Photo: Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD
Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD
Year elected: 2012
Current membership category: Active
Professor & Director of Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
Stanford University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine/Cardiology & Radiology
265 Campus Drive, Rm G1120B
Stanford, CA 94305-5454
United States of America
Phone: 650-736-2246
Facsimile: 650-736-0234

Honors and awards

National Academy of Medicine (2019)

Biographical statement

Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, is Director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute and the Simon H. Stertzer, MD, Professor of Medicine and Radiology. Dr. Wu received his medical degree from Yale. He completed his medicine internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship (STAR program) at UCLA. He obtained his PhD in the Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology with Dr. Sam Sanjiv Gambhir. His clinical interests include adult congenital heart disease and cardiovascular imaging.

His lab works on biological mechanisms of patient-specific and disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The main goals are to (i) understand cardiovascular disease mechanisms, (ii) accelerate drug discovery, (iii) develop “clinical trial in a dish” concept, and (iv) implement precision medicine for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular patients. His lab uses a combination of genomics, stem cells, cellular & molecular biology, physiological testing, and molecular imaging technologies to better understand molecular and pathological processes. 

Dr. Wu is an elected member of American Society of Clinical Investigators (ASCI), Association of University Cardiologists (AUC), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), American Association of Physicians (AAP), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

Institutional affiliations

Stanford University School of Medicine (Primary)
William T. Clusin, MD, PhD is the representative at this institution.


Cardiovascular Disease
Cell Biology
Gene Transfer/Gene Therapy
Internal Medicine
Molecular Biology

Positions held

Institute Director