Professor of Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics
Section Chief of Vascular Biology and Hypertension
Director, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program


Contact Information
Zeigler Research Building, Room 1034
703 19th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0007

Office Phone:  (205) 934-2580
Office Fax: (205) 975-5119

Office Administrator

Pam Jacobs
Email Address:
Office Phone: (205) 934-2580
Office Fax: (205) 975-5119





Cardiology Fellowship
Massachusetts General Hospital (1968 - 1971)

Internal Medicine Residency
Presbyterian Hospital (1966 - 1967)

Medical Degree
Columbia University (1965)

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine (1970)

Society Memberships

American Heart Association
American Society for Clinical Investigation (Member Emeritus )
American Society of Hypertension
Council on High Blood Pressure Research
Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences 
International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences
Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI)




Clinical Interests

Lipid management
Preventive cardiology
Renovascular hypertension



Research Interests

Pathogenesis of vascular disease, with particular emphasis on sexual dimorphism and the protective effects of female sex hormones
Pathophysiology and treatment of high blood pressure

Clinical Trials

  • Essential hypertension
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Diabetes mellitus

Selected Journal


Muntner P, Levitan EB, Reynolds K, Mann DM, Tonelli M, Oparil S, Shimbo D. Within-Visit Variability of Blood Pressure and All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Among US Adults. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Mar;14(3):165-71. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00581.x. Epub 2012 Jan 24.
PMID: 22372774 

Kereiakes DJ, Chrysant SG, Izzo JL Jr, Littlejohn T 3rd, Oparil S, Melino M, Lee J, Fernandez V, Heyrman R. Long-term efficacy and safety of triple-combination therapy with olmesartan medoxomil and amlodipine besylate and hydrochlorothiazide for hypertension. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Mar;14(3):149-57. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00588.x. Epub 2012 Jan 24.
PMID: 22372774

Xing D, Li P, Gong K, Yang Z, Yu H, Hage FG, Oparil S, Chen YF. Endothelial Cells Overexpressing Interleukin-8 (IL8) Receptors Reduce Inflammatory and Neointimal Responses to Arterial Injury. Circulation. 2012 Feb 23. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 22361324

Acelajado MC, Oparil S. Antiplatelet therapy for transient ischemic attack. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Feb;14(2):103-11. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00571.x. Epub 2012 Jan 4.
PMID: 2277143

Acelajado MC, Pisoni R, Dudenbostel T, Dell'Italia LJ, Cartmill F, Zhang B, Cofield SS, Oparil S, Calhoun DA. Refractory hypertension: definition, prevalence, and patient characteristics. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Jan;14(1):7-12. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00556.x. Epub 2011 Nov 15.
PMID: 22235818

 PubMed Listings

 Suzanne Oparil, MD