Internal Medicine

Francois M. Abboud, MD


Associate Vice President for Research
Edith King Pearson Chair of Cardiovascular Research
Chair Emeritus, Department of Internal Medicine (1976-2002)
Founding Director, Francois M. Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center (1974-2012)
Professor of Internal Medicine  - Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Contact Information

Primary Office: 616 MRC
Iowa City, IA 52242
Primary Office Phone: 319-335-7708

Office: 110 CMAB
Iowa City, IA 52242
Office Phone: 319-353-3057



Baccalaureate, Christian Brothers' Schools, Cairo, Egypt
PNS, Sciences, University of Cairo, Faculty of Science, Cairo, Egypt
MBBCh, Ains Chams University, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
Doctor Honoris Causa Diploma, University of Lyon, French Ministry of Education, Lyon, France
Honorary Doctor of Science, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Master, American College of Physicians

Intern, Demerdash Government Hospital, Cairo, Egypt
Assistant Resident, Internal Medicine, Milwaukee County Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
Junior Resident, Internal Medicine, Milwaukee County Hospital
Senior Resident, Internal Medicine, Milwaukee County Hospital
Research Fellowship, American Heart Association, Cardiovascular Laboratory, Marquette University School of Medicine, Milwaukee, WI
Advanced Research Fellowship, American Heart Association, Cardiology, University of Iowa, College of Medicine

Licensure and Certifications

Certification Subspecialty Board in Cardiovascular Disease
Certification American Board of Internal Medicine
Iowa Board of Medical Examiners License
Wisconsin Medical and Surgery License

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Biosciences Graduate Program
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Medical Scientist Training Program

Research Summary

Research interests are directed toward the neural regulation of the circulation. Specific studies examine the cellular and molecular mechanisms of 1. Mechanical activation of baroreceptor neurons and the role of mechanosensitive ion channels in the generation of baroreceptor nerve activity 2. Chemical activation of chemoreceptor neurons and the role of ASICs (Acid Sensitive Ion Channels) in responses to hypoxia and acidosis. The work is done in isolated neurons, glomus cells, and in transgenic mice. Integrated control of sympathetic activity during sleep apnea and hypertension has been the focus of studies in humans.

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

Cardiovascular Research Center
Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

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