Dr. Clifford Kavinsky

Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
185 Pilgrim Street, Baker 4
Boston, MA 02215


Clifford Kavinsky, MD PhD FACC, MSCAI


Dr. Clifford Kavinsky is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Previously, He was  Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center as well as  the program director for the advanced fellowships in interventional cardiology and  structural heart disease fellowship.  He was Chief of the section of Structural and Interventional Cardiology, and the Director of the Rush Center for Congenital Structural Heart Disease. He is an expert on catheter-based therapies for heart and vascular disease, and is an internationally recognized leader in the use of novel treatments for adults with congenital and structural heart disease. His contributions to the field of structural heart disease have led him to be named Master in the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.  Dr. Kavinsky has been a US News and World Report nationally ranked "Top Doctor" in Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Kavinsky has published broadly published in the area of structural heart disease.  He conducts clinical trials on innovative procedures such as percutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVR), mitral valve repair and PFO closure to prevent stroke.  Dr Kavinsky also directed the Cardiovascular Pre-Clinical Laboratory, and established a fully equipped large animal catheterization laboratory for evaluating new devices.  Through his leadership, this laboratory sponsored well- received physician training courses on advanced interventional techniques. Dr Kavinsky has been Chairman of the Structural Heart Disease Committee of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and has sat on the ACC interventional council. He has also been the SCAI representative to CMS. He has served on the safety and safety management boards on multiple device trials in structural heart disease and has appeared before the FDA as an advocate for new technology

Dr. Kavinsky has held the positions of Chief of the section of Structural and Interventional Cardiology, Director of the Coronary Care Unit, Fellowship program director, Director of the medical practice, and Assistant director of the section of cardiology. As director of the Rush University Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease from 2002 to 2018, he oversaw the training of many current and future leaders in academic and clinical cardiology. 

Dr Kavinsky has contributed to over 250 peer reviewed publications and is an accepted thought leader in the area of Structural Heart Disease. He has chaired many writing guideline and consensus documents in the area of structural heart disease.

 Honors and Awards (Selected)

Elected Master in the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography & Intervention



Recipient of F. Mason Sones, Jr., M.D., FSCAI Distinguished Service Award
       In Recognition of Decades of Service to The Society
       for Cardiovascular Angiography & Intervention:
       SCAI 2016 Annual Scientific Session, Orlando, Florida


Section of Cardiology Excellence in Teaching Award


2006, 2012

Internal Medicine Distinguished Teaching and Service Award


1996, 2006

John S. Graettinger M.D. Award for Outstanding Teaching



Teaching Attending of the Year



Herrick Postgraduate Research Fellowship



Dr. Kavinsky completed his B.S. in Biology at Washington University in Saint Louis. 
He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago.  He completed post-doctoral training in molecular biology in the Laboratory of James D Watson at Cold Spring Harbor, New York.  He obtained his MD and completed post-graduate training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Rush University in Chicago.  He served as Chief Resident in the Department of Internal Medicine and Chief Fellow in the Section of Cardiology. 

Society Memberships
Master, Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI)  
Member, Society for Critical Care Medicine                                     
Fellow, American College of Cardiology                                          
Member, American College of Physicians                    
American Association of Medical Students                                      
Member, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine

*Full publication list and curriculum vitae available upon request