Keith C. Ferdinand was a Telluride Scholar at Cornell University, before receiving a B.A. in Biology from the University of New Orleans. He received a medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He trained in internal medicine and cardiology at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center, before completing cardiology training at Howard University Hospital.
Dr. Ferdinand holds positions with several organizations, including Chief Science Officer for the Association of Black Cardiologists and principal investigator of the Healthy Heart Community Prevention project. He is past president and board member of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and the New Orleans Division of the American Heart Association (AHA), and past Chief Science Officer and past chair of the Board of the Association of Black Cardiologists. He is presently Chair of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.
He was Editor-in-Chief of Educational Review Manual in Cardiovascular Disease, co-author of Overcoming Katrina: African American Voices from the Crescent City and Beyond, and co-editor of Cardiovascular Disease in Racial and Ethnic Minorities. He has produced the talk shows “Health Issues 2000” and “You and Your Health.
Dr. Ferdinand is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, a Diplomat certified in the subspecialty of nuclear cardiology, and an American Society of Hypertension–certified specialist in clinical hypertension. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the AHA, the American Society of Hypertension, and the National Lipid Association. He received the AHA’s Louis B. Russell, Jr. Memorial Award and the Association of Black Cardiologists’ Walter M. Booker Community Service Award.