Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Department of Medicine

Alvarez, Rene

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Rene J. Alvarez, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP

Contact Dr. Alvarez

925 Chestnut Street
Mezzanine Level
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-5050
(215) 503-3976 fax


Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant/MCS, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD

Board Certification

Internal Medicine– Subspecialty of Cardiovascular Disease
National Board of Medical Examiners
ASH – Clinical Specialist in Hypertension Designation

Hospital Appointment

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Outcomes of Older Patients in the Recent Era of Heart Kidney Transplantation
  2. Continuous-flow LVAD exchange to a different pump model: Systematic review and meta-analysis of the outcomes
  3. Serum dilutions as a predictive biomarker for peri-operative desensitization: An exploratory approach to transplanting sensitized heart candidates
  4. Chronic Hemolysis Associated with Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices
  5. Impact of Sacubitril/Valsartan in Cardiac Reverse Remodeling in Ischemic vs. Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy
  6. Impact of Center Heart Transplant Volume on One-Year Survival or Retransplantation: A 2006 to 2016 UNOS Based Analysis
  7. Severe Pulmonary Hypertension in the Setting of Complex Structural Heart Disease
  8. Outcomes of Mechanical Circulatory Support after Giant Cell Myocarditis: A Systematic Review
  9. Real-World Analysis of Diuretic Requirements in Patients with Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction after Initiation of Sacubitril/Valsartan
  10. A Novel Immunosuppressive Regiment for Cardiac Transplant Patients
  11. Atypical reactivation of varicella zoster virus associated with pancreatitis in a heart transplant patient
  12. Erratum: Deficient Smad7 expression: A putative molecular defect in scleroderma (PNAS (2016) 113:15 (E2208))
  13. Clinical characteristics and in hospital outcomes of heart transplant recipients with allograft vasculopathy undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention: Insights from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry
  14. Long-term outcomes in heart transplantation using donors with a history of past and present cocaine use
  15. Atrial Septostomy: A Contemporary Review
  16. Use of heavy drinking donors in heart transplantation is not associated with worse mortality
  17. Response to "clarification of enrolled subjects in tolvaptan HF trials"
  18. Outpatient management of heart failure in the United States, 2006-2008
  19. Vasopressin antagonists for patients with acute heart failure: Interpreting new clinical and translational data
  20. Single donor-derived strongyloidiasis in three solid organ transplant recipients: Case series and review of the literature
  21. Aldosterone Antagonists in heart failure
  22. The effect of hypothermia " dose" on vasopressor requirements and outcome after cardiac arrest
  23. Noninvasive assessment of acute dyspnea in the ED
  24. A positive 2-item patient health questionnaire depression screen among hospitalized heart failure patients is associated with elevated 12-month mortality
  25. Valve surgery in a mucopolysaccharidosis type i patient: Early prosthetic valve endocarditis

University Appointment

Director, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
Director, Jefferson Heart Institute
Lubert Family Professor of Medicine in Cardiology
Co-Director, Cardiovascular Research, Innovation & Strategic Planning (CRISP)
Interim Director, Advanced Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplant