Thomas Jefferson University

David Whellan, MD

David Whellan, MD

Associate Dean, Clinical Research

Senior Associate Provost for Clinical Research

Department of Medicine

As Associate Provost for Clinical Research and Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Dr. David Whellan, focuses on designing clinical research infrastructure, policies and practices required to perform cutting-edge, highly effective and compliant clinical research. His work resulted in the creation of the Jefferson Clinical Research Institute as the platform for implementing services within TJU to support faculty in their pursuit of discovering better ways to improve the care of their patients, to engage patients in the clinical research process, and to assist sponsors with the development of their treatments. He has led Jefferson to leverage the infrastructure and support of the JCRI to initiate the Partners in Innovation Education, and Research (PIER) Consortium, a novel network of partnering healthcare organizations to conduct cutting-edge clinical research that advances our understanding of disease and treatment, improves the health of our patients and meets the needs of our providers, investigators and sponsors.

Dr. Whellan is also the James C. Wilson Professor of Medicine, whose research has focused on improving the care and treatment of patients with heart failure. In recognition of his expertise in the field of HF research, he is the PI for the Jefferson Regional Clinical Center in the NHLBI HF Network.  His research in exercise training (HF-ACTION) and physical function (REHAB-HF) led the coverage of cardiac rehabilitation by CMS.