Salt Lake City, Utah -- Dec. 6, 2017 -- University of Utah Health cardiologist Stavros Drakos, MD, PhD, FACC is one of 27 cardiologists across the country being recognized by Forbes as an exemplary physician in the field of cardiology.
Many individuals on the list have served in the top spots of multiple hospitals, contributing a wealth of clinical research to advance the practice of cardiology, in addition to serving on community boards and national organizations.
Dr. Drakos is a tenured clinical faculty and a Nora Eccles Treadwell Investigator at University of Utah Health and School of Medicine. He serves as Medical Director of the Cardiac Mechanical Support Program, Co-Chief of the Heart Failure & Transplant Section and Director of Cardiovascular Research for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Drakos trained in prestigious North American and European academic medical centers and is licensed to practice medicine both in the U.S. and the European Union. He currently receives patient referrals and consultations from a twelve-state region in the Mountain West and beyond. He has published original scientific work, generated both in the clinical arena and in his lab, which led to the establishment of the award-winning Utah Cardiac Recovery Program. Dr. Drakos is also co-chair of the IH/NHLBI Working Group on Cardiac Recovery and the Annual International Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium. He has published numerous medical scientific manuscripts and book chapters and he and his mentees have received extensive medical research funding and several national and international competitive scientific medical awards.
The Forbes list was generated via a partnership with Grand Rounds, whose mission is to connect patients with the highest quality care available to them. Grand Rounds' matching algorithm connects patients with physicians uniquely qualified to care for their specific clinical need. Grand Rounds' algorithm includes physician quality data on 96% of practicing physicians in the U.S.
Forbes' list features individual profiles of all 27 health care leaders.
University of Utah Health is the state's only academic health care system, providing leading-edge and compassionate medicine for a referral area that encompasses 10% of the U.S., including Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and much of Nevada. U of U Health is the training ground for most of Utah's physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other professionals. Staffed by 18,000 employees, the health system includes 12 community clinics and four hospitals -- University Hospital; University Neuropsychiatric Institute; Huntsman Cancer Hospital; and the University Orthopaedic Center. For eight straight years, U of U Health has ranked among the top 10 U.S. academic medical centers in the rigorous Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, including reaching No. 1 in 2010 and 2016.