John B. Kostis, M.D.

Director, Cardiovascular Institute

Associate Dean for Cardiovascular Research

John G. Detwiler Professor of Cardiology; Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology; 

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University


Dr. Kostis received his medical degree from the Medical School of the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, Greece (first in academic standing five consecutive years) and obtained a doctoral degree at the University of Athens.  He had his postgraduate education at the Brooklyn-Cumberland Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania where he also served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.  He has served as Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Hypertension and Chairman of the Department of Medicine for over 22 years at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he occupies the first endowed Chair.  He is the Director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Associate Dean for Cardiovascular Research.  At Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital he has served as Chief of the Coronary Care Unit, Chief of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Chief of the Non-Invasive Cardiac Laboratories, Chief of Cardiology and on the Board of Directors.  Dr. Kostis developed state of the art tertiary cardiology in New Brunswick, established clinical research in cardiology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, participated in the study and development of over 130 pharmacologic agents and devices and held leadership positions in large clinical trials sponsored by the NIH and the industry.


He has served as Associate Editor of Cardiology, is on the editorial boards of other scientific journals and held leadership positions in the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, the American Society of Hypertension and the Northeast Lipid Association.  He is a member of the Association of Professors of Medicine, the Association of University Cardiologists, the Council on Clinical Cardiology and the Council on Hypertension of the American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, and a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology, the International Society of Hypertension, the National Lipid Association and the American College of Angiology.  He received the Honorary Alumnus Award from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2013. He was named among the “best physicians” in all relevant lists from 1996 to the present.  He carries an active clinical practice with open access.