Douglas P. Zipes, MD


Dr. Zipes received his B.A. cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1961, his M.D. cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1964 and his postgraduate training at Duke University Medical Center from 1964 to 1968. He joined Indiana University School of Medicine in 1970 and became full Professor of Medicine in 1976, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology in 1994, and Director of the Cardiology Division and Krannert Institute of Cardiology in 1995. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He is founding director of the Indiana Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, past member of the National Board of Directors of the American Heart Association and is past president of the following: Indianapolis Opera, Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, Association of University Cardiologists, North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology/Heart Rhythm Society, and American College of Cardiology. For the American Board of Internal Medicine, he is past chairman of the subspecialty board on Cardiovascular Disease, past chairman of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Test Writing Committee, and past chairman of the Board. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (1990-2004) and is now the founding editor of Heart Rhythm, the new journal of the Heart Rhythm Society. He has published over 750 articles and 18 books, and is a co-editor of Cardiac Electrophysiology, From Cell to Bedside, and of Braunwald's Heart Disease, A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine.

From the American Heart Association he has received the Distinguished Achievement Award (1989), the Herrick Award (1997), and the Cor Vitae Award (2004). He has received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology/Heart Rhythm Society (1995) as well as from the American College of Cardiology (1996), and the Cardiostim Medal (2006). He is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, and became Master of the American College of Cardiology in 2002. In 2001, he received the "Sagamore of the Wabash" from the Governor of Indiana, Frank O'Bannon, the highest honor bestowed upon a citizen of Indiana, and on June 2, 2004, the Hon Baron P. Hill, House of Representatives, read a tribute about Dr. Zipes into the Congressional Record. To celebrate his tenure as Division Chief, the following were endowed: the Medtronic Zipes Chair in Cardiology and the Joan and Douglas Zipes Visiting Professorship, both at Indiana University; the Douglas P. Zipes, MD Lectureship at the Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions; and the Douglas P. Zipes, MD Distinguished Young Scientist Award at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions. Dr. Zipes has a regular column for the Saturday Evening Post called "Heart Health: Ask Dr. Zipes" (