Clifford Kavinsky, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine and pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center. He is an expert on catheter-based therapies for heart and vascular disease, and is an internationally recognized leader in the use of novel treatments for adults with congenital and structural heart disease. Kavinsky is a U.S. News and World Report nationally ranked "Top Doctor" in interventional cardiology.
Kavinsky completed his B.S. in biology at Washington University in St. Louis. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Chicago. Kavinsky completed post-doctoral training in molecular biology in the laboratory of James D. Watson at Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. He obtained his medical degree and completed post-graduate training in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology at Rush University in Chicago. Kavinsky served as chief resident in the Department of Internal Medicine and chief fellow in the Section of Cardiology.
Kavinsky contributes to Rush's longstanding commitment to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. His outstanding clinical care was recognized by a generous gift from the Herb Family as part of the largest single donation in Rush history. The Herb Family Clifford J. Kavinsky Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory opened in January 2012.
Rush University Medical Center Honors and Awards (Selected)
Section of Cardiology Excellence in Teaching Award - 2006, 2012
Internal Medicine Distinguished Teaching and Service Award - 1996, 2006
John S. Graettinger M.D. Award for Outstanding Teaching - 2004
Teaching Attending of the Year - 1995
Herrick Postgraduate Research Fellowship - 1986-1989
Kavinsky has published broadly in the area of structural heart disease and serves as associate editor of the Journal of Structural Heart Disease. He conducts clinical trials on innovative procedures such as percutaneous aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair and PFO closure to prevent stroke. As director of the Rush Cardiovascular Pre-Clinical Laboratory, he established a fully equipped pre-clinical catheterization laboratory for evaluating new devices. Through his leadership, this laboratory sponsors well-received physician training courses on advanced interventional techniques. Kavinsky has held the positions of director of the Coronary Care Unit, fellowship program director, director of the medical practice, and assistant director of the Section of Cardiology. As director of the Rush University Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease from 2002 to 2012, he oversaw the training of numerous current and future leaders in academic and clinical cardiology.