William R. Hiatt, MD

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Chief Science Officer

Professor of Medicine and Cardiology

University of Colorado School of Medicine

William R. Hiatt, MD, masterfully led CPC as President for 22 years, and continues to provide leadership as CPC’s Chief Science Officer. Dr. Hiatt’s extensive involvement in leading international Steering Committees and global clinical trial initiatives provides an unparalleled perspective on clinical trial development. He is a past Chair of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Cardiovascular and Renal Advisory Committee (2003-08), served several years on the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee and currently serves as a consultant to the FDA.

His research at the CPC has pioneered new methods to control endpoint variability in clinical trials. Dr. Hiatt has over 230 peer-reviewed publications. His current trial focus is in developing new therapeutics for peripheral artery disease addressing both limb symptoms and cardiovascular risk.

Active in many national societies, Dr. Hiatt is a past-president of the Society for Vascular Medicine, is a fellow in the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Physicians and a past chair of the AHA Peripheral Vascular Disease Council. He is also the co-editor of the TASC international guidelines for peripheral artery disease.

Dr. Hiatt serves on the editorial board as an associate editor for the Journal of Vascular Medicine, the Cochrane Review Group and is guest editor for Circulation and section editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has formally honored Dr. Hiatt twice for his work in greatly expanding the understanding of the causes and treatment of cardiovascular disease and peripheral artery disease. In 2014, he was recognized as a Distinguished Scientist, and most recently he received the Clinical Research Prize in 2018.

He has received two outstanding medical student teacher awards and has been elected several times Best Doctors in America (most recently in 2012). In 2008 he received the Robert W. Schrier Award of Excellence from the Department of Medicine, University of Colorado and he received the Julius H. Jacobson II, MD Physician Excellence Award from the Vascular Disease Foundation. Dr. Hiatt’s lifetime achievements are commemorated through the William R. Hiatt Endowed Chair for Cardiovascular Research.

Research activities include studies evaluating the pathophysiology and epidemiology of peripheral artery disease, mechanisms of supervised exercise as an effective treatment modality for claudication, and numerous clinical trials to develop new therapies for claudication and critical leg ischemia.