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Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD

Contact Information

Good Samaritan Hosptial
1225 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 977-4040
Fax: (213) 977-4107

Areas of Interest

  • Hypertension
  • Noninvasive clinical cardiology


Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, in the Cardiovascular Division, Keck School of Medicine, at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. He is also Director of Research at the Heart Institute of Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles and attending cardiologist at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center.

Dr. Kloner received his MD in the Honors Program in Medical Education and PhD degrees from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed internship and residency in internal medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Additional training included clinical and research fellowships in medicine and cardiology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He served as Assistant and then Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and as an attending cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital. There he received an Established Investigator Award of the American Heart Association. Dr. Kloner is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, an Inaugural Fellow of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences of the AHA, and was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

Among Dr. Kloner's major research interests are cardiac cell transplantation, protection of ischemic myocardium, development of therapies for limiting myocardial infarct size, cardiac function following coronary artery occlusion, the effect of toxins on the heart, including the effect of air pollution on the heart, preventative cardiology, hypertension, and PDE5 inhibition. He has participated in studies funded by the National Institutes of Health on cardiac cell transplantation, doxorubicin cardiomyopathy, functional analysis of cardiac grafts, and stem cells. He has served on the NIH Cardiovascular Study Section A and has participated in a number of NIH Workshops.

A frequent contributor to the medical and scientific press, Dr. Kloner has contributed over 560 original papers in peer-reviewed journals; over 210 chapters or monographs and over 445 abstracts. Dr. Kloner is the author and editor of 18 medical texts including: Cardiovascular Trials Reviews (10 editions) , The Guide to Cardiology (3 editions), Stunned Myocardium, Ischemic Preconditioning, VIAGRA, and Heart Disease and Erectile Dysfunction and three novels: The Beta Virus, Mind Cure, and The Deity Genes.

Among his editorial responsibilities, Dr. Kloner served as associate editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics from 1996 to 2009 and in 2009 became the editor-in-chief. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Impotence Research , and is Guest Editor of Circulation. He is on the editorial boards of American Journal of Cardiology, Heart, Basic Research in Cardiology, Regenerative Medicine, and Congestive Heart Failure. Among his many career distinctions, Dr. Kloner has been listed in Who's Who in America and The Best Doctors in America and in 2002 was identified by the Institute for Scientific Information as ISI Highly; one of the worlds's most highly cited scientific authors. Dr. Kloner is a frequent lecturer at major scientific symposia including the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Meetings, and he has lectured at most major academic medical centers in the United States.


  • B.S. Honors Program in Medical Education, Northwestern University 1971
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University 1974
  • M.D., Northwestern University Medical School 1975


  • Medical House Officer, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA 1975-1976
  • Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 1975-1978


  • Assistant Resident Physician, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA 1976-1977
  • Senior Resident Physician, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA 1977-1978
  • Chief Resident, West Roxbury VA Hospital, West Roxbury, MA 1978


  • Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 1978-1979
  • Research/Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Cardiology, Boston, MA 1978-1979


  • Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners 1976


  • American Society of Clinical Investigators
  • American College of Cardiology - Fellow
  • American Heart Association


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