Physicians and staff
Robert L. Jesse, MD
Dr. Robert Jesse received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire followed by a PhD in Biophysics at the Medical College of Virginia. After initially joining the basic sciences faculty in the Biophysics Department, he then went on to receive an MD degree followed by Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia campus at Virginia Commonwealth University. Presently, he serves on the faculty of Pauley Heart Center as Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), is Director of Acute Cardiac Care, Chairman of the Cardiology Division at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, and National Program Director for Cardiology for the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC.
Dr. Jesse, along with the Acute Cardiac Team at VCUHS, pioneered the nationally recognized Chest Pain Program, which has published widely on both the initial risk stratification and outcomes for patients with acute coronary syndromes, especially as related to biomarkers. Dr. Jesse has been the director of several national courses on the management of chest pain including the Society for Chest Pain Centers and Providers 6th Annual Meeting. He served on the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry Task Force that authored the initial Standards of Laboratory Practice on the use of Cardiac Markers in 1999, and is presently on the committee rewriting those guidelines.
Throughout his career, Dr. Jesse has contributed to the advancement of cardiovascular medicine through outstanding teaching, research, professional involvement and knowledge sharing. He has been recognized numerous times for teaching excellence by both housestaff and faculty. Dr. Jesse has been principal- or co- principal investigator on 14 investigator-instigated studies and 29 industry-sponsored trials, and has been an invited lecturer at more than 120 professional seminars. In addition, he has been editorial reviewer for the American Journal of Cardiology, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Southern Medical Journal, European Journal of Cardiology, American Journal of Managed Care and Veterans Health Care Journal. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 articles that have been published in the most respected national and international medical journals.
Dr. Jesse is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a regional governor for the Virginia Chapter of the ACC, and serves on the Quality Leadership Council. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association in both the Thrombosis, Atherosclerosis, and Vascular Biology Council and Clinical Cardiology Council, and has served as President of the Richmond Metro Chapter of AHA. Dr Jesse serves on the National Cholesterol Education Program steering Committee, the National Heart Attack Alert Program steering committee, and on the NIH-NHLBI Advisory Council.