Karl B. Kern, MD

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Professor, Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Co-Director, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
Gordon A. Ewy, MD Distinguished Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine
Graduate, UA Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program 1985
(520) 626-2477
kkern@shc.arizona.edu

Karl B. Kern, MD, is a co-director and the Gordon A. Ewy, MD Distinguished Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, and professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson. Dr. Kern graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University. Following his graduation, he attended Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. His postgraduate education and cardiac fellowship training were at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Kern is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the Council of Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association, a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. 

Dr. Kern's research interests are in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and coronary blood flow. He is the coordinator of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Research Group. He is leading a pilot clinical study that will help answer the question: “Does an early heart catheterization improve cardiac arrest survival, regardless of what the ECG shows?”

He was inducted as an honorary member of the European Resuscitation Council in 2014 and named a CPR Giant by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation in 2015. He has been awarded numerous American Heart Association grants, an AHA-Flinn Young Investigator award, and two three-year awards from the Arizona Disease Control Research Commission grant in the area of basic CPR research.  He has published over 175 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

His other honors include Lifetime Achievement Award from Drexel University College of Medicine's Alumni Association (2014) and Arizona Business' Lifetime Achievement in Health Care (2016).

He has received numerous honors for excellence in teaching. He was voted House Officer Educator of the Year and is on the Dean's List for Excellence in Teaching. In 1995-96, he was a Dean’s Teaching Scholar at The University of Arizona College of Medicine. He received numerous Cardiology Fellowship Teaching Awards, including Best Coronary Care Unit Attending (2016) and the Cardiology Fellowship Mentoring Award in 1996, 1999 and again in 2001. Dr. Kern has been a Visiting Professor at the Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and at The Leopold-Franzeus University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria.

Dr. Kern is active in the American Heart Association, serving as vice chair of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee. He also served as president of the Old Pueblo Division, Arizona Affiliate in 1992, and president of the AHA - Arizona Affiliate in 1993.  He was chairman of the American Heart Association National Subcommittee for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) from 1997-2000.  He is a past chairman of the Emergency Cardiac Care Committee of the American College of Cardiology and a past governor for Arizona for the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Kern is past chief of staff for Banner- University Medical Center and the past director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories.  He is an active interventionalist. 

Dr. Kern has been named as one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 1996.

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