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Ronald G. Victor, MD

Associate Director, Translational Research in the Heart Institute

Burns and Allen Chair in Cardiology Research

Director, Hypertension Center

Professor, Medicine

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Ronald G. Victor, MD

Associate Director, Translational Research in the Heart Institute

Burns and Allen Chair in Cardiology Research

Director, Hypertension Center

Professor, Medicine

  • IM/Cardiology

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Heart Disease


Ronald G. Victor, MD, is a cardiovascular physician-scientist with 30 years of continuous support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for clinical and translational research on community-based health disparities research on hypertension in African-Americans and on neural mechanisms of hypertension and vascular regulation. During his tenure at the University of Texas Southwestern, Dr. Victor was program director on several large, multidisciplinary research grants, including a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Specialized Center of Research on Ischemic Heart Disease in Blacks and the Dallas Heart Study. He also was co-director of the Donald W. Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center. Dr. Victor was principal investigator on a previous NHLBI-funded cluster-randomized trial of a barber-based intervention for hypertension control in African-American men. He is principal investigator on a new R01 project through the national Health Services Organization and Delivery study section for a second cluster-randomized trial to test the efficacy, sustainability and scalability of an enhanced intervention model that utilizes community-based clinical pharmacists to link the barber-based intervention to healthcare reform. Dr. Victor was recruited to Cedars-Sinai in July 2009 to develop NIH-funded clinical research programs in the Heart Institute, where he holds the Burns and Allen Chair in Cardiology Research. He is professor of Medicine/Step 7 at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he has leadership roles in the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute. In addition to his clinical research on hypertension, Dr. Victor is a clinical hypertension specialist. He was Hypertension Division Chief at UT Southwestern for 12 years and now is director of the Cedars-Sinai Hypertension Center, an American Society of Hypertension comprehensive hypertension center. He is co-author of the textbook Kaplan's Clinical Hypertension.

  • Medical School: Tulane Univeristy, Sch Of Med, 1978
  • Residency: UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1981
  • Fellowship: University of Iowa College of Medicine, 1984
  • Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Department of Medicine, 1984
  • George Burns & Gracie Allen Chair in Cardiology Research, 2009-present
  • President, Association of University Cardiologists (AUC), 2009-2010

Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Victor RG. Expanding pharmacists' role in the era of health care reform. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2012 Nov 15;69(22):1959. PMID: 23135562.
  • Price AL, Lingvay I, Szczepaniak EW, Wiebel J, Victor RG, Szczepaniak LS. The metabolic cost of lowering blood pressure with hydrochlorothiazide. Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome 5(1):35. 2013 doi: 10.1186/1758-5996-5-35 PMID:23837919
  • Swaminatha GV, Nelson MD, Rader F, Tang X, Lewis J, Johannes J, Belcik T, Elashoff RM, R. Lindner JR, Victor RG. Cocaine-Induced Vasoconstriction in the Human Coronary Microcirculation: New Evidence from Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography. Circulation 128(6):598-604, 2013.
  • Kontak AC, Victor RG, and Vongpatanasin, W. Dexmedetomidine as a novel countermeasure for the acute sympathomimetic actions of cocaine in cocaine-addicted humans. Hypertension 61(2):388-94, 2013. PMID: 23283356.

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