Dr. Alpert is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and director of coronary care and medical director of cardiac rehabilitation at the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine, Tucson, United States. He came to the UA from the University of Massachusetts in Worcester where he was professor of medicine, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and vice chairman of medicine. He was chairman of the Department of Medicine at the UA College of Medicine from 1992 – 2006.
Dr. Alpert earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s Hospital) in Boston. After his fellowship, Dr. Alpert served as staff cardiologist and director of the coronary care unit at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, California, where he was also an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Following his military service, Dr. Alpert returned to the Harvard Medical School and the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital where he was director of the Samuel A. Levine Cardiac Unit. In 1978, he joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, Dr. Alpert has received many awards for excellence in teaching from, among others, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, the United States Navy, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Arizona. In 2004, he received the Gifted Teacher Award from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Dr. Alpert is a past chairman of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association from which he received the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2001.
He is a master of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the European Society of Cardiology. He is an honorary member of the Danish Cardiovascular Society, the Israeli Heart Society, and the Argentina Cardiology Association. He has served on many national committees of professional organizations and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the ACC and the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Professors of Medicine. His research interests are wide and varied and he has served as principal investigator and/or steering committee member for many clinical trials. He has served on many data safety and monitoring committees for a variety of international clinical investigations.
Dr. Alpert is the former editor of the journals Cardiology, Current Cardiology Reports, and Cardiology in Review. He is the current editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Medicine (“the Green Journal”), a member of the editorial boards of 12 cardiovascular journals, and an editorial reviewer for 15 internal medicine and cardiovascular disease journals. He has authored 48 books and monographs, and more than 600 publications including original articles, book chapters, reviews, and editorials, as well as many abstracts.