After completing his cardiology fellowship training and PhD (Cardiovascular Immunology) from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, Dr. Narula relocated to Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 1989. In Boston, he completed cardiology, heart failure & transplantation, and nuclear cardiology fellowships and joined the cardiology faculty. In 1997, he moved to Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, where he was Thomas J. Vischer Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Cardiology, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, and Director of Heart Failure & Transplantation Center. He subsequently joined University of California, Irvine School of Medicine (2003) as Chief of the Division of Cardiology, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Cardiovascular Center of the UC Irvine’s Douglas Hospital. He was also the Director of Memorial Heart & Vascular Institute, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, and Medical Director of the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology in UC Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering.
Dr. Narula is nationally and internationally acclaimed investigator in clinical cardiovascular medicine and imaging with special emphasis on identification and prevention of heart attacks and heart failure, and basic science research pertaining to molecular imaging. His major contributions include the description of the phenomenon of heart muscle cell suicide (apoptosis) and detection of atherosclerotic plaques that are likely to cause acute heart attacks. His research was funded, in part, by the grants from National Institutes of Health. He is considered to be a true translational research investigator and one of the rare investigators who has the distinction of publishing in the best basic science and the best clinical journals including Science, Nature Medicine, PNAS, New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet. He is actively involved in population-based heart attack prevention programs including HAPPY [Heart Attack Prevention Program for You].
With more than 700 original research publications or presentations and more than 25 books or journal supplements edited, Dr. Narula has been awarded as ‘the best young investigator’ on several occasions for his research contributions. His mentoring prowess is exemplified by the fact that 20 of his fellows, working in his research laboratory, have been awarded young investigator awards. He serves on various committees of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. He is the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of American College of Cardiology- Cardiovascular Imaging (official publication of the American College of Cardiology), and the founder Editor-in-Chief of the journal GLOBAL HEART (official Journal of the World Heart Federation). He was also the editor of the Heart Failure Clinics of North America until 2007.