David Pinsky, M.D.
David J. Pinsky, M.D. is the Ruth Professor and Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, the Director of the University of Michigan’s Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center, and a Founding Scholar of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. He graduated with top honors from both the University of Toledo and the Ohio State University College of Medicine, then trained in internal medicine at Mount Sinai. After training in cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and vascular biology at Columbia, he joined the Columbia faculty where he served until his recruitment to the University of Michigan in 2003.
Dr. Pinsky is an inventor on over a dozen patents, is an author of over 200 scientific papers and book chapters, and leads an active NIH-funded laboratory focused on understanding how natural blood vessel defense mechanisms may be amplified to protect in conditions such as stroke, heart attack, or organ transplantation. His studies focus on biological gases and on a protective enzyme which lines blood vessels, which amplify natural defense mechanisms against unchecked inflammation and coagulation. His lab was the first to directly measure nitric oxide in a living animal, as well as to directly measure nitric oxide real-time in the beating heart. In the early 1990s, he discovered that very small amounts carbon monoxide may actually protect blood vessels following flow interruption. Pinsky’s goal is to understand, amplify and harness a blood vessel’s natural defenses in order to develop novel therapeutic strategies for human disease.
Dr. Pinsky is an elected member of honorary scientific societies including the ASCI, AAP, ACCA, and the Association of University Cardiologists. He has served on and chaired numerous national peer-review and strategy panels for the AHA, DOD, and NIH, and is a popular lecturer world-wide.