Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC, FAHA, MASNC is the Sidney W and Marilyn S. Lassen Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and a Professor of Medicine and Radiology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He also serves as the Chief of the Section of Cardiology and Director of the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute.
Dr. Hendel received his Bachelor of Art’s degree in biological sciences and education from Northwestern University and then was granted his medical degree with distinction, from George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University and went on to receive fellowship training in cardiovascular disease at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. After specialized training in nuclear cardiology, he returned to Northwestern University, where he remained for almost 10 years, before he moved to Rush University Medical Center. While in Chicago, Dr. Hendel also spent five years in a large single-specialty practice before moving to Miami in 2010. While at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Hendel was the Director of Cardiac Imaging and Outpatient Services, Director of the Cardiac Care Unit, and also served as the Interim Chief of the Cardiovascular Division. He was also the Associate Chief Medical Officer at the University of Miami Hospital.
Dr. Hendel has served at the national level as the President of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and as President of the Cardiovascular Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) and received the Hermann Blumgardt Award from the SNM for outstanding service in nuclear cardiology. He is presently serving a second three-year on the Board of Trustees was a member of the appropriate use criteria task force at the ACC and has pioneered the implementation and evaluation of appropriate use criteria. He has also chaired the ACC/AHA Task Force on Clinical Data Standards. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), the American Heart Association (FAHA), and a Master of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (MASNC).
Dr. Hendel has delivered invited lectureships at the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology scientific sessions, as well as at national conferences in more than 25 countries. He has also authored more than 200 papers and book chapters and has published three of the leading textbooks in nuclear cardiology. He serves on the editorial board for multiple journals, including the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology and is a section editor for JACC-Imaging. His areas of research interest have included angiogenesis, attenuation-corrected SPECT imaging, patient risk stratification, and pharmacologic stress testing, and quality and appropriateness in cardiac imaging.