Frank I. Marcus, MD

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Professor Emeritus of Medicine
(520) 626-6262
fmarcus@shc.arizona.edu

Frank I. Marcus, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, in Tucson, Arizona. His area of expertise is Clinical Cardiology, Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Clinical Electrophysiology. He graduated from Columbia University College and received a Masters Degree in Physiology from Tufts University. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine cum laude in 1953. He did his internship and residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston from 1953-1954 and 1956-1958. He was a research fellow in cardiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1957-1958 and then completed his cardiology training at Georgetown University Hospital in 1959. After a year as Chief Medical Resident at Georgetown University Hospital he was appointed Chief of Cardiology at the Georgetown University Medical Service, D.C. General Hospital. He held this position from 1960-1968. During this time he was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. In January 1969, he became Professor and Chief of the Section of Cardiology at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine. In 1982 he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Medicine and held this Endowed Chair until 1999. He is certified in the American Board of Internal Medicine and in the Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Disease.

Dr. Marcus was founder and first president of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Cardiology in 1987-1988 and was President of Association of the University Cardiologists from 1990-1991. Among his honors are the Laureate Award of the American College of Physicians in 1987, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston University School of Medicine in 2003; Master Clinician Award of the American Heart Association, Council on Clinical Cardiology in 2005; Outstanding Achievement Award of the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society in 2011; and the Pioneer in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology Award of the Heart Rhythm Society in 2011. He has been or is a member of the Editorial/Scientific Board of 14 Cardiovascular Journals and is a consultant and reviewer for 26 journals. 

His initial research interests were directed to understanding the pharmacology of cardiac drugs including digoxin, amiodarone, and propafenone. Later he turned his attention to this investigation of cardiac arrhythmias. He introduced radiofrequency energy for cardiac ablation procedures.

From 2001 to 2008 Dr. Marcus was the principal investigator of an NIH-sponsored study “The Multi-Disciplinary Study of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy/Dysplasia.” He is a principal investigator of an NIH-sponsored study, "Genetics, Mechanisms and Phenotypes of Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathies," that runs until 2018.

He is the author of 160 abstracts, 298 articles in peer reviewed journals and has written 60 book chapters. He is coeditor with Dr. Gaetano Thiene of a book on Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy published in 2007.

He and his family established the Samuel and Edith Visiting Professorship in Cardiology at the University Health Science Center. 

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