Featheringill Endowed Professor of Cardiac Arrhythmia Research
Professor of Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics, and Biomedical Engineering
Section Chief of Cardiographics

Pogqizd Steven M. Pogwizd was born in Chicago, Illinois in October 1955. He received a BA degree in Chemistry (Magna cum laude) from the University of Chicago in 1977 and a MD from Washington University 1981. He completed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, in 1984, and then returned to Washington University where he was a research fellow, clinical fellow, and attending physician at Barnes Hospital. He served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Washington University from 1989-1998 and then returned to Chicago in 1998 where he served as Professor of Medicine and Interim Co-Director of Cardiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He joined the faculty of UAB in January 2008 as Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering and Physiology & Biophysics. He was named the Featheringill Endowed Professor in Cardiac Arrhythmia Research, and Section Chief of Cardiographics.



Cardiology Fellowship
Washington University in St. Louis - Clinical (1986-1988)
Washington University in St. Louis - Research (1983-1986)

Internal Medicine Residency
Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago (1982-1983)

Medical Degree
Washington University in St. Louis, 1981

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine

Society Memberships

American Heart Association
Biophysical Society
Cardiac Electrophysiologic Society
Heart Rhythm Society
International Society for Heart Research
Transatlantic CaMKII Alliance

Editorial Board Memberships

American Journal of Physiology
Circulation Research
Cardiovascular Research, Diabetes
Journal of Cardiac Electrophysiology
Journal of Clinical Investigation
Journal of Investigative Medicine
Journal of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
Mayo Clinic Proceedings


 Clinical Interests

Ventricular fibrillation (VF)
Myocardial ischemia
Heart failure


Textbooks/Chapters Published

Arrhythmia Essentials
Brian Olshansky, Mina K. Chung, Steven M. Pogwizd and Nora Goldschlager
Jones & Bartlett Learning; 1 edition; May 24, 2011
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The Complete Guide to ECGs
James H. O'Keefe Jr., Stephen C. Hammill, Mark S. Freed and Steven M. Pogwizd
Jones & Bartlett Publishers; 3 edition; October 3, 2008
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Biopacemaking (Series in Biomedical Engineering)
J.A.E Spaan, Ruben Coronel, Jacques M. T. de Bakker and Antonio Zaza (Jul 31, 2007)
Springer; 1 edition (July 31, 2007)
"Creating a Cardiac Pacemaker by Gene Therapy"
Traian M. Anghel, Steven M. Pogwizd
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Research Interests

Mechanisms of ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF)
Myocardial ischemia
Fluorescent imaging of cellular Ca and Na
Patch clamping
Molecular biology approaches that I have applied to my studies in experimental models of HF and in the failing human heart
The role of connexins, their phosphorylation and dephosphorylation
Adenoviral gene transfer
Three-dimensional electrocardiographic imaging
Adrenergic stimulation
Ion channel alterations in the failing heart

Selected Journal Articles

Osorio J, Dosdall DJ, Tabereaux PB, Robichaux RP Jr, Stephens S, Kerby JD, Stickney RE, Pogwizd S, Ideker RE. Effect of chest compressions on ventricular activation. Am J Cardiol. 2012 Mar 1;109(5):670-4. Epub 2011 Dec 15.
PMID: 22177000

Johnson CM, Pogwizd SM. Focal Initiation of Sustained and Nonsustained Ventricular Tachycardia in a Canine Model of Ischemic Cardiomyopathy. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2011 Dec 16. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8167.2011.02239.x. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 22175759

Ai X, Jiang A, Ke Y, Solaro RJ, Pogwizd SM. Enhanced activation of p21-activated kinase 1 in heart failure contributes to dephosphorylation of connexin 43. Cardiovasc Res. 2011 Oct 1;92(1):106-14. Epub 2011 Jul 3.
PMID: 21727092

Han C, Pogwizd SM, Killingsworth CR, He B. Noninvasive reconstruction of the three-dimensional ventricular activation sequence during pacing and ventricular tachycardia in the rabbit heart. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011 Aug;2011:1684-7.
PMID: 22254649

Li L, Jin Q, Dosdall DJ, Huang J, Pogwizd SM, Ideker RE. Activation becomes highly organized during long-duration ventricular fibrillation in canine hearts. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2010 Jun;298(6):H2046-53. Epub 2010 Apr 9.
PMID: 20382862

PubMed Listings

Steven M. Pogwizd, MD