Heart + Lung Health FEST 2014
The Alan Bernstein Distinguished Lecture
Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, is an international leader in cardiology and a pioneering heart researcher. His 25-plus years of experience in patient care and research into heart disease have led to key discoveries in gene and stem cell therapies and new drug treatments for heart attacks, heart failure and strokes. Those discoveries resulted in inventions and patents that have formed the basis for multiple startup companies.
In 2007, Dr. Marbán became founding director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, a multidisciplinary entity which brings together adult and pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, imaging specialists and researchers to foster discovery and enhance patient care. The institute is built on a long tradition of excellence and innovation at Cedars-Sinai, including the invention of the Swan-Ganz catheter and development of a laser system to vaporize blockages in blood vessels affected by coronary artery disease. Among cardiology and heart surgery programs nationally, the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute is ranked #1 in the western USA by US News & World Report. Dr. Marbán also directs Cedars-Sinai’s Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center, which is focused on cardiac regeneration.
Using techniques that he has pioneered to isolate stem cells from a patient’s own heart, Dr. Marbán designed and completed the first-in-human NIH-funded CADUCEUS trial. The study was the first to show that cell therapy can repair “irreversible” tissue damage caused by heart attacks.
Among the many honors Dr. Marbán has received are the Basic Research Prize of the American Heart Association (AHA), the Research Achievement Award of the International Society for Heart Research, the Gill Heart Institute Award and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the AHA.
A native of Cuba, Dr. Marbán came to the United States with his parents at the age of six as a political refugee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wilkes College in Pennsylvania, and then attended the Yale University School of Medicine in a combined MD/PhD program.
Dr. Marbán came to Cedars-Sinai after 25 years at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During his tenure there, he served in a variety of academic and research positions, including Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Cardiovascular Clinical Research.