Dr. Tomaselli became dean at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and executive vice president and chief academic officer at Montefiore Medicine in July 2018. He is an expert in the fields of sudden cardiac death and arrhythmias. Dr. Tomaselli’s research focuses on ion channel structure, function and remodeling. His lab has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for over 25 years. He holds several patents on methods to improve heart function and prevent arrhythmias, including an implantable device for the delivery of cell-derived biomolecules.
Dr. Tomaselli came to Einstein from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, whose faculty he joined in 1989. In 2009, he was named chief of the division of cardiology, managing a budget of nearly $30 million while overseeing a staff of more than 550, including 101 faculty members and 87 fellows. He also was mentor to dozens of postdoctoral and clinical fellows, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. While at Hopkins, he was the Michel Mirowski, M.D., Professor of Cardiology and a professor of medicine and of cellular and molecular medicine.
He earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his medical degree from Einstein. He completed his medical training, residency and research fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Tomaselli was then a clinical and research fellow in cardiovascular medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
He was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation in 1996 and has been a member of the Association of American Physicians since 2010. He has served on the editorial boards of a number of journals in cardiovascular science and medicine and has been a member of study sections for the NIH, the American Heart Association and the California Tobacco Research Fund, and a member of review panels for grants from a number of organizations, including DFG, INSERM and CIRM. Dr. Tomaselli was president of the American Heart Association from 2011 to 2012. He was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Investigation from 2017 to 2018, and is now the journal’s deputy editor.