Ronald G. Victor, MD

Director, Cedars-Sinai Hypertension Center
Associate Director, Clinical Research, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute 
Burns and Allen Chair in Cardiology Research

Ronald G. Victor, MD, is Director of the Cedars-Sinai Hypertension Center, 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 cardiovascular toxicity of cocaine and hookah (water pipe) smoking, 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 for his studies of heart disease, including the innovative project "Optimizing a Barber Intervention for Hypertension in African American Men." He was Principal Investigator of the Dallas Heart Study, as well as for a specialized center of research on ischemic heart disease in African American men in Dallas. Dr. Victor has published more than 200 articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed publications, and he is co-author of Kaplan’s Clinical Hypertension. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Victor has presented at dozens of conferences, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Ronald G. Victor is Past-President of the Association of University Cardiologists, as well as a member of several professional associations, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Association of University Cardiologists, and the Executive Committee for the American Society of Hypertension. As an active member of the American Heart Association, Dr. Victor is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Council on High Blood Pressure Research.

Dr. Ronald G. Victor graduated summa cum laude with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi from Cornell University, and he earned his medical degree from Tulane University. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, a cardiology fellowship at Duke University, and a special cardiovascular research fellowship at the University of Iowa. He has also completed a visiting fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the University of Uppsala in Uppsala, Sweden.