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Joseph C. Wu

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular) and of Radiology

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Cardiovascular Medicine Clinic 300 Pasteur Dr MC 5319 A260 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 723-6145 Fax (650) 723-8392
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Administrative Contact
    David Preston 265 Campus Drive, G1120B, Stanford, CA 94305-5454 Tel Work (650) 725-7964
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use


Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD is Director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute ( and Professor in the Department of Medicine (Cardiology) and Department of Radiology (Molecular Imaging Program) at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Wu received his medical degree from Yale. He completed his medicine internship, residency and cardiology fellowship training at UCLA followed by a PhD (Molecular & Medical Pharmacology) at UCLA. Dr. Wu has received several awards, including the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Career Award in Medical Sciences, Baxter Foundation Faculty Scholar Award, AHA Innovative Research Award, AHA Established Investigator Award, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, NIH Roadmap Transformative Award, and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers given out by President Obama. He is on the editorial board of Journal Clinical Investigation, Circulation Research, Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging, JACC Imaging, Human Gene Therapy, Molecular Therapy, Stem Cell Research, and Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. He is a Council Member for the American Society for Clinical Investigation and a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Keystone Symposia. His clinical activities involve adult congenital heart disease and cardiovascular imaging. His lab research focuses on stem cells, drug discovery, and molecular imaging (

Clinical Focus

  • Congenital Heart Disease (Adult)
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Imaging

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (2013 - present)
  • Co-Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (2012 - 2013)
  • Editorial Board, Journal Clinical Investigation (2012 - present)
  • Editorial Board, Circulation Research (2011 - present)
  • Editorial Board, Stem Cell Research (2011 - present)
  • Editorial Board, Molecular Therapy (2011 - present)
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Honors and Awards

  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, Keystone Symposia (2014-2017)
  • Council Member, American Society Clinical Investigation (2014-2017)
  • Distinguished Investigator Award, Academy of Radiology Research (2014)
  • Established Investigator Award, American Heart Association (2013-2017)
  • Best Manuscript Award, Circulation Research (2013)
  • Elected, Association of University Cardiologists (AUC) (2013)
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Professional Education

MD: Yale University School of Medicine, Medicine (1997)
Medical Education: Yale University School of Medicine CT (1997)
Residency: UCLA Medical Center CA (1999)
Fellowship: UCLA Medical Center CA (2004)
Board Certification: Echocardiography, National Board of Echocardiography (2004)
Board Certification: Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine (2004)
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Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My lab works on biological mechanisms of adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells. We use a combination of gene profiling, tissue engineering, physiological testing, and molecular imaging technologies to better understand stem cell biology in vitro and in vivo. For adult stem cells, we are interested in monitoring stem cell survival, proliferation, and differentiation. For ESC, we are currently studying their tumorigenicity, immunogenicity, and differentiation. For iPSC, we are working on novel derivation techniques. We also work on development of novel vectors and therapeutic genes for cardiovascular gene therapy applications.






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