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Rene J. Alvarez, Jr., MD


Rene J. Alvarez, Jr., MD


Vice Chief, Cardiology

Medical Director, Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation Program

Professor, Medicine

Assistant Dean, Faculty Diversity

Telephone: 215-707-5744

Email: rene.alvarez@tuhs.temple.edu


Dean's Staff

Department of Medicine, Section of Cardiology


Educational Background:


BS, City College of New York, New York, NY, 1983


MD, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1990


Internship, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1991


Residency, Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1993


Fellowship, Cardiology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1993-1997


Fellowship, Heart Failure/Transplantation, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1996-1997

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clinical interests:


  • Advanced heart failure
  • Cardiac transplant
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Hypertension specialist
  • Mechanical circulatory support
  • Sleep disorders in heart failure

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board certification(s):


  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiology
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Heart failure/transplant

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professional affiliations:


  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Heart Association
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • American Society of Hematology
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • Pennsylvania Heart Association

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research interests:


  • Sleep disorders in heart failure
  • Pulmonary vascular disease
  • Quality improvements in heart failure

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

23001067. Miller SE, Alvarez RJ Jr, Aldosterone antagonists in heart failure. J Cardiovasc Nurs 28:6(E47-54)2013 Nov-Dec

22385945. Rollman BL, Herbeck Belnap B, Mazumdar S, Houck PR, He F, Alvarez RJ, Schulberg HC, Reynolds CF 3rd, McNamara DM, A positive 2-item Patient Health Questionnaire depression screen among hospitalized heart failure patients is associated with elevated 12-month mortality. J Card Fail 18:3(238-45)2012 Mar

21820914. Rocha RV, Alvarez RJ, Bermudez CA, Valve surgery in a mucopolysaccharidosis type I patient: early prosthetic valve endocarditis. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 41:2(448-9)2012 Feb

20443855. Bedi MS, Alvarez RJ Jr, Kubota T, Sheppard R, Kormos RL, Siegenthaler MP, Feldman AM, McTiernan CF, McNamara DM, Myocardial Fas and cytokine expression in end-stage heart failure: impact of LVAD support. Clin Transl Sci 1:3(245-8)2008 Dec

18951113. Rittenberger JC, Guyette FX, Tisherman SA, DeVita MA, Alvarez RJ, Callaway CW, Outcomes of a hospital-wide plan to improve care of comatose survivors of cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 79:2(198-204)2008 Nov

11250262. Kirklin J, Miller LW, Brown RN, Alvarez RJ, Porter CB, Vanbakel AB, Jaski BE, Wannenburg T, White-Williams C, Bourge RC, Who is most likely to enjoy long term survival after cardiac transplantation? Risk stratification in a 10 year multi-institutional experience. J Heart Lung Transplant 20:2(168-169)2001 Feb

11008069. Kubota T, Miyagishima M, Alvarez RJ, Kormos R, Rosenblum WD, Demetris AJ, Semigran MJ, Dec GW, Holubkov R, McTiernan CF, Mann DL, Feldman AM, McNamara DM, Expression of proinflammatory cytokines in the failing human heart: comparison of recent-onset and end-stage congestive heart failure. J Heart Lung Transplant 19:9(819-24)2000 Sep

10400008. Bozkurt B, Villaneuva FS, Holubkov R, Tokarczyk T, Alvarez RJ Jr, MacGowan GA, Murali S, Rosenblum WD, Feldman AM, McNamara DM, Intravenous immune globulin in the therapy of peripartum cardiomyopathy. J Am Coll Cardiol 34:1(177-80)1999 Jul

9754587. MacGowan GA, Kormos RL, McNamara DM, Alvarez RJ, Rosenblum WD, Pham S, Feldman AM, Murali S, Predicting short-term outcome in severely ill heart failure patients: implications regarding listing for urgent cardiac transplantation and patient selection for temporary ventricular assist device support. J Card Fail 4:3(169-75)1998 Sep

9268719. Alvarez RJ, Gips SJ, Moldovan N, Wilhide CC, Milliken EE, Hoang AT, Hruban RH, Silverman HS, Dang CV, Goldschmidt-Clermont PJ, 17beta-estradiol inhibits apoptosis of endothelial cells. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 237:2(372-81)1997 Aug 18

7608142. Barrett JF, Lewis BC, Hoang AT, Alvarez RJ Jr, Dang CV, Cyclin A links c-Myc to adhesion-independent cell proliferation. J Biol Chem 270:27(15923-5)1995 Jul 7

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