Physicians and staff
Michael L. Hess, MD
On faculty for more than 30 years, Dr. Hess did his undergraduate work at St. Francis College in Pennsylvania. He then received his medical degree (cum laude) from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968 and remained there as resident. He then came to the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University for his fellowship training and joined the Department of Physiology as course instructor. After serving for two years as assistant professor of physiology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and concurrently as a staff cardiologist at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Dr. Hess became associate professor of physiology at MCV in 1975. Four years later, he added a joint appointment as associate professor of medicine (cardiology) and achieved the rank of professor in 1980. He also currently serves as chairman of the Division of Cardiopulmonary Laboratories and Research, a position he has held for over 12 years, and has led the Pauley Heart Center Heart Failure Program for more than 15 years.
Among his numerous honors, Dr. Hess has won the VCU Distinguished Scholar Award in 1989, the 1972 Young Investigator Award from the American College of Cardiology and the Outstanding Teacher Award from six medical classes. In 2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Clinician Award. Dr. Hess specifically was recognized for extraordinary leadership and superb quality of clinical activities, as well as his contributions as director of Pauley Heart Center’s heart failure team and his efforts in heart transplant management.
Dr. Hess is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Physiological Society’s Cardiovascular Section, and the American Heart Association’s Council on Circulation. In 1981-82 he served as president of the International Cardiac Transplantation Society and then as executive council member for three more years. He also is a charter member of the Shock Society.
Dr. Hess’ clinical and research interests include new therapeutics and management of congestive heart failure as well as oxygen free radicals and ischemia/reperfusion injury. In addition to publishing nearly 200 research papers, Dr. Hess has authored one full-length book entitled, Heart Disease in Primary Care, co-authored another full-length book and a book chapter. He has been involved with numerous externally funded research projects, including current investigations funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. During his career, he has been reviewer for 28 journals and has served on the editorial board for eight publications, including the Journal of Heart Failure, the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, Cardiovascular Research, Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly, Congestive Heart Failure and Experimental and Clinical Cardiology.