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Daniel Dries, MD, MPH, FACC, Named Director of the Familial Cardiomyopathy Program and Associate Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Program at Temple

May 30, 2014daniel dries, md, mph, facc


Daniel L. Dries, MD, MPH, FACC, has been appointed Director of the Familial Cardiomyopathy Program and Associate Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Program at the Temple Heart and Vascular Institute, and Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, effective June 1, 2014.

Prior to joining Temple, Dr. Dries was at Yale School of Medicine where he held several titles, including Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Yale Center for Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation. Dr. Dries previously spent seven years in Philadelphia in multiple roles at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

"I'm really excited to be back in Philadelphia and feel extremely fortunate to join the world-class clinicians, educators and researchers at the Temple Heart and Vascular Institute," said Dr. Dries. "I just feel I was meant to end up here at Temple and I look forward to collaborating with the Institute's cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists and the entire healthcare team to help provide our patients the very best care possible."

Dr. Dries specializes in the diagnosis and care of patients with advanced heart failure through treatments including mechanical circulatory support and transplantation. He also specializes in the genetic causes of cardiomyopathies, including familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and familial dilated cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that affects pumping ability.

Dr. Dries' research interests include the genetic determinants of heart failure; the cardiac response to high blood pressure and how that response progresses to heart failure; and hypertension and heart disease in the African American community.

Board-certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology, Dr. Dries earned his Medical Degree at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, and a Master of Public Health Degree from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He completed an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Dries also completed a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as a Cardiology Fellowship as part of a program between the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Dries went on to complete a Fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Dries says a long-time love of the study of genetics and physiology led him to specialize in advanced heart failure. "Advanced heart failure demands expertise in circulatory physiology and genetics allows us the opportunity for early identification of at risk individuals for early intervention," he explained.

Dr. Dries is a frequent presenter at national and international meetings and an NIH-funded investigator who has authored many peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and textbook chapters. He has been a reviewer for nearly a dozen scientific journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Nature Medicine, Circulation, and Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Dries is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, as well as a member of the American Heart Association, the Heart Failure Society of America and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.