy, Molecular Therapy, Stem Cell Research, Physiological Genomics, Scientific Reports, and Nature Review Cardiology

Dr. Wu is a member of the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC), American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), and Association of American Physicians (AAP). Dr. Wu currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Keystone Symposia, FDA Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee, AHA National Board of Directors, Chair of the AHA Research Committee, and Chair of the AHA Basic Cardiovascular Science Council.

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Professional Education

  • Fellowship: UCLA Medical Center Radiology Fellowship (2004) CA
  • Residency: UCLA Medical Center Radiology Fellowship (1999) CA
  • Medical Education: Yale School Of Medicine Office of Student Affairs (1997) CT
  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine, Medicine (1997)
  • PhD, UCLA, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology (2004)

Honors & Awards

  • Baxter Faculty Scholar Award, Baxter Foundation (2008)
  • Bernard and Joan Marshall Research Excellence Prize, British Society for Cardiovascular Research (2011)
  • Best Basic Science Paper, Circulation (2007)
  • Best Manuscript Award, Circulation Research (2013)
  • Best Manuscript Award, Circulation Research (2017)
  • Best Manuscript Award, Circulation Research (2018)
  • Career Award for Medical Scientists, Burroughs Wellcome Foundation (2007-2012)
  • Career Award in Cardiovascular Imaging, American College Cardiology/General Electrics (2006-2008)
  • Council Member, American Society Clinical Investigation (2014-2017)
  • Distinguished Investigator Award, Academy of Radiology Research (2014)
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, American Heart Association (2018)
  • Division of Cardiology Teaching Award (Innovation), Stanford School of Medicine (2008)
  • Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award, American College of Cardiology (2009)
  • Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation, Junior Faculty Award (2008)
  • Elected, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2018)
  • Elected, American Society Clinical Investigation (ASCI) (2012)
  • Elected, Association of American Physicians (AAP) (2015)
  • Elected, Association of University Cardiologists (AUC) (2013)
  • Established Investigator Award, American Heart Association (2013)
  • Fellow American College of Cardiology, FACC (2006)
  • Fellow American Heart Association, FAHA (2010)
  • GSK Cardiovascular Young Investigator Award, GlaxoSmithKline (2003-2005)
  • Highly Cited Researcher (Top 1% in Web of Science, 2006-2016), Clarivate Analytics (2108)
  • Innovation in Regulatory Science Award, Burroughs Wellcome Foundation (2015)
  • Joseph A. Vita Award, American Heart Association (2015)
  • K08 Mentored Clinician Scientist Award, National Institutes of Health (2005-2008)
  • Merit Award, American Heart Association (2017)
  • National Innovative Research Grant, American Heart Association (2009)
  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health (2008-2013)
  • NIH Roadmap Transformative Award, National Institutes of Health (2009-2014)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), White House Office of Technology (2010)
  • William Parmley Prize, Journal American College of Cardiology (2009)

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (2013 - Present)

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