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 interests 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 mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases, (ii) accelerate drug discovery, (iii) develop “clinical trial in a dish” concept, and (iv) implement precision medicine for cardiovascular patients. His lab uses a combination of stem cells, genomics, epigenetics, cellular & molecular biology, physiological testing, and molecular imaging technologies. Dr. Wu has published >450 manuscripts with H-index of 113 on Google scholar. He is listed as top 1% highly cited researchers in Web of Science (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). Among his trainees, >40 of them are principal investigators in the US or abroad (

Dr. Wu has received numerous awards, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award, NIH Roadmap Transformative Award, American Heart Association (AHA) Innovative Research Award, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) given by President Obama, Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Innovation in Regulatory Science Award, and American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Wu serves on the FDA Cellular Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee. Dr. is on the Board of Directors for Keystone Symposia and is President-Elect of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Wu is an elected member of American Society of Clinical Investigators (ASCI), Association of University Cardiologists (AUC), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), American Association of Physicians (AAP), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Medical Education: Yale School Of Medicine (1997) CT
  • Fellowship, UCLA Medical Center, Cardiovascular Medicine (2004)
  • PhD, UCLA, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology (2004)
  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine, Medicine (1997)
  • BS, UCLA, Biology (1993)

Honors & Awards
  • Board of Directors, Keystone Symposia (2022)
  • Council Member, American Society Clinical Investigation (2014-2017)
  • Distinguished Investigator Award, Academy of Radiology Research (2014)
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, American Heart Association (2018)
  • Elected, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2019)
  • 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)
  • Elected, National Academy of Medicine (2019)
  • Established Investigator Award, American Heart Association (2013)
  • Highly Cited Researcher (Top 1% in Web of Science), Clarivate Analytics (2018-2021)
  • Honorary Lifetime Member, Society of Toxicology (2021)
  • Joseph A. Vita Award, American Heart Association (2015)
  • Merit Award, American Heart Association (2017)
  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health (2008-2013)
  • NIH Roadmap Transformative Award, National Institutes of Health (2009-2014)
  • President-Elect, American Heart Association (2022)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), White House Office of Technology (2010)

Administrative Appointments
  • Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (2013 - Present)


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