Murat Tuzcu, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine, Vice Chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, and a Staff Physician in the Section of Interventional Cardiology in the Sydell and Arnold Heart & Vascular Institute.
Dr. Tuzcu's clinical interests cover a wide range of interventional cardiology patients. In addition to percutaneous treatment of coronary artery disease, his expertise includes catheter-based treatment of valvular heart disease (Transcatheter aortic valve replacement - TAVR), and adult congenital heart defects. He is an internationally recognized expert in the emerging field of percutaneous valve repair and replacement. Patients from all over the United States and around the world seek his expertise.
Dr. Tuzcu's current research interests focus on the investigation of catheter-based treatments for valvular heart disease. He holds several patents involving catheter design. Another long term research interest involves the use of various imaging modalities to elucidate the development and progress of atherosclerosis. He has made seminal contributions to the understanding of transplant coronary artery disease and subclinical atherosclerosis using intravascular ultrasound imaging. He had and continues to have leadership roles in landmark studies in his areas of his research interests.
Dr. Tuzcu received his medical degree from Istanbul Medical Faculty in Turkey, where he completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine. He was then awarded fellowships by Cleveland Clinic in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. He was a special clinical and research fellow, then a junior faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He was appointed to Cleveland Clinic as a staff in 1992. He is certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology.
Dr. Tuzcu is heavily involved in the training of young cardiologist. Through work in the International Center, Dr. Tuzcu is also involved in medical education of doctors from all over the world. He has held several academic appointments including Instructor in medicine and Research at Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Professor of Medicine at Ohio State University. Currently, he is a Professor of Medicine in the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.
He has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Tuzcu has directed or co-directed many national and international symposiums and professional conferences worldwide, and has been an invited lecturer to many others. He was the Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee of the 56th Annual Scientific Sessions in 2007. He is currently on the editorial board of several academic journals.
Dr. Tuzcu is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Society for Cardiac angiography and Interventions, the American College of Physicians, and a member of the Turkish Society of Cardiology. Dr. Tuzcu was voted into the recent listing of "Best Physicians in America," and is listed in the National Registry of Who's Who.