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Virend K. Somers, MD, PhD

Rochester, Minnesota

Virend K. Somers, MD, PhD



Dr. Virend K. Somers is a consultant cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, with joint appointments in the Division of Nephrology and Internal Medicine and the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Somers also directs the Cardiovascular Facility and the Sleep Facility within the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. He holds the academic rank of professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and is recognized with the distinction of a named professorship, the Alice Sheets Marriott Professorship.

Dr. Somers’ translational research program focuses on the role of the autonomic nervous system in cardiovascular regulation, with an emphasis on normal and disordered sleep. The team also studies vascular and adipocyte biology, examining how changes in neural mechanisms may influence the local control of blood vessels and adipocyte function. His research utilizes an integrated physiologic approach to studying cardiovascular function relevant to sleep, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Education and Training

  • Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Iowa
  • PhD, Oxford University
  • Internship, University of Natal and King Edward Hospital
  • General, Neurosurgical, Obstetric, Pediatric and Cardiac Anesthesia Residency, King Edward Hospital
  • Medical Degree, University of Natal, South Africa

Professional Highlights

  • Outstanding Investigator Award, Mayo Clinic
  • Distinguished Cardiovascular Scientist Award, University of Iowa
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, South African Society of Sleep Medicine
  • Robert M. Berne Distinguished Lectureship Award, American Physiologic Society
  • Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecturer in Cardiopulmonary Physiology, CHEST, 2017
  • Mayo Foundation's 2017 Distinguished Investigator Award
  • AHA Council on Hypertension's 2018 Arthur C. Corcoran Memorial Lecturer Award; and was recently elected to the Association of American Physicians.
  • Member, American Physiological Society
  • Member, American Heart Association
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board member, National Institutes of Health
  • Elected Member: American Society of Clinical Investigation; American Academy of Physicians; and Association of University Cardiologists


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