CMHC Faculty Members

Faculty of Tarsus Medical Group are leaders in healthcare

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD

New Orleans, Louisiana

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD



Dr. Ferdinand is professor of medicine and Gerald S. Berenson Endowed Chair in Preventative Cardiology at Tulane University School of Medicine. He was previously professor of clinical pharmacology at Xavier University, and clinical professor of medicine at Emory University. Dr. Ferdinand focuses his clinical efforts on cardiac risk factor evaluation and control with an emphasis on hypertension and hyperlipidemia.

As an investigator, Dr. Ferdinand has conducted numerous trials in the fields of cardiology, cardiovascular disease, lipids and cardiometabolic risk, especially in racial and ethnic minorities. Dr Ferdinand’s participation in research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Journal of Clinical Hypertension.


Education and Training

  • Cardiology Fellowship, Howard University Hospital, 1981
  • Cardiology Fellowship, Louisiana State University Medical Center, 1980
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Louisiana State University Medical Center, 1979
  • Internship, U.S. Public Health Hospital New Orleans,
  • Medical Degree, Howard University College of Medicine, 1976
  • Bachelor of Science - Biology, University of New Orleans

Professional Highlights

  • Inductee, Association of University Cardiologists, 2015
  • Charles Drew Award for medical excellence, National Minority Quality Foundation, 2010
  • Journalism Award, Congressional Black Caucus Health Trust, 2010
  • Editor-in-Chief, "Educational Review Manual in Cardiovascular Disease," Castle Connolly, 2009
  • Co-Author, "Overcoming Katrina: African American Voices from the Crescent City and Beyond," Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
  • Co-Editor, "Cardiovascular Disease in Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations," Humana Press, 2009
  • Louis B. Russell, Jr. Memorial Award, American Heart Association, 2004
  • Walter M. Booker Community Service Award, Association of Black Cardiologists, 2004
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