USF Health Heart Institute names Dr. Samuel Wickline its first director
The first director of the USF Health Heart Institute has arrived at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Samuel Wickline, a physician and scientist, will lead the institute, which will combine biomedical research and clinical care to detect, treat and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Wickline came to USF from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is a cardiologist with experience teaching in biomedical sciences, medicine, physics and many other disciplines. He’s now setting up his lab at USF.
As the Heart Institute’s first director, Wickline has a tall order. He’ll be fundamental in shaping its design and staffing, as well as working with USF’s new Morsani College of Medicine in downtown Tampa.
A USF news release said Wickline will help recruit “a critical mass” of cardiovascular scientists at the top of their field, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary biomedical research.
“With a foundation firmly in place, we look forward to Dr. Wickline’s leadership in helping us build a world-class cardiovascular clinical and research program positioned to accelerate USF’s path to preeminence,” Dr. Charles J. Lockwood, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the college of medicine, said in a statement.
Wickline will fill the Tampa General Hospital Endowed Chair for Cardiovascular Research, created this year with a gift from the hospital. Like many at USF Health, he juggles multiple titles. He also holds appointments as associate dean for cardiovascular research and a professor of cardiovascular sciences at the college of medicine.
“I have been impressed by the energy and commitment here at the University of South Florida to invest substantial resources in a heart institute,” he said in a statement. “And from the perspective of what is done in the laboratory, I believe we have a lot to offer in terms of bench-to-bedside research that could solve some of the major cardiovascular problems.”
Read more about Dr. Wickline here.