Ronald G. Victor, M.D. is Director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Hypertension, Associate Director of Clinical Research and holds the Burns and Allen Chair in Cardiology Research at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. He is board certified in internal medicine with a subspecialty in cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Victor’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms of hypertension and hypertension in special populations including African-Americans and patients with chronic renal failure. His other research interests include obesity-related hypertension, cocaine-induced cardiovascular toxicity, cyclosporine-induced hypertension and metabolic modulation of adrenergic receptor signaling.
Dr. Victor has been awarded numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations in his studies of heart disease, including the innovative project entitled “Optimizing a Barber Intervention for Hypertension in African American Men.” He has published more than 180 articles and book chapters in peer reviewed publications and is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Hypertension, American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of Hypertension and the Journal of Clinical Hypertension. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Victor has presented at dozens of meetings both nationally and internationally.
He is a member of several professional associations including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Association of University Cardiologists and is a member of the executive committee for the American Society of Hypertension. As an active member of the American Heart Association, Dr. Victor has served as immediate past president of the Dallas affiliate, a newsletter editor of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, and is a fellow of the Council on High Blood Pressure Research.
Dr. Victor graduated summa cum laude with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi from Cornell University and earned his medical degree from Tulane University. He then completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and a cardiology fellowship at Duke University, as well as a special cardiovascular research fellowship at the University of Iowa. He then completed a visiting fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the University of Uppsala in Uppsala, Sweden.