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Dr. Thomas Coppola

Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

William Smilow Professor

Dr. Cappola is a Penn Medicine physician.

Dr. Thomas Coppola was elected President of the APC Council in 2023. His term runs through 2023.


Dr. Cappola is the William Smilow Professor and Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His research aims to uncover heart failure mechanisms in human subjects and to use these insights to improve treatment. This has involved diverse approaches, including applied genomics, population science, laboratory studies, and clinical trials. He has established and leads a multicenter cohort study of advanced heart failure (Penn Heart Failure Study, PHFS); co-loads a multicenter consortium for human myocardial transcriptomics and systems genetics (Myocardial Applied Genomics Network, MAGNet); serves as a Principal Investigator on the NHLBI Heart Failure Clinical Research Network; and is a contributing member of numerous international genomics consortia. Within the Cardiovascular Division, he has established collaborative leadership to create programs integrating science and clinical care, and has used these as a platform for research and training. In his clinical role, he treats patients with advanced heart failure on the inpatient and outpatient heart failure/transplant service.


Education and Training

  • A.B. (Chemistry) Princeton University, 1991. 

  • M.D. (Medicine) Harvard Medical School, 1995. 

  • Sc.M. (Clinical Investigation ) Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Of Public Health, 2004.

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